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How about some shed hunting, trail cam pics and a cool old dude camp?

 

 

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

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OK… This is could be good news, if the Game and Fish Commission takes the advise of the Dept.

For Cougars.

1) They are considering increasing the bag limit to TWO lions

2) Removing Depredation and Road Kills from harvest limits

 

For Bears

1) Removing Depredation and Road Kills from harvest limits.

 

For the Lions, having a two bag limit makes sense… We seldom hit the quota to start with and it usually takes dogs to catch a cat.  Once the dog-owner has filled his/her tags then they pretty much done for the year UNLESS they can find a shooter…

 

For both Bears and Lions and removing the road kills and depredation from the harvest limit is AWESOME.  I ran the numbers last year and I can’t remember what they were be well over 50% of the quota was filled by road kills and depredation mortality.

I need to stress that these are not a done deal but it sure would be nice if the Department approved these recommendations.

For more info on the meeting follow this link

MEETING INFO

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…

 

 

Almost Time.. Scouting Vid

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DANG…. I hate snow….

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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

dan.williams@state.nm.us

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, DEC. 14, 2011:

 

WATCH GAME COMMISSION MEETING LIVE FROM GOVERNOR’S WEBSITE

 

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, http://www.governor.state.nm.us/Webcast.aspx. 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,www.wildlife.state.nm.us, 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.

 

 

NM Fishing Report Dec 13th….

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, DEC. 13, 2011:

 

NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT

 

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

 

Northwest

 

Animas RiverThe flow is 240 cfs. No report due to weather.

Chama River – No read on flow due to ice on the upper stretches. Below El Vado Lake, the flow is 382 cfs and the flow below Abiquiu Lake is 388 cfs. The Chama below El Vado Dam has the most consistent good fishing on the Chama. The stretch downstream of the village of Chama into El Vado reservoir is slowing down. The release out of El Vado is murky but fishable.The stretch below Abiquiu Dam is fishing good and the water clarity is getting better.

San Juan RiverUpper section – Catch and Release flow is 493 cfs.The habitat improvements and silt remediation project on the San Juan was completed last week. The work in “The Braids,” has been very productive as fish have moved into this new habitat where they previously weren’t. Good midge fishing and midge hatches during the mornings and good blue winged olive hatches in the afternoons. In the mornings, use a red midge larva as your point fly and trail a size 24-26 black or gray midge pupa. As the afternoon progresses, change your flies to baetis, such as a gray or chocolate RS2 or foam wing emerger.

Abiquiu Lake – Fishing is slow for all species.

El Vado Lake – No report due to weather and a lack of anglers. Ice is forming around the edges of the lake.

Heron LakeNo report due to weather and a lack of anglers. Ice is forming around the edges of the lake.

Jackson Lake Trout fishing is reported as fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms from shore.

Lake FarmingtonTrout fishing is reported as fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. Best success is reported close to the dam.

Morgan Lake – No report

Navajo Lake – Trout fishing is reported as fair to good from the dam using spinners and streamers.

 

Northeast

 

Cimarron River – No read on flows due to ice. The Cimarron is done until spring.

Costilla Creek – The flow is 61 cfs near the town of Costilla. Fishing is reported as slow below the Valle Vidal boundary, water levels are very low and there is snow and ice.

Red River – No read on flow due to ice at Questa and 38 cfs below the hatchery. Fishing for trout is reported as fair with better fishing on the lower stretches. Fish are being caught and all methods working. Please respect spawning fish and leave them alone while on their beds.

Rio Grande– No read on flow due to ice at Cerro. Flow is 446 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. Water levels are high and fishing is reported as slow to fair. Trout still seem to prefer the faster aerated water. Nymph the pocket water or strip streamers for the browns. Pike fishing is starting to get going. Best bet is to use large red and white lures or flies.

Rio Hondo – No read on flow due to ice. Trout fishing is reported as slow with snow and ice. Best bet is to fish at the confluence with the Rio Grande.

Rio Pueblo No read on flow due to ice. No report.

Charette Lakes – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.

Clayton Lake – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.

Eagle Nest Lake – The lake is closed to fishing until the ice is thick enough to allow it. The lake is also closed to boats for the winter. The New Mexico Game Commission will consider allowing unlimited take of northern pike from Eagle Nest Lake to address the aggressive species’ threat to the lake’s trout and salmon fishery at its meeting Thursday, Dec. 15, in Albuquerque.

Lake Alice and Lake Maloya – No report

Maxwell Lakes – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.

Shuree Ponds No report.

Springer Lakes – No report. Closed to ice fishing.

 

West-Central, including the Jemez Mountains

 

Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San AntonioFlow on the Jemez River is 20 cfs. The lower Guadalupe can be accessed below Gilman tunnels and is fishing fair in the warmer part of the day. The lower Jemez was stocked Nov. 11 and may be worth fishing for rainbows. The Valles Caldera National Preserve has closed the fishing program until next spring.

Metro DrainagesThe fishing is reported as fair with most methods catching fish. The drainages were stocked last week: Albuquerque with 300 triploid rainbow trout; Belen with 200; Bernalillo with 80; Corrales with 121; and Peralta with 250.

Bluewater Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as slow due to ice on the lake.

Cochiti Lake – No report. The lake is closed for the season along the Tetilla Peak side. The upper lake is also closed above Tetilla due to a log boom in place on the lake.

Fenton Lake – The lake has iced over and is closed to ice fishing because of dangerous ice conditions.

Tingley BeachTrout fishing has been good. Best reports are from anglers using salmon eggs and Pistol Petes. The ponds were stocked with 2,538 triploid rainbow trout. Reports from fly-rod anglers at the South/Catch and Release Pond have been hit and miss when using bunny leeches and black beetles.

 

East–Central, including the Pecos River

 

Coyote CreekClosed for the season.

Pecos River – No read on flow due to ice. The upper river is under ice, especially in shaded stretches. Fish the afternoon hours while the sun is on the water.

Conchas Lake – No report.

Morphy Lake – Closed for the season.

Santa Rosa Lake – No report.

Storrie Lake – Fishing is slow to fair for trout due to light traffic and cold weather.

Sumner Lake –Walleye are reported as fair. Fish are being caught in shallow water and off points and structure. The fish range from 14 to 20 inches and are hitting white shad lures. No reports for the trout stocked below the dam.

Ute Lake – No report.

 

Southwest

 

Gila River – The flow is 66 cfs and fishing is slow with the best success in the upper reaches of the river on the West, East and Middle forks.

Rio Grande– No report.

Bill Evans Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as fair with most methods working. The lake was stocked with 937 triploid rainbow trout last week.

Caballo Lake – Fishing is slow and water levels are very low. Best bet is below the spillway on the Rio Grande at Percha State Park.Fishermen are catching a few white bass and black bass on the river; most walleye are too small to keep (less than 14 inches.

Elephant Butte Lake – No report due to light traffic and weather. The Rio Grande between Elephant Butte and Caballo was stocked with 1,700 triploid rainbow trout.

Glenwood Ponds – Fishing is slow for trout. The ponds were stocked with 199 triploid rainbow trout.

Lake Roberts – Trout fishing is reported as slow with worms and Power Bait.

Quemado Lake – No report.

 

Southeast

 

Rio Ruidoso – Flow is 0.28 cfs in town and 6.6 cfs at Hollywood. Fishing is reported as slow on the lower stretches of the river where the flows are a bit higher.

Bonito Lake – Closed for the season.

Bottomless Lakes: No report.

Brantley Reservoir – There has been light pressure and no current report. A mandatory catch and release is in place at Brantley Lake because pesticides have been found in the fish. Do not keep or eat them.

Grindstone Reservoir – Fishing is fair for trout using worms, Power Bait and Pistol Petes. Best times to fish are reported from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

4 Days in AZ!!! A Brand New World

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Wow… What a few days.  So I finally made it back to AZ, the plan was to see what the deer were doing this time of year and hunt like a madman.  If you have hunted any whitetails before then you have heard that this time of year they living the high-life.  Eating, Drinking, Sleeping.  Well, this year we have gotten a ton of rain so there was Food, Water and Bedding EVERYWHERE…

Well how about some Food!!!!

Look at this nice plump acorns…

Man this is my favorite time of the year to munch on them…. I picked about 2.5 Gallons… I am not sure what I am going to do with them yet but they sure are good.  I was given a few links to make Acorn Meal out of them and use them in stuff like Pancakes, Oat Meal and as a kind of floor.

Anyway, since watching shows like Survivorman and Dual Survival everything now looks like food… :)

And Water, We have had a really good Monsoon Season…

And how about some bedding…

Okay so these deer were living the High-Life… I was expecting that Black dude from the Miller High-Life commercial to bring a case of beer to my pop-up blind.

So what happened, Well if you want the Cliff Notes…  20 Mule Deer Does, 4 Mule Deer Bucks, 3 Coues Does, 0 Coues Bucks, 50 Elk and about 40 Turkeys.

If you want the Hunters Version, here is goes.  As I said before, in AZ you can bait but the issue is that there is SO much feed everywhere these deer have all the food they need.  Sitting water is out of the question because of all the rain and bedding, well there is cover area.  A mature Coues Deer buck will spend his entire year in a 1 square mile area and as they get older that area shrinks.  The good thing is that once you have found them they you can come up with a plan.  The bad part is that you need to find them.

Needless to say I think I have found a spot that I really think has potential to put out a MONSTER!!!  This area is remote and hard to get into and out of…  If nothing else this was a great scouting trip.  This unit will not be open in December but it will be open in January…  So the plan is to hang a few camera’s in along some funnels and try and find a BEAST!!!!

So while I didn’t kill anything on this trip I think I have set myself up for some late season success.  SOO Stay Tuned!!!!!!