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Trophy Elk Hunting in the Gila National Forest

Outfitter #165
Rifle, Archery, Muzzleloader

Rifle Hunts: October & November

Muzzleloader Hunts: October & November

Archery Hunts: September

Youth Gun Hunts: October

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!

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Pricing Details

Rifle, Muzzleloader, Youth Hunts

$4,700 2×1 (5 Days)

$5,700 1×1 (5 Days)

Archery Hunts (6 and 8 Day hunts)

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

1×1 Hunts available for an additional $1,000

License & Tag(s) Cost (approximate)

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


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.

Additional Info

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


Hunt Style

Physical Level:

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.

Spot and Stalk, Tree Stand, Ground Blind

Trip Requirements

All participants must read rules and regulations pertaining to method of take and be within the state/country’s guidelines. WTA is not responsible for failure to meet any state/country requirements.
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