New Mexico Hunts

SSO arranges hunts with three high-quality New Mexico outfitters. New Mexico is a very game rich state and produces many trophy-class animals. Outfitter #1 specializes in trophy elk and mule deer hunts, Outfitter #2 specializes in black bear hound hunts, and Outfitter #3 specializes in spring Merriams turkey hunts.


Trophy Elk Hunts

Mule Deer Hunts (including January archery hunts)

Black Bear Hound Hunts

Spring Merriams Turkey Hunt


 

A 300-class New Mexico bull


New Mexico Outfitter #1

From the Outfitter

"I have been guiding hunters in New Mexico since 1988. We are a hands-on outfitter and I am personally on every hunt. I have hunted over most of the United States, from Maine to Idaho, Colorado and of course New Mexico. The area we outfit in is a game rich area with elk, deer, bear, mountain lion, and Merriams turkey. We are proud of the number of repeat hunters who hunt with us year after year. Some of my guides have been with us ten years and are very good, knowledgeable guides. I am a bowhunter and have taken record book animals with the bow so I know what it takes for a bowhunter to be successful. Several big name hunters have hunted with us before and TV shows have been filmed and produced by Hunting Lease Magazine and Trophy Quest Outdoors demonstrating the excellent hunting our area offers."

A huge archery kill bull.

A nice rifle kill buck.

Trophy Elk Hunts

We offer elk hunts for bowhunters, muzzleloaders & rifle hunters. Our bowhunts during the rut are the most exciting and action-packed hunt we offer. My guides and I are all experienced bowhunters and know how to get our hunters on the big bulls. Muzzleloader and rifle elk hunts are in early October with the bulls still bugling. Our elk hunts are some of the best in the country. Last hunting season one of our guests harvested a bull elk with a muzzleloader that scored 363.

A 363" muzzleloader bull.

A big 6-point archery bull.

Location, Terrain, and Trophy Quality

Our elk hunts are on a limited draw basis in the Lincoln National Forest in south central New Mexico. This is home to some real trophy bulls. We take 6X6 and larger bulls every year.The hunting area is located adjacent to the Mescalero Indian Reservation which holds some huge elk that also wonder over to the national forest. There are an estimated 2,500 elk in our unit and the bull to cow ratio is a very high 55 bulls per 100 cows, leading to many trophy bulls.

A nice 6-point archery bull.

A nice 2005 5-point bull.

 

We hunt mountainous terrain and the elevation ranges from 6500 to 9800 feet. Foliage consists of a mixture of Ponderosa Pine trees, aspen trees, cedars, and pinion/juniper.

Food and Lodging

Hunters will stay at a deluxe lodge and all food and accommodations are included in the hunt price. Waterfall Lodge sits on 5 acres six miles outside of Cloudcroft, New Mexico. The Lodge is an approximately 6000 square feet, 8 bedroom facility. Six of the eight rooms are available to our guests with our guest capacity totaling 33 people. The lodge is constructed almost entirely of red brick with knotty pine finishing throughout. Inside, there are two separate dens, a game room, and a large kitchen where we serve breakfasts to our B&B guests each morning. On the outside, the lodge is surrounded by covered brick walkways and, on one side, redwood decking leads to two small docks that overlook our spring-fed trout ponds. Toward the rear of the property, scenic hiking trails lead into Lincoln National Forest, and to the front, picturesque waterfalls cascade down the valley into three crystal-clear pools below.

Waterfall Lodge

Waterfall Lodge

 

Licensing and Drawing Statistics

All licenses are issued on a limited draw basis. Below are the average drawing statistics for the different seasons (based on 2003 statistics). The statistics are based on applying for an outfitter-sponsored license which normally have a much higher chance of drawing than unsponsored applications.

Season
License Cost (high demand unit)
Avg. Chance of Drawing (based on 2003)
Archery
$766
35%
Muzzleloader
$766
31%
Rifle
$766
17.8%

The application deadline is normally around April 9.

Success Rates

For archery hunts, the shooting percentage averages 75% and the harvest success rate (bull only) averages around 45%. But last year our hunters had 100% shooting.

The rifle hunts usually run around 100% success.

Seasons, Prices, and Hunt Length

Archery Season
Price
Hunt Length
Hunting Method
September 1-6
$3,000
6 days
Mostly waterhole & wallow hunting, some stalking
September 8-13
$3,000
6 days
Pre-rut to rut hunting (calling)
September 15-20
$3,000
6 days
Rut hunting (calling)
Muzzleloader Season (~Oct. 1-5)
$3,000
5 days
Rut hunting (calling, still hunting)
Rifle Season (~Oct. 8 -12)
$3,000
5 days
Rut and post rut hunting (calling, still hunting)

Prices do not include license fees, 5% state tax or gratuities. Guided hunts are 2 on 1 hunter to guide ratio and 1 on 1 is $500 additional.

Hunt Deposit

Because the odds of drawing a license are relatively low, the outfitter does not require any deposit until the hunter has drawn a license. But you will want to make sure you sign a contract with the outfitter ahead of time to be able to apply for the outfitter-sponsored licenses. When you do draw your license, a 50% non-refundable deposit is required.

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Trophy Mule Deer Hunts

Mule deer are hunted on private ranches. Our outfitter leases over 15,000 acres in Southeast, New Mexico. It has taken him many years to put together the quality private land hunts he now offers. He offers mule deer hunts for the bowhunter, rifle hunter and muzzleloader. The archery season is a late-season hunt running from January 1-15. All deer licenses are available over the counter. This private-land deer hunt is priced at an incredible price of $2000.

A nice mule deer buck.

Another nice buck.

Location, Terrain, and Trophy Quality

Elevations in our hunt areas range from 6500 to more than 9000 feet, with the terrain being rugged so it is helpful to be in good physical condition. The terrain consists of cedar trees, pinion and juniper trees, and canyons. We take bucks 25" and larger every year and mule deer bucks generally range from 140" to 190".

Late Season Archery Deer Hunts

The late archery season in this area of New Mexico runs from January 1 - 15 which is a great time to hunt because the deer are usually still rutting and there is not much else to hunt this time of year. Hunting is generally conducted by sitting waterholes, blinds along trails, and spot and stalking. There is a good number of deer on the ranch and it would not be uncommon to see 25 bucks per day.

Muzzleloader Deer Hunts

Deer muzzleloading season runs from October 21 - 25 and this is a great way to harvest a nice buck.

Rifle Deer Hunts

Deer rifle hunts generally run from about October 29 - November 2 & November 12 - 16.

Food and Lodging

Food and lodging is included in the price of the hunt and you will stay at a ranch house located on the hunting ranch.

Licensing

Deer licenses can be purchased over the counter after you arrive and the cost of the license is $310 (high demand unit).

Seasons, Prices, and Hunt Length

Hunting Method

Season
Price
Hunt Length
Hunting Method
Archery Season
January 1 - 15
$2,000
6 days
Water holes, blinds on trails, spotting and stalking
Muzzleloader Season
October 21 - 25
$2,000
5 days
Sitting, spot and stalking
Rifle Season
Oct. 29 - Nov. 2 & Nov. 12 - 16
$2,000
5 days
Sitting, spot and stalking

Prices do not include license fees, 5% state tax or gratuities. Guided hunts are 2 on 1 hunter to guide ratio and 1 on 1 is $500 additional.

Hunt Deposit

A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot.

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New Mexico Outfitter #2

Fall Black Bear Hound Hunts


Our outfitter specializes in fall bear hunting using hounds. Specifically, you can find him near Elephant Butte, south of Albuquerque. If you want real excitement in your hunting trips youíve come to the right place. The thrill of watching the hounds striking and trailing and listening to a pack of hounds with voices open in full cry is an experience you donít want to miss. Hunting bear with hounds is a action packed adventure to say the least! Don't miss out on this exciting but very reasonably priced hunt.

A hound dog treeing

A nice chocolate bear treed

 

Location, Terrain, and Success Rates

Our outfitter hunts the Gila National Forest in southwest New Mexico, where the country ranges from desert hill country to timbered mountain ranges up to 11,000 feet in elevation. The country is rough and broken and often very steep. The hunter will want to be in the best shape possible. Hunting methods include rigging (driving jeep roads while having a "strike dog" leashed to the top of the dog box) and driving roads looking for fresh tracks in the snow or sand. Once a fresh track is found, the dogs are released and the chase is on!

Our outfitter generally trees at least one bear on each hunt (~100%) and usually more than one which helps in taking home a good quality bear, not just the first bear treed or brought to bay. The bear tend to be 90% plus color phase with very few being black. The average size bear is between 200-230 pounds and the largest taken so far was a 315, 19-1/2" gorgeous chocolate colored bear.

Another nice bear treed

A successful and happy bowhunter with a cinnamon bear

Food and Lodging

Food and lodging are included in the price of the hunt and will generally consist of staying at the local motels and eating at the restaurants. Free airport pickup from either the Albuquerque or Las Cruces Airports is included. Basic trophy care is included.

Licenses

A New Mexico non-resident black bear hunting license is $160.00 plus $6.00 Habitat Stamp. The hunting license is not included in the hunt price and must be purchased two days before hunting.

Seasons, Price, and Hunt Length - $2000

The hunt price is $2,000 for 6 full days of hunting

The season runs from August 16 through 31 (pretty hot) and from about September 26 through November 30. October is probably the most productive month to hunt.

Hunt Deposit

A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot.

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New Mexico Outfitter #3

Spring Merriams Turkey Hunts

New Mexico has some of the best hunting in the country for Merriams turkeys. The Merriam turkey is a plentiful species that is offered at our New Mexico lodge. This beautifully scenic landscape mixed with the awesome allure of the spring wild turkey will ensure that this hunt will create lasting memories for any hunter who is in search of adding the Merriam to their bag of wild turkey harvests. And to make matters better, the limit on turkeys is two toms!

Three Merriams toms

A beautiful, big Merriam tom at dusk

A big tom

A successful hunter packing out his tom

 

About Our Outfitter

Our well-known outfitter is a 22-year veteran of the outfitting business.  If your success depends on the experience of your guide, rest assured you're in good hands with him.  Having taken trophy animals in almost every big game category, he will use his experience as a big game hunter to help insure your success on every hunt.

Testimonial

The turkey hunting is so good on this private ranch that normally all of our outfitter's turkey hunts are booked up by Mossy Oak. This well-known camo company can hunt anywhere it wants and demands the best hunting available. Fortunately, this year there are limited number of openings to private hunters. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to harvest your Merriams turkey!

Location, Property Size, and Terrain

"Welcome to the Land of Enchantment", New Mexico!   This 160,000 acre prime ranch is located in NE New Mexico just outside of Raton.   This area of New Mexico has some of the largest and best hunting ranches in the West. There are resident herds of elk, mule deer, antelope, black bear, mountain lion and an abundance of Merriams turkeys.   


The terrain of the ranch varies greatly.  Elevation at headquarters is 6,500 ft and the beginning of the high plains which run south and east for miles.  To the north and west the ranch gains in elevations and the topography changes into mountain country.  Ponderosa Pines, Oak Brush and Mountain Mahogany provide the habitat to produce the trophy you are looking for.  At the top of the ranch is a mesa reaching an elevation of 9,500 ft.  A variety of habitat is what makes the ranch a special place, with a variety of big game to choose from.

Food and Lodging

    
You will stay and dine at a deluxe lodge located on the ranch. The facilities at the ranch consist of a modern camp house with 8 private bedrooms, showers, etc. making it perfect for couples or groups of hunters. Lodging is deluxe and the food excellent. Clients that need to fly in to the area have 3 commercial airports within a 3 to 4-hour drive of the ranch, Colorado Springs, Albuquerque and Amarillo.  Any private planes or jets may land at the Raton Municipal Airport.

The Lodge

The den at the Lodge

Licenses and Limit

Turkey licenses are available "over the counter" and the limit is two toms.

Hunt Length and Cost - $1500 (2 toms)

The hunt is 3 full days and the cost for a fully guided hunt is $1500. Self guided hunts may also be available for a reduced fee.

Hunt Deposit

A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot.

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