If you’re looking to travel and hunt big game elk for the trophy, delicious meat and the experience of a lifetime, look no further than the highly acclaimed Gila of Southwestern New Mexico. Gila is well known for superior elk genetics that produce world-class bulls and stunning trophies.
The expert guides at New Mexico Professional Big Game Hunting have over 30 years of experience in the area and know where to find big elk. With permission to hunt in Gila, Cibola, Carson, Lincoln and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, our Guided Big Game Hunts cover thousands of acres of unspoiled New Mexico wilderness that is prime terrain for big game hunting.
Before you plan your trip, it’s important for non-residents to learn more about what’s required for big elk hunting in New Mexico. Read on for the details!
What to Expect on Your Big Elk Hunt in New Mexico
With any of our elk hunting packages, we’ll guide you through a landscape that’s as breathtaking as it is serene. The elevation in Gila averages from 6,000 – 9,000 feet, but the terrain is usually not steep. Our guides have extensive knowledge of the region and know the best paths for travel and finding elk.
Elk hunts can traverse longer distances, and in some instances, we provide horses and mules to help us on our journey. In other cases, shooting can occur across deep canyons at reasonably long distances. Nonetheless, when hunting and stalking trophy elk, hunters should expect a high degree of physical activity. Elk hunting can be challenging, but the scenery and rewards of a successful hunt are worth it.
Temperatures in the southwest are variable, from highs in the 80s during the earlier hunts to lows near 20 degrees during the winter hunts. Depending on which time of year you book your elk hunting package, be sure to bring proper clothing and other gear, so that you’re comfortable and have what you need for an enjoyable hunt.
While you’re here, we take care of everything else so you can focus on the joy of hunting. Our elk hunting packages include comfortable lodging, delicious meals, expert guides, transport to the hunt site and removal of the game from the field. As a non-resident traveler, our hospitality will make you feel at home, and our expertise and knowledge of the region will provide you with the ultimate hunting experience.
“I had an awesome elk hunt. Big bulls and high numbers of elk! Comfortable lodging and great home-cooked food made this hunt first class!” – Christian S.
Elk Hunting Requirements for New Mexico
Before arriving for your big elk hunt, each non-resident hunter will need to apply with the state of New Mexico for the license, stamp and validation requirements for your hunt. Be sure to apply as soon as possible as these are subject to availability.
More information on the state’s policies, deadlines and other details on elk hunting in New Mexico are in this guide from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
Prepare to Hunt Elk!
We offer a variety of elk hunting packages for different skills and interests:
- Our 5-day rifle elk hunts begin in early October and run through early December. The typical success rate of this hunt is 69% with an 80% shooting opportunity.
- Our 5-day muzzleloader elk hunts also begin in early October and run through late November. They have a 65% success rate with an 87% shooting opportunity.
- Our 6- and 9-day archery elk hunts run September 1 – 24 and see an average of 55% success rate with 87% shooting opportunity on mature bulls.
Besides the thrill of the hunt, elk burgers, steaks and jerky make for excellent eating and great gifts for family, friends and co-workers. If your hunt is successful, we’ll connect you with local processing and taxidermy experts, so you get all the benefits from your hunting adventure.