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Toughest Hunt in the Lower 48 2013
Location: The Florida Mountains, Deming, NMBow Model: Z7 XtremeAlbum: Ram, Sheep & Mountain GoatAnimal Harvested or Shoot Type: Mountain Goat

Toughest Hunt in the Lower 48 2013

January 21, 2013 by Brian Cillessen

After five days of hunting the extreme terrain of The Florida Mountains in Southern New Mexico I was fortunate to work my way up the mountain between a huge billy and his herd. The Persian Ibex flourish in these mountains and seem to defy gravity as they traverse the steep mountain slopes, crags, and cliffs. After a three hour stalk I positioned myself deep in a crack as this big billy goat scaled several large boulders & cliffs to land in my lane. My range finder indicated I was on a 52 degree slope at 30 yards. As I aligned my sites and found my sweet spot, I pulled the trigger thinking that maybe I had shot well above this animal. Ibex are not much bigger than a dog and the trajectory of the arrow went several feet above him. Fortunately the broad-head found it’s spot and I harvested one of the most magnificent animals in the lower 48 states. Equal parts will, endurance, determination, and luck created success! Thanks Mathews!

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