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2014-05-29

Highest bidder to bag bighorn ram

TxPWD

A permit to hunt a desert bighorn ram on a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in the mountains of West Texas will be hammered down to the highest bidder on Saturday, July 12, at WildLife 2014, the annual convention of the Texas Wildlife Association (TWA).
The auction begins at 7 pm at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa. Live phone bids and submitted proxy bids are being accepted for those not in attendance.
The permit provides the opportunity for one hunter to hunt for the next available desert bighorn ram on Elephant Mountain, Sierra Diablo or Black Gap Wildlife Management Area, as designated by TPWD. Managed for the restoration, conservation and management of desert bighorn sheep, the West Texas WMAs serve as the primary source of brood stock for reintroduction efforts. When last auctioned in 2011, the TWA permit brought a record high bid of $152,000 for the opportunity to hunt a desert bighorn ram in Texas. Proceeds from the 2011 permit allowed TPWD to continue desert bighorn sheep restoration efforts in suitable unoccupied habitat. This year's live auction item is once again being offered by the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation (TWAF), a 501(c)3 organization.
The hunt will most likely occur between Sept. 1 and July 31, 2015. The hunt will be 10 days or until a ram is harvested, whichever comes first. The hunter may bring one non-hunting companion. TPWD will furnish lodging, meals, guide services and on-site transportation. In addition to the permit, the hunter is required to possess a valid Texas hunting license.
TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith said, "This past January, approximately 60 bighorns were introduced into another unoccupied West Texas mountain range. We greatly appreciate the commitment of TWA to assist us with this wonderful restoration program."
For more information about this auction item, contact TWA's David Brimager at 210-826-2904 or by email at dbrimager@texas-wildlife.org.