100,000 Acre Reserve Reopens


Published: May - 2006

We recently caught up with outfitter Guisseppe Carrizosa, who tells us that a 100,000-acre reserve in the Batuecas Mountains of Spain has recently reopened to Gredos ibex hunting after being only lightly hunted for the last 10 years. The reserve is in the Province of Sala- manca northeast of the Gredos Mountains. Carrizosa says the area produced some very large trophies in the early 1990's, but due to some internal problems at the game department, the management program was discontinued and trophy quality plummeted. Batuecas eventually came back under proper management and Carrizosa says there are now some tremendous 13-year-old rams that may die before a hunter can get to them.

Carrizosa says the game department has issued nine permits for Batuecas this year and he has acquired seven of them, all of which have been sold. After conferring with the reserve's ranger and doing some initial scouting, Carrizosa says he expects clients to take rams scoring 85 to 90 SCI, which would rank in the upper third of the record book. A 78 SCI ram is a Gold Medal Gredos trophy. Carrizosa says he expects to acquire permits for Batuecas again for 2007.

On a more general note, it is worth passing on what Carrizosa had to say about the overall ibex permit situation in Spain. Seems all ibex permits are issued by quality of the ram to be taken. He says there are three kinds of permits: B quality permits are for mature ibex trophies up to CIC 205, which is about 72 SCI; A2 permits are for trophies scoring 205 to 235 CIC, which is about 72 to 85 SCI: And A1 permits are for really large trophies over 240 CIC, which measure over 85 SCI. Carizzosa says the cost of a permit for an ibex up to CIC 210 is $7,600, and a surcharge on a sliding scale applies per CIC point over 210. "This is how all the permits work for ibex in Spain," he says, and he warns hunters not to believe claims that they can get a super trophy at the same........(continued)

 
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