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Two men sentenced for poaching mule deer


LOVINGTON – Two men pleaded guilty to killing mule deer out of season, unlawful possession, tampering with evidence and other charges filed against them in Lovington District Court last December. Both men received probation and were ordered to pay $2,400 in fines, $330 in court fees and forfeit their rifles earlier this month.

On Dec. 28, 2017, Hobbs District Offic­er Andrew Jolliff received a tip from the Operation Game Thief hotline — a number set up by the Department of Game and Fish for the public to report poachers — about a deer that was killed illegally on Christmas Day. The tipster mentioned that the deer had been butchered and was buried near an oil rig in Lea County.

After an investigation, two suspects admitted to killing more than one mule deer each — two does and a forked antler buck. Officer Jolliff seized the antlers, the meat the men had processed from the deer, both of the men’s rifles and arrested one.

“It was thanks to a tip to Operation Game Thief that this conviction was able to occur,” said Capt. Andy Gray. “We encourage members of the public to report poachers to the department. The key to helping conservation officers track down poachers and protect our wildlife is to report the information as quickly as possible.”

Both men admitted they did not think there would be a game warden working on Christmas and did not believe they would be caught.

If you see or suspect a wildlife crime, please call the 24-hour Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-432-GAME. You can remain anonymous and can earn a monetary reward. Remember: poachers steal your wildlife.

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact, Cody Johnston: (575) 291-2138
gary.johnston@state.nm.us

National Shooting Sports Month

Join the Fun This Month

National Shooting Sports Month celebrates the passion we all have for target shooting and a pastime that provides a lifetime of enjoyment that can be shared with families and friends. At the same time, it reminds the public that shooting is a safe, fun activity enjoyed by millions of Americans, and provides an excellent opportunity for increased shooting sports participation through fun events and activities held across the country.  We will be updating new specials through out the month

Estancia Valley Friends of NRA Event 7/27

Estancia Valley Friends of NRA Event
Is Coming Up Soon!

Friday, July 27 | 6:00 PM

Moriarity Civic Center
202 Broadway Street, South
Moriarity, NM 87035
 

National Rifle Association * 11250 Waples Mill Rd * Fairfax, VA. 22030

NRA Life Membership for $600, beat the Price Increase

The NRA has made two announcements to their recruiters.

  1.  The previous $600 Lifetime membership is once again available for a limited time.  To get this rate, it must be paid in full.  They still offer the $25/quarter Easy Payment Plan, but the regular membership rate is $1500.
  2. NRA Membership dues will increase September 1, 2018. The One-Year membership rate will increase from $40 to $45, and the Five-Year membership rate will increase from $140 to $150. All other membership rates will remain at the current pricing.

We are a NRA recruiter and have the NRA hats in black/gold or camo with one year memberships.  For 5 year or life you also get a t-shirt and knife.  Please contact us your new or renewal membership.  Even if you are a member, you can pay at current renewal rates and have the time added to your membership rather than wait for higher rates.

Public comment sought on draft Environmental Assessment for construction of a shooting range in Clayton

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027
tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us

CLAYTON – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the construction of the Stephen M. Bush Memorial Shooting Range in Clayton.

The EA analyzes potential effects on physical, biological, and cultural resources and socioeconomic conditions that may result from the implementation of the project. The EA also incorporates other federal, state, and local environmental policies and regulations and is prepared in accordance with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Environmental Policy Act Handbook.

The proposed range would include; a 50-yard pistol range, 50-yard small bore rifle range, 200-yard rifle range, a 90-yard archery range and a multipurpose shotgun field on a 161.5-acre parcel owned by the department. If approved, the USFWS Wildlife Restoration Grant Program will provide much of the funding for this project. The range will serve as a public shooting range and will also provide hunter education program opportunities.

The parcel is located in Union County near the intersection of NM 370 and US 87 outside of Clayton and comprises the north half of the northeast quarter of Section 27 and the north half of the northwest quarter of Section 26 Township 26 North, Range 35 East, Sections 26 and 27, New Mexico.

Other planned infrastructure would include the construction of a 0.85-mile graded and graveled access road with a gate, 75 gravel parking stalls, shade structures for firing lanes, earthen impact berms and sidewalls for the pistol and rifle ranges and wooden or brick noise shields behind the firing lanes.

The draft EA can be found on the department website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us/public-comment. Comments can be sent to DGF-Shootingranges@state.nm.us and must be received by July 20.

Printed copies of the draft EA can be obtained by writing the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, One Wildlife Way, Santa Fe, NM 87507 to the attention of Jessica Fisher, Shooting Program Coordinator. For more information, please call (505) 476-8100.

TV Commercials for our Gala & People’s Choice Trophy Mule Deer Show

Saturday August 4, 2018
Albuquerque Convention Center
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday August 4, 2018
Albuquerque Convention Center
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
DSC New Mexico would like to invite you to watch our two TV commercials that will be airing on cable & satellite for the next two months. If you don’t mind, we would love it if you shared the videos with your family and friends.
The People’s Choice Trophy Mule Deer Show is free to attend, and free to pre-register so save the date, this is one show you do not want to miss!
Be sure to pre-register to attend the People’s Choice Mule Deer Show as an attendee to be entered to win a cow elk hunt on Vermejo Park Ranch. Anybody can enter to win that hunt, so be sure to tell all your family and friends that may be interested in attending, to go to www.dscnewmexico.com/trophy-mule-deer-show-pre-reg to pre-register themselves.
Tickets to the 2nd Annual Gala & Fundraiser are available to purchase online and are reasonably priced. Click Here to purchase Gala Tickets.
Thank You,
Benny Espinoza
DSCNM Events Coordinator

“F— the NRA” Candidate Drops Out

Pat Davis probably never had much of a chance to win a New Mexico congressional race. Why else would a candidate resort to using the F-word in a campaign ad—and not just willy-nilly, either. His spot opened up with him saying “F— the NRA.”

Tucker Carlson wasted little time and didn’t mince words when he called Davis on the carpet. Davis didn’t exactly shine in that interview, brushing off questions that Carlson asked that he didn’t know the answer to and showing that he had little knowledge about guns, even though he boldly attacked the almost 6 million law-abiding gun owners who are members of the NRA.

In bowing out, Davis said, “[T]his year, progressives have a lot of good choices, and it is clear to me that by remaining divided, none of us will win.”

Leave it to a politician to come up with a meaningless, vanilla response for dropping out of a race when his stance on a key issue probably had more to do with his reality check.

Special hunter education camp offered at Camp Tres Ritos near Mora

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Jennifer Morgan: (505) 222-4722
jennifer.morgan@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 18, 2018:

Special hunter education camp offered

at Camp Tres Ritos near Mora

MORA – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is offering a special hunter education camp where youth can receive hands-on training and earn their hunter education certification.

 The camp is open to youth ages 10 to 17 who are accompanied by a registered adult. It will be conducted the weekend of June 22-24, at the Boy Scout’s Camp Tres Ritos near Mora. Meals are free and participants will tent-camp on the property. Registration for this opportunity opens May 23. Those interested in attending must complete and return the registration form available at http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/ by 12 p.m. on June 4, to be eligible. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 The department is hosting the camp in partnership with the Boy Scouts of America Camp Tres Ritos and the Safari Club International Foundation.

 Participants will learn safe and responsible firearms handling, ethical hunting behaviors, conservation, wildlife identification and basic survival skills. Participants will learn from department conservation officers about their jobs including wildlife investigations, decoy operations, working with wildlife and test their marksmanship skills with bow and arrows. All equipment will be provided.

 To qualify for the camp, participants must have a Customer Identification Number account with the department and complete the required homework before attending. To hunt legally in New Mexico, youth under 18 years of age must first successfully complete a hunter education course or be registered in the department’s Mentored-Youth Hunting Program.

 For more information please contact the Department’s Hunter Education Office at 505-222-4731 or go online to www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/.

Mossberg Terminates Relationship With Dick’s Sporting Goods

O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., a leading American firearms manufacturer, will discontinue selling products to Dick’s Sporting Goods, and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, in response to their hiring of gun control lobbyists in April 2018.

Effective immediately, O.F. Mossberg & Sons will not accept any future orders from Dick’s Sporting Goods or Field & Stream, and is in the process of evaluating current contractual agreements.

“It has come to our attention that Dick’s Sporting Goods recently hired lobbyists on Capitol Hill to promote additional gun control,” said Iver Mossberg, Chief Executive Officer of O.F. Mossberg & Sons. “Make no mistake, Mossberg is a staunch supporter of the U.S. Constitution and our Second Amendment rights, and we fully disagree with Dick’s Sporting Goods’ recent anti-Second Amendment actions.”

Consumers are urged to visit one of the thousands of pro-Second Amendment firearm retailers to make their purchases of Mossberg and Maverick® firearms. Firearm retailers can be found through the Mossberg Dealer Locator by visiting http://www.mossberg.com/dealers/. 

About O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc.

Founded in 1919, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. is the oldest family-owned firearms manufacturer in America, and is the largest pump-action shotgun manufacturer in the world. Leading the way with more than 100 design and utility patents to its credit, and standing as the first ISO 9001 Certified long-gun manufacturer, Mossberg is considered to be one of the most innovative firearms manufacturers in U.S. History. For more information on commercial, special purpose, law enforcement and military shotguns, rifles and accessories, please visit their website at www.mossberg.com. 

New Mexico State Youth Hunter Education Challenge!

 

NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge

NRA’s Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) provides a fun environment for youth to improve their hunting, marksmanship, and safety skills. Through its simulated hunting situations, live fire exercises, and educational and responsibility events, YHEC helps build upon skills learned in basic hunter education courses and encourages safer lifelong hunting habits.

Don’t miss this chance to attend a YHEC in your area.

EVENT NAME New Mexico State YHEC Event
EVENT DATE June 1, 2018
EVENT LOCATION NRA Whittington Center
Raton, New Mexico
CONTACT Rick Andes
575-799-7285
nailbender2@plateautel.net
ABOUT YHEC
Recognized as the most comprehensive youth hunting program anywhere in North America, the Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) is NRA’s graduate studies program in outdoor skills and safety training for young hunters. The program is conducted under simulated hunting conditions to provide the best practical environment for reinforcing and testing a young hunter’s skills.Visit yhec.nra.org or email yhec@nrahq.org for more information about YHEC.
Participants must be 18 years old or younger and have taken a Hunter Education Course. Parent or guardian permission is required. No prior experience needed, but participants must be able to safely handle and shoulder firearms.
NRANational Rifle Association * 11250 Waples Mill Rd * Fairfax, VA. 22030
Thank you.