Friday morning briefing: Lucky hunters

Freedom New Mexico Good morning, and welcome to Friday’s Freedom New Mexico morning briefing Hunters who applied for New Mexico 2010-2011 deer, elk, antelope, ibex, javelina, bighorn sheep and Barbary sheep licenses can see if they made the drawing “lucky list” on the Department of Game and Fish website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us, according to a department news […]

Deadline is April 8 to apply for big-game licenses, permits

Wednesday, April 8, is the deadline for hunters to apply for 2009-2010 deer, elk, antelope, ibex, javelina, Barbary sheep and bighorn sheep hunting opportunities allotted by draw in New Mexico. Online applications must be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Paper applications must be postmarked by April 8 or delivered to the Department office in Santa […]

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. […]

Outdoors deserves appreciation

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist Winter has never, for me, been a time for squatting by the fire and wishing the cold away. Even on a morning such as this one, with temperature slightly above zero, the call to be out experiencing nature is present in the back of my mind. Unfortunately, as is true […]

Springs part of Portales’ history

By Ruth White Burns: Special to the CNJ Editor’s note: This is the first of three articles, to run the next two Sundays, describing the importance of Portales Springs in eastern New Mexico history. Why does a town on the Eastern Plains of New Mexico, far from the Rio Grande and its Hispanic settlements, have […]

Overpopulation of elk can be fixed old-fashioned way

By Freedom Newspapers Attention SEAL Team Six! Stop all overseas operations and return to base. Your next mission takes you to Rocky Mountain National Park, where, under cover of night, you’ll be stealthily stopping an invasion … of elk. We’re joking, of course. Navy SEALs won’t be helping to thin the herd in Colorado’s most […]

Thinning out wildlife most efficiently left to hunters

Freedom Newspapers Leave it to career bureaucrats to make a federal case out of a little wildlife problem. The federal government’s answer to an exploding elk population in Rocky Mountain National Park is typically complicated and unnecessarily expensive, with the Park Service planning to hire specialized sharpshooters, at undoubtedly inflated rates, to cull the herd […]

Pheasant frenzy to begin

By Greg Price: CNJ Sports Writer Bill Bradford of Placitas has hunted pheasant for almost 50 years. Bradford said it should be a strong pheasant season in New Mexico, since cold weather has been sparse. “I have bird dogs and I enjoy watching them work,” Bradford said. “And certainly (pheasants) are good to eat.” The […]

Police briefing from Dec. 12

On Saturday, December 10, 2005, at about 2:24 pm hunters reported locating the body of Laura McNaughton, age 30, from Clovis, in the bar ditch on the west side of County Road C, approximately two miles south of the Pleasant Hill Fire Department. Additional information will be provided as the investigation progresses.

Slaying victim may have known killer

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Laura McNaughton was probably not a random homicide victim, Curry County’s undersheriff said on Tuesday. Doug Bowman said investigators are talking to “less than 10” people who may have knowledge about the 30-year-old Clovis woman’s slaying. Bowman said he believes McNaughton may have known her killer. Officials declined again […]

Pheasant hunt boon to economy

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The ring-neck pheasant was introduced to the U.S. in the 1860s. (Texas Department of Wildlife photo) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Pheasant hunting is a family tradition for some and a serious sport for others, but either way, it’s an economic boon to West Texas and New Mexico. Muleshoe, Arch and Ranchvale all sponsor […]

Clovis group enjoys bowhunting

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Paul McAlister, center, and Lonnie Pickel, right, practice at the Clovis Bowhunter’s range north of Ned Houk Park. In the summer the Clovis Bowhunters practice at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Staff photo: John Eisel By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer For someone not used to firing an arrow, the pressure bulges in the collar bone, biceps […]

Hunting ‘will never be the same’

The Associated Press BIRCHWOOD, Wis. — Clovis resident Ron Pierson was “absolutely mortified” last week to hear that two acquaintances — Robert Crotteau, 42, and son Joey, 20 — were slain during a deer hunt 20 miles from his former home in Rice Lake, Wis. Pierson said he played softball and socialized with the Crotteaus […]

Target hitting time: hunting season begins

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Travis Denton, who has hunted since he was 9 years old, poses with his latest taxidermy project. He said he hopes to take an elk bull like this one home with him this fall during bow hunting . Tova Fruchtman By Tova Fruchtman CNJ STAFF WRITER tova_fruchtman@link.freedom.com As summer ends, leaves begin to change colors, […]