Seven Lucky Hunters Draw for Elk and Oryx

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Seven hunters who turned in their completed hunter harvest surveys on time drew elk and oryx license authorizations at the State Game Commission meeting June 18.

Two of the hunters, Clarence Landavazo of Los Lunas and Hulen Wilson of Somerset, Ky., drew license authorizations for the first mature bull elk hunt on the Valle Vidal Oct. 11-15. The hunt is classified as a high-demand, high-quality hunt and hunters may use any legal sporting arm.

Five hunters drew license authorizations for any regular oryx season of their choice: Ray Stuart, Albuquerque; Peter Piepkorn, Clovis; Aaron Short, Burlingame, Kan.; John Bliznak, Harvey, La.; and James Moss, Burleson, Texas. Oryx hunters who select White Sands Missile Range hunts must pay a $100 escort fee to the range.

Elk and oryx incentive draws are not included in the once-in-a-lifetime hunt restrictions, so these winners still are eligible for elk and oryx public draws. Incentive winners may use their license authorizations themselves or they may sell, barter or give them away. Hunters who completed and submitted their hunter harvest surveys to the Department by May 1 automatically were entered in the incentive draws. The incentive draw was developed to encourage greater hunter response on harvest surveys, which has been notoriously low. Game managers use that information to help determine how many and what kinds of licenses to issue in different game management units.