Outfitter # 165

Trophy Elk Hunting in the Gila National Forest



The Gila National Forest in south central New Mexico has long been considered the best area in the state for big bull elk. With the cost of landowner permits climbing each year, these hunts can easily end-up costing over $9,000 – UNLESS YOU DRAW A TAG. Drawing a tag will cut this price in half – for the exact same hunt! The odds of drawing these permits can be as good as 1:7 – especially if you’re willing to use a bow or muzzleloader.  The units we will be applying you in will be among the very best in the state and 300+ inch bulls are a very realistic possibility. In fact, hunters getting lucky in the draw, have a real opportunity to harvest a bull scoring in the high 300s! With vast amounts of limited-entry public land, and seasoned outfitters who have everything from wall tents to historic lodges, WTA TAGS can help you through the process of applying and planning this dream hunt!       

Applying for elk in New Mexico is a must for serious hunters wanting a chance at a great bull. With a pure lottery system in place this is your best odds of drawing a quality bull tag without having to wait-out a point system. For $88 per year an applicant has a chance to be hunting some of the best bulls in the country. Best of all - once drawn, you’ll never find a better value on big bulls through the WTA TAGS endorsed outfitters!”

-Jordan Christensen - WTA TAGS Consultant

Whether you prefer archery, muzzleloader, or rifle hunting the Gila National Forest has great opportunities to get you elk hunting this coming year. There are even hunts set-aside for youth hunters with fantastic odds of drawing a hunt on prime rut dates that make these hunts second to none!  From wall tents and horseback, to hot showers and lodges the Gila is an amazing destination that can be catered to even the most discerning of elk hunters. Call WTA TAGS today to talk to a consultant about applying for these incredible elk hunting opportunities!


Rifle, Muzzleloader, Youth Hunts

$4,700 2x1 (5 Days)

$5,700 1x1 (5 Days)

Archery Hunts (6 and 8 Day hunts)

Sept. 1-6 - $4,700 2x1, Sept. 9-14 - $4,700 2x1, Sept. 17-24 - $5,700 2x1

1x1 Hunts available for an additional $1,000


Rifle Hunts: October & November

Muzzleloader Hunts: October & November

Archery Hunts: September              

Youth Gun Hunts: October               


Guide service, accommodations, all meals trophy care and in-field transportation.


Airfare, vehicle rental, gratuities, NM Elk Permit and hunting license and stamps.


Fly to Albuquerque NM, rent a car and drive to the lodge near Winston, NM. Directions will be provided by outfitter.

Approximate License & Tag(s) Cost

$847 includes elk permit license and stamps – Computer draw – deadline mid-March. Contact WTA TAGS for professional application assistance 1-800-755-TAGS(8247)

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,Tree Stand,Ground Blind.
Equipment: Automobile,ATV/UTV.

No observer fee for one adult on any youth hunt - Kids Apply Free Call WTA TAGS today!