New Mexico Rifle Elk Hunt
New Mexico Public Land
DescriptionThe hunt will be conducted on a working cattle ranch covering over 100 square miles in and around the Gila National Forest, New Mexico. We offer hunts for Elk, Deer, Antelope, Oryx, Bighorn Sheep, Ibex, Turkey, and predators on over 3 million acres of public and private land in southwest New Mexico. The Gila National Forest is one of the more remote and least developed National Forests in the southwest. Covering 3.3 million acres of forest and range land, the Forest is the sixth largest National Forest in the continental United States. The Forest is also home to the first proclaimed wilderness area set aside in 1924 for primitive forms of recreation without motorized vehicles and mechanized equipment. This allows an opportunity to experience the wild lands in a way similar to days of the past. The diverse landscape consists of rugged mountains, deep canyons, meadows, and semi- desert. Elevations range from 4,200 feet to 11,000 feet. The forest is home to wildlife such as black bear, elk, deer, mountain lion, antelope, bighorn sheep, and wild turkey. All Non-Resident draw applicants will be charged a $65 Game Hunting License which is required to apply and hunt in New Mexico. If an applicant is unsuccessful in the draw and chooses not to hunt New Mexico, the $65 Game Hunting License is refundable. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish charges the full license fee up front for all species. If unsuccessful in the draw, the NMDGF will refund all but a $20application fee. The Game Hunting License fee and the application fee are not included in the license fees listed below. The application deadline is March 20. New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Lottery Draw: NMDGF offers an applicant three different hunt choices when applying. An applicant can mix dates and weapon choices to better their odds of drawing. Outfitter offers tent camps, lodge/cabin hunts, and wilderness hunts. Please let us know your accommodation preference. If you have no accommodation preference, outfitter will apply you for the best drawing odds in quality areas. After completing our application form, we will apply you free of charge with the NMDGF for the hunts indicated. For more information about New Mexico hunting regulations, rules, and requirements visit the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish website at www.wildlife.state.nm.us 1. March 20 is the NMDGF deadline to apply for all New Mexico big game hunts. 2. Wilderness, late rifle, muzzle loader, and early bow hunts are the easiest hunts to draw. 3. Up to 4 hunters may apply per application. 4. Any hunter who held a New Mexico big game hunting license or permit for the prior year must complete a Harvest Report to NMDGF before applying for the current years draw. The deadline to submit Harvest Reports is February 15. Late fees apply after deadline. Harvest Reports can be filed online at www.wildlife.state.nm.us/recreatio/hunting/documents/MandatoryHarvestReporting.html. Private Landowner Tags: Private land hunts are also available. A 50% deposit is required at time of booking. If you chose to apply in the NMDGF lottery draw and are successful, your deposit will be applied toward your draw- tag hunt. Guaranteed landowner tags sell quickly, if you are interested in purchasing a private landowner tag please contact us as soon and possible to reserve your tag. Payment: Current hunts and prices are listed on the next page. All hunts are one guide per two hunters. 1x1 hunts are available at an additional cost of $1,000. All hunts are subject to NM sales tax. A 50% deposit is required to book private landowner tags. A 50 % deposit is required when you draw a NMDGF tag. All deposits are non- refundable. Final payment is due 30 days prior to your hunt. Checks are not accepted for final payment Price Includes: four- wheel drive trucks, horses, tack, horse trailers, trained hounds (mountain lion / cougar and bear hunts only). Heated tents, full -time cook and a wrangler will be furnished only for wilderness hunts with a minimum of four elk (4) clients. We will furnish a rifle and ammunition for foreign clients when requested. Bunk house available, if not on wilderness hunt. Price Excludes: Firearm or archery equipment, bedroll (wilderness hunts), license, sharp knife, personal gear, meat processing, and transportation to the ranch.
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