Outfitter #518

Trophy Elk Hunting in New Mexico


This New Mexico Outfitter elk hunts on on some of the best private ranches in the state. Their unit 12 hunts in west-central New Mexico are bordered on the south by the Gila Wilderness, on the north by the Zuni Indian Reservation and on the west by the state of Arizona. These multiples ranches total several thousand private acres.  This area holds a lot of elk and has produced some of the best bulls ever harvested in the New Mexico. The previous state record archery bull was harvested in this area that scored over 427" B&C! Bulls are harvested annually that approach or exceed this magical 400 B&C mark! However, a representative bull in this unit is a 6x6 in the 290" - 320" class.  The country consists of low rolling pine ridges and pinion/juniper flats that these big bulls like to frequent. Some of the early archery hunts are very effective over the many water holes in the area.  The outfitter leases out a small motel during the hunting season and you'll receive three great meals a day. This hunt has been 100% opportunity on good mature bulls for several years. This is a great option for those who can't get around like they used to as the terrain is very forgiving and the area can be accessed via 4x4 vehicles.  

To the south in unit 16E, in the heart of the Gila, is a 15,000 acre private ranch that is home to a healthy population of trophy bulls.  The elk in this unit have great genetics and we anticipate 300"+ class bulls to be the norm, not the exception.  Accommodations at a local motel in town with meals is all included in the price.   

These hunts includes the cost of the landower tag so need to worry about drawing a tag.  If you want a great hunt with great success, than call us on this one!


Unit 12

ARCHERY (6-days hunts):

September 2-7 $6,500 (2x1) $7,500 (1x1) 

September 11-16 $7,500 (2x1) $8,500 (1x1) 

September 19-24 $10,500 (2x1) $11,500 (1x1) 

RIFLE (5-day hunts)

October 1-5 $10,500 (2x1) $11,500 (1x1)

October 8-12 $10,500 (2x1) $11,500 (1x1)

October 15-19 $7,500 (2x1) $8,500 (1x1) 

October 21-25 $7,500 (2x1) $8,500 (1x1) 

October 27-31 $7,500 (2x1) $8,500 (1x1) Mule Deer may be taken on this hunt for a $3,500 harvest fee.

November 3-7 $7,500 (2x1) $8,500 (1x1) 

November 10-14 $7,500 (2x1) $8,500 (1x1) 

November 17-21 $7,500 (2x1) $8,500 (1x1) 

November 24-28 $7,500 (2x1) $8,500 (1x1) 

December 1-5 $7,500 (2x1) $8,500 (1x1) 

Unit 16E

Rifle: $7,250 (2x1) 5-day hunt.

Plus 5% tax and approx. $650 elk license


September - December (depending on weapon)


Motel, meals, guide services, in-field transportation, landowner tag, field care of trophy.


Airfare, tax, license, gratuity, personal items.


Fly to Albuquerque, rent a vehicle, and drive to Quemado or Datil.

Approximate License & Tag(s) Cost

$650 purchased online with outfitters instruction.  

Physical Requirement Level

Level 2 - These hunts are mostly conducted on private ranches. Species include mule deer, elk, antelope; additionally, some caribou and African plains game hunts. Moderate to light hiking each day in semi-mountainous terrain.

Additional Information
Approach: Spot and Stalk.
Equipment: Automobile,ATV/UTV.

Updated: 2018-09-20 15:08:18