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SOLD at 2013 Feb 02 @ 20:53UTC-8 : PST
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New Mexico Department of Game & Fish
Wildlife Management Division
Eric Rominger/Elise Goldstein
P.O. Box 25112
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504
505.476.8045 or 476-8041
New Mexico Desert Bighorn Sheep Permit
In 2012 the New Mexico Legislature created a second Special Bighorn Sheep Permit. Therefore, for the first time the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is to auction a special desert bighorn sheep permit AND a Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep permit. NMDGF is pleased to have selected the Wild Sheep Foundation to auction this permit. As authorized by state law, the Bighorn Sheep Enhancement Program will receive 90% of the proceeds for projects to benefit bighorn sheep with 10% of the proceeds retained by the Wild Sheep Foundation. Anyone, including previous special permit holders, may submit a bid to obtain the 2013 special desert bighorn permit unless their hunting privileges have been revoked. The permit may be transferred by the successful bidder to an individual qualified to hunt.
The first state-wide desert bighorn sheep hunt is currently underway. At press time 20 rams have been harvested with 15 measured as B&C record book rams. This includes a ram officially scoring 187 B&C. Seventeen of the last 22 desert rams harvested in the Peloncillo Mountains, have been B&C record book rams. Jim Hens, World Record Pope and Young desert bighorn sheep is from New Mexico and the state record harvested ram, is Russ Young’s 188 2/8 B&C ram taken in 2006. Currently there are 6 populations with hunts for the 2013 season.
The successful bidder must select by June 1, 2013 one hunt from any unit open for desert bighorn sheep hunting in New Mexico, including: Peloncillo Mountains (Unit 27), the Hatchet Mountains in (Unit 26), the Fra Cristobal Mountains (Unit 20), the Caballo Mountains (Unit 20), the Ladron Mountains (Unit 13), the San Andres Mountains (White Sands Missile Range portion of Unit 19 only). Hunt dates run from August 1 through December 31. Some restrictions apply on the private land hunt in the Fra Cristobal Mountains and the White Sands Missile Range. For specifics on these hunts contact NMDGF bighorn sheep biologists Eric Rominger (505) 476-8045 or Elise Goldstein (505) 476-8041 or visit with them at their booth.
A 5% buyers premium will be added to the final bid price of each special permit sold, unless prohibited by statute. Proceeds will be dedicated to WSF Conservation Initiatives.