Regional Reports-West

Lincoln National Forest

Spring isn't "off season" if you're a New Mexico hog hunter. Hogs are not officially game animals according to state laws, so there are no closed seasons, no limits and no restrictions on means or methods and no license is required. The Lincoln National Forest acreage outside Alamogordo is a go-to zone. "Just watch out for hogs with ear tags," says New Mexico Department of Game and Fish biologist Darrell Weybright. "A tagged animal is assumed to belong to somebody. Untagged hogs are fair game on public land all year long." Take Route 82 east from Alamogordo and enter the park via Routes 90 or 63. Hunting is allowed on all land within the national forest borders, but be careful of trespassing on private land holdings within the forest. You can pick up a forest map at the forestry office in Almogordo. Contact: Lincoln National Forest, (505-827-7894); New Mexico Department of Fish and Game (800-862-9310).