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  • Hunting season ramps up across New Mexico
    SANTA FE — Many hunters took to the woods and fields across New Mexico on Sept. 1, the opening day for deer, elk and turkey archery hunts and for most small game and upland game birds. Hunting seasons for doves, blue grouse, band-tailed pigeons and squirrels will open in many areas of the state starting Sept. 1. Licenses, maps, questionnaires and other related materials are available online at the Game and Fish Department’s website, wildlife.state.nm.us The 2015-16 migratory game-bird hunting rules and information booklet is available on the department website. Printed copies will be available soon at game and fish offices and license vendors. The department will accept draw applications for sandhill crane and pheasant hunts from Sept. 2 to Sept. 30. Apply online with a customer account at wildlifestate.nm.us or by phone at 1-888-248-6866. A list of available hunt dates and more information about bag limits and seasons is available on the department website. This year, department staff manning crane harvest check stations also will inspect harvested ducks for evidence of avian flu, said Kristin Madden, bird program manager for the department.
  • Infielder Adames earns All-PCL team honors
    Albuquerque Isotopes infielder Cristhian Adames was named to the All-PCL Team as a shortstop, the league announced Monday morning. It is just the latest honor for Adames who represented to Isotopes in the Triple-A All-Star Game earlier this season and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player prior to last Sunday’s game. In 116 games this season, Adames is batting .311, which ranks sixth in the PCL. He also has 20 doubles, three triples, a career-high 11 homers, 51 RBI and 11 stolen bases. Adames’ 144 hits rank third in the league, and he has a team-high 43 multi-hit games, which is 14 more than any other player. Adames has heated up during the dog days of August, hitting safely 23 of 27 games in the month. Adames has a .372 (42-for-113) average in August with four doubles, a triple, three home runs, nine RBI and three stolen bases. The 24-year-old was called up for one day this season on July 28 following the Troy Tulowitzki trade. He did not appear in a game.
  • Fishing good near Jemez
    Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, crank baits, chigger craws, wooly buggers and zonkers for smallmouth bass. Anglers fishing at night and using night crawlers and liver picked up a few catfish. Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 77 cubic feet per second (cfs). The river has reopened to fishing and other recreation but it is recommended that anglers practice catch and release through the contaminated area. Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair using stick baits, jerk baits, spinner baits and hot dogs for tiger muskies. Brazos River: Fishing was fair using small streamers and salmon eggs for trout. Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest service until further notice due to danger from falling trees. Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 736 cfs and 897cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair to good using salmon eggs, PowerBait, night crawlers, muddler minnows and wooly buggers for a mixed bag of rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout up to 19 inches in length. We had no reports from below Abiquiu.
  • Game Commission to meet Thursday in Santa Fe
    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Game Commission will meet Thursday in Santa Fe to consider numerous matters, including discussion of a new statewide fisheries management plan. The meeting will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Santa Fe Community College Jemez Rooms, 6401 Richards Ave., Santa Fe. Other agenda items include: Discussion of the development of a new easement to provide continued sportsmen access to State Trust Lands for the 2016-2017 hunting seasons. Final department proposals to the Bear and Cougar Rule based on based on public comment, harvest data, population status and other management needs. United States Fish and Wildlife Service appeal of the department’s denial of its request to release Mexican gray wolves. Presentation of the department’s 2017 operating budget and request for commission approval. The full agenda detailed agenda-item briefings and other information are available on the Department of Game and Fish website. Details of proposed rules and opportunities to comment about them also are available on the website, wildlife.state.nm.us.
  • NMSU’s Abdelkader among WAC’s top returners in 2015
    LAS CRUCES —Aggie midfielder Holly Abdelkader was named to the preseason All-Western Athletic Conference team for New Mexico State University. “This is definitely a really good feeling and I want to thank all my teammates and coaches for their support,” Abdelkader said. “I’ll try to use my experience of my freshman year and try to pass that on to my teammates. I just want this team to be successful and I have a feeling we’re going to have a great season ahead of us.” During her freshman year, Abdelkader played in all 22 matches for the Aggies, starting 12. She finished the season fifth on the team with two goals and tied for fourth on the squad with two assists and six points. The preseason women’s soccer poll and all-conference teams were announced last week following a coaches’ meeting at Texas-Rio Grande Valley. The coaches voted NMSU in a tie for sixth with the Rio Grande Valley, formerly Texas-Pan American, in the eight-team conference. The Aggies and UTRGV both earned 17 points, ahead of only Chicago State who finished in eighth with eight points.
  • Lobo volleyball to appear on national broadcast
    ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico volleyball team will finish off its opening weekend of the 2015 season in front of a national TV audience. The Lobos’ match at Ball State will be streamed on ESPN3. That match is set for Aug. 29. UNM now has two matches scheduled for a nation audience in 2015, with the Ball State match joining the Lobos’ Sept. 11 match versus USC on the PAC-12 Networks. “I’m excited to have another match nationally broadcast,” Lobo head coach Jeff Nelson said. “These types of games really help promote our program nationally.” The Ball State match is UNM’s first match to be produced for a national audience since the Lobos played San Diego State on the CBS Sports Network in early 2011. The Lobos open their season at the Ball State Invitational Aug. 28-29, taking Belmont and Albany on the first day of the tournament before facing Ball State on Saturday. UNM will host a fan appreciation night this Thursday, including a 6:30 p.m. Cherry & Silver exhibition match.
  • Fishing good in some spots
    Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, worms, salt craws, wooly buggers and zonkers for smallmouth bass. Fishing for walleye was slow to fair using deep diving crank baits, spinner night crawler rigs and minnows. Anglers fishing at night and using night crawlers and liver picked up a few catfish. Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 270 cubic feet per second (cfs). The river has reopened to fishing and other recreation but it is recommended that anglers practice catch and release through the contaminated area. Bluewater Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using stick baits, jerk baits and hot dogs for tiger muskies. Fishing was fair to good using hot dogs and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species. Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest service until further notice due to danger from falling trees. Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 861 cfs and 697 cfs respectively. Fishing slowed at both locations due to the high water.
  • Gravity Games scheduled for Labor Day Weekend
    Bike jousting, races, whip offs, a brewer’s festival and more are all on tap for Angel Fire Resort’s annual Gravity Games. The games begin Sept. 4. The Labor Day weekend event is meant to bring together music, a mountainside brewfest featuring New Mexico brewers, scenic motorcycle riding and three days of mountain biking competition. All season pass holders (Gravity Pass Holders) will be entitled to free entry to this year’s Gravity Games. Tickets are available for purchase in Angel Fire Resort Bike Shop or at the Lift Ticket Office. Gravity Games Lift Tickets are required to participate in Saturday’s events only. For more information on the events, visit angelfireresort.com.
  • Fishing reported good on the Jemez
    Jemez Waters: Stream flow near Jemez on Monday morning was 36 cubic feet per second (cfs). Fishing on the Jemez was fair to good using worms and salmon eggs for trout. Fishing on the Cebolla above and below Fenton Lake was very good using orange stimulators, hoppers, worms and salmon eggs for trout. Fishing on the Rio Guadalupe was fair to good using worms, caddis and pheasant tail nymphs for brown trout. For information on fishing the Valles Caldera call 1-866-382-5537. Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, wooly buggers, zonkers and salt craws for smallmouth bass. Most of the bass caught were small. Fishing for walleye was slow to fair using spinner night crawler rigs, minnows and curly tail grubs. Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 788 cfs. Access to the river through San Juan County has been closed until further notice due to a toxic spill. Bluewater Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using spinner baits, stick baits, jerk baits and hot dogs for tiger muskies. Fishing was good using hot dogs and liver for catfish. Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest service until further notice due to danger from falling trees.
  • Free family fun at outdoor expo
    For people wanting to learn how to catch a fish, shoot a rifle, paddle a kayak, or try their hand at archery, check out the Department of Game and Fish’s annual New Mexico Outdoor Expo, a free family event at the Albuquerque Shooting Range Park Aug. 15-16. “This is a great opportunity for families to enjoy some fun outdoor activities together,” said Jessica Fisher, shooting program coordinator for the Department of Game and Fish. “And we’ll be teaching folks basic skills that can lead to a lifetime of outdoor enjoyment.” Shooting ranges staffed by certified instructors await participants wanting to learn or polish skills at .22-caliber rifle, pistol, shotgun, muzzleloader or archery events. Inside air-conditioned tents, department wildlife biologists will be available to answer questions about wildlife species, hunting and fishing opportunities and more.All equipment for use during the event is provided free.Those interested in fishing will find helpful staff and volunteers on hand to teach the basics of casting, knot tying and the use of bait and lures.