Hunt New Mexico’s Florida Mountains for Persian (Bezoar) Ibex. This is the only place in North America where you can hunt pure-blood free-ranging ibex. Introduced from Iran in 1970, these cliff dwelling goats have adapted well to the rugged Florida Mountains.
Tags are obtained by drawing and if you are fortunate enough to draw one, we can book you with the premier ibex outfitter in New Mexico. The rifle billy hunt is a once-in-a lifetime tag so your choice of an outfitter is critical. None of the other hunts are once-in-a-lifetime. Our outfitter’s guides have over 75 years combined experience guiding ibex hunters. In fact their hunters have taken the top 3 archery Persian Ibex worldwide and 6 of the top 10 archery ibex in addition to many of the top rifle and muzzleloader ibex.
Hunts are conducted in the Florida Mountains of southern New Mexico. This is a physically demanding hunt and hunters should arrive in good shape.
Hunting can be done with bow, muzzleloader or rifle depending on what hunt code you draw. Shot opportunity has been 90% with bow and 100% with muzzleloader and rifle. Most rifle shots are under 275 yards and the muzzleloader shots are under 150 yards. Scopes, in-line ignition and sabots are permitted on the muzzleloader hunt. The majority of the successful bow shots are between 25 - 50 yards.
Draw odds have been increasing in recent years due to the entire license fee of $1637 being required at the time of application. License application is due March 19, 2014 and the results will posted online on April 23, 2014. There is no preference point system in New Mexico and the ibex are not subject to the resident-nonresident allocation system. So, every year every applicant has an equal chance of drawing a license.
Youth hunt - 2 days / $1600 or 4 days / $2680 (Dec. 27 - Jan. 9 , 2015)
Rifle hunt - 5 days / $4950 (Nov. 15-28, 2014)
Archery - First season - $4875 any 7 days (Oct. 1-14, 2014)
Archery - Second season - $5425 first 6 days of season (Jan. 17-22, 2015)
Muzzleloader - 4 days / $3920 (Dec. 6-19, 2014)
Add 5% to hunt cost above if booked after September 1. Additional days may be added at the time of booking for $450 per day or following the hunt for $780 per day (dependent upon guide availability).
All of the above hunts include more working guides than hunters, plus spotters, drivers and private business radio channel. Lodging and meals are not included but can be added for $150 per day or $170 with guest (4 day minimum). Hotels are available in Deming, NM, which is only 20 minutes away from the outfitter’s camp.