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Officer of the Month 

Last Updated: 02/07/2011

February 2011

Officer Theobald assisting youth antelope hunter
Officer Theobald assisting youth antelope hunter



Derek Theobald

Duty Station:

Hobbs District

Special Area of Responsibility/Game Mgmt Units:

GMU 31/33


B.S. in Social Science

Length of Service:

3.5 years    

Specialty or Interest:

Law Enforcement/ Hunter Education

Current Projects/Assignments:

Barbary sheep hunt patrol in GMU 30

Best Thing About the Job:

The diversity of the job. One day you’re checking fisherman and the next day you’re helping on the walleye spawn.             

Most Common Question People Have:

When is the Department going to get rid of the draw for deer?


Not any time soon. The deer numbers have grown in GMU 31 and hunters are harvesting more mature bucks. If you want the draw to change you need to show up to a Game Commission meeting and make your voice heard.

Contact Information:   

Phone (575) 626- 2869 or email

Other Important Info:

Served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps