Muzzleloader & Rifle: October
This trophy New Mexico elk hunt takes place on 10,500 private acres of excellent habitat. The property is home to a healthy population of elk with some great genetics. Expect to encounter elk every day and most trophies harvested will be 6×6 bulls scoring 280″-310″ with larger bulls harvested each year! This is not a physically demanding hunt as you and your guide will access the property on Polaris rangers or 4×4 vehicles and then on foot. Only three hunts are offered on this property with six hunters at a time. This ensures the animals are not pressured and the property is not over hunted. The September archery hunt takes place as bulls begin to bugle and gather their harem of cows. This is one of the most exciting hunts in the west and definitely the most exciting way to hunt elk. The bow hunts are a combination of stand or ground blind hunting over water holes to spot and stalk hunting with some calling. After the bow hunt, the property will be rested for a month. A mid-October muzzleloader hunt will then be conducted. This hunt takes place during the last phase of the bugling season and still offers a very good chance at calling in a trophy bull. New Mexico has no restrictions on muzzleloaders, so variable scopes, sabots, etc. are all permitted. A few days after the this hunt concludes, a five day rifle hunt will take place. While the rut has ended, cooler temperatures and better glassing conditions allow for an excellent opportunity at locating and harvesting a good bull. The habitat and terrain consists of ponderosa pine, pinion, oak brush, open meadows with timbered slopes, and deep canyons. The elevation ranges from 6,000′ – 9,000′. There are also multiple springs on the ranch. The guides are extremely experienced in elk hunting and most of them are local resident guides who have been hunting the area for several years with great success. Accommodations are provided in a comfortable ranch house located right on the property. It consists of four bedrooms, two full baths, kitchen, dining area, and living room with fire place. All bedding, linens, towels, etc. are provided. Breakfast and dinner will be provided each day at the lodge. A sack lunch and drinks will packed for your day in the field. The hunt includes a guaranteed private land landowner tag so no state drawing is required.
$9,500 (2×1) $10,500 (1×1) plus 7.39% sales tax.
Private land landowner permit is included in the cost of the hunt. General non-resident elk license is approx. $641.
Fly to Albuquerque or El Paso and rent a vehicle for the drive to camp near Cloudcroft.
Easy: Somewhat easy walking when it comes to physicality. Minimal walking or hiking and terrain is very accessible. Mostly hunting from blinds or tree stands.
Moderate: Physicality is somewhat moderate to advanced. Spot and stalk method of hunting as well as some hunting from blinds. Terrain can vary from prairies to mountains at higher elevations.
Difficult: Requires an advanced degree of physical endurance. Terrain is typically more mountainous and hunting can take place at higher elevation.
Extreme: Most difficult and physically demanding hunts. Requires advanced to extreme endurance and terrain or game pursued may involve dangerous situations.