Hunters Say New Mexico Antelope Draw is Unfair
If you spend enough time going through western hunting regulations, you'll find a myriad of ways to divide tags and manage wildlife. One system that is drawing criticism is New Mexico's method of allocating pronghorn tags. High Country News is running a good article on how the draw works and why some are critical of the process.
New Mexico landowners received 4,004 antelope certificates in 2009, according to records obtained by the nonprofit New Mexico Wildlife Federation. In contrast, just 1,785 licenses went into the lottery system. Because state law mandates that a certain percentage of those go to out-of-state applicants, some 12,711 New Mexico hunters competed for just 1,432 licenses. "No one here had any idea the degree to which our licenses had really been privatized," says Jeremy Vesbach, the group's executive director. "It has turned into a system where 70 percent are being resold rather than everybody getting an equal chance with the draw."