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Bill to ban coyote killing contests passes first committee

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – A new law is making its way through the Roundhouse that would make it illegal to organize or participate in coyote killing contests.

The inspiration behind this bill came after the sponsors heard reports of people leaving behind dead coyotes without regard after a contest.

“There was news reports of coyotes just been dumped in the middle of the desert. Dozens of coyotes just shot and left out in the desert to bake in the sun,” said Sen. Mark Moores, (R) Albuquerque. “And it just sent a bad message for all of New Mexico that we’re going to allow this.”

The bill would make it illegal for someone to organize, sponsor, arrange, hold or participate in coyote killing contests for prizes or for entertainment. People in favor of these contests said it helps with coyote overpopulation and with protecting livestock. Supporters of the ban said these contests are cruel.

“I think it would send a great message about the state of New Mexico,” said Sen. Jeff Steinborn, (D) Las Cruces. “We would be the second state in the country to outlaw these killing competitions and to a place like the Land of Enchantment, where we’re trying to build an outdoor economy—we celebrate our natural life here and our culture—that it would send a message that we don’t support an inhumane treatment of animals.”

The bill passed its first committee hearing this morning. The law would not change the coyote’s status as an unprotected animal that can be killed without a license.

The Legislative Finance Committee said in 2015, more than 55 coyotes were intentionally killed with guns.

In January, the state’s Land Commissioner signed an executive order banning killing contests on state land.

Senators Moores and Steinborn have tried to pass this bill before, but it was postponed indefinitely in the 2017 session.

New Mexico County Declares Itself “2nd Amendment Sanctuary State”

Quay County in eastern New Mexico has declared itself a “Second Amendment Sanctuary County” in protest of pending gun control legislation in the state.

The Quay County Commission voted unanimously to pass the resolution, as reported by Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV.

Curry and Union Counties passed similar situations earlier this week and Eddy County Commissioners are slated to vote on their version next Tuesday.

The state’s House Republicans commended the move in a statement, saying they are proud of Quay County (pop. 10k), for standing up for the rights of New Mexicans. Republican lawmakers represent the minority in both the state’s House and Senate.

The pending gun control legislation includes House Bill 8, which would expand background checks to gun sales between private citizens, the station reported. Licensed gun dealers are already required to conduct background checks by state law.

The New Mexico Sheriff’s Association has been vocal against the gun bills, including one that would require background checks on all gun sales. The New Mexico Sheriff’s Association called the laws unenforceable, saying they would punish law-abiding citizens, according to the station

Special Message from NMSSA President

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To our members and supporters, thank you for standing with us this legislative session. We knew that there would be an assault on our right to keep and bear arms going into this year, but the attacks we have seen this year are the worst we have seen in New Mexico. Anti-gun politicians continue to abuse their power by playing games with committee scheduling, by filing multiple versions of the same bill to make us fight each one, and by breaking the rules of floor debate to ram through their agenda. And those are just the tactics they use to push legislation that ignores criminals and targets regular, law-abiding New Mexicans. Two bills that focus on criminals, one that would increase the penalty for using a firearm in the commission of a crime and one that would increase the state penalty for a felon caught in possession of a firearm, haven’t even received a hearing in their first committee. It is clear that law-abiding gun owners, not the criminals who terrorize New Mexico with near impunity, are the target this legislative session.

We are at the half-way point of the session now; while this fight can be exhausting and time consuming, we need to push back even harder than we have before. But we also need more hard-working, honest New Mexicans to stand with us. Could you please forward this message onto your friends? Encourage them to get in this fight with us. Trying to make us feel helpless and give up has been the modus operandi of our opponents – but NMSSA will refuse to back down or give up.

Z. Fort

New Distinguished New Mexican Shooters

CMP Distinguished Rifleman Award

CMP Distinguished Rifleman Award

The CMP extends its congratulations to the following competitors for achieving this prestigious status!  The most recent shooters to earn Distinguished Badges are listed below.  To view the official list of all Distinguished shooters, visit
Junior Air Rifle Distinguished Badge
#1373    Genavive Currell, Rio Rancho, NM
#1374    Joab Gonzalez, Santa Fe, NM
#1376    Aryanna Holmes, Santa Fe, NM

Last Chance for Tickets – The NM Governor’s Special Hunt Auction & Banquet

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Ticket Sales End Thursday at Noon

Last Chance To Buy Your Tickets!

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has partnered with the New Mexico Wildlife Federation to host the 2019 Governor’s Special Hunt Auction and Banquet.

Once again, the department will auction over a dozen premier hunting and fishing packages to benefit the Game Protection Fund of New Mexico. The event starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Creative Arts Building at Expo New Mexico, on the State Fair Grounds at 300 San Pedro Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.

Don’t miss your opportunity to bid on one of many spectacular hunts, including elk, ibex, oryx , mule deer, coues deer, pronghorn, turkey, upland game hunting and premier fishing excursions.

The Keynote Speaker this year is Ryan Callaghan, conservation director for MeatEater and a member of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, as well as a national board member. Ryan has been a passionate member of the outdoor community, growing up guiding hunting and fishing and playing in the West.

There will be many other items in the auction including raffles and games. Proceeds benefit the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. Tickets for the event are $500 for a reserved table for 10, $110 per couple and $60 for a single.

Seating is limited and tickets are going fast, so don’t delay!

Ryan Callaghan


Buy Your Tickets

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2019 New Mexico Governor’s Special Hunt Auction & Banquet

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  • Opens 5 p.m. Saturday., Feb. 16.
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  • Expo NM, Creative Arts Building
  • 300 San Pedro Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108


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Outdoor Adventures Hunting and Fishing Show this weekend in Albuquerque

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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

Outdoor Adventures Hunting and Fishing Show this weekend in Albuquerque

Outdoor Adventure Show 2019

SANTA FE – The annual New Mexico Outdoor Adventures Hunting and Fishing Show opens at noon Friday, Feb.15 and continues through Sunday, Feb. 17, in the Manuel Lujan Building at the state fairgrounds in Albuquerque.

The event is bigger and better than ever with new exhibits and hands-on activities hosted by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

New this year will be a free ‘catch and release’ pond located in the red barn. Try your luck catching a tagged fish to win a prize sponsored by a vendor. At the start of each day’s show, the first 15 people to catch a tagged fish will win a prize from one of the shows vendors. There will also be prizes Saturday starting at 1 p.m.

Visitors can receive instruction on off-highway vehicles (OHV), fishing, archery and shooting. The event features hands-on demonstrations of the latest equipment for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation. Boats, kayaks, OHVs, and RVs will be on display and conservation organizations, outfitters and guides will be on hand to answer questions.

The show opens to the public from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free to all licensed anglers, hunters and trappers. Youth younger than 18 get in free and everyone else pays just $3.

For more information, please visit the department website,

Students, schools claim titles at National Archery in the Schools State Tournament

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Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027


Students, schools claim titles at National Archery in the Schools State Tournament

NASP 2019 Tournament

ALBUQUERQUE – More than 800 archers competed at the eighth annual National Archery in the Schools (NASP) State Tournament Feb. 9 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

“We had 830 of New Mexico’s top archers compete toe-to-toe today,” said John Martsh, recruitment, retention, reactivation (R3) program manager for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. “We really can’t say enough about the dedication and hard work the students, coaches and families invested in making this one of the best tournaments in the nation.”

Caillie Waters of the Albuquerque Institute for Mathematics and Science at the University of New Mexico (AIMS@UNM) scored 266 out of a possible 300 points to take first place among female high school competitors. Josiah Romero-Millowa, also of AIMS@UNM, was the top male high school archer with a score of 276.

In the middle school division, Korvia Zuni, of Tony Hillerman Middle School, scored 279 out of 300 to lead the girls while Brandon Miller, of Camino Real Middle School, scored 277 as the boys’ front-runner.

In the elementary school division, Samar Mouri, of John Baker Elementary School, was the top girls’ top scorer at 249, edging out Amilia Lopez of Coronado Elementary School, also scoring 249, by shooting 10 bulls eyes during the competition. Benjamin Potters, of Clovis Christian School was the top boys’ top scorer at 266.

In team standings AIMS@UNM scored highest in the high school division with a score of 3121 out of a possible 3600 points while James Monroe Middle School won their division with a score of 3110. Clovis Christian school took first place in the elementary division with a top score of 2669.

The top 10 boy and girl scorers in each individual division qualify to participate in the NASP Western Nationals in Salt Lake City, Utah in April. For complete list of tournament results please visit

More than 100 public schools across New Mexico participate in the National Archery in the Schools Program and more join every year. Schools receive free training for instructors and the Department of Game and Fish provides 50 percent of the funding for each school to purchase archery equipment. It costs about $3,000 to outfit a school or organization with bows, targets, backstops and other equipment to get a program started. Many schools incorporate the program into existing physical education or after-school activities.

Federal funding through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service makes National Archery in the Schools Program possible. The Pittman-Robertson Act of 1937 dedicates federal excise taxes collected from manufacturers of firearms, ammunition and archery equipment to national wildlife restoration programs, which include hunter education, shooting and archery programs in addition to wildlife surveys, transplants, and the purchase and management of wildlife management areas.

For more information about the National Archery in the Schools Program and how your school can get involved, contact John Martsh, R3 program manager for the Department of Game and Fish at (505) 222-4719 or

Deadline to apply for bear and turkey permits is Wednesday

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Deadline to apply for bear and turkey permits is Wednesday

SANTA FE – The deadline to apply for 2019-2020 bear and turkey permits is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. Draw results will be available Feb. 27. 2019-2020 rules and information booklets can be found on the Department of Game and Fish website.

Hunters can apply online, by telephone or in person at department offices. For more information or help in applying for the draw, please call the information center at (888) 248-6866.

Successful applicants must purchase a 2019 bear or turkey license with applicable stamp(s) after March 25. Draw permits may not be printed before the bear or turkey license is purchased.

The draw deadline for big game, including elk, deer, pronghorn antelope, Barbary and bighorn sheep, oryx, ibex and javelina is 5 p.m. March 20.

New Mexico Gun Control Legislation to be Heard Tomorrow

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The House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee is scheduled to hear HB 130 tomorrow at the Roundhouse. It is important that you to contact the committee members and strongly urge them to oppose this bill, which directly effects your Second Amendment rights!

This bill,sponsored by Representative Linda Trujillo, would make gun owners criminally and civilly liable if a child gains unsupervised access to an unsecured firearm. As you know, New Mexico already has a first degree felony child abuse statute on the books. This statute holds adults accountable for putting children’s lives or health at risk in any manner. It is not the responsibilty of the state to mandate how law-abiding citizens store their firearms.

If you have questions about this bill, and would like to find out how you can become involved in our Grassroots efforts in New Mexico, contact me at or call (703) 943-6566.

Yours in freedom,

Amanda Sanders

NRA-ILA Grassroots Field Coordinator – CO, NM, NV, AZ
(703) 943-6566

Second NRA-ILA Grassroots Workshop Added in Albuquerque

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Due to the high number of RSVPs for our first workshop, your NRA-ILA Grassroots team has added a second workshop to our schedule. This workshop is also being held at the Holiday Inn in Albuquerque, on Saturday, February 16 from 5 PM to 7 PM. This workshop will explain how your New Mexico team is doing at the Roundhouse to fight the anti-gun legislation, and to find out how you can get more involved in our on the ground efforts. Food and beverage will be provided. Because spacing is limited, be sure to click on the RSVP button below to let us know if you can come! If you have already RSVP’d for the first workshop, please do not RSVP for the second workshop.

Saturday, February 16
5 PM to 7 PM

Holiday Inn Express and Suites
5401 Alameda Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113

If you would like to know more information about this and other events, or would like to find out more information about volunteer opportunities for NRA-ILA in New Mexico, contact me at or call (703) 943-6566.

Yours in freedom,

Amanda Sanders

NRA-ILA Grassroots Field Coordinator – CO, NM, NV, AZ
(703) 943-6566