JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — The Valles Caldera National Preserve has more than 200 [auth] permits available for this year’s elk hunting lottery.
Officials say the last chance for hunters to enter will be March 20. Of the permits available, 75 have been set aside for mature bulls.
Officials consider the preserve one of New Mexico’s premiere elk hunting locations and one of the best places in the country to harvest a trophy bull on public land. There are between 2,500 and 3,500 elk that call the 89,000-acre preserve home.
With the lottery, officials say hunters have a fair and affordable chance at hunting on the preserve. Each chance for a bull permit is $30, while antlerless permits are going for $20.
Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation have been pushing to transfer management of the preserve to the National Park Service.