Elk Tag Brings $90,000 at RMEF Convention

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The bidding was fast and furious during the auction for New Mexico's elk tag Feb. 21 at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's annual convention in Reno, Nev. Starting at $35,000, the bidding brought a roar from the crowd when it topped $60,000 and kept climbing.

Mike Malik of Grosse Pointe, Mich., won the tag with a whopping $90,000 bid - the highest amount for any state elk tag sold at this year's auction and higher than any previous tags in New Mexico. Malik also bought the 2003 New Mexico tag for $45,000.

In 2002, Burgh Johnson of Arizona won with a $50,000 bid; in 2001, Todd Riechert of Washington bought it for $45,000; and in 2000, New Mexico's first year, it went for $35,000.