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Have you been curious about bowhunting

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Have you been curious about bowhunting, attend our upcoming camp to learn important skills

This camp is for participants of all ages who are interested in learning more about the basics of archery and bowhunting. Participants will learn archery basics and safety, how to choose equipment, proper shot placement while hunting, outdoor preparedness and more! All archery equipment will be provided; however, you are encouraged to bring your own equipment if you have it.

Class will be held Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Roswell (registration opens on Nov. 27 at 9 a.m.).

Enroll for a class by logging into or creating a customer account and clicking on Hunter Education  (CORRECTED LINK).

Attention Hunters: Now is the time to start giving back

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Attention hunters: Are you ready to give back to the hunting community? We are looking for ethical hunters to help teach the next generation of hunters. The Department currently has three scheduled opportunities to get certified:

Dec. 16, 2023 in Las Cruces

Jan. 6, 2024 in Hobbs

Jan. 27, 2024 in Albuquerque

To learn more about becoming a hunter education instructor, visit our website.

Be ready to apply for the 2024 hunting season by getting your Hunter Education class now!

Hunter Education provides an educational opportunity that enables students to safely participate in a hunting or shooting sport. Hunter Education and its corps of volunteer instructors strive to produce safe, ethical and responsible students who will be tomorrow’s hunters and shooters.

Hunter Education classes are currently listed in Bosque del Apache, Farmington, Isleta, Lovington, Questa, Sandia Park and Socorro.

Find a list of statewide classes here.

Enroll for a class by logging into or creating a customer account and clicking on Hunter Education. 

Game Commission to meet October 27

New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Game & Fish News

New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Game & Fish News

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: 505-476-8000,
Media contact, Darren Vaughan: 505-476-8027,


Game Commission to meet October 27

SANTA FE – The New Mexico State Game Commission will hold a meeting at 9 a.m., Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, at the Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington Street; Farmington, New Mexico 87401. The full agenda, location details, attendee information and general information will be available on the Department of Game and Fish website.

If you are interested in participating and providing comments, but cannot attend the meeting in person, you are encouraged to pre-register to attend the meeting on the Zoom Webinar platform. For those who wish only to view the meeting, there will also be a live webcast on the Department’s website.

If you are an individual with a disability who needs a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the meeting, please contact Darren Vaughan at 505-476-8027 or Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible forms.

Lawsuit Update 10/3/23

New Mexico Shooting Sports Association - NRA Sanctioned Organization

Today, the hearing for the Preliminary Injunction against the governor’s “public health order” was held in Federal Court in Albuquerque. The judge did not rule on the injunction today, but he extended the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) previously issued, noting that parks were included in the original “public health order” the TRO was granted against. The TRO has been extended through October 11th. The judge expects to rule on the injunction by that date.

It is worth noting that the governor’s attorney present said the governor intends to extend her order beyond the initial 30 days it was issued for, and the governor herself has told the media she would like to return the scope of her order to its original language. This underscores why it is so important to continue to litigate this matter.

We will continue this fight, but we need your support too. Please continue to support NMSSA, Firearms Policy Coalition, and Second Amendment Foundation.

How to Become a New Mexico Game Warden

Do you have a passion for wildlife and the outdoors? Do you want a job that gets you out of the office? Are you ready to find a career and not just another job? You are invited to join us virtually on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. as we visit with Lt. Andrew Armendariz from our Field Operations Division about what it takes to become a New Mexico game warden, and how to navigate the current hiring process.

This session aims to provide information on what a career as a game warden looks like, and why wildlife law enforcement plays an essential role in our Department. We are currently hiring game warden recruits, so this is your opportunity to learn how to apply, what the requirements are, what the training timeline looks like and to ask questions about the process.

The educational requirements to become a game warden include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in any field with at least 12 credit hours that pertain to the essential duties and responsibilities of this classification.

Essential duties and responsibilities of this position:


  • Participate and assist in wildlife management.
  • Assist in providing information on wildlife education, wildlife law enforcement, management and research.
  • Assist in enforcing wildlife regulations/laws and wildlife management.
  •  Have contact with the general public to provide information on wildlife regulations and laws.

Visit our website at to review the position details before the live session.

To participate virtually, click here to register in advance for this session. Please bring questions for the Q&A session after our presentation, or you can send them to Colleen Payne in advance. This session will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel if you can’t make the live session.

Victory in Court Today! TRO Granted

New Mexico Shooting Sports Association - NRA Sanctioned Organization

Today in Federal Court in Albuquerque, the Federal Judge presiding over our case granted us a Temporary Restraining Order against the Governor’s unconstitutional order banning the carrying of firearms in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. The order is effective today as of 2:55pm.

This was a win today, but the case is far from over. The next hearing will be held on October 3rd. Our attorneys did an excellent job representing our members, and all New Mexicans in court today. Their performance is exactly why we partnered with them.

We will continue this fight, but we need your support too. Please continue to support NMSSA, Firearms Policy Coalition, and Second Amendment Foundation.

New Mexico governor issues order to suspend open and concealed carry of guns in Albuquerque

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday issued an emergency order suspending the right to carry firearms in public across Albuquerque and the surrounding county for at least 30 days in response to a spate of gun violence.

The Democratic governor said she expects legal challenges but was compelled to act in response to gun deaths, including the fatal shooting of an 11-year-old boy outside a minor league baseball stadium this week.

The firearms suspension, classified as an emergency public health order, applies to open and concealed carry in most public place, from city sidewalks to urban recreational parks.

The restriction is tied to a threshold for violent crime rates currently only met by the Albuquerque area. Police and licensed security guards are exempt from the temporary ban.

Violators could face civil penalties and a fine of up to $5,000, gubernatorial spokeswoman Caroline Sweeney said. The governor wants the order enforced by Albuquerque police, county sheriff’s deputies and state police.

Under the order, residents still can transport guns to some private locations, such as a gun range or gun store, provided the firearm has a trigger lock or some other container or mechanism making it impossible to discharge.

Lujan Grisham acknowledged not all law enforcement officials were on board with her decision.

“I welcome the debate and fight about how to make New Mexicans safer,” she said at a news conference, flanked by law enforcement officials, including the district attorney for the Albuquerque area.

Bernalillo County Sheriff John Allen said in a statement late Friday that he has reservations about the order but is ready to cooperate to tackle gun violence.

“While I understand and appreciate the urgency, the temporary ban challenges the foundation of our constitution, which I swore an oath to uphold,” Allen said. “I am wary of placing my deputies in positions that could lead to civil liability conflicts, as well as the potential risks posed by prohibiting law-abiding citizens from their constitutional right to self-defense.”

Lujan Grisham referenced several recent shootings in Albuquerque in issuing the order. Among them was a suspected road rage shooting Wednesday outside a minor league baseball stadium that killed 11-year-old Froyland Villegas and critically wounded a woman as their vehicle was peppered with bullets while people left the game.

Last month, 5-year-old Galilea Samaniego was fatally shot while asleep in a motor home. Four teens entered the mobile home community in two stolen vehicles early on Aug. 13 and opened fire on the trailer, according to police. The girl was struck in the head and later died at a hospital.

The governor also cited an August shooting death in Taos County of 13-year-old Amber Archuleta. A 14-year-old boy shot and killed the girl with his father’s gun while they were at his home, authorities said.

“When New Mexicans are afraid to be in crowds, to take their kids to school, to leave a baseball game — when their very right to exist is threatened by the prospect of violence at every turn — something is very wrong,” Lujan Grisham said in a statement.

The top-ranked Republican in the state Senate swiftly denounced the governor’s actions Friday to restrict guns as a way to stem violent crime.

“A child is murdered, the perpetrator is still on the loose, and what does the governor do? She … targets law-abiding citizens with an unconstitutional gun order,” Sen. Greg Baca of Belen said.

Miranda Viscoli, co-president of New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence, applauded the governor’s order as a courageous and necessary step to curbing gun violence, even if the measure’s legal fate is uncertain.

“If it saves one life, then it’s worth doing,” Viscoli said.

Since 2019, Lujan Grisham has signed a raft of legislation restricting access to guns, including a 2020 “red flag” law allowing police or sheriff’s deputies to ask a court to temporarily remove guns from people who might hurt themselves or others, an extension of background-check requirements to nearly all private gun sales.

She also signed a ban on firearms possession for people under permanent protective orders for domestic violence.

Friday’s order directs state regulators to conduct monthly inspections of firearms dealers statewide to ensure compliance with gun laws.

The state Department of Health will compile a report on gunshot victims at New Mexico hospitals that includes age, race, gender and ethnicity, along with the brand and caliber of firearm involved and other general circumstances.

Friends of the NRA – Las Cruces 9/23/23

Friends of the NRA

Friends of the NRA

Join other champions of the Second Amendment for dinner, games, auctions, and fun with a chance to win exclusive NRA guns, gear, décor, and collectibles!

Hilton Garden Inn Las Cruces
2550 Don Roser Drive
Las Cruces, NM 88011
Get Directions
Custom Cartridge Company
3225 South Main Street
Las Cruces, NM 88005

Additional Event Details

Each EVENT ENTRY Ticket includes one DINNER TICKET!

Please see attached video links for details of the following:
Locked & Loaded and Wall Of Gun Explanation!
Tables, Raffle Packages and Vouchers Explanation!
Locked & Loaded, Lucky 21, Kill It Chill It and Grill it and NRA Triple Play Explanation!
For any questions please call the contact above we want your experience to be the best ever, we can’t wait to see you at the event!!!

Friends Of NRA Grants New Mexico Cibola 8/19

August 19th Saturday 3 DAYS From NOW we will be having our annual Friends of NRA Event @
Knights of Columbus
1601 Roosevelt Ave
Grants, NM 87020
There are only 3 Days left to buy tickets and Locked & Loaded cards for the event. I hope you can make it and support the shooting sports. 
If you have any questions please feel free to give me a call. I wanted to personally invite you to attend. 
Best Regards, 
Friends Of NRA Chairman Cibola (Grants) New Mexico 
Damon A. Landschoot
(505) 610-0723

Enhancement hunts help fund conservation in New Mexico

New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Game & Fish News

New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Game & Fish News

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: 505-476-8000;
Media contact, Darren Vaughan: 505-476-8027;


Enhancement hunts help fund conservation in New Mexico

Auction Elk

New Mexico?–? According to statutory provisions, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish offer special enhancement hunting permits through raffles and auctions yearly. All proceeds from enhancement hunt permits are used solely for habitat enhancement, conservation, research and management projects in New Mexico. These raffles and auctions raised more than $1.7 million for conservation in 2023.   

“Our robust conservation efforts will keep the Land of Enchantment beautiful for decades to come,” said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. “The work we do with our non-profit wildlife conservation partners is critical to our efforts to support future research, conservation and management projects.”  

The Department works with non-profit organizations dedicated to wildlife conservation to carry out these auctions and raffles. The partner organizations this year included Ducks Unlimited, the Mule Deer Foundation, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the Wild Sheep Foundation. 

“The Department thanks all of our non-profit partners for assisting with this year’s auctions and raffles,” said Director Mike Sloane. “We look forward to investing funds earned from these enhancement hunts into the conservation of wildlife and their habitats for the benefit of current and future generations of New Mexicans.”