Two Bighorns Break Records

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Two Rocky Mountain bighorn rams from New Mexico broke records and won awards at the national convention of the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep (FNAWS) in Reno, Nevada. Both rams were harvested in 2003.

A 7-year-old Rocky Mountain bighorn ram harvested from Wheeler Peak by Greg Koons of Phoenix, Ariz., scored 195 2/8 Boone and Crockett points - slightly higher than the previous record of 195 0/8 set in 2002. This ram also won the foundation's Gold Medal as the largest ram in North America taken by a rifle and entered into the foundation's contest. Koons was the 2003 FNAWS New Mexico raffle permit winner.

Matt Liljenquist, also of Phoenix, harvested the new archery state record Rocky Mountain bighorn from the Pecos Wilderness. This 11-year-old ram officially scored 189 4/8 Pope and Young points and is the Pope and Young No. 5 Rocky Mountain bighorn ram in the world. This ram also won the Gold Medal in the archery category as well as the Award of Excellence for archery. Liljenquist drew one of the eight public permits for the Pecos hunt.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish offers two bighorn sheep authorization permits outside of the public draw process - one by auction and one by raffle. The auction for the 2004-05 bighorn sheep permit was held Jan. 16 and John Gisi of Phoenix, Ariz., had the winning bid of $100,000.

The New Mexico Chapter of FNAWS, in coordination with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, currently is selling tickets for the 2004-05 raffle permit. Tickets purchased for this raffle must be received before June 20, 2004 and may be purchased from Dr. Kent Schauer, president, N.M.F.N.A.W.S., 4101 Morris Avenue, NE, Suite A, Albuquerque, NM, 87111; phone (505) 299-4426 or E-mail Raffle ticket forms also are available at Game and Fish offices.