Spring is right around the corner and it's time for New Mexico hunters and anglers to start gearing up for the year ahead. Put April 9th-11th on your calendars now and join BHA’s chapter getaway to the Kiowa National Grassland (KNG). Here you’ll lend a hand for antelope conservation, get to know your fellow BHA members, and scout out the beautiful Mills Canyon area all in one trip.
RSVP below by March 31st.
Here is what’s in stock. The hardworking folks on the KNG have established that allotment fencing is a significant barrier to pronghorn movement, and have asked for our help to modify old barbed wire fencing so that the herd can scoot underneath the bottom wire unharmed. We’ll happily take this opportunity to help out our wildlife, and we won’t be wasting the chance to have a good time either.
We’ll be camping out the nights of April 9th and 10th at the Mills Canyon Rim Campground, one of New Mexico’s true gems just above the Canadian River. Grassland researchers will be on hand to fill us in on land management practices in the area and shortgrass prairie ecology, among other topics. Bright and early April 10th we’ll get to work alongside Grassland staff to raise fence bottom wire heights or replace them with smooth wire where appropriate. No expertise necessary, just a willingness to put in some elbow grease to improve antelope migration in this important habitat zone!
Saturday after a solid day’s work we’ll gather around camp for a meal and chapter celebration. The agenda here is still in the works, but certainly we’ll get to the important tasks of egregious food consumption and comparing notes on what us sportsmen saw happen in 2020. On Sunday April 11th we’ll conclude with an optional half day of work in the morning, or you might take the opportunity to scout out the area’s hunting and fishing potential on your own.
A few final details to keep in mind. Accommodations will be planned for those who cannot arrive until the morning of the 10th, but you must RSVP for this event so that we can make the proper arrangements. Please do so before March 31st to reserve a spot for you and your companions. The event is also kid and family friendly, just let us know how many in your group to expect on the work crew when you RSVP. The campground includes developed sites and vault toilets but no running water or trash service.
As the event nears, BHA members will be accessible to help coordinate travel plans. Directions from the Forest Service Website: Traveling from Abbot, NM at the intersection of US Highway (Hwy) 56 and NM Hwy 39, drive south on NM Hwy 39 approximately 16 miles and turn west onto Mills Canyon Road #600. Drive west approximately 6 miles to the campground.
Traveling from Roy, NM on Hwy 39, drive north approximately 10 miles and turn west onto Mills Canyon Road #600. Continue west approximately 6 miles to the campground.
Mills Rim Campground is accessible for recreational vehicles and trailers.