Texas Bighorn Society Announces Sheep Permit Auction


Published: June - 2009

If a desert bighorn sheep is on your list of species to hunt, you'll be interested in a special auction opportunity available through the Texas Bighorn Society. This group is largely responsible for the reintroduction and comeback of desert bighorn sheep in Texas and they are auctioning off a permit at their annual banquet and auction in San Antonio this coming July 18. The permit is for the 2009/2010 hunting season in the Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area in the Trans-Pecos region of West Texas. Five of the top six Texas desert bighorns have come from there, with scores ranging from 176 6/8 to 183 5/8 B & C.

Continuing subscribers will remember subscriber Jerry Baker's report on hunting Texas desert bighorns last year. (See Article ID 1957.) Since Baker's report, a sheep survey conducted by Texas Parks & Wildlife shows the herd at 1,200 animals, allowing the department to increase the number of permits issued to 15 from the 13 issued last season. Permits are issued directly to landowners, with only three going to a public drawing and one going to the Texas Bighorn Society for auction.

For more information on the special auction permit, contact the society's president, Robert Joseph, at 806-762-0555; or send him an e-mail at icm-lbk@swbell.net. Alternatively, visit their web site at www. texasbighornsociety.org.

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