New Mexico Elk
Trophy Rocky Mountain Elk – 350”+
This hunt takes place in New Mexico on a series of privately managed, free range ranches which are carefully managed for trophy bulls. Bulls in the low 300’s will be seen almost daily, with hunters focusing on bulls in the 350”+ class. Bulls exceeding the magic 400” mark exist on these ranches and there is a legitimate possibility of a hunter taking a bull in this class if everything goes correctly.
Lodging and Food
The lodging is a comfortable bunk house with running water, electricity, etc. Breakfast and dinner are served at the ranch by a camp cook, with field lunches during the day. Alcohol is not provided in camp, but hunters are welcome to purchase their own and bring it to the ranch with them.
Terrain and Hunting
The bulls will normally be spotted with high power spotting scopes from vehicles and then stalked on foot up in the low lands during the rut of archery season and up higher in the mountains during rifle season. Hunters need to be in decent shape to make the stalks into the mountains and try to get to 300 yards or less for the shot with rifles and 50 yards or less with archery equipment. Good binoculars and boots with good ankle support are a must.
Temperatures in this desert area vary greatly throughout the day and can range from the low 20’s in the morning to over 80 in the afternoon depending on the time of year. Please make sure to bring layered clothing that can be adjusted to the temperature as the day warms up. Archery hunters coming in September should also bring good rain gear as this area gets pretty wet that time of year. Once you send us your deposit, a complete list of gear will be sent to you.
Hunters arriving by commercial air can fly into Albuquerque, NM where they will be picked up by the outfitter and transported into camp.
Guns and Ammunition
Flat shooting rifles of .30 cal and up with premium bullets are recommended (smaller calibers should be avoided as elk are very tough animals). Rifle shots on bulls can range anywhere from 50 yards to 300 yards depending on whether you are using a bow, muzzle loader or rifle. The value of practicing at home using the exact rifle, muzzleloader or archery equipment you will be bringing on your hunt from field positions cannot be overemphasized. Bring at least 40 rounds of ammunition so that you have enough to check the zero of your rifle/muzzleloader and make adjustments if required. If you are archery hunting, please bring at least 6 arrows with sharp broad heads which you have tested and tuned for shots out to 50 yards.
• Archery – September 1-22, 2012 (prefer first two weeks of season)
• Muzzleloader – Oct 1-14, 2012 (prefer first week of season
• Rifle - Rifle – Oct 14-Dec 31, 2012 (dates after Thanksgiving preferred)
Getting Your Trophies Home
Your trophy will be caped in the field and brought to a local taxidermist. You can either choose to have him do the taxidermy for you and ship the mount to your home or have him take care of expediting the cape and antlers back to your taxidermist at your cost. Alternatively, you can choose to travel home with your frozen cape and antlers as checked luggage, however we STRONGLY recommend against this due to hassles with ever changing airline policies regarding transport of trophies and the very real possibility of your cape being lost and ruined by the airline. Whatever you choose to do with your trophy, all costs and liabilities are your responsibility.
1x1 professional guiding, lodging during the hunt, food and beverages while on the ranch (excluding alcohol), professional hunting guides, all licenses and field preparation of animals.
Commercial flights, any accommodations or food before arrival at the ranch, taxidermy or shipping of trophies, gratuities for guides or cook.
A 50% deposit is required to hold dates. The remaining 50% is due 90 days before the start of your trip. Requests for date changes once deposits have been paid will only be honored solely at our discretion and are subject to a 10% processing fee.
All deposits and balances paid are completely non-refundable in whole or in part for any reason including but not limited to: illness, injury, flight delays, unforeseen loss of income, early departure, late arrival, business emergencies, family emergencies, etc. Please also be aware that any animal that is injured is considered fatal and will be charged at full price.
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