Youth – Between Christmas and New Years
Persian ibex, often referred to as bezoar ibex, were imported from Iran and released in 1970 on the isolated Florida Mountains of southern, New Mexico. Numbers quickly soared with the first hunt taking place in 1974. Today over 400 animals roam the Floridas. Often referred to as “The Rock” the Floridas offer both a challenging, and often times rewarding hunting experience. This rugged landscape will test any hunter’s physical limitations as well as mental stamina.
Hunters can expect to glass from below until a suitable billy is found at which time a stalk can be planned and executed. Shot distance can vary greatly depending on where the ibex are found. Hunters should be prepared to shoot 400 yards. Having an experienced guide, who knows the access routes across the mountain, is crucial and will save miles of tough walking. This knowledge will absolutely make for a more successful and enjoyable hunting experience. Our preferred ibex outfitter has successfully guided over 150 successful hunts. Also, they are fathers and grandfathers who excel at providing a safe, family friendly, high quality hunting experience that only furthers a child’s love for the outdoors.
Draw odds for these coveted adult tags are difficult, but vastly improved for the youth hunter. Historically, six times better draw odds are the norm for youth only applicants when compared to adult draw applicants.
WTA TAGS values our outdoor heritage and the future of hunting, so much so, that we offer free application and float services to all youth hunters (18 and under). To be clear, TAGS will apply and float the $1,610 license fee on your child’s behalf. The only cost incurred will be the $13 state application fee.
If you have questions regarding this hunt, have drawn a tag and now wish to locate the right outfitter, or would like assistance applying in the New Mexico’s ibex draw- please contact WTA TAGS at 1-800-755-TAGS(8247) or email us at [email protected]
$5,500 plus 8% sales tax, 5 Day Hunt (additional days can be purchased)
Hunt includes 2 guides and observer fee for one parent/guardian
$1610 – Computer draw – deadline mid-March. Contact WTA TAGS for professional application assistance 1-800-755-8247
Fly to El Paso TX, rent a vehicle and drive to the Florida Mountains just outside of Deming, New Mexico
Easy: Somewhat easy walking when it comes to physicality. Minimal walking or hiking and terrain is very accessible. Mostly hunting from blinds or tree stands.
Moderate: Physicality is somewhat moderate to advanced. Spot and stalk method of hunting as well as some hunting from blinds. Terrain can vary from prairies to mountains at higher elevations.
Difficult: Requires an advanced degree of physical endurance. Terrain is typically more mountainous and hunting can take place at higher elevation.
Extreme: Most difficult and physically demanding hunts. Requires advanced to extreme endurance and terrain or game pursued may involve dangerous situations.