Wednesday morning briefing: Youth hunting, fine arts and American Graffiti

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Youth license Thousands of licenses for youth-only elk hunts, deer and javelina are available from the state Department of Game and Fish. More than 2,700 deer licenses and 430 javelina licenses left over from the regular drawing are scheduled to go on sale 10 […]

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 […]

$10,000 penalty issued in trophy deer poaching case

HOBBS — A Hobbs magistrate ordered a man convicted of poaching a trophy mule deer to pay the state $10,000 in civil damages, the maximum penalty under a 3-year-old law that allows the state to seek reimbursement for the loss of a trophy game animal. Bradley Smith, 26, indicated through his attorney that he will […]

Leftover deer permits, elk and javelina licenses available online Aug. 19

SANTA FE — More than 1,700 New Mexico public-land deer permits, 20 elk licenses for mobility impaired hunters, and 231 Javelina licenses leftover from the 2009-2010 drawing will be available beginning at 10 a.m.

Comments sought on proposed changes to deer license application process

SANTA FE — The Department of Game and Fish is asking for public comments about proposals to change the way hunters apply for deer licenses. The State Game Commission will consider the proposals at its Sept. 24 meeting in Las Cruces. The proposals include simplifying the deer licensing process by eliminating the current deer hunting […]

Game commission will consider aquatic invasive species rule changes

SANTA FE — The State Game Commission will consider rule changes under the Aquatic Invasive Species Control Act that will allow state agencies and contractors to take appropriate actions to prevent the introduction and possible spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in state waters. AIS will be among several items on the agenda for the […]

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, […]

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. […]

Man charged for poaching

FORT SUMNER — A Fort Sumner man was jailed and charged with 16 counts of wildlife-related crimes in connection with the alleged poaching of 12 deer. A search warrant was executed Jan. 27, 2009, at the residence of Loy Minton, 25, by Department of Game and Fish officers and a deputy from the De Baca […]

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 […]

Attention deer, elk hunter: Harvest reports due Sunday, Feb. 15

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is reminding all deer and elk hunters and trappers who held a license/permit to hunt or trap in New Mexico during the 2008-2009 seasons that deadlines for submitting Mandatory Harvest Reports are fast approaching. All deer and elk hunters must file their harvest reports by Sunday, Feb. […]

Two charged in poaching incident

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

Deer poaching problem in eastern New Mexico

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Poachers in Roosevelt County and New Mexico are taking shots at a $900 million state industry, and may pay for it with thousands of dollars in fines. In the past few weeks, two poaching incidents have occurred in the county, with one carcass found on the Texas-New Mexico state […]

Reward offered for information in deer poaching

CNJ staff The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest for killing a pair of mule deer discovered near Portales. Game and Fish investigators say a doe and a buck were killed and dumped off South Roosevelt County Road 8 sometime last Monday. Both […]

Information sought in deer poaching

CNJ staff The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of poachers believed to have unlawfully killed a deer off N.M. 202 and Black Water Road northeast of Portales. The carcass of a buck mule deer was found partially buried a couple of hundred yards […]

Prep scoreboard

Area FootballRegular season Clovis 58, Hobbs 0 Portales 48, Ruidoso 24Farwell 57, Anton 6White Deer 45, Bovina 31 Muleshoe 41, Friona 7 Playoffs 8-man QuarterfinalsMelrose 62, Springer 0 Gateway Christian 38, Mountainair 22 Class 2A Quarterfinals Capitan 42, Tucumcari 17 Cloudcroft 31, Laguna-Acoma 6 Estancia 26, NMMI 0 Tularosa 48, Cuba 16 Six-manChampionshipHondo 56, San […]

Deer travels within Clovis

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A deer spent Tuesday night inside a salvage yard on West Seventh Street in Clovis. The Clovis Animal Control Office was called but the deer escaped Wednesday afternoon. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer An adult deer trapped overnight in a Clovis wreckage yard escaped Wednesday afternoon while the city’s animal control officer was brainstorming […]

Memories define holiday season

By Clyde Davis: Columnist The other day, while doing some browse-shopping in our local chain bookstore, I came across two books to put on the “maybe” list. Complete scripts, or at least apparently complete, for “It’s A Wonderful Life” and “Miracle On 34th Street.” Since both rank high on my favorite blond’s list of touching […]

Local Roundup: United Way holding business meeting

CNJ staff United Way of Eastern New Mexico will hold its annual business meeting at noon Friday at the Memorial Building. The meeting will provide a platform for United Way supporters and community to provide feedback to the governing body of board members, according to a press release issued by United Way of Eastern New […]