Once in a Life­time Hunt

Catron Courier - - Front Page - by Richard Ni­colds

In 1970, the New Mex­ico De­part­ment of Game and Fish im­ported 15 Per­sian ibex from Iran and re­leased them in the Florida Moun­tains near Deming, NM. Soon af­ter, an ad­di­tional 27 were re­leased, and a sus­tain­able pop­u­la­tion was es­tab­lished.

This year Ann Marie Ni­colds of Luna drew a tag for this hunt and killed this 41 inch Ibex in the Florida Moun­tains south­east of Deming, on the morn­ing of the sec­ond day of her hunt. She was guided by her hus­band Daniel and son Joseph on this once in a life­time hunt.

Top­ping the scale at five feet, Ann Marie Found the ter­rain to be, “Very rugged and hos­tile”, and the .300 Baer ri­fle with which she shot her Ibex was, “Loud and pun­ish­ing”.

Even though this Ibex was not in the record book cat­e­gory, it is cer­tainly a very re­spectable tro­phy. Ann Marie is the direc­tor of the Luna EMS group, but she didn’t try to re­vive this one.

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