Expect Roadblocks Statewide During Hunting Season

Posted July 29, 2014 By High Country Posts

New Mexico Dept. of Game and FishSANTA FE –The Department of Game and Fish will conduct roadblocks throughout the state during fall hunting seasons to collect harvest data and to detect wildlife law violations.

Bear season starts in mid-August with deer, elk, and pronghorn seasons starting shortly thereafter. Small game seasons are also scheduled to start on Sept. 1. Read the remainder of this entry »

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Hunting Licenses Still Available for Elk, Deer, and Javelina

Posted July 16, 2014 By High Country Posts

New Mexico Dept. of Game and FishSANTA FE –The 2014-2015 hunting season is fast approaching, and hunters still have the opportunity to buy a hunting license in New Mexico.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish still has more than 1,000 deer hunting licenses and nearly 500 javelina licenses for sale that were leftover from the annual hunt drawing. More than 1,000 youth encouragement hunting licenses for antlerless elk are also still available. Licenses will be sold online only on a first-come, first-served basis. Read the remainder of this entry »

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ALAMOGORDO, NM – July 16, 2014 – A special closure order (2014-08-267) is in place, effective July 15, 2014 and shall remain in effect until November 30, 2014, for the Wills Canyon (Mauldin Spring) riparian area within the Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District. The specified area encompasses occupied habitat for the New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse (NMMJM), which has been listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This order is necessary to prevent and/or reduce risk to the endangered species’ occupied habitat. Protection of the habitat is required in accordance with the Endangered Species Act.  Read the remainder of this entry »

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Prescribed Fire Operations Near Capitan to Begin Next Week

Posted July 11, 2014 By High Country Posts

LNFCAPITAN, NM – July 11, 2014– Fire officials on the Smokey Bear Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest plan to begin prescribed fire operations next Monday, July 14, 2014.  The Tye Prescribed Fire Project is 826 acres of machine-piled piñon-juniper slash. The project is located about 5 miles north, northeast of Capitan, NM; east of NM Highway 246 and north of Forest Road 142. Ignition operations are scheduled to begin on Monday and continue through the week and possibly into the weekend. Read the remainder of this entry »

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Off-Highway Vehicle Program Announces 2014 Grant Awards

Posted July 10, 2014 By High Country Posts

New Mexico Dept. of Game and FishSANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Off-Highway Vehicle Program has selected 10 grant proposals to share in $105,000 awarded from the Trail Safety Fund administered by the department.

The New Mexico Legislature mandated that fees from all-terrain vehicle, dirt bike, recreational off-highway vehicle, and snowmobile registrations be collected in the Trail Safety Fund, and a portion awarded as grants to encourage safe and responsible OHV recreation that respects the state’s natural, historic, and cultural heritage. Read the remainder of this entry »

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Stage I Fire Restrictions End on Wednesday, July 9th

Posted July 7, 2014 By High Country Posts

LNFALAMOGORDO, RUIDOSO, CLOUDCROFT, CARLSBAD, NM – July 7, 2014– With the arrival of monsoon rains, the fire danger has lessened on the Lincoln National Forest.  The fire danger rating on the Smokey Bear and Sacramento Ranger Districts has decreased to “MODERATE” and the Guadalupe Ranger District is now in “HIGH” fire danger.  Stage I Fire Restrictions will officially end at 8:00 am on Wednesday, July 9, 2014.  Within a day following the termination of the fire restrictions, fire officials will be conducting prescribed fire operations on the Sacramento Ranger District. Read the remainder of this entry »

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