Exotic Big Game in New Mexico

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“I drew an oryx tag!” 

“Are you going on a hunting trip in Africa this fall?”

“Oh, no. This is a New Mexico oryx tag.”

“There’s oryx in New Mexico?”

It’s that season when lady luck favors a few New Mexico hunters and huntresses in the Game and Fish Draw. In addition to the expected deer, elk, and javelina tags available, New Mexicans have the opportunity to put in for the less common oryx tags, Barbary sheep tags, and ibex tags. Introduced in New Mexico during the late sixties and the seventies, to increase big game opportunities for hunters, oryx, Barbary sheep, and ibex are now part of an expanded range in the state. NM hunters help control the numbers of the introduced species by participating in yearly hunts. 

Originally from the Kalahari Desert in Africa, oryx now live on and around the White Sands Missile Range. African Barbary sheep can be spotted at the rocky cliffs of Sitting Bull Falls near Queen, New Mexico. And ibex, native to Siberia and Iran, roam around Deming, New Mexico. Always full of surprises, New Mexico is a crossroads of the world. Not just for people from the far ends of the earth, but for animals as well.   

If you’re interested in the 2022 New Mexico Big Game Draw, check out these useful links and information below: 

https://onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us/

By phone at 888-248-6866.
Phone applications will be available 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Photo by Max Murauer on Unsplash

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