This is great to see… I love it when kids make the most out of great tags…
My Sons name is Christopher he is 12 years old, got his first chance at a Bull this last year in the Valle Vidal….bagged a nice 6X6 bull opening morning
My daughter name is Miranda she is 10 years old, loves to play basketball and be in the outdoors ,she also had her first chance at a bull this past year in the Valle Vidal…she also bagged a nice 7×7 bull opening morning …
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..
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, www.wildlife.state.nm.us, click on the hunting tab and select Open Gate.
Over the last few months I have been helping Candace work on shooting her muzzle-loader, part of that work included shooting our .223. I just wanted her to get use to the the process of firing a gun and getting familiar with things. At the time I had a quite a bit of Ammo that was Ready to Roll but I had even more brass sitting around that needed to be clean up, re-sized, primed, grained and loaded. To be honest I wasn’t sure if that brass was ever going to get the attention that it deserved, so it just sat in a bucket. After the season, Candace and I realized that we had a pretty good time just going to the range and shooting a little, so a couple of nights ago Brock and I started working on getting that old brass load. I am not sure he really understands what we are doing or the process but he is pretty good at little tasks… I think he is pretty good at this type of detail stuff because of all the lego’s he plays with… Anyway, it is the same basic concept.
Here he is helping me get the media out of the brass….
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.