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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 5 Bighorn hunters will have more options, opportunit Submitted by NM GAME & FISH DEPTISanta Fe The New Mexico Game Commission adopted new rules Aug. 28 that will provide bunters planning to enter the public draw- ings for 2015-season bighorn sheep licenses in New Mexico with more opportunities and more choices than ever. in NM in Beginning next year, the de- partment estimates it will make 36 bighorn ram licenses available in the annual public drawing, an all-time high. Sixteen of those li- censes will be for Rocky Moun- tain bighorn rams. Twenty will be for desert bighorn rams, a remark- able increase from only one desert bighorn license issued in 2011. Fishing Reloor k~~Game & Fish] This fishing report, provided bv Bill Dunn and the Department o/ Game and Fish, has been gener- ated jt'om the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ; as stream, lake and weather conditions alter .fish and angler activities. CATCHES OF THE WEEK: • Bluewater Lake: Sept. l 1, Chris Ortega of Albuquerque caught and released a 34-inch tiger musky. He was using a custom- tied jig with a white power craw trailer. Sept. 10, Robert and Michael Lury of Santa Fe caught and released five tiger musky ranging in size from 28 to 34 inches. They were using a silver Blue Fox spinner and a white Booyah spinnerbait with silver and gold Colorado blades. • Elephant Butte Lake: Sept. 11, Bob Coleman of E1 Paso caught and released a 3.5-pound large- mouth bass. He caught and re- leased several smaller bass as well and all were caught on a perch- colored crank bait in about 10 feet of water. The following came in too late for last week's report but we felt it was definitely worth men- tioning: • Cochiti Lake: Sept. 6, Chris Johnson of Albuquerque caught a 5.06-pound largemouth bass. He was using a V2-ounce home- made bladed green pumpkin jig with a green pumpkin craw trailer. If you have a catch of the week story or just want to tell us about your latest New Mexico fishing experience, send it to us at We may include your story in our next report. For catc]ies of the SOUTHWEST AREA Bear Canyon: We had no reports fl'om anglers this week. Bill Evans Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. Caballo Lake: Fishing was slow to fair trolling crank baits for a mixed bag of white bass and wall- eye. Fishing was fair using night crawlers and stink baits for chan- nel catfish. We had no reports on~ other species. Elephant Butte Lake: Fishing was fair using crank baits, topwater lures, grubs and min- nows for .white bass. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was fair using crank baits, jerk baits, tubes and salt craws. Fishing was fair to good using dead shiners, chicken liver and night crawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species• The surface water temp was in the mid to high 70s. Eseondida Lake: We had no re- ports from anglers this week. Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 63 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week. Glenwood Pond: Trout fishing was fair to good using Power Bait. Lake Roberts: The water level is still down but walk-in fishing has been good. Anglers are using worms, stink baits and chicken liver for a mixed bag of catfish and bass. Percha Dam: Fishing was slow for all species. Quemado Lake: Fishing was good using wooly buggers, Pis- tol Petes, worms and Power Bait for trout. We had no reports on tiger mt~sky: . .......... Young Pond: Fishing" ~as~ ~low to fair using chicken livers, hot dogs and homemade dough baits for catfish. We had no reports off other species• week, include name, date, ~lnd lo- cation, type of fish, length and weight if possible and bait, lure or fly used. The increased licenses are thanks to successful reintroduc- tion and management efforts by the Department of Game and Fish in partnership with the Wild Sheep Foundation, the Bureau of Land Management and private land.owners. The 2015 bighorn drawings also will see some changes in the way licenses are allocated to state residents and nonresidents. To equitably distribute the big- horn licenses and comply with state statues requiring that 84 percent be awarded to residents, the department consolidated the available licenses for Rocky Mountain rams, Rocky Mountain ewes, Rocky Mountain ewe ar- chery and desert bighorn rams into four individual license pools. This approach will not af- fect how bighorn herds are man- aged across the state, but it will enable the Department to distrib- ute licenses consistent with state statute such that residents will receive at least 84 percent of the licenses, nonresidents six per- cent, and hunters who use outfit- ters will receive ten percent. By consolidating the licenses into the four pools, all three catego- ries of applicants will have an opportunity to draw. The 2015 drawing also will include several youth-only li- censes and some hunts for ewes. "With our statewide bighorn herds growing, we are excited that everyone - residents and nonresi- dents - will have a chance to draw a license," said Cal Baca chief of the department's Wildlife Man- agement Division. "If the draw- ing were conducted under the previous system, nonresidents would have virtually no chance of drawing a license." The new system also will enable hunters to rank their choices of hunts and areas for both Rocky Mountain and desert bighorns on their applications, effectively giving them six hunt choices. Previously, hunters had only three choices. For more details about hunt- ing in New Mexico and the state's bighorn herds, please visit the De- partment of Game and Fish website, www.wildlife. The rules and infor- mation.,,book.lots, for the 2015- 2016 hunting seasons; including maps,~ season dates, bag limits and more, will be available January 5, 2015. Information also is avail- able by calling toll-free (888) 248-6866. Lady Mavs take 2nd in Morenci Tournament Courtesy photo The Lordsburg High School Lady Mavericks brought home a second place trophy from the Morenci Tournament on September 6, 2014. Pictured above is the 2014 Lady Maverick Volleyball Team. 2o14 Lordsburg Maverick Volleyball DATE OPPONENT TIME Tuesday, August 26 @ Silver 6:30 PM Thursday, August 28 @ Animas 6:30 PM Saturday, Sept. 6 Morenci Invite TBA Tuesday, Sept• 9 @ Hot Springs 6:00 PM Thursday, Sept. 11 vs. Animas 6:30 PM Thursday, Sept• 25 Tuesday, Sept. 30 Tuesday, Sept. 30 Thursday, Oct. 9 Tuesday, October 14 Saturday, October 18 Tuesday, October 21 Saturday, October 25 Tuesday, October 28 Saturday, November 1 Monday, November 3 Tuesday, November 4 Thursday, November 6 Saturday, November 8 Thurs.-Sat• Nov. 9-15 vs. Silver 6:30 PM vs. Cobre 6:30 PM vs. Cobre 6:30 PM vs. Calvary West 6:00 PM vs. Mesilla Valley 6:00 PM vs. Capitan 1:00 PM @ Tularosa 6:00 PM @ Mesilla Valley 1:00 PM vs. Tularosa 6:00 PM @ Capitan 1:00 PM District Tourn 6:00 PM District Tourn 6:00 PM District Tourn 6:00 PM District Champ 2:00 PM State Tourn. T.B.A :riday, September 19 @ Hot Springs 7:00 PI', Subject to change Mavericks continue winning streak, show out Zuni The Lordsburg Mavericks beat the Thunderbirds 53-0 last Friday night after a long trip to Zuni. The Mavericks scored 27 points in the first quarter and 20 in the second quarter to take a 47-0 halftime lead.The Mavericks ended with a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to end the game at 53-0. On offense, the Mavericks were led by Johnny Plowman with 101 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns and 176 yards passing on 9 completions and 2 touchdown passes. Raymond Saucedo tallied one touch- down rushing and 42 yards and 3 catches for 73 yards. On de- fense, the Mavericks were led by Jacob Esquivel with a total of 11 tackles. Jeremy Pantoja and Marty Lopez each recov- ered a fumble. Ramon Retana was next with 6 tackles. Hondo Estrada also had 6 tackles and 2 quarterback sacks. The Mav- ericks will be on the road again on Friday to take on the Hot SpringsTigers in Truth or Con- sequences. The Tigers are 2-0 and are a strong and good team, according to Coach Louis Balsa. Kickoff time is 7:00 PM. Above, sophomore Hondo Estrada makes forward progress on the carry while, right, Caleb May makes the tackle. Photos courtesy JAMIE DIAZ/Lordsburg of th Gila bridg, replacement project started Submitted by GCDNMISilver City The project to replace the bridge over the West Fork of the Gila River is scheduled to start .... ,Monday Sept 15'h. The project is being overseen by the.Federal Highways Administration in co- operation with New Mexico DOT. The project is projected to end early in Spring of 2015, but could run into the summer depending on weather delays. The project will invOlve building a new bridge just downstream from the current one, demOlishing the old bridge and re-routing traffic onto the new one. The project is nec- essary due to the age of the cur- rent bridge and on-going costs associated with making periodic repairs to the old bridge abut- ments due to floods and stream bed shifts. While the bridge is not within Gila Cliff Dwellings Na- tional Monument, it does provide the only road access to the final mile of NM HWY 15 and thus the Cliff Dwellings. Also beyond the bridge are the USFS Upper and Lower Scorpion campgrounds, and the trailheads at TJs corral and west fork parking lot. For the majority of the project the only effect will be occasional short delays at the bridge and increased truck traf- fic. Later in the project more sig- nificant delays (1-2 hours) and possible occasional closures will be necessary. It is anticipated that 2o14 Lordsburg Maverick Football DATE Thursday, Friday, August 29 Friday, September 5 Friday, September 12 OPPONENT August 21 Silver City (Scrimmage) vs. Willcox, AZ vs. Academia Juarez @ Zuni Friday, September 26@ Anthony, TX Friday, October 3 vs Cobre Friday, October 10 @ San Elizario Friday, October 17 Friday, October 24 vs. Capitan Friday, October 31 @ MVCS Friday, November 7 @ Tularosa Friday, November 14/15 State First Round Fri-Sat, November 21/22 State Quarter Finals Fri-Sat, Nov. 28/29State Semi-Finals Fri-Sat, December 5/6 State Championship TIME 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM OPEN 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM TBA TBA TBA TBA heavy equipment will be con- closures. voyed to the site on Friday Sep- Entranceto the Gila Cliff tember 19th-expect delays on NM Dwellings is permitted from 9 Hwy 35 and NM Hwy 15. Please am until 4 pm MT. Visitors plan, your trips accordiflgly. Ad-"' entering'by 4 'pfn h~i˘6 until 5 ~difionalinformation .will be re- pm to complete their Visit. leased as we get it. Please check Please keep these potential con- our website at struction delays in mind as you for up to date news on delays or plan your trip. Patriotic color run tobe held October 18 in Lordsburg The Lordsburg Elks Lodge will be hosting a Red, White and Blue Color 5k Run/1 Mile Walkon Saturday, October 18, 2014. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., with the start of the race set for 9:00 a.m. Pre-registration fee is $15, or $20 the day of the event for persons age l0 and up. Those under 18 will require parent or guard- ian permission. Participants will receive color packs and a t-shirt. Those under 10, and those just wanting to participate without paying the full registration fee, can do so for $5. Runners/walkers are encouraged to wear white t-shirts for the event. Red and blue non-toxic holi paint stations will be set up throughout the race, which will begin at the Hidalgo County Fair- grounds. The event, held in conjunction with Discover Hidalgo, will be held in honor of all American veterans• All proceeds from the run/ walk will go to the New Mexico Elks Association's Veterans Services Program and to the Lordsburg Elks Lodge #1813 local veterans' fund. For more information contact Felicia Barker at 575-342-2509 or Brenda Hood at 575-590-0377. Registration forms can be picked up at the Hidalgo County Herald or the Cottage House or can be re- quested by email at Sponsorships are also being accepted by local individuals and businesses. The Red, White and Blue Color 5k Run/1 Mile Walk is also sponsored by the NMEA Veterans Services and the City of Lordsburg. ] 000 Birchtield Street * Lordsburg, NM We are right next to Love's 7kuck Stop GUN DEALER Check out our selection of We do transfers for $20 !