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ISSUE 159

New Mexico MRS: Sheep

The populations for both the Rocky Mountain bighorns and desert bighorn sheep have never been better and with the lumping of tags last year it gives non-residents a fair chance at drawing a tag based on the resident, nonresident and outfitter quotas. Populations are expanding and new herds are being created so we should see a gradual increase in tags and hunting opportunity over time. The harvest success rates are phenomenal, hovering at 100% for most units. The sheep herds across the state are doing very well and the midpoint statewide estimate for desert bighorns is 1,100 and the Rockies about 1,500 with significant growth occurring among desert sheep herds. Last year’s estimate for deserts was around 800-900 head and the Rockies between 1,200-1,400. This is outstanding growth and a true testament to our G&F’s successful management.