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Draining of Lake Roberts

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This should be a good thing..


New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004
Public contact: (505) 476-8000
Lake Roberts dam improvement project to begin soon
SILVER CITY – A project to improve the dam and spillway at Lake Roberts, a popular fishing and camping destination in southwestern New Mexico, is scheduled to begin this week as the Department of Game and Fish starts to lower the water level about 10 feet.

The lake and the Gila National Forest campgrounds and picnic area will remain open during the construction, estimated to take about one year. Fishing opportunities and access to the shoreline may be limited, and the boat ramp will be closed as the water level drops over the next month. The portion of the lake around the dam and spillway will be closed for the duration of the project.

The Department of Game and Fish will monitor fish health during the project to determine whether to relax fishing bag limits to avoid fish going to waste. Once the project is finished, the lake will be refilled and restocked with fish.

The $6.5 million project is designed to make the dam and spillway better able to withstand extreme flooding events. The plan is to replace the existing spillway, construct a secondary 70-feet-wide spillway, and raise the dam eight feet. Sportsmen are paying for the project through license fees and federal excise taxes on fishing equipment and boat fuel.

Mike Gustin, assistant chief of lands for the Department of Game and Fish, said the state engineer has indicated that the dam could be vulnerable if a major flood were to come down Sapillo Creek. Since the dam was completed in 1963, a small town has taken roots along the tailwaters. The improvements will help the dam withstand a major flood.

The dam at Lake Roberts is one of 11 dams owned and maintained by the State Game Commission and the Department of Game and Fish. The others are Eagle Nest, Bear Canyon, Jackson, McGaffey, Laguna del Campo, Fenton, Hopewell, Snow, Quemado and Clayton lakes. All are scheduled for different degrees of upgrades over the next four years.

For more information about the Gila National Forest recreation sites at Lake Roberts, please contact Wilderness District Ranger Ray Torres at (575) 536-2250.

Fire Potential for the New Year

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This is kind of boring but you might find it interesting..

Fire Potential


Reloading Bug!!!

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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….

Little Guys… Some Ready, Some in Staging..

Coues Deer Success!!!!

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What an amazing coues deer hunt…



Bucks on my Hit List!!!!

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OK… You guys know that I can be pretty hard on the Dept of Game and Fish…. It is not because I hate them or have anything personal against them it is just that I want them to do the right (IMO) for the Resident Sportmans of NM…  Anyway, about 2 years ago Dan W. and I talked about trying to get the Commission Meetings broadcast on the internet.  At the time we both thought it would be a good idea but we just didn’t think it would happen in a timely manner…WELLLLLLL, IT FINALLY HAPPENED…. This is pretty cool… Look at this press release.  I just talked to Dan W. and he mentioned that it is something that the Martinez Administration is really pushing… Cool… This made my day….

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

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

Public contact: (505) 476-8000






SANTA FE – Thursday’s meeting of the New Mexico Game Commission will be broadcast live over the internet. Webcasting the meeting aligns with Gov. Susana Martinez’s initiative to make state government more accessible and transparent.


The meeting is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at the University of New Mexico Continuing Education Conference Center, 1634 University Blvd. NE, in Albuquerque. The public can access the live webcast from the Governor’s website, Information about how to view the streaming video is available on the website.


Video from Thursday’s meeting, as well as future meetings will be posted in the website archives.


The full agenda, detailed agenda-item briefings, and other information about Thursday’s meeting are available on the Department of Game and Fish website,, or by calling (505) 476-8008. Details of proposed rules, along with the opportunity to comment on proposals, are available on the Department website.


Agenda items include:


A proposal to allow unlimited take of northern pike from Eagle Nest Lake, which addresses the aggressive species’ threat to the lake’s trout and salmon fishery.


  • Discussion with private landowners regarding proposed agreements that would give public hunters access to private land to hunt bighorn sheep in the Fra Cristobal and Culebras mountains in 2012. The agreements would allow the Department of Game and Fish to offer the first public hunting opportunities for bighorn sheep on private land. The agreements would give landowners reciprocal hunting opportunities.


  • Proposed amendments to elk hunting rules that would modify eligibility requirements for the Youth Encouragement Elk Hunts, and increase hunting opportunities.


  • Discussion of options for future allocations of Habitat Stamp Program funds that would provide for wildlife habitat improvements on U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands.


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, Robert Hoffman and Robert Espinoza Sr.



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…


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Okay Guys and Gals…
If you remember a few years ago I reported on the meetings that were being held in Silver City about the number of deer complaints that were being received by the Game and Fish Dept. Well, it looks like things are finally starting to happen, during the next Game and Fish Commission meeting a Management Proposal is going to be presented. I have attached the PDF and it looks OK. My only issue is that there are left-over archery tags left over as is so how are they going to fill these antler-less tags?

I am going to try and make the next meeting but NO PROMISES!!!

Below is summary:
Summary of Agenda Item: Department will provide the Commission with a presentation of the draft deer management proposal for the current situation of excessive deer numbers in and around Silver City and neighboring communities. The draft proposal includes options for resolving some of the issues by trap and transplant operations, utilization of departmental kill permits and antlerless archery and crossbow hunts. The overall goal is to reduce deer densities in and around the Silver City area.



Deer Video!!!!

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When hunting, people always ask…. Where are all the deer????  Well, they are in my yard…

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I pulled this from the Silver City News…. It looks like the Commision is starting to feel the heat..


State Game Commission approves new rules

Sun News Report

Posted: 07/15/2010 10:30:16 PM MDT

SILVER CITY – Meeting for nearly nine hours last Thursday in Silver City, the State Game Commission approved new rules for elk and several other big game species, extended the popular Habitat Stamp program and voiced support for a plan to simplify hunting, fishing and trapping licenses and stamps.

Also, youth and adult hunters who missed a shot at a big-game hunting license during this year’s annual drawing will have another chance this August when the Department of Game and Fish puts more than 5,000 deer, elk and javelina licenses up for sale on the agency Web site.

Some sportsmen in Silver City may have shied away from speaking at the meeting after watching members of the commission challenge the testimony of hunters who came to the microphone.

Larry McDaniel, a Silver City veterinarian, went to the podium thinking he had three minutes to talk. Instead, his testimony was interrupted several times by Chairman Jim McClintic, his facts were disputed and his ideas were contested.

McDaniel started off his testimony in jest, saying he hadn’t drawn an elk tag in several years and that he thought his chances might improve if he moved to El Paso, Texas, and applied as a non-resident. He encouraged the commission to bring New Mexico more in line with other western states, citing our liberal nonresident quota (22 percent) as a major concern.

“But the big kahuna is the over 40 percent (of elk tags) that go to private landowners,” McDaniel said.

McClintic interrupted, saying, “That’s not an accurate number, sir.”

NMDGF Assistant Director Pat Block said 40 percent was a little high.

“I believe that’s a little bit on the high side,” Block told the commission. “When you look at the licenses (that are sold through E-PLUS), it’s about a third; when you look at the total number authorized, it does get closer to that 40 but it’s probably on the high side. Over the last 10 years, it’s never hit 40 percent, with either measure.”

The New Mexico Wildlife Federation said department figures show that E-PLUS landowners have received more than 40 percent of the licenses each of the last three years – licenses that the landowner can transfer or resell. For the 2009-10 license year, the department gave E-PLUS landowners 18,846 authorizations (45.8 percent) while putting 22,294 licenses (54.2 percent) in the Big Game Draw.

Of the 18,846 authorizations given to E-PLUS landowners, only 10,974 were used, which left 7,872 licenses unsold. That translates to lost revenue for the Department of Game and Fish and lost opportunity for New Mexico resident hunters.

After McDaniel’s testimony, which resulted in a heated argument with McClintic, McDaniel told the NMWF that he was surprised by the treatment he received and that he called Gov. Bill Richardson’s Office of Boards and Commissions to lodge a complaint against McClintic.

“I felt like I was treated rudely,” McDaniel said. “I was interrupted repeatedly. I thought it was bizarre. I was expecting them to take what I said into consideration and say, ‘OK, we’ve heard you and we’ll consider your comments.’ I was just surprised by the whole thing.”

The Commission approved several broad changes for big game rules, including extending legal hunting hours to 30 minutes after sunset, and allowing crossbows in hunts open to all other weapon types. The NMWF also commended the department for actively seeking sportsmen’s comments on the proposals and providing a 60-day comment period. The Habitat Stamp program was extended for another 10 years, and a proposal was brought forth to allow a simpler license and stamp system.

In reference to the online sales of deer, elk and javelina licenses, they will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be conducted in two parts on different days. The first sale will be Aug. 4 for elk licenses reserved only for youths younger than age 18. The second sale will be Aug. 11 for deer and javelina hunts available to youth and adults. Both sales will begin at 10 a.m.