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How about some fly fishing for Gila Trout and Smallmouth Bass. Click the image to watch the video.

 

 

Gila River Diversion Interview.. KSFR

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All…

This is an edited interview I did with KSFR.com regarding the Gila River Diversion Proposal.

Thanks for listening

J-

 

Draining of Lake Roberts

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This should be a good thing..

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004
Public contact: (505) 476-8000
dan.williams@state.nm.us
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JULY 30, 2013:
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.

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This is good stuff…

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POSTED: 12:05 am SANTA FE — New Mexico is about to get a new national monument. Rio Grande del Norte, whose 240,000 acres encompass portions of the spectacular Rio Grande Gorge and Ute Mountain, will receive that designation with a proclamation scheduled to be signed by President Barack Obama on Monday, according to a White House official. Obama will make the designation under the federal Antiquities Act. This action will bypass Congress, which has failed to support efforts by the state’s congressional delegation since at least 2009 to further protect this area of Taos and Rio Arriba counties. The land has been managed by the Bureau of Land Management, which will continue to do so under the new designation, according to the White House official. The news drew applause from New Mexico’s senators and Rep. Ben Ray Luján, whose district covers that area. “I’m excited about it,” said Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., in a telephone interview. “That area has always been really special to me.” The designation “gives an overlay of protection to make sure that the viewsheds are not developed,” he said. “The idea is not to turn it into a Disneyland, but to protect it in the kind of undeveloped splendor that has always drawn people…” The lawmakers roundly praised former Sen. Jeff Bingaman, who first started working on the project in 2007. “Protecting the Río Grande del Norte means we are not only preserving this beautiful space, but ensuring that it will continue to be used by anglers, ranchers, and land grant heirs,” Bingaman said in a news release, adding his thanks to the Obama administration. “It is my hope that this decision has a very positive impact on the economy of the region.” Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., said, “This is a victory for the people of Taos and Rio Arriba counties and will be a lasting part of Jeff’s legacy. I am proud to have been a part of such a successful effort to protect some of northern New Mexico’s most historically and culturally rich land for the benefit of locals and visitors.” Luján echoed the praise for Bingaman’s work, and said, “By working together with small businesses, local governments, Taos Pueblo and those who appreciate this pristine land for recreation, traditional and cultural uses, or finding inspiration—we have finally ensured that the history and future of the Río Grande del Norte will be protected and preserved.” Outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar visited the area in December to hear from local residents, most of whom spoke in favor of the national monument. The northern New Mexico designation has received widespread local support, with Taos Pueblo, Taos city and county governments, various conservation organizations, as well as individual businesses and the Taos and Mora Valley chambers of commerce backing the plan. A study by BBC Research & Consulting has estimated that making Rio Grande del Norte a national monument would create $15 million in new revenue annually and create 279 new jobs thanks to an increase in visitation to Taos and Rio Arriba counties, according to the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. Stretching from a deep part of the gorge west of Taos all the way to the Colorado border, the soon-to-be monument includes petroglyphs, archaeological sites, habitat for birds and other wildlife, and cultural resources stretching from ancient inhabitants to later Spanish settlers. Obama also is slated to create other national monuments in a signing ceremony on Monday: First State National Monument in Delaware; Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland; Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio, and San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington State. Rio Grande del Norte will be the first new national monument created in New Mexico since President Bill Clinton gave that designation to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument near Cochiti in 2001. — This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal

B’s Camo Cricket

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A few weeks ago Candace and I took Brock shooting. It went pretty well and he had a great time but we ran across a few issues

1) He was using a gun that was WAY to big for him

2) With the Marlin he was shooting it was hard to get him to “reset” once he fired his first shot.  In other words, with that little semi-auto he just went nuts and started spraying bullets.  Partially my fault.

3) We wanted for B to have a little gun of his own

4) We also wanted him to learn correct form

5) AND to be honest I was looking for a project

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That being said we put the word out on the street that we were in the market for a youth .22.  We went to the usual places and found a few but we figured that SOMEONE had to have one that they had outgrown… The good news is that some old dude at the range had one and sold it to us for $20.00. He really helped us out, I guess he looked at me and figured I was going to be the old dude hanging out at the range some day so he had pity on us.

Below is what the gun started liked and the progression from boring black to digital camo.

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I made a small paint booth out of an old box, it seems to work pretty well

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The key is to make sure that you don’t spray on the paint to heavily… TAKE YOUR TIME… Multiple coats are better than runny paint

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This is what B’s Cricket looks like… Pretty neat.

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This was a fun little project.  What lessons did I learn?

1) BUY STENCILS – We made our own and it was a pain in the butt.  It is well worth the $10 that you can get them for online.

2)Google Youtube – There are a ton of tips on painting your gun.

3) Just have fun, you can always paint it again.

 

Fire Potential for the New Year

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

Fire Potential

J-

My 2012 Western Turkey Primer

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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.

3 Day Recap – Looking Great…

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Things are looking good..

Archery Coues Update – 3 Days Out

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And yes I know there is a typo…