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New Bighorn Sheep Hunting Areas Open in New Mexico After Landowner-Agency Agreement

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A recent agreement between private landowners and the Department of Game and Fish, has opened up new land for bighorn sheep hunting in New Mexico. 

Two private landowners have made a deal with the Department of Game and Fish that will open up new areas for bighorn sheep hunting in northeastern New Mexico.

Ready for the upcoming hunting season, a coveted area of the Rockies will be open for bighorn sheep hunting to the winners of this year’s public drawing. This will be this first time hunters are allowed to go bighorn sheep hunting in the Dry Cimarron area of the Land of Enchantment.

Department Director Alexandra Sandoval, told reporters, “The growth of this bighorn sheep herd and this unique hunting opportunity would not be possible without the cooperation and land stewardship that these landowners have displayed. We are very thankful for their conservation efforts.”

Those lucky enough to do bighorn sheep hunting this year will have the choice of hunting on either the Pacheco or Black Mesa ranches, and Game Management Unit 58. The bighorn hunting season will be extended from Aug. 15 to Jan. 15 of next year due to the animals’ excessive movement.

More about bighorn sheep in New Mexico, here.

New Bighorn Sheep Hunting Areas Open in New Mexico After Landowner-Agency Agreement