Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico


Want to hunt elk in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico? You could place a bid on eBay.com. Six Pueblo tribal hunting permits were up for auction on the Internet site, with bids starting at $8,000. It was the idea of outfitter Aaron Cajero, a tribal member, to advertise the hunt on the Internet. "The Tribal Council voted to sell Cajero Outfitters the ? (12) permits ? the hunt is my responsibility. Even though it's on tribal land, the tribe is not liable." An initial six hunters signed up for a Sept. 19-23 hunt, attracted by word of mouth, Cajero said. Remaining permits for a five-day hunt starting Sept. 26 were up for grabs to the first six people who bid, made a reservation and plunked down a $4,000 deposit. As of late April 14, no one had bid; the last day to bid April 21. No kill is guaranteed. There are at least 500 resident elk on the Jemez Reservation and several trophy-class bulls, he said. Hunters on Indian lands must have tribal hunting permits but are not required to buy New Mexico Department of Game and Fish licenses because the late Wendell Chino, longtime president of the Mescalero Apache Tribe, challenged the state on the issue in 1978 and won.