Most New Mexico elk hunts take place in Pinyon pine and juniper thickets at fairly high elevation. In most units, a 330 inch or better bull is the goal, but in the best units (such as Gila elk hunts), you can have a decent chance at 370-400+ inch monsters!

Another great thing about elk hunting New Mexico is the terrain. A hunt in NM isn’t usually all that strenuous. Especially when you compare it to some other elk hunting destinations such as Idaho or British Columbia.

New Mexico has some spectacular elk hunting.

  • The archery elk hunts in New Mexico take place during the last few weeks of September, and the rifle hunts are scheduled during the first few weeks of October. This is an excellent time to hunt elk while they are still bugling in the rut and post rut, providing our customers with the best opportunity at harvesting a big mature bull.
  • Rifle and muzzleloader seasons in NM are from October 1st through December 31st.
  • Later season New Mexico elk hunts are available upon elk tag availability, and cow hunts are available in January.
  • If you are unable to draw a tag there are almost always landowner tags available.
  • Most hunters have the opportunity to harvest mature bulls with our NM outfitters.
  • Typically, you’ll take an ATV to get to the hunting area, and then you will proceed on foot.
  • We also offer a wilderness drop camp setup in New Mexico.
  • If you’re looking for 5-star accommodations with options for a large group or a corporate retreat, we have you covered there as well!

We would love to help you book a great elk hunt in New Mexico. We work with some great outfitters in the best units.

Hunting in New Mexico can be a challenge without knowing where to put in for tags, and where to hunt. Our outfitters have access to good elk hunting on private land across the state. On most ranches, you can expect trophy quality from 5×5 to average 6×6 bulls, but we do have some ranches that have tremendous trophy quality. Prices go up accordingly.

It is important to contact us before you put in for the draw as we can help you locate the proper units to increase your odds. And remember, we have a number of elk hunts on some great ranches in New Mexico, with landowner tags included.

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