https://www.demingheadlight.com/story/news/2020/10/14/usaf-airman-has-fatal-fall-while-bowhunting-florida-mountains/3653159001/

10/15/2020

A bowhunter has died in the Florida Mountains. The range is located 12 miles southwest of Deming, NM.

An Air Force Airman from Clovis, NM, age 22, fell 100 feet and died when emergency personnel and Luna County Sheriff’s deputies were able to reach him.

According to LCSO reports, a call came in at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 9, of a hunter falling off the mountain. The accident occurred two miles from the Mahoney Park area on the mountain’s westside.

The deceased and a friend were hunting exotic Bezoar Ibex (Persian Ibex) on the rugged cliffs of the Floridas (Flo-ree-dahs). The Ibex were brought to the mountain range in 1970 as an exotic hunt. The numbers quickly grew and by 1974 the first Ibex exotic hunt was allowed.

The report indicated the hunter had slipped and fell approximately 100 feet onto rocks below. New Mexico Game and Fish officers, New Mexico State Police and a paramedic were on-scene when deputies arrived.

“This is very difficult terrain and dangerous,” LCSO Captain Michael Brown told the Headlight. “Unfortunately, we get called at least once a year about hikers and hunters who are involved in accidents on this treacherous mountain range.”

The name of the deceased hunter has not been released at this time, as the United States Air Force is involved in the investigation and to notify the next of kin.

Deputies, emergency personnel and the airman’s friend repelled down to retrieve the reach the airman. The airman had suffered a head injury. Medical attention was administered at 8:50 p.m., and the airman was pronounced deceased at 9:16 p.m.

LCSO deputies and emergency personnel made their way down the mountain with the airman at 12:12 a.m. on Saturday and transported him at 3:30 a.m.

“The emergency manager wrote a commendation for our deputies involved in this incident,” Capt. Brown said. “There was a lot of effort and determination to get him off the mountain.”

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