With elevations ranging from the southern Lower Sonoran Zone at 3,000 feet to the northern Alpine Zone at up to 13,000 feet, New Mexico supports a variety of game. There are three main types of hunting available in New Mexico--upland game birds, small game and big game. Popular game species include deer, elk, quail, dove, pheasants and teal, while lesser hunted species include pronghorn and javelina and exotics such as oryx, Persian ibex and Barbary sheep.
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New Mexico's range in elevation also provides a diversity of fishing. Fly fish the Rio Grande or Rio Chama at 6,000 feet during fall to early runoff season for excellent chances to catch trout. From June to early September, elevations above 8,000 feet keep mountain streams cool, providing excellent fishing. Or choose to fish among ponderosa pines at 11,000 feet in the mountain lakes of the Pecos Wilderness or on smaller streams in the Santa Fe or Carson National Forest Lands.
With more than a thousand miles of fishable creeks, streams and rivers and almost a quarter-million surface acres of lakes and reservoirs, anglers find that there's plenty of places to fish in New Mexico. Added to the abundance and diversity of places to fish is the variety of fish themselves. From panfish to trout, bass, catfish, northern pike and walleye, New Mexico is a great place to fish both cold- and warm-water species. Finally, don't forget about the winter ice fishing in New Mexico!
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