Persian Ibex Hunting in New Mexico
In 1970 the state of New Mexico introduced a herd of Persian ibex (sometimes referred to as Bezoar ibex) to the Florida Mountains of south central New Mexico. This humbling pile of rocks now holds a very strong population of free range ibex with herd counts as high as several hundred. If you are a true mountain hunter this is a must apply for hunt! Long shots and lots of glassing is the name of the game. Often, when you find the right ibex the stalking opportunities can take several hours to get into position for your shot. This hunt will take you to your limit both physically and mentally.
With your ability to apply for both the rifle and muzzleloader hunts on the same application, your odds of drawing dramatically increase, and the fact that New Mexico does not have a point system, gives you the same odds as anyone else applying, regardless of longevity in the draw.
Youth: New Mexico has also set-aside specific ibex tags for youth hunters. If your child is under 18 years of age, has a Hunter’s Safety Card and is up for the challenge this is a great fit with season dates between Christmas and New Year’s. This will be the very best odds your child will ever have of drawing this amazing rifle tag. Remember, WTA TAGS applies kids free of charge – please inquire!
Archery: There are two different archery ibex hunts that take place on the Florida’s. The first hunt happens in early October, and the late hunt the second half of January. These archery hunts have very high odds of drawing. However, before applying, applicants should be aware that the success rates on these bow hunts have been 6%-8% for many years. It’s worth pointing out that this success rate jumps to around 25% with 95% shot opportunity, when successful applicants have hunted with our recommended TAGS’ outfitters. Hunting ibex with archery equipment can be an incredible experience, but this is not for the faint of heart and should not be taken lightly.
Call WTA TAGS today to talk about applying for this amazing opportunity – world class ibex hunting without leaving the United States!!
$5,500 plus 8% sales tax, 5 Day Hunt (additional days can be purchased)
Rifle (Once in a Lifetime) - Late November
Muzzleloader- Early December
Youth – Between Christmas and New Years
Archery - Early October and Late January
Guide service, trophy care and in-field transportation.
Travel expenses, hotels & meals in Deming, NM, license, gratuity, taxidermy and meat processing
Fly to El Paso TX, rent a vehicle and drive to the Florida Mountains just outside of Deming, New Mexico
Approximate License & Tag(s) Cost
$1610 - Computer draw – deadline mid-March. Contact WTA TAGS for professional application assistance 1-800-755-8247
Physical Requirement Level
Level 4 - All sheep hunts, goat, most grizzly and brown bear, some mountain lion and elephant. The terrain and/or animals can involve some dangerous situations. These hunts will probably require extreme physical endurance and some athletic ability.