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These are important.. We need to be part of the process rather than the peanut gallery after the fact.


New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004
Public contact: (505) 476-8000

Meetings will address proposed fishing rule changes
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is accepting comments and will conduct public meetings from July 1-9 in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Roswell and Raton to discuss several proposed changes to state fishing regulations.
Proposed changes include:
  • Close McKenna Creek and the portion of Iron Creek from the fish barrier upstream to headwaters to all fishing. This proposed change also would remove the Special Trout Water designation on Iron Creek. Both of these creeks contain genetically pure populations of Gila trout that are vital to the long-term sustainability of the species, and the closure will conserve these populations during post-fire recovery of the watersheds.
  • Allow licensed anglers and individuals younger than age 12 to take game fish by bow and arrow (bow fishing). All daily bag, possession and size limits would apply. Bow fishing for game species would not be allowed within Special Trout Waters. This proposal would expand recreational angling opportunity.
  • Update all regulations to replace outdated language referring to individuals with disabilities.
  • Reduce the statewide striped bass daily bag limit from 2 to 1. This proposed change would not affect the unlimited daily bag and possession limit of striped bass in San Juan County. Based upon surveys, the Elephant Butte Lake striped bass population has shown a decreasing trend. A reduced harvest would help sustain this population.
  • Remove the “Youth Only” designation and allow licensed anglers ages 12 years or older (including adults) to fish at Young Pond in Las Cruces. Because of extreme drought conditions, angling opportunity has become very limited in Dona Ana County. Allowing all licensed anglers to fish at Young Pond will expand angling opportunity. Young Pond currently is restricted to anglers younger than 12 years of age.
  • Reduce the channel catfish daily bag limit from 15 to 2 on the following waters: Ned Houk, Harry McAdams, Young Pond, Roswell Kids Pond, Perch Lake and Blue Hole Park Pond. Most of these waters are stocked with catchable channel catfish and a reduced daily bag limit would prolong the availability of catfish to anglers.
Department staff will be at the following meetings to discuss and accept public comments about the proposed changes:
  • Albuquerque: July 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m., New Mexico Game and Fish Office, 3841 Midway Place NE.
  • Las Cruces: July 1, 6-8 p.m., New Mexico Game and Fish Office, 2715 Northrise Drive.
  • Roswell: July 9, 6-8 p.m., New Mexico Game and Fish Office, 1912 West Second Street.
  • Raton: July 9, 6-8 p.m., New Mexico Game and Fish Office, 215 York Canyon Road.
Comments about the proposed changes also can be expressed by contacting Fisheries Management Division by telephone at (505) 476-8055 or by email at

Day at the Roundhouse

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What an adventure and an eye opener…

Last week I spent some time at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe trying to get the word out on sportsman’s issues.  The big ones that I was/am concerned about is the Game and Fishes Budget and trapping.

Basically, they were going to be cut by 13% over a budget that has been flat since 2008. They are currently down 61 positions most of those are Game and Fish Officers…

The other issue I was concerned about was the Anti-trapping Bill.  I will stress that I am not a trapper but this was just a bad bill.  Trapping is a needed and under-appreciated management tool.

Overall, I think we will get what I/we want but it is just a drag that we need to fight so hard for something that is right and we will have to fight again next year.  The Anti-trapping contingent is well funded and will never stop trying to ban trapping.  SO PLEASE GET INVOLVED…

The other thing that I found interesting is that unless you have a lobbyist or full-time staff that works on these issues it is very hard to get into the game.  Persuading lawmakers is all about relationships, unless they know who you are and trust you, you are just another talking head.

After looking at some of these Senators desks it because pretty obvious that professional lobbyist are bringing our Senators food as gifts.  Next year I am think about bringing little baggies of deer or elk jerky..




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This is good stuff…



Partnership will reopen road to 20,000 acres of public hunting land in Gila National Forest

SANTA FE – Hunters and other outdoor recreationists will regain vehicle access to more than 20,000 acres of public land through a road-building partnership between the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the Gila National Forest.

The two agencies will split the cost to construct a 1.5-mile road to reroute Forest Road 886 and bypass a private mining claim in the Black Range of the Gila National Forest known as the Royal John Mine. Owners of the claim closed the road to the public about 10 years ago, denying hunters vehicle access to prime deer, elk and turkey country in Game Management Unit 24.

The new road is expected to be completed before the 2013-14 big-game hunting seasons.

Department funding for the project will come from Open Gate, a program funded by hunters and anglers through the purchase of Habitat Management and Access validations required with each hunting or fishing license. The program’s objective is to work with landowners and land-management agencies to provide access to more hunting, fishing and trapping opportunities on public and private lands.

The new road will give hunters and trappers access to remote lands that hold healthy populations of deer, elk, turkeys, bears, cougars, furbearers and a number of small-game species. It also will give the public a chance to enjoy other recreational opportunities such as hiking, horseback riding and camping.

“This project will resolve a long-standing issue for many of our public land users,” Silver City District Ranger Russell Ward said. “We are very proud to be able to partner with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. This project is a fantastic example of the“Open Gate program to improve access to National Forest lands by our public land users.”

For more information about the Open Gate program, please visit the department website,, click on the hunting tab and select Open Gate.

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JORDAN IS BACK!!! Man I need to find him.

Gila River Festival – Short Film

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I was asked to be part of a project for the Gila River Festival… I think it came out pretty well…

The Gila River: It Makes Life Good from Allyson Siwik on Vimeo.

Commision Meeting Round-Up

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Overall I think it was a pretty good meeting… To wrap things up…

1) The Commission has agreed to challenge the Terk Decision… This is the decision that basicaly keeps the Quota’s out of the Sheep, Ibex and Oryx draw… If you remember 15 of 16 Sheep Tags went to NR

2) The Gila will be open despite the fires minus a few roads and trails.

3) They are thinking about trying to reduce the number of Nanny’s in the Florida’s.  They are thinking about having a female quota like they do Bear OTC tags. Once a certain number of Nanny’s is shot they will shut down the Nanny hunt.


Category: Game and Fish

Commission Meeting Agenda…

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If you can attend the meeting please do there is a ton of stuff going on… The Terk discussion is the big one and is the update on the fires..


New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004

Public contact: (505) 476-8000



RIO RANCHO – A proposal to change the way antelope hunting licenses are distributed in some parts of the state, and a discussion of wildfire impacts on wildlife and upcoming hunting seasons are among agenda items for the State Game Commission’s meeting Thursday, Aug. 23, in Rio Rancho.

Proposed changes to the Pronghorn Antelope Rule stem from ongoing efforts by the Department of Game and Fish to simplify regulations for hunters and private landowners. The proposal would establish hunt dates, areas and management strategies similar to the way the Department manages deer hunting. It would affect mostly areas of southeastern New Mexico. Public-land licenses would be issued through the annual drawing. Private-land licenses would be sold over-the-counter, and hunters would deal with landowners for access to private land.

The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 23, in the council chambers of Rio Rancho City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle NE, in Rio Rancho. Detailed agenda-item briefings and other information are available on the Department of Game and Fish website,, or by calling (505) 476-8008. Details of proposed rules and opportunities to comment are available on the website.

Other agenda items include:

An update on the impact of recent wildfires on wildlife and habitat and how upcoming hunting seasons may be affected.
A proposed amendment to the Hunter Education Rule that would permit young hunters to participate in a program that would allow youths to hunt with an adult mentor and still meet the requirements of the state’s Hunter Training Act.
A presentation about the Terk court decision and its impact on license quotas for bighorn sheep, ibex and oryx.
An update about a proposal to gain public access into an area between White Sands Missile Range and the Carrizozo Lava Flow (Malpais) west of Carrizozo and south of U.S. Highway 380.
An update on the 2011 harvest and depredation statistics for black bears and cougars.
A recommendation to expand ibex hunting opportunities to address an expanding ibex population.

State Game Commission meetings are broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed from Gov. Susana Martinez’s website, Information about how to view the streaming video is available on the website.

The State Game Commission is composed of seven members who represent the state’s diverse interests in wildlife-associated recreation and conservation. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate. Current members are Chairman Jim McClintic, Vice-chairman Thomas “Dick” Salopek, Tom Arvas, Bill Montoya, Scott Bidegain, Paul M. Kienzle and Robert Espinoza Sr.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the meeting, please contact Sonya Quintana, (505) 476-8030. Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible forms.

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SE NM Meeting… Access Issue

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Heads Up… Try to attend if you can..



More Details, Down to Unit and Ranch Level…







Public meetings will address BLM hunting agreements in southeastern N.M.

ROSWELL — The Department of Game and Fish will conduct public meetings to discuss an agreement that would allow a southeastern New Mexico landowner to exchange hunting privileges on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property for those on private land. The agreement involves the BLM, the Department, Felix Canyon Ranch and Felix River Ranch.
Unitization agreements benefit sportsmen and landowners. They give hunters access to private land for deer and Barbary sheep hunting. They also provide the landowner greater flexibility in maintaining ranching operations on State and BLM grazing allotments.
Historically, the unitization agreements dealt with State Trust lands and deeded property. Last fall, the State Game Commission agreed to include BLM lands in the process. The change came about after collaboration with the BLM in both Santa Fe and Roswell.
The agreement between the Department of Game and Fish and BLM calls for obtaining input and comments on the unitization process and agreements throughout the state. All comments received will be provided to the Director of the Department of Game and Fish and the BLM state director.
Under the Felix Canyon Ranch and Felix River Ranch agreements, public hunting and access will be restricted on certain portions of BLM land in exchange for opening portions of deeded property to public hunting and access. If approved, this unitization agreement will provide access to thousands of acres of landlocked BLM property.
Three public meetings have been scheduled:
  • Aug. 15: Carlsbad, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Eddy County Extension Office, 1304 W. Stevens
  • Aug. 16: Artesia, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Public Safety Complex, 3300 W. Main St.
  • Aug. 17: Roswell, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Game and Fish Office, 1912 W. 2nd St.
For information about the agreements, please contact George Farmer, habitat specialist, (575) 624-6135 or Written comments may be submitted to: Department of Game and Fish, 1912 W. 2nd Street, Roswell, NM 88201, Attn: George Farmer.

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Residents ONLY first 24 hours

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This will be on the Western Hunter Blog but….

If you have been tracking the entire Big-Game Draw in New Mexico you have probably gathered that there have been a few changes.  Some major and some that have flown under the radar.  Well, it looks like my radar caught another, non-documented change.  I am not sure where this change came from but it is going to happen. I have confirmed it with two sources.

For the first 24 hours of the left-over tag sale, which will happen on July 11th (there was a typo, in the original release)  will be for residents ONLY.  After that it is open to everybody. 

Again, it is small change but it might impact your strategy when it comes to the left-over tags.

Jason “The New Mexico Sportsman” Amaro

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Happy Spring Everybody.
One of the most common questions I get is,”J I didn’t draw JACK!!! What OTC or Leftover tags can I buy?”

Well I did a blog for Elk Hunter… You can get the 411 by following this link…

Also, if you are looking to view the Game and Fish Commission meeting on Thursday you can view the show by following this link…

Take Care..