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New Distinguished Shooter

CMP Distinguished Rifleman Award

CMP Distinguished Rifleman Award

New Distinguished Shooters. The CMP extends its congratulations to the following competitor for achieving this prestigious status!

#1510  Andrew Schmidt, Albuquerque, NM

Robbie Roberts (11/30/1946 – 3/29/2021)

Dear Instructors and Friends,

I am deeply saddened to share the news that the hunter education family has lost another amazing member. I was notified this morning that Robert “Robbie” Roberts passed away yesterday morning. Robbie was an Instructor in Raton and worked at the NRA Whittington Center for 20 years. Previously he managed the shooting range in La Luz, NM.

As many of you may know, Robbie was an avid shooter and dedicated his life to teaching others the many skills of safe and responsible shooting and hunting. Robbie became a certified Hunter Education Instructor in 2000 and was most involved in teaching courses during the Adventure Camp Sessions offered at the NRA Whittington Center.

Robbie played an integral role in the shooting community not only in hunter education, but with the youth shooting sports program and as well in his local communities and nationally. The shooting community has lost a great man.

Please keep his wife Doris, his family, friends, and the NRA Whittington Center in your thoughts.

(Editor’s Note:  I took two classes from Robbie at the NRA Whittington center.  Sorry to see him go)

Upcoming Special Legislative Session

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If you haven’t heard yet, the New Mexico Legislature will be back for a special session starting March 30th. At this time, the declared agenda is legalizing recreational marijuana and and an economic development bill. The NMSSA team will be closely following the session and we will let you know if anything pertaining to our right to keep and bear arms surfaces.

During the past legislative session, on many occasions, people who are subscribed to our updates reached out to me on the status of other items that are not gun related. While I am happy to help as I have time, there are a lot of other good organizations out there lobbying on issues not related to guns. At NMSSA, we have a strict policy of never giving out information on our members or email subscribers to any third party. Working with New Mexico Business Coalition, who has helped us lobby on gun and public safety issues, we put together an optional survey for folks who want to get more involved in other issues. Here is the link to the survey. The survey is optional and they will only receive your information if you volunteer it to them.

NMSSA Weekend Legislative Update: March 13th

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We are now down to just one week left in the 2021 Legislative Session. There were two developments this week you should know about. First, HB193, the expansion of the “red-flag” gun confiscation order, was sent from the floor of the House to the House Rules & Order of Business Committee. This is a strong indication that the bill is dead as it was sent back to a committee by the Speaker of the House without a vote on the floor on the bill. It is worth noting that one of the bill’s sponsor’s, Representative Ely, has already said he intends to try again with the bill next year. Second, HB306, the NMSSA supported bill that would impose hard time deadlines on NMDPS to process concealed carry applications and renewals, was called up at the last minute to be heard in the House Judiciary Committee. After a debate on the bill, the committee voted 5-5 on a motion for a due pass. Since the vote was tied, the bill will stay in the House Judiciary Committee for now.

The sponsor of HB306, Representative Lord, was able to speak to the NMDPS Concealed Carry Unit Director about the proposal. The director did not oppose the bill, and recognized that many individuals faced long waits for concealed carry permits and permit renewals in 2020. Even if we are unable to move forward with HB306, we were able to use the bill to get the attention of NMDPS and open a dialogue on why many New Mexicans faced delays in 2020, and how NMDPS can work to process application in a timely fashion going forward. As we enter the final week of the Legislative Session, we will continue to send updates on what is happening.

Zac Fort
New Mexico Shooting Sports Association

Oryx Trophy Hunt Drawing

Miss out on a Trophy Hunt this year due to COVID!? We feel ya, but we’ve got something you JUST MIGHT be interested in to help….

Trophy Oryx Hunt Free Range on 350,000 acre Private Ranch




About the Event

Hunt #03-03-2021 

Trophy Oryx Hunt Free Range on 350,000 acre Private

Armendariz Ranch ,

Truth or Consequences, NM, USA

  • Donation $100 per Ticket
  • ONLY 200 Tickets Available 

Hunt Includes:

 1 Trophy Bull Oryx

1  Mature Bull – Hunter’s Choice

1 New Mexico Game and Fish Oryx License and Game hunting License are included. DSCNM will provide the Winner with a check to cover the cost of either a non-resident or resident Oryx license and game hunting license 30 days prior to the scheduled hunt date so winner may purchase the required license’s from NMGF

1 Private land Oryx Permit, for the Trophy Bull Oryx

1 on 1 Guide service while on ranch property Guide will provide snacks, lunch and beverages while in the field

Ø Transportation while on the ranch during the hunt

Ø Field care along with skinning and transportation prep of animal

Ø 3 – day hunts -spot & stalk / truck – Hunters will see multiple Oryx each day hunted with multiple opportunities. (most will harvest the first day)

NOT Included:

Ø Lodging and meals Not Included

Ø Accommodations,

o Most hunters stay in Truth or Consequences (approximate 30 min drive to property) Several hotels and restaurants are located in Truth or Consequences

Ø Transportation to and from hunting area Not Included

Ø Gratuities (customary based on hunt Value 10-15%)

Ø Items of Personal Nature

Hunt Dates: Available Dates from Outfitter between April 1st, 2021 to March 31st 2022

Hunt Value $7,000


The hunt will take place on world Armendariz Ranch

Hunts are all fair chase & Free Range (not high fenced) Conducted on over 350,000 acres of private ranch land near Truth or Consequences, NM

No Draw Required – Private Land Oryx Permits / Over the Counter Licenses.

Dates available for Oryx Hunts – Schedule anytime April 1st, 2021 through March 31st, 2022 from Outfitter available Dates– Hunt any month of the year!

Licenses can be purchased online at

Or at any dealer (sporting goods store, Walmart, Etc.)

Do not purchase Licenses / permits until just prior to hunt dates – licenses are nonrefundable – licenses can be purchased just prior to hunt dates. Contact DSCNM or Del Re Outdoor Expeditions for details.

Wound / Loss Policy is strictly enforced – any wounded animal is considered a harvest, Guide will give their best effort to recover a wounded animal, however another animal will not be allowed without additional fees

Hunt is considered complete after harvest and trophy care of Harvested Oryx.

DSCNM would like to Thank Joe Del Re and Del Re Outdoor Expeditions for MAKING THIS DREAM Hunt Available.

** Please note that this hunt may not be sold, transferred, or assigned to another party without the express written permission of Del Re Outdoor Expeditions and DALLAS SAFARI CLUB NEW MEXICO.

All Drawing Rules Posted on DSCNM website apply to this drawing.

See our Facebook Page to get entered or just CLICK ON THE RAFFLE TICKETS ABOVE!


Stay tuned to (and interact with) our social media channels for more chances to get in on winning the awesome items we have up for grabs for just a FRACTION of the item cost!

#HuntNM21 – Deadlines are approaching quickly

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Apply now for the Big Game Draw

Apply Here 2021

21 RIB

Deadlines are approaching fast:

March 10 at 5:00 p.m.Deadline to qualify for the incentive program.

March 17 at 5:00 p.m. – Deadline to apply for draw licenses for Barbary sheep, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, ibex, javelina, pronghorn and oryx. Deadline to submit late 2020–21 harvest reports for deer, elk, pronghorn and turkey; an $8 late fee will apply. Apply now.

April 7 – Deadline to submit 2020–21 harvest reports for Barbary sheep, ibex, javelina, oryx and trapper license holders to be eligible for big-game licenses. Submit report.

Hunters, even if you are not ready to apply, make sure that you can log into your account. Hold times are already extended and expected to get longer. Log into your account here.

NMSSA Weekend Legislative Update: March 6th

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With just two weeks to go in the 2021 Legislative Session, we wrapped up a successful week. In the House Appropriations and Finance Committee, HB102, the taxpayer funds give-a-way to anti-gun groups, was tabled on concerns on the structure and source of the recurring funding the bill called for. It is possible that the bill will be brought back, but the clock is starting to loom large over legislative deliberations. HB193, the expansion of the “red-flag” gun confiscation law, has now been sitting on the floor of the house for a week with no movement on the bill. SB224, the firearm storage mandate or “criminal protection act,” is still in the Senate Judiciary Committee awaiting action.

We are still monitoring the others bills we have sent out alerts on, but at this point in the session, our primary focus is on stopping HB193 and SB224 as those two bills are the furthest along and stand the highest chance of passing. We will keep you apprised of any and all developments; and we will send out alerts if any of the gun related bills will be heard.

Zac Fort

They Want to Discard the Presumption of Innocence for Gun Owners

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Yesterday was the final day to file new bills for the 2021 Legislative Session, and they just introduced one of the worst bills we have ever seen. In just-filed HB353, from Representative Dixon,  a firearm that is transferred, without first verifying with the ATF that the firearm is not stolen property, would be presumed to have been stolen. Here is the exact language from the bill:

“A person who receives a firearm without first ensuring that the firearm was not stolen by verifying that fact with the federal bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives national tracing center is presumed to know that the firearm was stolen.”

A son who borrows a shotgun from his father to go hunting with would be presumed to have received stolen property unless they contacted ATF first to verify the gun was not stolen. Receiving a stolen firearm is a felony in New Mexico.

The first stop for this bill is in the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee. We will keep you updated on the progress of this appalling attack on gun ownership itself.

NMSSA Legislative Update: February 17th

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At today’s meeting of the Senate Health and Public Affairs Committee, SB224, the proposed “firearm storage” bill was rolled back until Friday. The bill would be more aptly named the “Burglar Protection Act” as it could make it harder to access your firearms in an emergency situation. The bill would also criminalize teaching your child how to shoot or hunt with a firearm unless they were 12 or older and had previously completed a formal class. You can sign up here to submit comment to the committee, or you can contact members of he committee individually listed below.

Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino – (D)  (505) 397-8839

Senator Bill Tallman – (D) (505) 397-8854

Senator Gregg Schmedes – (R) (505)

Senator David M. Gallegos – (R) (505) 986-4278

Senator Stuart Ingle – (R)  (505) 986-4702

Senator Brenda G. McKenna – (D)  (505) 397-8834

Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez – (D) (505) 397-8847

Senator Elizabeth “Liz” Stefanics – (D) (505) 397-8851

HB279, which would exempt gun stores and firearm training instructors from future emergency health orders, will be heard in the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee on Tuesday February 23rd. You can testify before the committee by going to their page here and clicking on “Please click this link for public comment for HCPAC” before the meeting starts at 1:30pm. Below is the contact info for members of that committee.

Liz Thompson (D) (505) 986-4425

Andrea Romero (D) (email listed on the legislature’s website) (505) 986-4243

Brittney Barreras (D)  BRITTNEYFORNEWMEXICO@GMAIL.COM (email listed on the legislature’s website) (505) 986-4248

Stefani Lord (R) (505) 986-4453

Randall Pettigrew (R) (505) 986-4467

I recently sat down with Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation on their podcast to talk about the 2021 legislative session. You can check out my interview here for a more in-depth conversation on the bills we are facing this year.

Zac Fort

Rocky Mountain Gun Show Show Cancelled

Our Albuquerque, New Mexico show on May 22-23 has been CANCELLED.

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