New Mexico Offers Licenses For Ibex Hunting

The Game and Fish Department is making available licenses to hunt ibex in the Florida Mountains in southern New Mexico to thin populations of the big game animal.

The department said licenses can be purchased online or at agency offices starting on Wednesday. Hunters are eligible if they didn't have a 2012-13 ibex hunting license.

The licenses cost $111 for a New Mexico resident and $1,630 for nonresidents.

Hunting will be allowed for female or immature ibex from Feb. 21 through March 31 until 125 animals are killed.

The department said any hunter who kills two ibex and has that verified by a conservation officer will become eligible for a drawing for a license to hunt ibex with a rifle in the spring of 2014.

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