Alan Ranch Elk Hunting

Mark Harnetiaux Elk

The Hunting Area

The Alan Ranch is one of the premier elk-hunting ranches in New Mexico. The almost 6,000 acre property lies in the foothills of the Sacramento Mountains in central New Mexico. The ranch is entirely free-ranging and borders the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation for over 7 miles. There is no finer free-ranging trophy elk hunt in the country.

The ranch lies between 6,000 and 7,000 feet in elevation. The terrain is mountainous, but yet not extreme. There are abundant canyons with depths measured in the hundreds of feet. The dominant vegetation is juniper and pinon pine with interspersed grass.

Nick Fox Elk

Difficulty of the Hunts

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the easiest place possible to hunt elk and 10 being the toughest terrain on earth to hunt elk, we give this hunt a difficulty rating of 6.

The moderate difficulty rating stems from the terrain.  There are lots of elk, but getting around the country is the issue. Although not nearly as rough as the Sacramento Mountains hunt, this hunt stretches many hunters further than they wanted.

If your hunt drags out for several days, it means hunting progressively harder country as well. You must be in a minimum of moderate shape to enjoy this hunt.

All hunts are guided 1 on 1 and there will NEVER be more than three hunters on the ranch at one time

Ralph Delius Elk

Expectations for the Hunt

Every hunter arrives with high expectations for a hunt, as they should. But, there are many factors that affect the outcome of a hunt.  The first and foremost factor, outside of weather, that will dictate the “success” of this hunt is physical conditioning.  If you’re not in decent shape, expecting to kill a good bull will be simply a matter of luck rather than skill.

What are reasonable expectations? Determining actual shot-opportunity percentages are difficult due to the extreme range of hunting abilities, conditioning, expectations, and hunters not sticking with their minimums (i.e. sliding scales). If you are in top shape, will hold steadfast on your minimum, and will stick with the hunt for the duration, the following shot-opportunity percentages are what any of our guides feel they can produce for a 1 on 1 hunter, any given week, archery or rifle:

Minimum Size Class Chances at a Shot Opportunity Comments
300+ 90% Ranch minimum. Good 5 & 6 points with high success.
320+ 75% Getting harder, but good minimum for in-shape hunters.
340+ 30% Entering the uppermost class of bulls. Almost asking too much.
360+ 10% Too high of a minimum. These bulls just seem to happen.
380+ 2% A gift from the gods.


The accommodations for the Alan Ranch hunts are in a primitive cabin located on the ranch. There is running water in warm weather and heat in cold weather. Electricity is minimal, as it is provided through solar panels, but it’s there. Not many would want to live there full time, but it works for an elk camp. There are literally elk outside the front door.

Meals will be provided with breakfast and lunch consisting of easy-to-make items. A full dinner is prepared by the guides in the evenings.

Airport Information

Air service is available by flying into either Albuquerque, NM or El Paso, TX. Our hunting area is centrally located between the two airports. You will need to rent a 4×4 vehicle (in case of inclement weather) and drive to the ranch. The drive time is approximately 2 1/2 hours.

Choosing a Type of Hunt

Archery and rifle hunts are offered on the Alan Ranch.

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