An unexpected attraction

I’ve got a mule deer hangin’ on my wall from northern New Mexico so I could relate to Rafael’s story. He had joined two of his cousins for a deer hunting trip near Cuba, where his uncle had a cabin. They arrived late and missed the first day because cousin Dee Dee was going through […]

My turn: Decoys help catch poachers

s-clarencemug9.jpg

The Department of Game and Fish in different states have enlisted the help of taxidermist to come up with something to lure unsuspecting poachers. The irony of it all is that most hunters use this to catch their game. It is a decoy or I should say a mechanical decoy which acts like a living […]

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 […]

Roosevelt County men fined for poaching

Freedom New Mexico Two men were fined and one sentenced to jail after pleading guilty Oct. 21 to poaching charges. Jacob Gaines, 21, of Roosevelt County was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $2,255 for poaching a deer and antelope. Wade Richardson, 23, of Portales pleaded guilty to unlawful killing of an antelope […]

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 […]

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, […]

Game and Fish Department offers reward for poaching information

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Game and Fish Department is offering a $500 reward for information about a deer poaching southwest of Fort Sumner. The carcass of a mule deer was found dumped off the N.M. 20 bridge over Yeso Creek. Officers believe the buck was killed and dumped sometime during the weekend of […]

Fort Sumner man jailed for deer poaching

Freedom New Mexico A 25-year-old Fort Sumner man has been arrested in connection with poaching a dozen illegal deer, according to the Department of Game and Fish. Loy Minton is charged with 12 counts of unlawful possession of deer and four counts of unlawful killing of deer, a press release said. The allegations are misdemeanors. […]

Hunting report deadline approaches

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has announced all deer and elk hunters and trappers who held a license or permit for the 2008-2009 seasons must file harvest reports by Sunday. Hunters who miss the reporting deadline may still report and be eligible for drawings if they report before the drawing deadline and […]

Two charged in poaching incident

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A father and son were charged Monday in connection with the unlawful killing of a trophy-class mule deer buck in December. Travis Field, 19, and Don Field, 55, both of Dora, have been charged in Magistrate Court in Roosevelt County, according to a press release from the New Mexico […]