With landscape ranging from desert to mountain ranges and species from common to exotic, New Mexico offers hunters both diverse and unique hunting opportunities. Big game species across the state include deer (mainly mule deer), elk, bear, pronghorn, Barbary sheep, bighorn sheep, javelina, oryx, and ibex. New Mexico is also home to three sub-species of turkey (Merriam’s, Rio Grande, and Gould’s), as well as numerous small game, upland game, migratory bird, and furbearer species.
New Mexico’s waters are as diverse as the land. From high mountain lakes to rivers and streams, there is a perfect spot for any angler. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish raises and stocks more than 2 million fish per year in an effort to expand opportunities for recreational fishing. The state is also home to six different types of trout (brook, brown, gila, lake, rainbow, and Rio Grande cutthroat), as well as Kokanee salmon. Other common catches in New Mexico include largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, and channel catfish.