A turkey on the Valles Caldera. Courtesy/VCT
Hunters can enter the 2015 Valles Caldera Trust lottery for a chance to hunt Merriam turkeys on the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
The 2015 hunt will be the ninth since the Preserve was established in 2000 and the second since the one ticket, per hunter, per hunt lottery was established last year in order to offer turkey hunts to a wider range of applicants.
Eight hunt authorizations will be issued for the two hunts scheduled for May 2-4 and May 8-10.
Each applicant will be limited to one ticket per hunt code but can apply to both hunts. Lottery chances can be purchased for $10 each through the available hunts page on the Valles Caldera Trust website, www.vallescaldera.gov or call 1.866.382.5537. The applications must be received no later than midnight March 31.
Turkey hunt authorizations are not refundable or transferable. All funds generated from this lottery are used for management of the Valles Caldera including habitat restoration projects and increasing recreational access for the public. Hunters must obtain appropriate licensing and required stamps per New Mexico Department of Game and Fish regulations.
Participants will be notified of the results by email and winning lottery numbers will be posted on the Valles Caldera website April 3. Winners will also receive an access authorization letter. Call 1.866.382.5537 or see http://www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/turkey/ for more information.
The Valles Caldera Trust oversees the 88,900-acre Valles Caldera National Preserve, located in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico. The Preserve was purchased by the federal government in 2000 under the Valles Caldera Preservation Act, and it is known for its huge meadows, abundant wildlife, meandering streams, remarkable scenery and science-based adaptive management.