The Columbine Hondo area (including Columbine Creek, above) would become a full-fledged wilderness area under new legislation introduced in Congress by Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan. Click here to read more about the proposal to protect 45,000 acres of superb wildlife habitat and hunting and fishing opportunity in northern New Mexico.
A Tucumcari rancher is the new chairman of the State Game Commission, elected in March with no discussion and no alternative candidates offered. Click here to read our full Game Commission Report. The commission’s next meeting is Thursday, May 23, in Roswell. Click here to read the agenda.
Longtime registered hunting guide Ralph Ramos of Las Cruces has been appointed to the State Game Commission by Gov. Susana Martinez. His term expires Dec. 31, 2014.
It’s official - Rio Grande del Norte is a national monument! President Obama signed the designation Monday, March 24, permanently protecting 240,000 acres northwest of Taos. The order specifically allows hunting, fishing and other traditional uses to continue. Protection of RGDN has been a priority of northern New Mexico sportsmen for more than a decade, but Congress could not agree on the necessary legislation, prompting the effort to ask Obama to make the designation. Click here for more information. And for scenes from a designation celebration party, click here.
Welcome to our newest board member, Bruce Wilder. An avid hunter and angler, he was personally responsible for our successful fund-raiser with Will Primos and will be a great asset to our organization. Check our Board of Directors page for more on all the folks who oversee NMWF.
Thanks to the many sportsmen who joined NMWF or renewed their membership during our Turkey Season Sign-up. James Higman, a longtime NMWF supporter from Gainesville, Fla., won the raffle for a Weatherby shotgun and will no doubt get to use it when he visits New Mexico next. He says he loves to hunt here and often visits the NRA-Whittington Center in Raton. If you missed out on the Turkey Season Sign-up you can join the largest, most effective sportsman’s organization in New Mexico at any time. Click here to join now!
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Senate moves forward with Rio Grande del Norte wilderness areas
A key Senate committee has approved legislation sponsored by Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich to further protect high quality hunting and fishing and other traditional uses in the new Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. The legislation passed in mid-March by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee would create the Cerro del Yuta Wilderness and Rio San Antonio Wilderness. The two areas, on…
Ask EPA to protect Bristol Bay fishing and hunting opportunity
New Mexico sportsmen who dream of fishing or hunting in Alaska’s famed Bristol Bay region need to speak up and ask the Environmental Protection Agency to stop large-scale mining in the region before it starts. The proposed Pebble Mine, which is just one of several proposed in the Bristol Bay watershed, threatens the sustainable salmon fishery and its associated jobs and opportunity. Ask the EPA…
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North American Model of Wildlife Conservation
The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation is widely regarded as the best in the world. It was envisioned in the late 1800s by North American sportsmen as a new way to manage fish and game, reserving wildlife for the noncommercial use of individuals and managed in a way that ensures wildlife populations are sustained forever. The Arizona Game and Fish Department developed a concise…
Welcome to the NM Conservation Calendar
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May 23 - Game Commission meeting, Roswell
The State Game Commission meets at 9 a.m. in Roswell. The commission is expected to vote on final rules for upland game, including setting a…
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