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2021-22 NM Hunting Rules

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2022 Big Game Draw

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#HuntNM22 – All you need to know virtual series

Have you thought about applying for the 2022 big game draw? The Department will be hosting a series of live webinars, covering all that you need to know when applying.

We will meet virtually every week, sometimes multiple times a week, to discuss the draw, how to apply, options for hunter education and reading the draw odds report. We will also have our big game biologists on hand to answer questions.

All webinars will start at 6:30 p.m. MST.

Please register online (topics and links below) and send us your questions through email (tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us).

#HuntNM22 #CaceriaNM22

January 10 – Hunter Education, Volunteering and Mentored Youth – Youth under 18 years of age MUST take hunter education before going hunting, but hunter education is good for everyone. Join Jennifer Morgan, hunter education coordinator, to learn the ins and outs of hunter education. We will also talk about the Mentored Youth program and how you can become a hunter education instructor. Click here to register.

January 12 – It’s all about the rules! – In New Mexico, the Big Game Rules are set on a four-year cycle, determining the state’s hunt dates and harvest limits. 2022 is a big year for the Big Game Rules, and the Department will be opening nine of them. Elise Goldstein, assistant chief for wildlife, will join us to talk about how recommendations are made, the rule process and most importantly, how you can get involved. Click here to register.

January 19 – Getting started! – Are you ready to apply but don’t know where to start? Join Ross Morgan, public information officer, and learn about the process and ask questions to help you get started. Click here to register.

January 24 – Know the Law – Conservation Officer Ben Byrd will join us to talk about what you need to think about when hiring an outfitter, the most violated laws and how you can remain legal and proper use of an OHV in New Mexico. Click here to register.

January 26 – Meet the Bear Biologist – Rick Winslow, bear and cougar biologist, will be on hand to answer your questions about applying for the Bear Draw as well as over-the-counter opportunities. Click here to register.

February 2 – Meet the Turkey Biologist – Casey Cardinal, resident bird biologist, will be on hand to answer your questions about applying for the Turkey Draw as well as over-the-counter opportunities. Click here to register.

February 7 – Access is the Key! – Rex Martensen, private lands coordinator, will be on joining us to talk about land status in New Mexico and the programs the Department has to help access private lands. Click here to register.

February 9 – Meet the Elk Biologist – Travis Zaffarano, elk program manager, will be on hand to answer questions about applying for and hunting elk in New Mexico. Click here to register.

February 16 – Meet the Deer Biologist – Orrin Duvuvuei, deer program manager, will be on hand to answer questions about applying for and hunting deer in New Mexico. Click here to register.

February 21 – It’s in the reports! – The Draw Odds Report and the Harvest Reports can help you apply for a big game hunt. Join Kevin Rodden, SW area biologist, to learn how to read the reports and use them for your benefit. Click here to register.

February 23 – Meet the Pronghorn Biologist – Tony Opatz, pronghorn biologist, will be on hand to answer questions about applying for and hunting pronghorn in New Mexico. Click here to register.

March 2 – Meet the Bighorn Sheep Biologist – Caitlin Ruhl, bighorn sheep program manager, will be on hand to answer questions about applying for and hunting bighorn sheep in New Mexico. Click here to register.

March 9 – Meet the Biologist – Nicole Tatman, big game program manager, will be on hand to answer questions about applying for and hunting oryx, ibex and Barbary sheep in New Mexico. Click here to register.

March 14 – Last minute Q and A – March 16 deadline is just days away. We will address any last-minute things you should know or questions you might have. Click here to register.

Rocky Mountain Gun Show – Rio Rancho

We have added an event in Albuquerque, NM at the Rio Rancho Event Center which will be taking the date of March 12-13.

We thank you all for your continued support and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Happy Holidays,
RMGS Team

Rocky Mountain Gun Show – Farmington – Postponed

Unfortunately, our event on January 15-16 in Farmington, NM has been postponed.  We wish everyone Happy Holidays and look forward to seeing you in the future.

Kind Regards,
RMGS Team

Bear Hunting Season Closed Statewide

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Attention New Mexico bear hunters:

Effective Dec. 15, 2021, bear hunting is closed Statewide.

Cougar: All zones are open.

Please remember: Before hunting bears or cougars, hunters must verify the zone is open by checking the Department’s website or calling the Bear and Cougar Zone Closure and Harvest Hotline, (877) 950-5466.

Big Game Hunting for 2022-2023

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Even with the holidays upon us, we are sure that you are already thinking about the 2022-2023 hunts!

As of today you have exactly 91 days to plan, read draw odds reports, scheme on the best way to draw and get your applications in. Here is what you need to know to start planning your hunt(s).

Rules and Information Booklet

Information about rules, seasons, fees and more is available in the 2022-2023 Hunting Rules & Information booklet online now in English and Spanish. Hunters are encouraged to review season dates, application deadlines and other information before applying for licenses or going afield.

Important dates:

Applications open online Jan. 19.

The application deadline for bear and turkey permits 5 p.m. Feb. 9.

The deadline to file your harvest report without a late fee Feb. 15.

Deadline to apply and be eligible for the incentives 5 p.m. March 9.

The application deadline for big-game licenses is 5 p.m. March 16.

Rules and Information Booklet Announcement

We have delved deep into our resources and are coming up a bit short. If you haven’t heard, there is a nationwide shortage of paper!

Due to this shortage, we have had to cut back on the number of Rules and Information Booklets that we have ordered. There will be a LIMITED supply of Rules and Information Booklets available at the Game and Fish Department offices in New Mexico. We are expecting the shipment to arrive in mid-January.

Please keep in mind that the Rules and Information booklet is only a summary of the laws and rules for hunting in New Mexico. For a complete and specific list of the laws and rules that govern hunting, fishing, trapping and other outdoor activities, view the appropriate statutes in Chapter 17, Chapter 30 and Chapter 66 NMSA 1978 and rules in 19.30.1 through 19.36.3 NMAC. In developing the Spanish edition of the Rules and Information Booklet, we tried to incorporate common Spanish terms and phrases. We realize that New Mexico has many Spanish dialects that have evolved over hundreds of years. If you need clarification on information in the Spanish booklet, or if you have suggestions on how to improve the translations in the document please email DGF-Translation@state.nm.us.

Keep in mind that the 2021-2022 Rules and Information Booklet is valid through March 31, 2022.

#HuntNM22 – All you need to know virtual series

The Department is finalizing a virtual series to help answer your questions about the 2022-2023 Big Game applications.

Last year, our biologists talked about herd health, survey techniques and answered questions about wildlife management. The Department also hosted a how-to-apply live series and answered questions about hunter education and reading the draw odds report. Visit the Department’s YouTube Channel to view last year’s videos.

As we prepare for the 2022-2023 series, we want your help planning topics that you are interested in. Please email us your questions or ideas for topics to help us plan the most useful series. We may not be able to have every question on the virtual series, but we can help answer your questions.

Department of Game and Fish announces support for Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

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

OCT.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, OCT. 20, 2021:

Department of Game and Fish announces support for Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish applauds the introduction of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA), which could transform wildlife management in New Mexico. The legislation, as well as House of Representatives companion bill, was introduced by U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and is co-sponsored by 158 bipartisan legislators, including U.S. Senator Ben Ray Lujan and U.S. Representatives Teresa Leger Fernández and Melanie Stansbury.

RAWA would bring approximately $28 million federal dollars to New Mexico for species that currently lack the necessary funding for management. The legislation would support the state’s Wildlife Action Plan and the Species of Greatest Conservation Need identified in the plan. Management actions to benefit species such as Jemez Mountain Salamander, burrowing owl, Bendire’s thrasher, lesser prairie chicken, Gila monster, pinyon jay, black-footed ferret, Rio Grande chub, Pacific marten and the Gila trout, to name only a few, could be funded through this legislation.

“We are excited that New Mexico’s Senators and Representatives recognize the importance of our state’s wildlife and wild places and are advancing this transformational legislation in congress,” said Director Mike Sloane. “New Mexico is fortunate to have incredibly diverse wildlife that can only benefit from this funding.” Sloane also noted that in order to be eligible for the full funding, the legislation requires the state to provide $9.0 million in state matching funds.

“Protecting America’s fish and wildlife habitat means conserving the creatures we love before they ever become imperiled,” said Senator Heinrich. “After all, our children deserve to inherit the full breadth of American wildlife, from bumble bees to bison, that we know today. This legislation will make that possible. I’m pleased to have so many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle joining Senator Blunt and me in this effort.”

RAWA is the most significant wildlife conservation legislation in nearly half a century. Providing permanent funding for a broad array of species in need of additional support will secure persistence of these species for future generations.

“As the climate crisis continues to threaten our way of life, our country cannot lose sight of the countless endangered species that are also at risk,” said Senator Luján. “That’s why I’m proud to join Senator Heinrich to introduce legislation to protect endangered species and provide critical resources to prevent other wildlife from facing extinction.”

“New Mexicans know the important value of wildlife to our natural world and the deep significance it carries for our cultural heritage. This bill will allow us to provide state fish and wildlife agencies the necessary tools to implement science-based recovery and support plans,” said Representative Leger Fernández. “We need to consult local communities because that’s the best way to ensure a successful recovery program. I will continue to advocate for comprehensive legislation and an approach that protects our wildlife and their habitat consistent with our community values.”

“Restoring the threatened and endangered species that are integral to our landscapes and cultures requires all-hands on deck. That’s why I am proud to co-sponsor the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, which would allocate millions of dollars to state, Tribal and other partners to deploy innovative solutions to wildlife recovery,” said Congresswoman Stansbury. “This bipartisan legislation represents the best in conservation policy, and I am proud to join Senator Heinrich and the New Mexico delegation in this effort to restore the wildlife and wild systems of New Mexico and our country.”

Game Commission to meet October 22

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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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, OCT. 20, 2021:

Game Commission to meet October 22

SANTA FE – The New Mexico State Game Commission will meet at 9 a.m., Friday, October 22 in Las Cruces to hold the final hearing for upland game bird, trapping and fisheries rules. The Commission will also hold a Memorial to honor the late Commissioner David Soules and his contributions to conservation and public lands in New Mexico.

The full agenda, location, attendee information and general information will be available on the Department of Game and Fish website before the meeting. Due to COVID concerns, masks are required.

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. More information, including how to join the meeting by phone, is available on the Department’s website.

In addition, there will be a live webcast on the Department’s website. Webcast participants can listen to the meeting using a desktop computer or mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

The State Game Commission is composed of seven members who represent the state’s diverse interests in wildlife-associated recreation and conservation. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the State Senate. Current members are Chairwoman Sharon Salazar Hickey, Vice-Chair Jeremy Vesbach, Jimmy Bates, Tirzio Lopez and Roberta Salazar-Henry.

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 Tristanna Bickford at (505) 476-8027. Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible forms.

Fly your flag at halfstaff on the 11th, if you don’t have one, get one!

Saturday, September 11th, 2021 marks the 20 year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed in suburban Pennsylvania. Patriot Day serves as a remembrance of the lives lost on that September morning.
By a joint resolution approved 12/18/2001, (Public Law 107-89) has designated September 11th of each year as “Patriot Day” which also directs the flags be lowered to half-staff for the entire day on September 11.
A section of the law is below:
”§ 144. Patriot Day”(a) DESIGNATION.-September 11 is Patriot Day.”(b) PROCLAMATION.-The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation calling on-
”(1) State and local governments and the people of the United States to observe Patriot Day with appropriate programs and activities;
”(2) all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States and interested organizations and individuals to display the flag of the United States at halfstaff on Patriot Day in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001; and’
‘(3) the people of the United States to observe a moment of silence on Patriot Day in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001.”.

Rio Rancho Gun Show

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September 11, 2021 – September 12, 2021

Saturday 9a-5p, Sunday 9a-3p


About The Show

Exhibitors from throughout the U.S. will display Modern Firearms, Antique Firearms, Knives, Hunting Rifles, Gun Parts, Indian Artifacts, Indian Jewelry, Antique Indian Art, Mountain Men Collectables and Contemporary Crafts, Old West Memorabilia, Cleaning Supplies, Militaria, Huge Selection of Ammunition, Collectables, and much… much… more!

Call For More Info: 650-520-6002

General Information

General Admission Price: $12.50
Vendor Table Price: $75
Vendor Wall Price: $85
Vendor Setup: September 10, 2021 10AM-5PM


Tickets Options

Register HERE for $2 off