Hunting and Fishing
HUNTING AND FISHING IN NEW MEXICO
First off, here is the link to the
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
As in most National Parks, hunting is
not permitted within White Sands National Monument.
And if you were having an eye on the oryx
population: There are growing concerns over hunters who hunt oryx in
prohibited areas on the White Sands Missile Range.
However, there is a way to win oryx permits on the
White Sands Missile Range, which is a once-in-a-lifetime license. Once you
win the permit, kill or no, you can never apply again. Again,
the folks at the Game & Fish Department will be happy to assist you
with further information.
Hunter with legally taken oryx
Photo: Dept of game and fish
Alternatively, you could just patrol the roads that are close to White Sands Missile
Range and wait for one of the antelopes to jump out. According to the September
Otero County sheriff's logs, deputies responded to U.S. Highway 70 West,
mile marker 206, in reference to an oryx in the roadway.
So you gotta beat the cops to it as well. Double challenge.
Fish wise, and just so that you know: A New Mexico
Department of Game and Fish survey finds that tiger muskies average 35
inches long and 11 pounds in Bluewater Lake. The fish have been stocked
in the lake since 2003 to reduce the number of white suckers and
goldfish. Bluewater Lake is located between Gallup and Grants, roughly
two hours from Albuquerque. This info is as of September 2008.
More tiger muskie fishery at
To the best of our knowledge all
information is current. If you should discover any errors, however, please
us know via mail[at]white-sands-new-mexico.com. Thanks!