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Yearly Archives: 2010

A Good Dog is Gone – Wiley Lived a Life Better Than Most Men.

On 12/28/2010 8:15 AM, wren propp wrote: Wiley B. Moffatt died on Monday December 27, 2010. We’ll miss her at every hike, whenever a trout is caught and released, at every meal where a steak bone is available, where ever there is a quiet patch of sun for a warm nap, on every long drive … Continue reading »

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Bosque del Apache: A Winter Festival of Wildlife

By Karl MoffattThe massive flock of snow geese all took off at once, engulfing this lone visitor to the Bosque del Apache in a swirling mass of brilliant white and the din of heavy honking. Within minutes the birds were all gone and the air became still again. But then the clucking calls of a … Continue reading »

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Taxidermy Shop in Heart of Albuquerque a Wild Adventure

 By Karl MoffattBehind a nondescript storefront on Albuquerque’s Central Avenue lies an amazing wildlife display where gleaming eyes, glistening hides and snarling teeth greet astonished visitors. “It’s my own little museum,” D.L. Gruben of American Wildlife Taxidermy says of his extensive display of hundreds of different animals from around the world, most of whom he … Continue reading »

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Longtime Fly Fishing Guide and Noted Author, Van Beacham, Offers Fall Fishing Tips

Van Beacham relaxes by the John Dunn Bridge on the Rio Grande one fine, fall, day . By Karl MoffattIf it’s fall and you fish, it’s time to be on the Rio Grande enjoying a warm sunny afternoon chasing hungry trout on the state’s big river. “It’s the optimal time of year to be fishing … Continue reading »

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Trophy Tiger Muskies in Quemado, Bluewater Lakes make for Amazing Angling

The Very Large Array on the Plains of San Augustin.

It’s New Mexico’s latest fishing craze, anglers trying to catch giant, 40-inch, 20-pound tiger muskies lurking in the depths of Quemado and Bluewater lakes where they’ve been stocked to prey upon undesirable fish. Continue reading »

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Fisher-Chick, Clarissa Lopez, Shares Fishing Tips, Top Spots and Great Gear

By Karl MoffattGot fat, lazy, kids dominated by cell phones, captivated by video, stupefied by TV? Maybe it’s time to drag them out of the house and teach them one of New Mexico’s favorite outdoor pastimes, like how to fish, the old fashioned way, with a simple pole and some bait down at the local … Continue reading »

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Ortiz Mountain Ranch, Great Views, Stellar Hiking, Plenty of Wildlife But Should We Buy It?

Larry Brow of Azure Enterprises at Ortiz Mountan Ranch October 2010. By Karl Moffatt Its peaks dominate the skyline, running like a roller coaster across the eastern horizon and creating a mesmerizing vista for motorists traveling along the Turquoise Trail scenic byway. It’s about 12,000 acres of rugged mountain land dotted by pinon and juniper … Continue reading »

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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – What a Gas!

By Karl MoffattLightning flashed in the pitch black sky as we raced south on the interstate to the balloon fiesta in Albuquerque. It was five in the morning and we couldn’t see what the weather was doing, all we knew was it smelled like rain and there was one hell of a light show on … Continue reading »

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Visit the Valle Vidal for Great Fall Foliage

There may be no better time to visit the Valle Vidal than in the fall when its giant groves of aspen trees erupt with vibrant colors and turn this part of the national forest into a stunning display of natural art.  “It’s not going to get any better than this,” says Kathy De Lucas, Public … Continue reading »

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San Juan River Habitat Improvement Projects Apparently Work!

Anglers looking for some good fishing and a little breathing room on New Mexico’s popular San Juan River need only look downstream to a stretch of recently improved trout habitat.   “Looks like money well spent,” said Tim McCarthy, 56, of Albuquerque, as he released a good-sized rainbow trout caught in the project area during … Continue reading »

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