Light Goose Hunting Draws
Apply by December 6th, 2016 for Bosque's Light Goose Hunting dates: December 14, 16, and 18-2015 AND January 18, 20, and 22-2016!
Upcoming Events - Hunting Opportunity
Free Guided Refuge Tours
Join us on every weekend from November 29th, 2015 to February 28th, 2016 for a themed tour!
Free Guided Tours:
APPLY TODAY FOR YOUR CHANCE!
APPLY BY DECEMBER 6, 2016.
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge will be offering a lottery drawing for Light Goose Hunting December 14, 16, and 18, 2015 and January 18, 20, and 22, 2016. Thirty (30) individual permits will be issued each day. A $6.00 application fee is required and a fillable, on-line application form must be submitted. Please access the secure Application Form in the link below. Hunters are responsible for compliance with all State and Federal hunting regulations. Hunters are to report to the refuge headquarters by 4:45 am for check-in and the hunt concludes each day at 11:00 am. A bag limit of 20 light geese is allowed with a maximum of 50 non-toxic shells. For more information, please see the announcement in our website's Events Calendar page or dated calendar. You may also contact the refuge at 575-835-1828, Ext. 231. Light Goose Hunt Application Form
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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Enjoy Our Beautiful New Mexico Fall Season at Bosque!
Bosque del Apache
National Wildlife Refuge's visitor center and nature store hours during September through May are: Daily – 8am to 4pm. * Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and the Fourth of July. * The building may also close early on the day before the above and other federal holidays. Here, in the visitor center building, volunteers are available to provide you with a map and will let you know what is happening on the refuge. Our website's Upcoming Events page also displays current activities at the refuge! Displays in the visitor center explain habitat management and introduce you to the wildlife that call the refuge home. A nature store with field guides, checklists, and nature themed gifts will help enhance your visit. The attached headquarters offices are where the business of the refuge is conducted. Accessible restroom facilities are located in the building to the west.Refuge's Upcoming Events
A fossil of a crane was found in Nebraska that is estimated to be nearly 10 million years old. This makes cranes one of the oldest known species of birds in existence today.
This band was worn for
36 and a half years by a Rocky Mountain sandhill crane (RMSH). It is one of the
oldest RMSHs known and the band it wore had limited wear for all that time in
the wild. The bird was banded with its brood mate (a two-chick brood) on 29
June 1973, one mile north of Border, Wyoming on the Thomas Fork of the Bear
River.Frequent Flyer Miles
Sandhill cranes move among
several areas throughout the day to feed, rest, and socialize. Social behavior
includes at least ten different types of calls, various threatening postures,
and elaborate dances for everything from joy to courtship.
Page Photo Credits Cranes in flight over vibrant sky, Hunter on the water / © Milton Friend, USFWS, American black bear / USFWS, Refuge canyon view / USFWS, Refuge water manager, Brian Greeves in a refuge corn field / USFWS, Snow and blue geese on wildlife refuge / © Joe Milmoe, USFWS, Sandhill crane submerged during brilliant sunset hues, Sandhill crane / © Angela Dedrickson, USFWS, Close-up of crane's face, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Nov 29, 2015