The permit increase was authorized because of an explosion in the population of oryx. The target population for this introduced African species is 1,200 animals on the missile range and none outside its borders. Current estimates indicate there are about 3,000 on White Sands and the surrounding area, and game officials want to see that number cut in half. Hence all the new permits.
So how do you take advantage of this increased opportunity? Let's take a look at each of the oryx hunts New Mexico offers, beginning with the new, year-round oryx hunt (Hunt Code 0-5-500), which was introduced last year. The permits for this hunt are awarded through a drawing and allow sportsmen to hunt gemsbok at any time of the year, on their own or with a guide. Last year over 1,500 people applied for this hunt. See below for application deadline and other details.
Areas open to this hunt include millions of acres of BLM lands, national forests, State Trust Lands and private properties, with landowner permission of course. Areas closed to this hunt include White Sands Missile Range, Holloman Air Force Base, the Jornada Experimental Station and Fort Bliss, plus all wildlife refuges, other military reservations, national parks, monuments and recreation areas, state parks and state monuments. The permits are good from April 1 to the following March 31.........(continued)