Shirley, G.R.

G.R. Shirley, 83, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005, at his home northeast of Portales. He was born Nov. 1, 1922, Quay County to Lucille and James D. Shirley. He contracted polio at the age of 9 months, and spent much of his younger years in various hospitals in Texas, New Mexico, California and Arizona. He […]

Bill approved to impose tax in cities, counties

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A new tax would be imposed in cities and counties on some out-of-state purchases under legislation approved by the House on Monday. Local governments are projected to collect more than $11 million a year under the proposal for a local option compensating tax. The measure would automatically impose the […]

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 […]

Internet hunting shameful practice

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist New Mexico has the darker side of the wild, wild west in a headlock with her stubborn refusal to outlaw the barbarian practice of drugging chickens, strapping razors to their claws and letting them fight to death under the guise of sport. Cockfighting it’s called. Could anything be dumber? Well, […]

Coyotes are a menace for local ranchers and farmers

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These coyotes are hung up on Curry Road 19 north of Ned Houk Park off of 209. Ranchers and farmers do this to deter other coyotes from coming onto the property. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer They’re cunning. They’re clever. And they’re everywhere. The critters in question are the coyote […]

Let’s protect our outdoors

by Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist Perhaps you have never heard of Jay “Ding” Darling, who was conservationist and cartoonist. During the Depression years, Darling was among those who were influential in the founding of Ducks Unlimited. According to local chapter president John McNeil, Ducks Unlimited was founded in 1937 to his knowledge, the country’s largest […]

Poaching suspect arrested

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Sgt. Mike Perry of the New Mexico Game and Fish Department stands behind one whitetail deer (far right) and four mule deer in Pleasant Hill the day they were found Jan. 11. The deer torsos were found Dec. 31. (Courtesy photo: Wes Robertson) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man has confessed to […]

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 […]

Strange encounters of the fox-hunting kind

By Ned Cantwell The conversation was in a faraway place with a refined, obviously well-to-do London couple and the setting was such that chit chat is called for even if you have nothing to chit chat about. It’s fun talking to Brits because most of their statements end up as questions even if they are […]

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, […]

Snipe hunting dangerous to predator, prey

Bob Huber If you’re thinking about a final spring adventure before the advent of summer reruns, zealots of the great outdoors will be happy to introduce you to snipe hunting. You probably deserve it. Snipe hunting is a traditional American exploit, ranked high on the all-time list of Things You Do Only Once in a […]

Target shooting helps bowhunters stay sharp

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Competitors at Saturday’s bowhunting competition determine the scores on their first target. Clockwise from bottom left are Jamie Hipp, T.J. Wood, Renae Hipp and Jim Wood. Walter Beevers of Clovis watches on the side. Photo by Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson Oasis State Park saw a portion of people braving the slight winds to enjoy […]

Guns n’ more come to the Clovis armory

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Guns line a table as people browse the Clovis Evening Lions Club Gun & Collectible Show Saturday at the National Guard Armory. The show continues Sunday. CNJ photo: Eric Kluthe Armory. By Darrell Todd Maurina It’s been many years since the Lions brought a gun and collectibles show to Clovis, but organizers said the weekend […]