Season always open for feral hog hunting

Glenda Price Here’s a wonderful deal for you hunters who didn’t get drawn this year or who didn’t manage to bag a deer, or elk, or antelope. How about a feral hog? They are classified as “nuisance animals,” so there’s no actual season. You can come shoot any time. Just have a license and permission […]

My turn: Hunting reports due

With big-game hunting seasons coming to a close, it is important for hunters to get their harvest reports in. Dan Williams, public information officer for New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, said the reports help wildlife biologist manage hunting seasons. “Harvest reports are mandatory for all deer and elk hunters,” Williams said. “Hunters have […]

My turn: Hunter outsmarts self

Clarence Plank A lot of things are very important when it comes to hunting, such as transportation and stealth. The trick is to fool the game, not the hunter. Danny Dictson, a ranch owner in Picacho who also sells permits to hunters, gives this example of stealth gone perhaps a bit too far: Dictson said […]

My turn: Knowing hunting requirements important

Dan Williams, public information officer with New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, said anyone under age 18 must successfully pass an approved hunter’s education course before they can hunt or buy a hunting license in New Mexico. After that a person is pretty much set to hunt protected game, but there are different requirements […]

My turn: Hunting class registration available online

Clarence Plank The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is making it a little easier for youngsters to register for hunter education classes. Registration for statewide classes now can be made online using the student’s unique customer identification number. Customers need identification numbers to register for all hunting education classes. The same number can […]

My turn: Game and Fish offers hunting tips

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is urging hunters across the state to enjoy their time being outdoors with family and friends this hunting season. NMDGF is passing along tips for hunters: • Non-hunters should remember they share the outdoors with hunters carrying loaded weapons and they should wear bright-colored clothing at all […]

My turn: Better to be prepared

Hunting season is around the corner so here are some more tips: • If you are using a hunting dog this season make sure they have their tags and their shots up to date. A dog can get lost or come in contact with animals that carry rabies. • Always carry your permits, license and […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Road rage, hunting rules and another hot one

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Fair warning A reminder from the city to avoid trying to travel east today on 21st from Prince Street. Construction today is causing road closures and, very likely, a big traffic mess. Rule changes The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is holding […]

Hunting featured on show

Information on hunting for profit, using a Klic-N-Kut die cutter and making a beef stew parfait will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Author Kivi Bernhard talks about the hunt for profit in a tough global economy. His book is titled “Leopardology, and he compares critical business […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Big game and affordable housing

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Heads up hunters More than 5,000 deer, elk and javelina hunting licenses go on sale in August on the state Department of Game and Fish website. The first sale — elk licenses for people younger than 18 — is Aug. 4. The second sale […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Fireworks, a trade show and one fast horse

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing.Hunting down The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish received almost 30,000 fewer hunting applications for the coming hunting season compared to the previous year. The declines included almost 15,000 fewer applicants for deer licenses and about 10,000 for elk licenses.Website of the day […]

My Turn: State seeking hunting input

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer New Mexico Department of Game and Fish officials are conducting public meetings to request input from hunters and maybe trappers about several changes to the state’s big-game hunting rules. The comments and the proposed changes will be presented to the state Game Commission in June. The changes will be […]

Portales Past: April 20, 1910

April 20, 1910: Jake Williams and J.C. Henderson, both about 14 and living in the Richland area, recently found themselves lost overnight during a hunting trip. The morning sun found them about 12 miles from their homes.

My turn: Other options besides hunting

With hunting season slowing until turkey season in April, it is nice to know there is something else a man of the outdoors can get into: Fishing. Oasis State Park in Roosevelt County and Ned Houk Park outside Clovis have winter trout for fishing. Oasis also has channel catfish in the pond. During the summer, […]

Wednesday morning briefing: From hunting to the death penalty

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday morning briefing.

Fruitless hunting trip still a success

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Deer hunting came full circle for my brother and I last week but it’s remarkable just how much things have changed. The circle came when family members including my brother and I planned a deer hunting trip earlier this year to the same canyon where my dad first took my […]

A throwback to prehistoric times

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer When it comes to hunting, technology has advanced a great deal since the days of slinging spears or rocks to bring down large animals for food. This Saturday, residents can see the tool prehistoric hunters used when modern-day competitors compete in 9th annual Atlatl Throw at the Blackwater Draw […]

Free fishing Saturday

Freedom New Mexico Anglers can fish without a license in public waters around New Mexico in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday, according to a press release from the state Game and Fish Department. All other fishing rules apply.

Fire chief remembered for generosity

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Elida Fire Chief Adam Anthony is remembered as many things. But perhaps most of all, as a man who cared about others and the community he called home. Anthony, 45, died from an apparent heart attack Friday while hunting elk near Ruidoso. Anthony grew up in Elida. He was […]

Press Release: Game commission may change deer draw dates

The State Game Commission will meet July 2 at Heron Lake State Park to consider changing the date of the annual application deadline and drawing for deer hunting licenses, and to set season dates and bag limits for 2009-10 small game and waterfowl seasons. The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, […]