Cost of the landowner permit is included in the price of the hunt
This New Mexico elk hunting area has a limited number of licenses making for low hunter pressure and quality bulls.
Licenses on the National Forest hunts are issued through a lottery draw. Licenses on private land hunts are guaranteed through a landowner authorization (included in the cost of the hunt.)”
New Mexico Elk Hunting Season
- Archery elk hunts run from September 1-22
- Muzzleloader season is October 5-December 31
- Rifle elk season is October 12-December 31. Dates are flexible on the 2nd rifle hunt.
Depending on the season, hunting methods will be spot-and-stalk, ground blinds, call and pursue. On a typical day, you will start the day with breakfast before dawn, and be elk hunting at daylight. You will hunt until mid-late morning, when the wind gets erratic and the elk are holing up for the day in the bedding grounds. Back to camp for lunch and a break, then back out in the afternoon and hunt until dark. You will use four-wheel drives or UTV’s to reach hunting areas and then hunt on foot.
Success Rates and Trophy Quality
This New Mexico outfitter has very good success on bulls scoring 260″-320″. Bulls scoring 320″-350″ are a definite possibility, and they have even taken a few bulls scoring 360-375. Overall success rates are 70% on rifle hunts and 20% for bowhunters.
Many bowhunters add a mule deer to their hunt. This combo is not available for the muzzleloader and rifle hunts.
My crew is experienced, hard working and friendly. We take pride in what we do and our goal is to provide every client with a successful and enjoyable hunt.”
Most hunters fly into Albuquerque, NM and have the outfitter pick them up at the airport. Hunters that drive can drive right to camp.
Your guide will take care of all field care of game, and taking game to a meat processor in town.
Elk camps consist of wall tents with cots, foam pads, heaters and lanterns. All camps are accessed by vehicle. They also offer town based hunts where you will stay in a motel and drive to the hunting area each morning.
They serve three meals a day with a variety of snacks and beverages available. Breakfasts usually consist of doughnuts, sweet rolls, coffee etc. You will usually carry lunch with you in your pack and then eat dinner at a restaurant in the evening.