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Valles Caldera Elk Hunt Lottery Sale Countdown Underway

on February 11, 2014 - 3:01pm

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VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS—Less than six weeks remain for hunters to purchase a lottery draw chance for the revamped 2014 Valles Caldera Trust Elk Hunt. In November of 2013 the trust announced the reduction of ticket prices and one chance, per hunt code, per hunter sales policy. (See Trust Modifies Hunt Lotteries http://www.vallescaldera.gov/newsmedia/news/news_13-11-15HuntLotteryMods.pdf)

Applying to hunt on the Preserve is as simple as entering the lottery. Lottery chances are available at $25 each for a mature bull or either sex hunt. Lottery chances for antlerless hunts are $10 each. Hunters may purchase chances online, by phone, or through the mail. Each chance purchased will be entered into a computerized drawing.

Purchases are limited to one chance per hunt code but buyers can enter as many hunt codes as they wish. Funds raised by this lottery help support the Preserve and all of its activities. Entries must be received by midnight March 19. Application for the VCNP elk lottery draw does not require the purchase of a State Game-hunting or a State Game-hunting and Fishing license in advance.

In addition to the one ticket per hunt code limit all lottery application fees will be reduced. Mature bull and either sex elk hunts are cut to $25 from $30 while antlerless application fees fall to $10 from $20.

Applicants may purchase tickets for more than one hunt code but each hunter must qualify for that code. For example, non-veterans may not participate in the veterans only hunt.In addition to the one ticket per hunt code limit all lottery application fees will be reduced. Mature bull and either sex elk hunts are cut to $25 from $30 while antlerless application fees fall to $10 from $20.

Applicants may purchase tickets for more than one hunt code but each hunter must qualify for that code. For example, non-veterans may not participate in the veterans only hunt.
For more information or to apply online go to http://www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/elk/elk_howtoapply.aspx

Lottery purchases also can be made by phone at 1.866.382.5537 or by downloading the 2014 elk hunt brochure and application form at: http://www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/elk/2014_elk_download.pdf.

Results will be published in conjunction with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. They are currently planning to publish their results for the state drawings April 23.

The Valles Caldera Trust oversees the Valles Caldera National Preserve, formerly the privately owned “Baca Ranch.” The 89,000 acre property is located in the Jemez Mountains in northern New Mexico. It was purchased by the federal government in 2000 under the Valles Caldera National Preservation Act The property is known for its huge meadows, abundant wildlife, meandering stream, remarkable scenery and science based adaptive management. More information about the Preserve can be found at www.vallescaldera.gov.

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