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My Gear List!!!

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This is a tough one because my gear list changes pretty often. Also, like many outdoorsman, I used to wish for the days that I could say I was sponsored and get gear for free or at a discounted rate but when those days did come, it was with very mixed emotions. Right or wrong when you are sponsored you really loose your ability to call things like you see them. Needless to say I now happily sponsor free.

Fortunately, I have a job and a wife that allow me to buy a few things every year. So, where do I spend my money or what do I think is the most important part of my gear? To be honest the most important thing can’t be purchased, you need to have desire. Desire to never give up, Desire to prove to yourself that given a task you can accomplish it, Desire to do whatever it takes to get an animal on the ground.

As much as I hate to admit it there have been times when I have done things that haven’t always been safe and haven’t been smart. I have tried to “win by attrition”. I suspect my mom is going to read this so I will not got into detail but just take my word for it.

I am no Rambo but I love the scene below:


So what does my archery gear list look like??

  • Hoyt Carbon Element – Shoot a bow that you shoot well, don’t believe everything you read.
  • Easton – 400 FMJ’s – Solid, heavy, tough
  • Silver Flames – 100 gr originals; I did try the ABS heads and I had issues; I need to try the new heads
  • Spot Hogg or CBE Tek-Hunter – I use the Spot Hogg on hunts that I might be beating the bush, like my Bear hunt and I use the CBE for hunt like my treestand Coues Deer hunt.
  • Kuiu – What makes this company different is that they don’t’ use the same materials as everybody else and just cut them differently and call it something new. KUIU uses a material called Torey and these guys are really on to something good.
  • Nikon Range Finder – Rifle Hunter; solid and dependable
  • Leica – 10×42 BN GREAT GLASS
  • Swarovski – 15×56 GREAT GLASS, used for long range hardcore glassing.
  • Osprey and Crooked Horn – My Scouting and bivy sack pack is an Osprey 65; light fast mean My hunting pack is a Crooked Horn Fanny pack;small, forces me to carry what I NEED.

Coues Deer Success!!!!

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What an amazing coues deer hunt…



My Coues Deer Gear!!!!

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SOOOO… I always get questions about what I carry while I am on-stand…

Here is a quick video..

Archery Coues Update – 3 Days Out

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And yes I know there is a typo…



Bucks on my Hit List!!!!

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NM Specifc Online Firearms Broker

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Hey Guys…

I just got this email and it seems pretty cool… Maybe it will gain steam, it sure would be nice to buy,sell and trade firearms locally…  I don’t know anything about these guys but it might be worth checking out..


Hi Jason, My name is Peter Rose-Molina. I am the administrator at I am writing to introduce myself and our

We are a free classified website dedicated to providing a marketplace
for law abiding citizens of New Mexico to Buy and Sell and Trade their
firearms with each other.

We launched in September of 2011 and are currently looking to grow and
build more traffic to the site. We plan on being here awhile.

I came across your New Mexico Sportsman blog while searching for New
Mexico gun groups and I liked what I read so I linked you in our links
section with a little description about you and your blog.

When you find time, please check us out at: and if you think it is a resource that
your readership would benefit by, please link back to me. Any help you
could give us to get the ball rolling would be greatly appreciated.

I had a hard time finding a way to contact you through your blog but
finally found your email on your fb fans page. Just an fyi.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me and thanks for your time.
take care, peter

Transferable Sheep Tag???

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WHAT TRANSFERABLE SHEEP TAGS????? Yes you heard it right…  Hmm…  I have been talking to some people at the Dept of Game and Fish and there is a ton of information swirling about this… My head is still spinning.  It is on the next agenda meeting and it might happen.  The issue is that these would be the sheep tags that are on private property… Basically, places like the Turner Ranches.   IMO, the issue is that 5 tags may go to non-residents for everyone tag that residents get.  This is based on the fact that the transferable tags will probably go to NR and that the Sheep don’t follow the same quota system as the elk, deer, etc…

SOO This will give us one tag that we don’t currently have access to but is it setting a DANGEROUS precedent so these transferable sheep tags end up like the elk and antelope LO tags??  I am not sure but we need to stay on top of this…





University of New Mexico Continuing Education Conference Center – Room C
1634 University Blvd. NE
(Just North of Indian School Road)
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Thursday, December 15, 2011
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Public testimony and comment: All those interested in providing oral comments are encouraged to prepare a “Speaker’sCard” for each item on which they will comment. These cards assist the Commission Chair to manage more effective public communication. Comments will be allowed on each item, regardless of card completion.
Those who desire to address the Commission and who claim to represent an organization must provide the following information: The number of members in the organization, frequency of the organization’s meeting and either a signed statement from that organization’s president that states the organization has discussed the topic and approved the position that therepresentative is presenting, or proof that they are a registered lobbyist for the organization.

AGENDA ITEM NO. 1: Meeting Called to Order.

AGENDA ITEM NO. 2: Roll Call.

AGENDA ITEM NO. 3: Approval of Agenda.

AGENDA ITEM NO. 4: Introduction of Guests.

AGENDA ITEM NO. 5: Approval of Minutes (November 3, 2011 –Farmington, NM).

AGENDA ITEM NO. 6: Revocations.
Presented by Dan Brooks – The Department will present a list of individuals to the Commission that meet established criteria for revocation of hunting, fishing and trapping license privileges.

AGENDA ITEM NO. 7: Final Proposed Amendments to the Upland Game Rule to Align with Statutory Changes from Senate Bill 196.
Presented by Alexa Sandoval – The Department will present final proposed amendments to a specific section of the UplandGame Rule A, NMAC, to ensure alignment with current law regarding license types. In addition, the Department will recommend removing the requirement that grouse hunters obtain a free Blue Grouse permit. (Action item)

AGENDA ITEM NO. 8: Final Proposed Amendments to Fisheries Rule to Address Northern Pike in Eagle Nest Lake.Presented by Mike Sloane – The Department will present final proposed amendments to the Fisheries Rule (19.31.4 NMAC) to address the potential risk Northern Pike represent to the trout fishery in Eagle Nest Lake. (Action item)

AGENDA ITEM NO. 9: Proposed Bighorn Sheep Hunting Agreements with Owners of Private Lands in Bighorn SheepRange.
Presented by Darrel Weybright – The Department will present draft agreements to access private lands in the Fra Cristobal and Culebras mountains to hunt bighorn in 2012. These agreements would allow the Department to offer first the public hunting opportunities for bighorn sheep on private land. (Discussion item)

AGENDA ITEM NO. 10: Final Proposed Amendments to the Elk Rule and the Hunting and Fishing License Application Rule to Modify Eligibility Requirements for Youth Encouragement Elk Hunts.

Presented by Darrel Weybright – The Department will present final proposed amendments to a specific section of the Elk Rule ( E (1), NMAC), and a specific section of the Hunting and Fishing License Application Rule ( P, NMAC), to expand the eligibility requirements for youth interested in applying for Youth Encouragement Elk Hunts. (Action item)

AGENDA ITEM NO. 11: Discussion of Options for the Future Allocation of Habitat Stamp Funds.
Presented by Ken Cunningham – The Department will present various options to consider for the future allocation of Habitat Stamp Program funds and seek Commission input and guidance on desired process to finalize a new allocation system.
(Discussion Item)

AGENDA ITEM NO. 12: Update on H Bar V Conservation Easement
Presented by R.J. Kirkpatrick – The Department will provide an update on the potential purchase of a Conservation Easement on the H Bar V Ranch using conservation easement funding available through a legislative appropriation to the Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department, and federal funds from the State Wildlife Grant Program.

AGENDA ITEM NO. 13: General Public Comments (Comments Limited to 3 Minutes).

AGENDA ITEM NO. 14: Adjourn.
NOTE: The meeting will be adjourned upon completion of the agenda or up to those items that time allows. Any items not discussed will be on the following meeting’s agenda.
The Agenda is subject to change up to 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting date and time as deemed necessary by the Chairman. To inquire about agenda changes, please contact the Office of the Director at (505) 476-8008.
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 hearing or meeting, please contact Ms. Sonya Quintana at (505)
476-8029 at least 3 working days before the meeting date. Public documents, including the Agenda and Minutes can be provided in various accessible forms. Please contact Ms. Quintana if a summary or other type of accessible form is needed.

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My dad use to always say, “Money talks, BS walks”.  In other words, actions and work speak louder than any words.  So how about some pictures?

Before Picture


After Pictures


The Why? 

Ok, I promised Candace I wasn’t going to go all “Joel Olsteen” in this blog so I will just say that if you are reading this blog then you are smart enough to know what your future is IF you don’t take care of yourself.  In 50 years you 30 years you can’t, “Oh, I didn’t know that Ding Dongs and Ho-Ho’s were bad for me”.

But I didn’t promise Candace that I wouldn’t post some cool motivational videos.  So view the videos below and enjoy!

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure, beyond measure.”


“Why don’t you stand up and fight this guy HARD, that was beautiful!”

My Workouts

Make friends with pain and you will never be alone!!

This is a tough one for me, not because I don’t have a plan but because I found that my body reacts very differently to different types of “routines”.  You probably notice that I put “routines” in quotations and that is definitely by design.  I am a firm believer that every workout should be different and challenge the body and the mind in different ways.  For me, Cardio is KING!!!  I get my best results by going hard on Cardio.  I find that I lose weight quicker, my blood work is better and that I feel better.  I wish I had some explanation but it just works for me.  You will need to listen to your body and see what works for YOU!!

The Cardio

What do my workouts look like?  Nothing Mind Blowing, Just A Lot of Work!!!  My Mondays-Wednesdays-Fridays are dedicated to Cardio.  I rotate between a few different routines.

1) Treadmill – for Distance

2) Treadmill – for Distance; Row Machine – for Distance

3)Treadmill – for Distance; Row Machine – for Distance; Spin Bike – for Distance

4)Wind Sprints on the Mountain – 4 rounds of 400 yards; 10 Arrows between rounds

All of my routines are distance based not time based.  The reason I like the distance based is that it best emulates a back-country adventure.  You are either back at your truck or you are not.

You might have also noticed that I don’t do the elliptical machine, for me I just don’t get my heart rate in the zones I need it to be.  I personally think it is because the elliptical force that is generated by the machine.  In other words the faster you go the less work you are actually doing.  If you question it next time you are on the elliptical, jump off and see if the machine stops.

The Weights

Buildin’ some Hurtin’ Bombs!!! Press me for some Audio!

Do me the favor, next time you go to the gym look around.  How many people are really working out and how many are just socializing?  When I go to the gym I am there to get something done.  I am not there to chit-chat.  I am not trying to be rude I just talk to people all day and the last thing I want to do is talk about the latest episode of “Jersey Shore”.  I think one of the keys to my success is that I take 45 seconds between sets while lifting weight,  it helps keep me in the zone, keeps me focused and it helps develops a sense of urgency.

My Tuesdays and Thursdays are reserved for old-school Push-Pull Compound Movements.

Push Day

1)Dumbbell  Bench Press

2)Barbell Shoulder Press

3)Machine Triceps Extensions

4)Dumbbell Lateral Raises


6)Include Dumbbell Press


Pull Day

1)Dumbbell Bent Rows

3)Barbell Curls

3)Curl Barbell Curls

4)Seated Rows

5)Lat Pull-downs

6)Barbell Bent Rows

7)Dumbbell Curls

Again nothing mind blowing.  I try to keep my total sets between 15-21 sets for the entire workout and I try to get anywhere from 4-10 reps out of each set.  I also usually run a mile as a quick warm-up before I start my weight workout.

If there is anything that has been reinforced over the last 6 months it is that I need to just get out and move or as they say “Do work”.  It doesn’t matter if you can run 100 yards or a 100 miles you need to start somewhere, just get started.


I personally think that we make this WAY TOO HARD!!!  Protein is king, Processed Carbs are the Devil and fill up with veggies. Pretty simple right?  Also, it is all about burning more than you take in, again pretty simple.  I had to count calories at first because I had NO CONCEPT  of what a true portion was.  Whatever you do don’t over think your meals, it isn’t rocket science, you know what is good for you and what isn’t good for you.


In a perfect world we could get all of our nutrition from the food we eat but do to farming practices, time constraints, family obligations and sometimes costs it is very difficult to have a diet that we consider to be complete.  IMO, this is where supplementation comes into play.  We need to fill in the gaps, some of those gaps may be large and some maybe small but if we are going to ask our bodies to “do work” we need to have as strong a nutritional base as possible.

Over the last 6 months I have been using Wilderness Athlete Products as my secret weapon.  You guys know that I am going to tell you like it is, I use WA products because I believe in them as a company and lets face it, the supplement industry is non-regulated so you better do your due diligence when in comes to supplementation products.  I take their Protein Shakes, Meal Replacement Shakes and there multi-vitamin.

In theory, I could probably substitute these supplements with “real food” but I like the convenience of supplements.  I also thing that it gives you a little mental boost by affirming the fact that you are being proactive with your diet and you are filling in all the gaps.

Whatever you choose make sure it is from a proven company that you can trust.


I use as a way of documenting my progress, I am not sure if anybody cares but I post my mileage for four basic reasons; 1) It helps me track my total running distance over a given time span 2) People really notice and any encouragement that I get is awesome 3) if you skip a few workouts people will “call you out” and get you back on track 4)and hopefully I can help inspire someone to start moving.

I also think one of the most over looked resources is our health-care professionals.  This is were things got serious for me.  Up until this point in my life my health was something I really didn’t think about and I sure as hell didn’t take the time to have my blood tested for any anomalies.  So, I went to the Doctor and asked to be given every test possible.  I wanted to have set of lab results that I could measure and then improve on.  I will admit that this was scary as hell.  All my results were ok accept for my A1C, it was high.  My Doctor wanted to put me on meds and I asked him to give me 3 months.  I was determined to get my A1C down to an acceptable level without meds.  He agreed and basically said that people always try to get things under control without meds and they all fail.  I want to stress that he said that he said that my health was my resoponsiblity and that it was my decision but that I had an uphill battle.   And let’s be honest I was just some dude off the street  and he had no reason to believe that I was going to be any different.

So I went out and bought a glucose meter and I started testing my glucose levels twice a day.  I found this to be a great tool because I could see first hand how food impacted my glucose levels.  At first it was scary but after I figured it out it became a challenge to get my levels as “normal” as possible.  While measure my levels I found that the average American is diabetic or per-diabetic, pretty scary stuff.  Hopefully, by testing early I have gotten ahead of the curve.  Anyway 6 months later by Dr. was impressed, basically said keep doing what I was doing and congratulations.  I said thank you and that my battle has just started.

Staying Motivated and Handling Adversity

This was a tough one, anybody can do something a week or maybe two but to really make a lifestyle change  takes commitment and a true sense of urgency.  Like everybody I have had my lows where I felt like I wasn’t progressing enough or I wasn’t losing weight quickly enough or that I didn’t want to be “burdened” by always having to make the smart dietary choices.  Yeah, it can be rough but three things have kept me focused; my family, knowledge and genetics.

First my family, As many of you know I have pretty much been a tumbleweed all of my life.  I have traveled the world like a tumbleweed being blown in the hot desert winds of the Southwestern United States.  I might get caught in a old rusty barbed wire fence for a little while but it is only temporary until I hit the road again.  I had come to a point in my life where I had traveled the world, done things that people only dream about and I was ready to focus on things that really matter.  Family.  My niece, Adrianna was getting older and I wanted to be around to see her get old.   During the early stage of my fitness challenge, Adrianna and I  ran our first 5k together and we are going to make it a annual event. I also during the initial stages of my challenge I met my future wife.  Candace is just a positive influence in all walks of life.  I jokingly call her my “carrot” when she runs on the treadmill in front of me.

Regarding Knowledge.  If you are reading this you are obviously smart enough to see the future.  In that I mean, we are smart enough realize that if we don’t take care of ourselves NOW the only person that we can blame for our future health issues are ourselves.  There is a point where we need to take responsibly for our health.

Genetics.  My body and those of my ancestors was built to survive famine, dry conditions and maximize carbohydrates.  Yeah it sucks but I am just waiting for the next famine or drought to hit the earth.  Some people label my body as an Endomorph.  As a result, I can pack on muscle mass quickly and I have a hard time losing bodyfat.  I also have a genetic predisposition to have diabetes.  Again these are the cards that I have been dealt, I have two options, Fight or Flight.  I have chosen to FIGHT!!!

Along my journey there have been definite bumps in the road.  There have been days when my body just doesn’t want to “get to work”, there have been days when I have made bad dietary choices, there have been days when my work schedule just hasn’t allowed me to “do the right thing”.  So how have I handled these situations? I stop, take a deep breath and repeat my mantra below:

Have Focused Controlled Anger but Dwell on the Positive.

For me this means that it is ok to be angry at yourself for slipping but use that anger to light a fire that will bring failure to it’s knees and after you have used that anger to get you back on track remember how good it felt to take a stand for something you really believe in.

Staying Motivated and Handling Adversity isn’t always easy.  You need to find out what keeps you on track, what lights your fire. It can be looking at a picture of your kids, looking at picture of a big bull that out ran you on a previous hunt or looking at videos on Youtube.  Joe Paterno said, “Believe deep down in your heart that you’re destined to do great things.” Really think about what Joe Pa said.  You should never doubt that if you live with PASSION in your life and you are completely committed to success then you will be successful


So where does this leave me?  My battle has just started.  BRING IT!!!!

Success is defined as getting up one more time than you have been knocked down.




Bear Harvest Limit Increase!!

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I think the Bear harvest limit has just been increased… i am looking to verification but look at this document…

Click Here

It is a PDF…


My 2011 Unit 15 Archery Elk Hunt

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