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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Rachel Shockley, (505) 476-8071
Public contact: (888) 248-6866
rachel.shockley@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPT. 23, 2013:

FISH FOR FREE STATEWIDE; CELEBRATE NATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING DAY SATURDAY, SEPT. 28, AT FENTON LAKE STATE PARK

SANTA FE – Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day Sept. 28 by going fishing. It is free fishing day in New Mexico, a special day when all anglers­­ – residents and nonresidents of all ages – can fish without a license at public waters statewide. All other fishing rules apply.

“We want to encourage New Mexicans to get out with their families and enjoy their wildlife resources, and celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day on free fishing day is a great way to do that,” Department Fisheries Chief Mike Sloane said.

The Department of Game and Fish and New Mexico State Parks are partnering to provide a  day of family fun at Fenton Lake State Park. Department staff will be on hand to give expert instruction and hands-on training in outdoor skills such as fishing and archery. First-time anglers are encouraged to come learn a new skill.

Activities at Fenton Lake will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include free archery and fishing instruction, aquatics education and more. The state park charges a $5 per vehicle day-use fee. Walk-in entry is free.

Fenton Lake State Park is 33 miles northwest of San Ysidro via N.M. 4 and N.M. 126 in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico. The area is owned by the State Game Commission and managed by New Mexico State Parks.

For more information about National Hunting and Fishing Day activities at Fenton Lake State Park, please call (575) 829-3630.

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