New Mexico Hunting News

Indictments Issued in New Mexico Antelope Poaching Case

A grand jury has indicted two men and a juvenile male from Rio Rancho on several counts in connection with the illegal killing of five pronghorn antelope Feb. 10 on the King Ranch near Zia Pueblo.

Michael Yarbrough, 21, Travis Miller, 18, and a 17-year-old are accused of cutting a fence, illegally trespassing on the ranch and shooting two bucks and three doe antelope. The heads of the bucks were removed and all the carcasses were left in a pile to rot. There was no legal hunt occurring at the time.

Trash Management Key to Managing New Mexico Bear Issues

Trash BearBear season begins soon at a trash can or dumpster near you.

To make this a safe spring and summer for bears and humans, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is encouraging the public to manage their trash properly.

Second Amendment Foundation Sues New Mexico Over Law Barring CCW Permits for Legal Resident Aliens

The Second Amendment Foundation today filed a lawsuit in federal district court in New Mexico challenging that state’s prohibition on the issuance of concealed carry permits to legal resident aliens.

Apply Now- Online or By Phone- For New Mexico 2012-13 Big Game Licenses

Hunters have until 5 p.m. MDT Wednesday to apply for New Mexico public-land big-game licenses, and applicants are strongly advised not to wait until the last minute.

The online-only application system will shut down promptly at 5 p.m. MDT March 28, and applications must be completed before then. Applications in process at 5 p.m. MDT will be terminated and rejected.

Expect Roadblocks Statewide, New Mexico During Hunting, Fishing Seasons

The Department of Game and Fish will conduct roadblocks throughout the state during spring and fall hunting and fishing seasons to collect harvest data and to apprehend wildlife law violators.

New Mexico’s fishing season unofficially opens April 1, when new licenses are required. Spring turkey season opens April 15.

New Mexico Hunters: Don't Miss March 28 Online License Application Deadline

Hunters who need help applying online for New Mexico big-game hunting licenses before the March 28 application deadline can get it either on the telephone or by attending one of several computer-assisted sessions at various communities this weekend.

This year, the Department of Game and Fish eliminated paper application forms in favor of a paperless online system designed to streamline the application and licensing process and make drawing results and refunds available much sooner.

New Mexico Spring Turkey Hunters: Buy Your Game-Hunting License Early, Don't Request Refund When Applying Big-Game Draw

Spring turkey hunters are reminded that beginning this year, they are required to purchase a Game-hunting license before they can purchase a turkey license or apply for big-game licenses. Although hunters can request a refund in case they are unsuccessful in the draw, those who plan to hunt turkeys this spring are advised not to request a refund or they risk having to pay for a second Game-hunting license if they are successful in the draw.

Online Hunting License Application Help Available Statewide New Mexico

Hunters who need access to computers or need help with the Department of Game and Fish online-only license application system can find both at locations statewide beginning Saturday, Feb. 25.

Department representatives and staff will be available at 17 locations around the state to help hunters apply for 2012-13 licenses for deer, elk, antelope, oryx, ibex, bighorn sheep, Barbary Sheep and javelina. Sessions will be Feb. 25, March 10, March 11, March 24 and March 25. The application deadline is 5 p.m. March 28.

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Partners Recognize Standout Conservation Pros

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service employees in four states—Idaho, Montana, New Mexico and Wyoming—have earned recognition for standout work to enhance and conserve habitat for elk and other wildlife.

Each has received a special award from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and their respective agency for conservation efforts in partnership with RMEF.

Antelope Shot and Left to Rot on King Ranch West of Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Department of Game and Fish needs help finding the person or persons who illegally shot five antelope on Feb. 10 on the King Ranch close to the Zia Pueblo.

The antelope, two headless bucks and three does were found shot with a centerfire rifle and left in a pile to rot.

“It appears that someone cut the fence, drove onto the ranch, shot the antelope, and cut off the heads,” said Shawn Carrell, District Officer for the Albuquerque area.