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NM Ibex

Saturday 26th started the 2011 once in a lifetime Ibex season. I was one of 15 lucky tag holders that got to hunt this year. I left home on the 348 mile drive after turkey dinner to arive in Deming NM at 9:00 pm that evening. I just pulled into the walmart parking lot and jumped in the 5th wheel,  bad idea on black friday. Shame on You!

Friday morning got settled into Rockhound State park and headed out in the rain to do some scouting. Didnt see a goat all day, just got intimidated by the size and steepness of those mountains.

At daylight Saturday mourning I was on a two track heading up windmill canyon still wondering how I would beat this mountain when at 7:00 am I saw my first goats at 450 yards straight up the  clifts. This herd had a nice ram but he only gave me a long shot as he skylined and a miss would send a bullet out of the mountains south into residential areas. So I decided to make a stalk up and around that would take me about an hour, when I got up their all I found were some tracks where I saw them earler. I went back to a spot out of the wind to have something to eat at about 8:45 I got up and heard a goat bark, I didnt know thay would do this but the first one did it too. I started trying to locate him and found him at 400+ yards across the canyon I had came from 45 minuts ago. I had no rest under the rocks so I made my way to so rocks about 80 yards closer to him and found a rock that I could rest against. I put my 7mm08 encore with weaver scope up on the rock placed the 300 yard pin on his sholder and pulled the trigger, I saw him go limp and drop off the rock so I went back and got my frame pack and headed over to him. It took me 25 min to cross the 318 yards but when I made it to the rock he was on I found him 20' below it. Now the fun began and it took me about 2 hours to cape, quarter, and load him in my pack and then another 2 hours to descend that mountain with 80 - 100lbs on my back. By the end of the day I had my goat on ice and a good meal in my belly.

I forgot my camera so when I figure out how to load some pics from my phone I will upload some    he measured 31.5" long and 9.75" bases. May not be the biggest on that rock but he is mine. Dancing

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Just awesome Smitty!!!!  That

Just awesome Smitty!!!!  That is one of my dream hunts. Even though it's a little pricey, those Ibex there, and also the Oryx on White Sands.  Even though he is not the "biggest", you can tell you are happy with that!  A huge congrats to you!!!

Just curious, how good eating are they?  I realize you said you had a good meal in your belly, so i am assuming you meant the goat.  Are they similar to antelope, or maybe like an Oryx, which I hear is phenominal!

As for the photos, try texting them to an email address.  If you can't figure that out, I don't mind sending you a message with my cell phone #, and I would be happy to get them onto a computer for you to post.  Let me know.

 

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Nice story... Thanks for

Nice story... Thanks for sharing.

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Congrats

First of congratulations on getting drawn, I calculate those odds to be far below 1%. 

Second congratulations on getting your ram. Great story I look foward to seeing the pics. 

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Congratulations on your

Congratulations on your success Smitty!!! I've been waiting all year to hear how this one would turn out. I would love to take a shot at this hunt but for now will keep applying for the Oryx and the much higher odds of drawing. lol If I ever get that one down I will then try to move on to the Ibex. I can't afford to apply for both as a non resident so it's just one for now. I can't wait to see teh pictures as this is one of the rarest hunts in the country to be a part of. I can't believe you were able to knock one down so quickly after the hunt started.

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Yes those Florida Mountains

Yes those Florida Mountains are tough buggers. Congrats on getting your Ibex. Thumbs up

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Thanks for the story and

Thanks for the story and congratulations on bagging a lifetime animal. Hope you can get the photos to download so we can see him.

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Got some pics

Here are a couple of the pics I took, more to come.

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Pics of the MOUNTAIN

Some of the terrain

 

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The first pic is where the

The first pic is where the shot was taken from, and the second is where he was standing. third is what I had to go down with a full pack and the after I made it down. Dancing

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Some more great photos

Some more great photos Smitty!  Love the pack photo, the last one there!

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