Department of Game and Fish

About the Department

Conserving New Mexico’s Wildlife for Future Generations – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish brings nearly $1 billion a year to the state’s economy, often to rural areas where funds are needed most. Receiving no money from the state’s General Fund, we are funded by our customers — the anglers, hunters and trappers who enable us to conserve wildlife and provide recreational opportunities that benefit everyone.

License sales annually provide approximately $24.5 million, our primary funding source. This is supplemented by the federal Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program, which provides an additional $13.6 million by matching on a three-to-one basis the dollars we invest in conservation. With these funds from fishing, hunting and trapping we provide services that extend far beyond license sales or simply patrolling for poachers.

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Stephanie Schardin Clarke

New Mexico State Game Commission

The New Mexico Legislature created a three-member State Game Commission in 1921. The commission eventually became a seven-member citizens’ body that sets hunting and fishing regulations, hires the Department of Game and Fish director, oversees spending of a more than $35 million annual budget, and sets the department’s overall direction.

Contact Information

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
One Wildlife Way
Santa Fe, NM 87507

(505) 476-8000

Latest News

Department Closes Additional Properties

SANTA FE – At sunset Monday, April 6, 2020, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will close multiple Wildlife Managements Areas and Open Gate properties to promote public safety. Closures include: Bear Canyon Reservoir near MimbresBill Evans Lake Wildlife...

For Public Safety, Department Closes Monastery Lake and Seven Springs Brood Pond

SANTA FE – To promote public safety, the Department at sunset Sunday, April 5, 2020, will close Monastery Lake Open Gate property near the Village of Pecos and Seven Springs Brood Pond located at Seven Springs Hatchery in the Jemez Mountains. Social distancing is a...