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New Mexico Ibex

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Richard McDonald, (575) 532-2100
Public contact: (505) 476-8000
richard.mcdonald@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JAN. 7, 2013:

IBEX HUNTING LICENSES OFFERED FOR FLORIDA MOUNTAINS

LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will offer hunting licenses for female or immature male ibex beginning Jan. 9, 2013. The hunt dates will be Feb. 21 through March 31. All hunting will end when the harvest limit of 125 is reached.

Licenses will be available through the department online system and over the counter at department offices beginning Jan. 9. Any person who did not hold an ibex hunting license for the 2012-13 season is eligible to purchase one of these licenses. The cost of the license is $111 for residents and $1,630 for nonresidents.

This hunt is necessary because the ibex population is beyond the carrying capacity of the habitat. The bag limit will be two female or immature male ibex. Any hunter who harvests two ibex and has them verified by a conservation officer or at a Game and Fish Office, will be entered into a drawing for an either-sex ibex rifle hunt during the spring of 2014. All hunters must verify their harvests within five days.

All hunters must have a customer identification number to purchase these licenses. For information, please visit the department website at www.wildlife.state.nm.us or contact Kevin Rodden at the department’s Las Cruces office at (575) 532-2100.

 

 

Thought Id put this up for some late seasion hunting. I went on the once in a liftime in 2011 and its a fun hunt but that rock those things are on is wicked.

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Man, I would love to do

Man, I would love to do those, and even could take a little trip over there in Mid-March for work.  But, no way I could see spending that cash.  Maybe some day I will save up and do it......

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I understand needing to thin

I understand needing to thin the herd at times but with a tag that's so hard to get I don't see why allowing a 2 animal limit.

I know it's not trophy but you would think they could offer more people the opportunity. Or are they unlimited for this hunt. Second question is why did they wait so long for it to be an emergency to thin so quickly? 

Maybe hoping to sell a ton of high dollar tags that will be suspended when the quota is reached? I know I won't spend that for it in this type of hunt but I would sure like to.lol

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I think they are wanting to

I think they are wanting to thin the herd way down, and up untill 4-5 years ago there was a hunt like this that they gave 100 tags out and you got 2 F-IM tags with it. The problem I see with the way this hunt is done nteris with the 5 day reporting the kill could go way over the quota. 

I was on the once in a life time in 2011 and got a good ram but I didnt think that there were excess goats on the mountain.

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Why don't they relocate

Why don't they relocate some, and give other hunters to draw if they dont draw in deming? More tags, more money for out of state hunters aswell in state?

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The state really doesn't want

The state really doesn't want them any more, they are calling them an invasive specises.

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Well my son & son-in-law were

Well my son & son-in-law were going to do this and I was going to guide them, but yesterday when they got on to get their license there were already more than 800 sold. I told them that rock isn't big enough for 800 hunters looking for 125 goats. Think we'll pass.

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Can you say massacre

I hunted Ibex for the first time this January.  Although I am old (47), out of shape and blind I had a great time.  I learned I cannot spot them to save my life and my spotting scope was a waste of $.  I could only spot them if I was up high or another hunter pointed them out to me.  Towards the end I would just get up high and sit.  If I spotted some while up there I would move to the spot where I might be able to intercept them.  It is very hard to get in bow range on these animals, rifle range now that's a different story.  The Florida Mountains are just not that big to have that many hunters there at once. 

I wish the G&F would just leave them be, Although some hunters talked about it I never saw evidence of over-grazing. 

Supposedly the G&F will have a lot of wardens there, but this is New Mexico and the Game and Fish does not have that many.  There will be hunters who get up top and stay up there for a day or two at a time.  There is no way the wardens can notify all the hunters in a timely manner. Even if they pull every warden from other areas of the state I doubt they will be able to limit the harvest at 125, I would bet it will be closer to 250 than 125.  If they rely on the 5 day reporting period it would not surprise me if the harvest approached 500.  That would be the majority of nannies in the floridas, the last estimate I heard where 950 Ibexes there.     '

One piece of advice if you plan on being there opening day, wear tons of orange. 

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I agree with everything you

I agree with everything you said. I hunted there in 2010 and got a descent ram on the first day but I couldn't imagin hunting them with a bow. I think this is going to be a massacre, and that is the reason my son & son-in-law decided not to go on this hunt. Just not safe in my opinion.

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quota 1st day

According to some of the hunter's who were there and posted on other forums, the quota was met the first day.  Because of compliants they reopenned the hunt for one more day. 

My guess is they they took well over 250 ibexes not to mention, unrecoverable nannies and a few billies acidentally shot. 

My hope is they eliminate this hunt next year.  It is already in the proclamation (RIB), but they have the right to eliminate the hunt. 

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I agree the way this hunt was

I agree the way this hunt was put on is ridiculous. Just conferms my belife that they want to get rid of them.

 

James

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