New Mexico Operator Gets Passing Grade For Bighorn Sheep Hunting


Published: May - 2010

Scott Limmer says he's found a recommendable new outfitter for Rocky Mountain bighorns in New Mexico. Limmer, incidentally, is owner of Comanche Wilderness Outfitters and is the subject of eight positive subscriber reports in our database dating back to 1998. Limmer hunted this past January in the San Francisco River/Turkey Creek Unit with WB Outfitters headed by Wayne Billings. His personal guide for the hunt was Nathan Winter.

"Wayne and Nathan offered to help me, as they are just breaking into sheep guiding," Limmer says. "In exchange, I am taking Wayne on a whitetail deer hunt in Colorado. These guys are ready to guide sheep and are hard workers. Wayne took his own ram in 2008 from the Pecos Unit, where he was bitten by the sheep bug!

"This season, Wayne helped two other hunters in New Mexico, and they got great rams. For my hunt, there were plenty of sheep for the two tags issued in my unit. I took the largest ram (12 years old) to ever come from the San Francisco River Unit, measuring 39 4/8 x 14 4/8 bases and scoring 185 gross, 184 net B & C." (You can see a photo of Limmer's outstanding ram in our online Trophy Gallery.)

Limmer calls the outfitting excellent in all regards and gives the cost of his permits and licenses as $3,000.

(Postscript: The New Mexico licenses for 2010 have all been drawn at this writing, to get in on the action for 2011 go to: https://onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us/. Right at press time, we talked to Billings, who tells us that, though he's new to sheep guiding, he's been taking hunters out for almost 10 years. We asked him if he still had any hunting opportunities available for the coming season, and he listed a private-land mule-deer hunt available with a landowner tag, a January archery hunt for mule deer and two openings for antelope September 10 and 11.)

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