Late Antelope Hunts


Published: July - 2003

Correspondent Ray Sasser tells us the Department of Game and Fish in New Mexico has granted a petition by landowners and outfitters to create a second antelope season for private land hunts using landowner permits in several northeastern units. Previously, all such antelope hunts had to be conducted during the same three-day period in August. For some outfitters and property owners that meant not using all of their available permits for lack of lodging, guides or elbowroom. The new landowner season, set for September 20 to 22, will not only allow outfitters operating in the affected area to spread clients out, but it will also create an unusual late-season hunt.

Richard Petrini of Tri-State Outfitters helped spearhead the petition for a second antelope hunt and is one of the operators benefiting from the new season. He receives over 100 antelope permits for a vast area he hunts near Raton, New Mexico. Petrini hunts the T.O. Ranch, a premier antelope property that lies at 6,000 to 9,000 feet of elevation. The weather is generally good there, even for his August 23-25 hunt. It should be even better for September.

When range conditions are good, as they were this year in late spring, bucks should average close to the B & C minimum of 82 points, he says. Last year, despite drought conditions, the big ranch produced antelope that averaged 79 B & C points. The biggest buck taken from the ranch scored 86 net B & C points. Petrini charges $2,500 for an antelope hunt, which includes the cost of a landowner permit, plus $140.60 in sales tax. The state hunting license is an additional $211.

Petrini also has a late-season antelope hunt in Colorado. The trophy quality is not as good there as in New Mexico, and the price reflects that. But hunters here can expect to take a nice pronghorn buck, and because the ranch is enrolled in Colorado's Ranching For Wildlife program, Petrini is able to set a two-month pronghorn season that includes September and October. He hunts the 85,000-acre Bijou Springs........(continued)

 
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