How the New Mexico Elk-Hunting System Works
Elk hunting in New Mexico can only be accomplished in one of two ways. You either draw a tag, or buy a landowner permit.
A landowner permit is essentially a voucher to allow you to purchase a guaranteed elk tag. We purchase these landowner permits and combine them with our guiding services to offer a wide range of elk-hunting opportunities. Although the permits increase the cost of the hunts, it allows us to “guarantee” an elk tag to a customer for our hunts. We simply schedule the dates.
The only way to avoid the increased cost of a landowner permit is to draw a tag through the New Mexico Draw System. The Draw System is the working-class hunter’s option for an affordable, high-quality elk hunt.
For an in-depth look at the intricacies of the Draw System “Click Here”.
Client and Outfitter Expectations
Before we even get into the individual hunts, matching our expectations with our clients’ is a key to planning a successful hunt.
Our guides are some of the best on the planet. Their skills are unsurpassed. But, they are not there to hunt for you. They are there to hunt with you. If you are looking for someone to do the hunting for you, we’re not the best choice for an outfitter. Nothing frustrates a guide more than to realize their hunter is along just to shoot what the guide finds.
A common misconception is that a guided hunt means the hunter doesn’t need to get in shape to get a big bull. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Sometimes the hunt seems easy, sometimes it doesn’t. Proper preparation will be rewarded exponentially on the hunt.
Another problem a guide faces is the dreaded “sliding scale”. Too many hunters arrive wanting to hold out for a huge bull in the beginning of the hunt and then drop expectations each day until they are willing to shoot anything on the last day. The problem is they usually passed up good bulls during the first day or two, then they are in a complete panic by day 4 to shoot the same caliber bull.
The difficulty of the hunt increases as the days pass, due primarily to the aforementioned conditioning and cumulative hunting pressure. Not to mention that the hunting gods just don’t seem to reward that behavior. The Rule of Thumb is, “Do not pass a shot on a bull you would be happy to shoot on the last morning of the hunt”.
Determine a minimum, then hunt for a bull of that class or better from the start, and you will offer yourself the best chance to leave a satisfied hunter. Besides, the biggest bull is almost always taken by the hunter who “just wanted to kill a respectable bull”. Don’t take karma lightly.
Now, if we’re still on the same page, it’s time to get to the hunts.
The Elk Hunts
We offer quality elk hunting in the high country of the Sacramento Mountains and on select private ranches located in the foothills of the Sacramentos.
Sacramento Mountains Elk Hunts
The Sacramento Mountains of central New Mexico are the setting for the most exciting elk hunting available in the west.
2010 will be our 13th year hunting the Sacramento Mountains. We have experienced tremendous success over the years simply by hunting the best elk country in the state and finding the best local guides who live and breathe this country.
The Sacramento Mountain hunt should only be considered by hunters who consider themselves in excellent physical shape. It is rough, nasty country. But should you be looking for a challenging high-country elk hunt with extraordinary numbers of bulls, “Click Here” or on the link below:
Private-Land Elk Hunts
Private-Land elk hunts are conducted on select ranches located in the foothills of the Sacramento Mountains. The ranches offer some of the finest elk-hunting experiences imaginable.
The terrain on the private-land hunts ranges from rolling hills to small mountains covered in juniper, pinon pine and oak. The ranch hunts are conducted in less intimidating terrain than the Sacramento Mountains hunts. You can get away with a moderate fitness level on some of these hunts, but the more you can do, the more we can do.
If you are ready to experience the finest private-land elk hunting New Mexico has to offer, then“Click Here” or on the link below: