“I have enjoyed the outdoors for many, many years,” says Guy Riordan. The fervent outdoorsman, who has been featured on television, loves helping others get their start in hunting. Guy Riordan has been asked many times, “How does someone get started as a hunter?” According to the ardent outdoorsman, there are several important steps to take.
“To begin, it’s important to review your home state guidelines when it comes to hunting,” begins Guy Riordan. Every state, according to Guy Riordan, has a department of natural resources or wildlife. “Find that department’s webpage and I guarantee that the state’s guidelines and requirements will be posted,” explains Guy Riordan. On that webpage, says Guy Riordan, a potential hunter will also be able to find information concerning any required hunter safety education courses required by the state.
“Second, obtain a hunting license,” states Guy Riordan. Guy Riordan points out that this process is different for different states. “Some states require certain certificates, identification, educational classes and so-on-so-forth,” explains Guy Riordan. The state department of wildlife/natural resources will explain the process. “I know that some states will allow a hunter an ‘apprentice license’ in which a new hunter can hunt only with an experienced hunter present,” says Guy Riordan.
Thirdly, Guy Riordan states that a hunter needs to know the firearm and the game he or she will be hunting. “First off, understand your weapon, the safe use of it, the limitations of it and the kind of ammunition it takes,” explains Guy Riordan. Then it is important to know the type of game “you are interested in hunting and the type of weapon needed for such a hunt,” adds Guy Riordan. “Education and knowledge is the real power behind the weapon,” says Guy Riordan.
After education, Guy Riordan believes that fourthly a new hunter needs to practice. “Find a local target range, explain to the staff your needs and they can assist,” says Guy Riordan. Some ranges, according to Guy Riordan, have staff that will help teach gun safety, techniques and information concerning a particular local game. “You can read all day, but the only way to become accurate with the firearm is to go practice,” cautions Guy Riordan.
“A final item I would offer new hunters is an encouragement to continue their education,” states Guy Riordan. The Internet is a “wonderful source” of great information concerning safety and game tracking and location, according to Guy Riordan. As well, says Guy Riordan, books and periodicals will offer additional valuable information.
Concluding his thoughts, Guy Riordan offers, “Then, it is time to hunt. I would add that the new hunter needs to understand a valuable concept when out in the field for the first time: Have fun!”
About Guy Riordan
In 1969, Guy Riordan began a life of service as he joined the United Sates Marine Corp. For the next three years of the Vietnam War era, Guy Riordan would serve as crew chief for Sikorsky helicopters earning the rank of corporal. Following his faithful service in the Marine Corp, Guy Riordan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Albuquerque, graduating Cum Laude. Later, Guy Riordan would attend the Pepperdine University School of Law.
Following Pepperdine, Guy Riordan began working his way through the financial and securities industry. From 1982 to 1984, Guy Riordan served clients from his position with Quinn and Company, a New York Stock Exchange member firm. In 1984, Guy Riordan joined Raucher, Pierce and Refsnes, later moving to Albuquerque AG Edwards in 1989. In 1994, Guy Riordan joined the team of Southwest Securities. Beginning in 1997, Guy Riordan spent the next decade with First Union/Wachovia Securities, servicing clients in the greater Albuquerque New Mexico area.
During this time, Guy Riordan began to pursue another personal passion, boxing. From 2002 to 2005 Guy Riordan Boxing promoted some of the biggest names in the sport. Guy Riordan’s boxing client list included three-time world champion Danny Romero and six-time world champion Johnny Tapia. In addition, Guy Riordan co-promoted NABF heavyweight champion Taurus Sykes. Guy Riordan co-promoted a NABF/NABA heavyweight championship bout between Sykes and heavyweight champion Samuel Peters, featured in 2005 on the Showtime Cable Network. Rounding out his resume of boxing promotion, Guy Riordan was a co-owner of Maloof Brothers Boxing with Sacramento Kings’ famed Joe and Gavin Maloof.
Guy Riordan has always held civic duty as important. As a life long resident of Albuquerque, Guy Riordan worked on the Board of Directors for the Hispano Chamber of Commerce. For three years, Guy Riordan also served as a board member for the Albuquerque Museum Foundation. Guy Riordan’s life of service would continue into the state government arena of public service.
A former elected commissioner of the La Joya Water Association, Guy Riordan returned to his college alma mater as a member of the University of Albuquerque Foundation, serving for five years from 1982 – 1985. Guy Riordan would later continue his life of public service through numerous positions and appointments. Guy Riordan holds real estate licenses in both New Mexico and Florida and has served as a governor appointee of the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority. Guy Riordan was also a mayoral appointee, serving on the Albuquerque/Chihuahua Bilateral Commission, was a gubernatorial appointee as Commissioner for the Judicial Nominating Commission as well as the New Mexico Governors Educational Retirement Board Task Force. Guy Riordan was also given the opportunity to expand his passion for the outdoors by receiving gubernatorial appointment and Senate confirmation to the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission. Riordan was later elected as chairman of the Game and Fish Commission.
An avid outdoorsman, Guy Riordan holds a Master Captains License from the U.S. Coast Guard. A former owner of Rancho De La Joya Game Preserve, Guy Riordan provided an area for upland game hunting along the banks of the beautiful Rio Grande River. Guy Riordan’s shooting preserve provided clients with the ability to hunt quail, pheasant, chuckar, snow geese, and ducks and Canadian geese. Guy Riordan’s Rancho De La Joya Game Preserve offered a fully automated sporting clays and five-stand course. Guy Riordan’s love of the outdoors, including hunting, fishing and kayaking have positioned him on national television shows including Jimmy Houston and Wayne Pierson Outdoors. Guy Riordan also owns www.adventurefishing.com
The first love and passion of Guy Riordan is, however, his family. Married for over twenty-four years, Guy Riordan and wife have laid the foundation of their lives on each other and their children. Guy Riordan and his family reside outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico.