New Mexico Rifle Elk Hunts
As the rut comes to an end in late October, bulls will begin leaving the herd. This time of year it is crucial for bulls to focus all of their attention towards feeding as winter closes in. Mature herd bulls in our areas will lose up to 35% of their body weight during the rut. Bulls retreat into areas that offer plenty of feed and cover. Bulls are vulnerable this time of year as they are often by themselves. Occasionally, we will hear bulls bugling during this hunt. We spend most of our time hiking ridgelines and glassing country. Once we locate the bull we are after, it is a matter of stalking within rifle range. Hunters should arrive in good shape and ready to walk up to several miles each day. Average shots are 300yds, but hunters should be prepared to shoot out to 500yds. Shooting opportunity has been 87% over the last 5 seasons.
Rifle Elk Hunt Units & Dates
- NM Unit 36 (Lincoln National Forest) - - October 14-18, 2017
- NM Unit 34 (Lincoln National Forest) - - October 21-25, 2017
- NM Unit 36 (Lincoln National Forest) - - October 28- Nov 1, 2017
Hunt Packages and Rates
Fully Outfitted Elk Hunts - $5,000/hunter
This is our premium hunt package that includes 5 full days of expert guide service, field transportation, 6 nights lodging, meals, and beverages for the duration of your hunt. When your trophy is down, your guide will handle skinning, quartering, rough caping, and packing out your trophy. Show up to camp with your hunting clothes and equipment, we will handle the rest.
Semi-Guided Elk Hunts - $4,000/hunter
This is a popular option with experienced elk hunters or hunters who have hunted the area before. This package includes 2 full days of expert guide service, as well as 6 nights lodging, meals, and beverages for the duration of your 5 day hunt.
Guided Only Elk Hunts - $4,000/hunter
This is a popular package with hunters who want a guide the entire hunt, but prefer to handle their own lodging and cooking. This package includes 5 full days of expert guide service. When your trophy is down, your guide will handle skinning, quartering, rough caping, and packing out your trophy.
Not Included: Pricing does not include 7% NM sales tax, state license cost, meat processing/butchering, taxidermy, or customary guide gratuity. Transportation to hunting camp is the client’s responsibility. Airport pickup and drop-off service can be arranged at additional cost. Above rates are based on 2x1 guide service, upgrade to 1x1 guide service is an additional $1,000/hunter.
How to Get your Elk Tag
Elk tags are issued on a limited basis, so hunters are required to draw a tag or purchase a landowner elk tag. Triple C Outfitters provides a Free Application Service and is happy to assist you with your New Mexico elk application. The draw application deadline is March 23, 2017.
Deposit: No deposit is required until you draw your tag. If you are successful in drawing a tag, a 50% deposit is required by June 30 to reserve your spot in camp. The remaining 50% balance is due two weeks prior to your scheduled hunt date.