Elk hunt planned for country club

By Jesse Moya
jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 1/16/20

In order to deal with an abundance of elk, the Taos Country Club could be allowing a licensed hunt for elk near the golf course.

Golf course maintenance expert Miguel Romero said about 30 elk have been making their way onto the golf course in recent months and are causing a concern for both safety and the groundworks.

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Elk hunt planned for country club

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In order to deal with an abundance of elk, the Taos Country Club could be allowing a licensed hunt for elk near the golf course.

Golf course maintenance expert Miguel Romero said about 30 elk have been making their way onto the golf course in recent months and are causing a concern for both safety and the groundworks.

"We just don't want them to get on the greens because they're heavy and can mess up the grass," Romero said.

The proposed hunt would allow archery equipment only since the hunting grounds will be within the 19 homes of Taos Country Club Subdivision.

Two hunters will be able to draw for their chance to hunt during a five-day season for the elks. While hunting, safe zones will be drawn at least 30 feet from the main fairways on the golf course.

Members of the Taos Country Club Subdivision Property Owners Association were notified about the hunt and can choose to close their yards off to the hunt.

The first hunt is set to start Saturday (Jan. 25) in the morning, pending approval from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

"We've explored the possibility of this as a safety concern," said country club restaurant and catering manager Jacob Herrera. "As of right now, we haven't heard word that this is going to happen."

Elk have always been a presence around the course, and the purpose of the hunt is to reduce their numbers on the golf course itself.

Employees have tried scaring the elk away as well as creating deterrents for the animals in an attempt to keep them out of the area. According to Romero, the country club has roped off the greens which seems to keep the elk off of them for the most part.

According to the elk population management plan for the golf course, the elk are causing ruts in the grass and eating the vegetation around the course, which can lead to expensive repairs.

Hunters who have already purchased a single elk license are not eligible to participate in this hunt.

Game and Fish Communication Director Tristanna Bickford said the department was working with the country club to finalize the hunt.

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