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Author Archives: Karl Moffatt

New Mexico Winning War on Wild Hogs

Dry Cimarron River in northeastern New Mexico.

New Mexico appears to be winning its war against wild hogs with the feral swine now gone from half of infected counties in 2013, federal authorities report. Continue reading »

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Spring Fishing on the San Juan River – Tips and Tricks

san juan river

Spring fishing on the San Juan River means dry fly action and plenty of it so box up the nymphs, break out the flies and get after it. Continue reading »

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San Juan Sees Even More Improvements for Anglers and Wildlife

san juan river hammond tract

It’s the dead of winter and Mike Lee of Arizona is catching big beautiful trout on dry flies at the Lower Flats of the San Juan River in northwestern New Mexico and state fisheries biologist Marc Wethington couldn’t be happier for him. Continue reading »

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Winter Trout Fishing on the Rio Chama Below El Vado Dam

Toner Mitchell poses with brown trout caught in the Chama River of northern New Mexico.

In the dead of winter when most anglers are yearning for a fight with a feisty trout there are only a few places one can try in northern New Mexico.

But for those seeking the solitude of a lonely stretch of river, incredible scenery and the possibility of catching a fat fish, then the Rio Chama below El Vado Dam is where it’s at. Continue reading »

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Great Winter Hikes Can Be Found in Los Alamos & White Rock Areas

Tsankawi Indian ruins near White Rock NM.

New Mexico’s mild winter weather makes for ideal hiking conditions and the White Rock and Los Alamos area boasts some of the best sunny and scenic strolls around. Continue reading »

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Ice Fishing is On & Eagle Nest Lake is the Place!

Mitch Roggy, 53, of Albuquerque shows off a nice, fat Rainbow trout he picked up while ice fishing at Eagle Nest Lake one past winter.

In the dead of winter when the dreaded effects of cabin fever begin to set in, people will do some incredible things to get outdoors and have some fun.

Like ice fishing, a traditional New Mexican outdoor activity that much like salmon snagging requires a hardier breed of angler and a touch of desperation. Continue reading »

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Outdoors Promoter Bob Gerding Dies, Hunting and Fishing Show Cancelled

Bob Gerding

Bob Gerding, operator of the annual hunting and fishing show has died after a fight with cancer and the show has been cancelled this year. He was a bear of a man and a true outdoorsman who loved New Mexico and all that it offered. He will be sorely missed. Read more about him from Outdoors New Mexico’s profile of the man back in 2008. Continue reading »

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Fire Ravaged Pecos River Reopens

An angler on the Pecos River at the Pecos National Historical Monument.

Anglers returning to the recently reopened Pecos River will find far fewer places to camp and fish as well as less trout to catch in the wake of two devastating forest fires earlier this summer. Continue reading »

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Charette Lakes NM: Hilltop Hide-Away a Great Get-Away!

A Pronghorn buck.

High on a windblown mesa overlooking the plains of New Mexico lies an unexpected oasis where visitors can camp and fish from the banks of a deep lake still thriving despite the long running drought. Continue reading »

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Take a Ride on the Rails into Historic Las Vegas NM this summer.

Las Vegas NM RR Station

The railroad helped put Las Vegas on the map and visitors today can still experience the thrill of riding the rails into town and spending a weekend exploring this historic oasis on the edge of the plains. Continue reading »

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