New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Prairie Chicken Festival Sells Out In Record Time

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Prairie Chicken Festival Sells Out In Record Time

New Mexico Game and Fish
New Mexico Game and Fish

MILNESAND, N.M. -(Ammoland.com)- The popularity of the High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival reached an all-time high this year when all 100 spots for the April 16-18 event sold out in less than three weeks.

The festival celebrates the lesser prairie chicken and the Llano Estacado (staked plains) of eastern New Mexico. Participants gather in Milnesand in southeastern New Mexico to see prairie chickens perform their remarkable early morning courtship dances. Visitors also learn about the cultural and natural history of the southern Great Plains, take daily birding tours, and enjoy good food and western hospitality.

Attendance is limited to the first 100 participants who register and pay an entry fee of $95 per person. Registration is limited because of the sensitivity of the lesser prairie chicken during the breeding season.

The festival is made possible through a cooperative effort of the Department of Game and Fish, the Nature Conservancy of New Mexico, the Grasslans Charitable Foundation, and the community of Milnesand.

For “early bird” announcements for the 10th Annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival in 2011, please contact Tish McDaniel at [email protected] or call (575) 762-6997.