The department said licenses can be purchased online or at
agency offices starting on Wednesday. Hunters are eligible if they didn't have a 2012-13 ibex hunting license.
The hunt dates will be February 21-March 31, and all hunting
will end when the harvest limit of 125 is reached.
The licenses cost $111 for a New Mexico resident and $1,630 for nonresidents. Hunting will be allowed for female or immature male ibex.
Officials say the hunt is necessary because the ibex population is beyond the carrying capacity of the habitat.
Reportedly, any hunter who kills two ibex and has that verified by a conservation officer will become eligible for a drawing for a license to hunt ibex with a rifle in the spring of 2014.
Hunters must have a customer identification number to purchase the ibex licenses.The department website is www.wildlife.nm.us.