New Mexico

New Mexico’s public lands cover roughly 27 million acres, providing ample access to vast areas of game lands, wilderness, and other recreational areas. The state’s national forests, wildlife management areas, and BLM lands offer a wealth of hunting and fishing opportunities, with a variety of game species such as elk, mule deer, pronghorn, oryx,, bighorn sheep, quail, and mountain lions. For anglers, New Mexico is home to world-class rivers, such as the Rio Grande and the San Juan, as well as high mountain lakes and streams that are home to a variety of trout species. New Mexico’s hunting and fishing culture is deeply rooted in the state’s history, with a rich tradition of Native American hunting practices, Spanish Colonial ranching, and early American explorers. The state’s unique blend of cultures, including Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo influences, make New Mexico a truly distinctive destination for outdoor enthusiasts. In addition to its hunting and fishing opportunities, New Mexico is home to a wealth of cultural and historical attractions, including ancient Puebloan ruins, vibrant art scenes, and bustling cities steeped in history.

For more information on the elected officials protecting and promoting the sportsmen’s traditions in New Mexico, please contact:


New Mexico State Caucus Fact Sheet

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus

Chair: Senator Martin Heinrich
Senator Ben Lujan
Representative Gabe Vasquez

New Mexico Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Leadership

Vice-President: Representative Bill Rehm
Senator George Munoz
Senator Steve Neville
Representative Candy Ezzell
Representative Harry Garcia

News Alerts

Feb 26 2024 New Mexico 2024 Legislative Session Comes to an End

Why It Matters:  Legislation seeking to restrict the Second Amendment is often eventually used...

Feb 05 2024 Anti-Sportsmen Legislation Advances in New Mexico

Why It Matters:  Legislation seeking to restrict the Second Amendment is often eventually used...

Jan 22 2024 State Firearms and Ammunition Excise Taxes Proposed in WA & NM

Why It Matters: Law-abiding hunters and recreational shooters have long played a vital role...

Jan 08 2024 Anti-Gun Legislation to be Introduced in New Mexico

Why It Matters:  Legislation seeking to restrict is the lawful ownership and use of...

Feb 21 2023 Tensions Build as New Mexico’s 60-Day Session Reaches the Halfway Point

Why It Matters: For over 80 years, hunters, anglers, trappers, and recreational shooters have...

Oct 03 2022 Pheasant Season Opening in Several Northeastern States – How Non-Native Species Can Benefit Ecosystems and the Economy

Why It Matters: State fish and wildlife agencies are instrumental in setting the frameworks...

Feb 07 2022 Far-Reaching Large Capacity Magazine Ban Tabled Unanimously by New Mexico House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Rocky Mountain States Senior CoordinatorWhy it Matters: Baseless restrictions on magazine...

Aug 22 2021 New Mexico Interim Water and Natural Resource Committee Hosts Panel Discussion on Wildlife Management Reform

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Rocky Mountain States Senior CoordinatorHighlights:Why it Matters: Sportsmen and women are...

Jul 26 2021 CSF’s Rocky Mountain States Senior Coordinator Receives Presidents Award from the National Trappers Association

Last week during the National Trappers Association’s (NTA) Annual Convention, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s...

Mar 15 2021 Trappers Fight for Their Livelihoods as Public Land Trapping Ban is Fast Tracked in New Mexico Legislature

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Rocky Mountain States Senior CoordinatorHighlights:Why it Matters: New Mexico Senate Bill...

Feb 22 2021 Outdoor Sporting Community Bands Together Against New Mexico Trapping Ban

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Rocky Mountain States Senior Coordinator and Internal MARCOMM LiaisonSportsmen and women...

Feb 16 2021 Anti-Gun Legislation in New Mexico Would Make it Illegal to Teach your Kids to Shoot

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Inter-Mountain Western States Senior CoordinatorNew Mexico Senate Bill 224 - Crime...

Feb 08 2021 Petition Calls on Public to Voice Opposition of New Mexico Trapping Ban Legislation

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Inter-Mountain Western States CoordinatorSportsmen and women are beginning to stir in New...

Dec 07 2020 CSF Supports New Mexico Department of Game and Fish in Efforts to Remove Unnecessary Barriers to Youth Hunting Participation

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Inter-Mountain Western States CoordinatorOn December 1, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF)...

Sep 21 2020 Proposed Rule Change Aims to Reduce Mentored-Youth Hunting Program Age Requirement in New Mexico

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Inter-Mountain Western States CoordinatorOn Friday, October 16, the New Mexico State...

Apr 13 2020 New Mexico: Court Rules to Release Hunter Contact Information as Part of Public Record

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Inter-Mountain Western States Coordinator On March 19, a First Judicial District Court judge...

Feb 10 2020 New Mexico: Senate Bill 273, Good for Wildlife, Good for Sportsmen

By: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Inter-Mountain Western States CoordinatorOn February 5th, New Mexico Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus...

Feb 03 2020 New Mexico: Sportsmen’s Caucus Reception in Santa Fe Yields Great Turnout

By: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Inter-Mountain Western States Coordinator On January 29, 2020, the New Mexico Sportsmen’s Caucus and Congressional...

Dec 16 2019 New Mexico: Land Commissioner Closes Hunting and Trapping on State Trust Land Parcel Near Albuquerque

By: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Inter-Mountain Western States Coordinator On November 27, New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie...

Dec 09 2019 New Mexico: Unanimous Vote by Game Commission Puts an End to Recreational Cougar Trapping

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Inter-Mountain Western States CoordinatorOn November 21, the New Mexico Game Commission...

Oct 28 2019 New Mexico: CSF Joins Partners in Opposing Proposed Changes to State Trapping Regulations

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Inter-Mountain Western States CoordinatorOn October 21, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF)...

Oct 07 2019 New Mexico: Update on Proposed Changes to Cougar Hunting and Public Comment Opportunities for Proposed Rule Changes to Furbearer

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Inter-Mountain Western States CoordinatorThe New Mexico Department of Game and Fish...

Aug 05 2019 New Mexico and Utah: Public Comment Opportunities for Proposed Rule Changes to Predator Hunting

Contact: Ellary TuckerWilliams, Inter-Mountain Western States CoordinatorThroughout August, both the New Mexico Department of...

Feb 04 2019 New Mexico: Budget Proposal Threatens Conservation Funding

By Andy Treharne, Senior Director, Western StatesAs the New Mexico Legislature moves ahead with...

Feb 16 2018 New Mexico: Sportsmen’s Caucus Hosts Reception

On February 7, the New Mexico Sportsmen’s Caucus, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) Senior Director...

Sep 14 2017 New Mexico Caucus partners with Conservation Officers for Dove Hunt

On September 1, members of the New Mexico Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus joined forces with...

Aug 10 2017 Interior Secretary Zinke Announces Proposals to Expand Sportsmen’s Access across the U.S.

On August 9, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced two proposals to expand...

Jan 26 2017 New Mexico: Senate Bill Proposes Diversion of State Wildlife Restoration Funds

Recently, the New Mexico State Senate introduced SB 113, which would divert approximately $4...

Feb 26 2015 New Mexico Legislators Gather to Celebrate Outdoor Heritage

On February 23, members of the New Mexico Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus gathered at the...

Dec 05 2012 New Mexico:Federal Court Dismisses New Mexico Trapping Lawsuit

On December 3rd, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico dismissed...

Latest policy updates

Many sportsmen and women depend on federal lands managed by agencies such...

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Cited as one of the most pressing environmental challenges facing this generation,...

One important tool for protecting fish and wildlife habitat is a state-level...

Properly managed wildlife habitat is essential for supporting sustainable and healthy wildlife...

Poaching stands as one of the greatest threats to both the social...

During the 1990s, 13 countries, including the United States, developed and agreed...

In recent years many local governments have enacted vague, outdated laws banning...

Predator hunting and hunting tournaments, often referred to as “contests,” are time-honored...

Recent advances in technology, such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s), which can...

Several states have passed legislation that allows non-resident, full-time college students to...

In an effort to improve the quality of young people’s lives, several...

The vast majority of states throughout the nation offer an online component...

Reports and Data

Jan 01 2022 New Mexico: American System of Conservation Funding Fact Sheet

New Mexico: American System of Conservation Funding Fact Sheet

Jan 01 2013 2013 Sportsmen's Economic Impact Report - New Mexico

2013 Sportsmen’s Economic Impact Report - New Mexico

Jan 01 2007 2006 Economic Impact Report — New Mexico

New Mexico sportsmen and women outnumber the combined number of residents living in Las...

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