This guided New Mexico elk hunt will be a completely different elk hunt than you have ever been on before. This 100,000 acre ranch has a lot of elk and a lot of open country. You can see them coming in for hundreds of yards when you are bow hunting, and if rifle is your thing then the glassing on this place is just awesome. Both our archery and rifle hunts are near 100% opportunity with an unbelievable 70% kill rate on the archery hunts on 5 x 5 and 6 x 6 bulls.
Things You Should Know about Tags in New Mexico and Guided Elk Hunts
When you begin to look at elk hunting in New Mexico, there are many things that are important to consider before doing so. First thing’s first, and you need a “ticket to the show” or a New Mexico elk tag. You have two choices to get an elk tag in New Mexico and those are:
1) to enter the tag draw system (which New Mexico is a non-preference point state) OR
2) to buy a New Mexico land owner tag.
The draws are getting harder and harder to draw so I advise my clients to put in and hope to get lucky, but the best odds of planning and going on a hunt is to book a hunt with an outfitter who will include a tag with the hunt.
Clients who hold out and hunt hard will have a chance at a solid 6 x 6 they would be proud to hang on their wall. Our average bulls are 260-290’s and bulls over 300 are killed every year. This ranch is 100,000 acres and well-roaded so hunters don’t need a high level of fitness. If you are in shape there will be plenty of country for you to cover.
The guide staff and the outfitter have been hunting this property for years and they know how to help you kill a bull any time of year. Tags are guaranteed and this is your chance to hunt New Mexico and not break the bank. Hunts on this ranch run from September archery season clear till December.
This hunt is about a one-hour drive west of Albuquerque, New Mexico and includes lodging, guiding and meals.
New Mexico outfitters for the most part operate on private land, and as a part of their leases for the hunting rights they get plenty of land owner tags to get you hunting. Depending on the type of tags that are available the costs can vary greatly.
Land owner tags are of two kinds; ranch-only tags which are ranch specific and good to hunt only on that ranch, and unit-wide tags, that are good for the whole unit they are assigned to. The unit wide are generally worth more, so getting you on a large ranch where the tag is a ranch-only can really save you some money.
Another factor that will vary the cost of your tags is how “exclusive” is the unit they are good for. Tag costs in high profile units in New Mexico can cost in the $8,000 – $10,000 range for the tag alone, while other “less desirable” units sell for around $1,000.
For example, I can get you on elk hunts in Unit 12 and 13 on private ground, and the hunts run around $15,000 or I can get you on hunts on a large private ranch of over 100,000 acres for $7500. Now, you won’t kill a top end bull on the latter, but you will kill a solid 5 x 5 or 6 x 6 and most would consider the bulls they regularly kill a “wall hanger.” The other nice thing about this ranch is that success rates are near 100%, even with archery.
If you are wanting to plan a New Mexico elk hunt, please give me a call at 208-867-6675.
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I specialize in big elk and deer but I have guided hunts available for everything you could want to chase with bow or rifle.
I look forward to hearing from you and helping you with your next hunt!