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Persian Ibex….New Mexico Hunts…Only Place in America to Hunt Ibex

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 14-04-2018


Tags for Ibex hunting is by draw for a once in a lifetime tag. Muzzleloader, rifle or bow. The following information is from Kiowa Hunting outfitters who’s information is shown at the bottom of the Page. Go to  info@kiowahunters.com for more information.



Our high success on the hunts is due to stratigies we have developed from decades of analysis of ibex behavior and specifically their different behaviors during each type of hunt along with differences due to weather changes. As of December 2017 the SCI record book credits our management and guide staff with bow kills numbered 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 14, 15 and 16. We took number 14 in 2014, number 5 in 2015 and number 3 in 2017. Only numbers 12 and 19 are credited to other outfitters. Across all record book weapon catagories we have exactly 80% of the New Mexico ibex entries that are credited to currently operating outfitting companies. That is why people choose to hunt with Kiowa.

The ibex inhabit public land on the scenic Florida Mountains from just above 7000 feet down to the desert shrub at the base. The herd is currently slightly over populated at about 800 animals, with a sustainable portion of mature billies. In fact, the SCI records show that the highest scoring rifle killed and bow killed billies worldwide came from New Mexico. A mounted billy is a stand out in anyone’s trophy room. Our success is well above 90% with rifle and muzzle loader. Since our first bow ibex kill in 1988 our archery success is right at 22% which is more than four times as high as the average success for bow ibex hunters.

Hunts occur from October through January with a youth hunt during the school Christmas break. Licenses are issued by drawing. On average a non-resident is about 2 ½ times more likely to draw if he uses our outfitter number on his application. Not surprisingly, the bow tags are the easiest to draw. Most of our bow kills are at ranges under 70 yards and usually in the 35 to 40 yard range. You must come prepared to shoot out to 60 and 70 yards for your best chance for a successful hunt. The two billies pictured on this page are from our recent hunts.

  • Cost of hunt includes: Use of our outfitter number on your application, hot breakfasts and evening meals in comfortable surroundings plus snacks & drinks to carry, courtesy transportation during the hunt, the most experienced ibex guides & spotters in New Mexico, assistance with retrieval of your animal, and caping for trophy preparation.
  • The hunter is responsible for: Applying for the license with our help, lodging, a daypack, hunting gear and transportation to and from the hunt near Deming, NM.

Ibex Trophy Gallery

Please enjoy these images from our past Ibex customers. Click an image to open the gallery.

Gun Control…This e-mail From A Friend Down In Texas

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 05-04-2018


As you read this history of guns, remember when you vote which party in this Country wants to take away your guns. 


In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control:
From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1911, Turkey established gun control:
From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend
themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Germany established gun control in 1938:
From 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
China established gun control in 1935:
From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Guatemala established gun control in 1964:
From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Uganda established gun control in 1970:
From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Cambodia established gun control in 1956:
From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.


56 million defenseless people were rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control.———————–

You won’t see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.
Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.
With guns, we are ‘citizens’; without them, we are ‘subjects’.
During WW II, the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!
Gun owners in the USA are the largest armed forces in the World!
If you value your freedom, please spread this anti-gun control
message to all of your friends.
The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense.
The sword is more important than the shield and skill is more important than either.
I’m a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment! If you are too, please forward this. If you’re not a believer, please reconsider the true facts. This is history; not what’s being shown on TV, sanctioned by our illustrious delusional leaders in Washington.
This should go for grandmas also. 

Thanks, Dave….


Mexican Presidential Candidate….Hoping He Wins…Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 02-04-2018


Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is running for the office of President of Mexico and from what I have read, I hope he is elected. He is pushing for doubling the minimum wage, create a tax free border commercial zone and demand for mutual respect from the USA. If he can do anything to keep the Mexican people south of the border working and having sufficient income to support their families there then we will not have any need for a wall. And with both countries having money to support their families the economies of both countries will rise. Mexico needs to start taking care of the lower class members of it people. That will cure most of the problems Mexico suffers. I know there is more to it than I have presented, but electing Mr. Obrador seems to me to be a good start.

Good luck, sir…..

Truth and Light

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 28-03-2018


If a person truly loves truth and light, can they be gay? Especially if they were raised to respect the Bible’s teachings? Just wondering…….

Laws…..Good Laws and Bad Laws

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 27-03-2018


Laws: Can I pick and choose the laws I want to obey? I can….Is it helpful, honest and right for me to do so? No, of course not. But I do at times. I get in a hurry and that 35 MPH sign posted on the roadway is ignored by me if I see no police in the area. I keep my eyes peeled for them, just in case. In my case, I do try and follow the IMPORTANT LAWS. And that seems to be the case for a whole lot of folks. One of which is sneaking across the border into this country and then claiming as many of the benefits as can be had and squealing like a stuck pig if someone catches them and want to send them back from whence they came. I suppose to them they are no better or no worse than the example of me speeding, but both of us broke the law.  Now, if I get caught, I pay my fine and will probably have higher car insurance because it, but that is the cost of me breaking that law. Conversely, if the illegal fellow is caught, and he is sent home, it follows that he is also going to suffer the consequences of breaking the law. No one comes to my aid on my ticket and no help is expected.  Is one law more important than the other? The illegal has the ACLU and other groups raising all kind of hell because of the actions of law enforcement people for enforcing the law. That can’t be right, can it? Some say, “well that is completely different cases” and cannot be compared. I say, “a law is a law”.  If we are not going to enforce a law, get rid of it…….What do you say?

Hummm….Largest Users of Our Workforce

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 22-03-2018


According to the latest figures I can find for the American work force shows there are about 145,000,000 people employed.

Many of us work in transportation, 4,440,000.

Seems like about 5,353,000 of us work construction.

And about 11,880,00 of us work manufacturing.

Another 7,783,000 work in the financial business.

And 17,845,000 of us work in the professional and business service industry.

Can you believe that 20,791,000 of us work in education and health services?

So, where do you think most of us work….Yeah, I bet you have already guessed it….21,732,000 work in government. Are you surprised?……Me neither..


NCAA Basketball Winner, 2018….I Picked

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 13-03-2018


No one knows who is going to win the NCAA tourney…..Not the best basketball analyst, not the TV announcers, not ESPN nor any of the experts….Not even BING…God knows, but He ain’t talking. So, my friends, make your pick, go with your gut and your chances are just as good as anyone else’s. Picking the favored ones are not a bad idea, but the underdog comes through a lot more than one would think. So, take a coin, flip’um and pick’um….And good luck….I picked Arizona cause my Granddaughter loves them….and I have watched them play some pretty good basketball….and I like Coach Miller….I am very bad to watch some of the conference games being played and take a shine to some team and think, wow, these boys could go all the way, only to have them get to the tournament and seemingly choke. One such team this year is Houston. I really liked what I saw in this team. Could they go all the way….Of course…Will they…probably not. Wichita State, same thing, and I have them in the final four….ok, so much for my bracket, now go take care of yours…

March 5, 1958…National Potash Company, Carlsbad, NM

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 05-03-2018


I left Alabama in late February, 1958 on my way back to Walker AFB, NM to reup for another 4 years of military service. Good jobs were very hard to find back then. We decided to spend a few days with my wife’s sister in Carlsbad, NM. While there, I learned of a job opening at the lab at National Potash Co.  It helped that the chemist at National was a friend of by brother-in-law, long story short, a few days later I was learning all about Potash, how it was mined and refined, it’s uses, but mainly I was learning the importance of quality control, ie, screen sizes of the product, grade of the product and many other things. March 5, 1958 all of that started……I spent the next ten years there, first in the lab and then later as the shipping clerk, handling the rail shipments, both domestic and exports and some truck shipments. That was the start of my interest in transportation, where I spent the next fifty years of my life. Except for a brief stay at General Dynamics, Fort Worth, my life revolved around products moving from shipper to customer….and a vast number of products, from agricultural products, road building materials, sands for fracking oil wells, acids, anhydrous ammonia, propane and butane, gasoline and diesel, jet fuels, and numerous other products. Looking back, that was a fast fifty years….and fun…I kind of wish I had another fifty…But if I did, I might choose another industry….which one?…Well,  I’m still thinking. But I would not trade he first fifty….


Letters From Home….by Guest Writer Dan Hall

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 26-02-2018



I like to read the letters that Confederate soldiers wrote home or would  have a friend write home for them. It gives you some understanding about their lives and the things that were important to them. Being from Alabama,  I mostly read about Alabama soldiers, but I have read books about letters from soldiers in Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana and Texas. Most of the letters are basically the same as they want to know about their wife and kids. Are they making out ok, do they have food, do they have feed for their stock, have the kids been well, and how are other family members?
Very little is said about the war, they may say where they are and how long they have been there. They will tell about soldiers in their Company that are sick or have been sick.
( For the ones that don’t know, each Regiments Companies were made up of soldiers from the same county, town or community. So the soldiers knew each other before going off to war. In some cases it was brothers, fathers and sons, uncles and cousins in the same Company, so the soldiers wife and family would know the other soldiers also.)
At times the soldiers would get to missing their family so much they would tell their family if they couldn’t get a furlough, they were coming home anyway. And in a lot of the letters back to these soldiers their wife would tell them to stay there not to bring shame and dishonor to the family name, that they were fine and for him to stay there and do his duty.
But I have read accounts of soldiers that couldn’t get furlough, and knowing their families didn’t have enough food to last, would slip off and go home in the spring to plant the crops that the family need for another year. They would then go back to their Regiments to face their punishment. In most cases these soldiers were listed as “stragglers”,  not as deserters. Deserters left with no intentions of coming back.

( Now, dear reader, as a veteran myself  I  know there’s nothing like a letter from home,  unless it’s a package from home.)

Thanks to Dan Hall for another thought provoking article about the trials of our CSA soldiers.

Rev. Billy Graham…Nov. 7, 1918 – Feb 21, 2018

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 21-02-2018


I feel as though I have lost a great friend. I never met him, but I attended about three of his crusades, but his preaching was just so personal. From the first time I heard him to the last time, I was always touched and moved by his sermons. I watched many of his crusades on television, never growing tired of his message. America’s pastor is the name some have given him and I certainly would agree with that. But I think he also had a very world wide appeal and acceptance as a man of God. The  article I read this morning said that he preached to about 215 million people in 185 countries. That is amazing. I am glad we got to enjoy him for so many years. Truly a man blessed by God.