This Conservation Program was put into effect as an
attempt to protect and increase the population of Weemsi
desert bighorn sheep in Southern Baja California. Prior to
this program, the Mexican Government held a draw every year
for as many permits as they deemed reasonable. After
bringing in biologists and wildlife experts, the Government
realized that they needed a controlled conservation effort
to keep this subspecies from dying out completely. The
resulting program, "Proyecto para la Conservacion, Manejo Y
Aprovechamiento Sustentable del Borrego Cimarron en Mexico"
, involves the local peoples who own the land that the
animals live on.
These people are organized into groups by their land
rights. They are called Ejido's and are run similarly to the
American Indian reservations.) They are mostly ranchers and
farmers with meager incomes and have been living off the
meat of the bighorn on their lands for centuries. To give
these people a reason to not only to stop killing these
animals for food, but to actually attempt to protect them
and manage them, the Government had to come up with a way to
pay them. This program provides that.
These local peoples who
have been hunting and killing these animals for their entire
lives are now given an opportunity to do so for profit.
These are the ones who will be guiding your hunt, setting up
your camps, and preparing your meals. Centuries of hunting
these terrains is what makes these men the best experts you
will find anywhere.
The monies raised from
the sale of the permits will cover the costs of the 10 day
camp, food and drinks, transport, etc., pay for the yearly
aerial census, as well as provide these jobs for the locals
who are now protecting, managing, recording, supporting the
growth of, and conducting the hunts for the desert bighorn
sheep in their areas.
The number of permits
sold to these local peoples will be determined by the number
of mature rams that have been officially recorded by aerial
census each year.
When you purchase a permit to hunt and shoot a trophy
bighorn in Southern Baja, you are also contributing to the
future of these beautiful animals and ensuring future
bighorn hunts for years to come.