Hunter Pays $95,000 in Auction for Elk License

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A license to hunt trophy elk in New Mexico sold for a record $95,000 at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's annual “Elk Camp” Feb. 25 in Reno , Nev.

A Boise , Idaho , hunter was the winning bidder for the bull elk license, one of two sold by the state each year, with the proceeds going to elk research and management in New Mexico . The second license will be first prize in a summer raffle. Both licenses are authorized for hunting with any legal weapon in most areas of the state from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, 2006.

This year's auction license brought the highest price since state law authorized issuance of the licenses in 2000. The bid surpassed last year's record of $79,000 and increased the total amount raised from the licenses to more than $525,000.

The drawing for the elk raffle license will be June 20, 2006. Raffle tickets are $20 each. For tickets or more information, contact Allen Kerby at (505) 454-9390 or akerby@rmef.org.