Two Trophy Desert Bighorn Sheep Hunts on Auction in Texas and Mexico


Published: June - 2014

If you're looking for a desert ram this year, there are two auctions on the near horizon that should be on your radar screen. The first opportunity for a great ram is going on the auction block at the Texas Bighorn Society's Annual Roundup Banquet June 7, 2014 at the Ft. Worth Stockyards. The hunt is for one desert bighorn ram in the Maderas del Carmen biosphere reserve in northern Mexico. The Maderas del Carmen is a huge ecological sanctuary in northern Coahuila, across the border from the Big Bend region of Texas. It includes the Sierra del Carmen (the home range of the Carmen Mountain whitetail population) as well as the northern end of the Sierra Madre Oriental (eastern Sierra Madre).

This opportunity is the result of a great conservation success story. Bighorn sheep from Isla Tiburon were introduced to the area starting in 2000 and a self-sustaining sheep herd has been established. Livestock grazing has been greatly curtailed in the area and wildlife has priority. Given the genetics of this herd as well as the lack of competition from livestock, the successful bidder can expect to see some very good heads on this hunt.

Some other considerations: this is one of the safest sections of the entire border. There are no roads that cross the international border within the Maderas del Carmen, so drug trafficking is minimal. Poaching is also very limited, since there are few settlements within the biosphere reserve and a significant effort has been made to limit access. The result of all this effort is a safe border zone in which wildlife abounds. I've personally worked south of the Maderas del Carmen and found the country the way I imagine it at the turn of the last century - wild and unspoiled.

The winning bidder will be transported from Del Rio, Texas into Mexico by private plane and guided for up to 10 days. Transportation, guides, accommodations, all necessary hunting licenses and export permits, trophy care and the fees for firearms permits are all included. The area has........(continued)

 
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