We use a variety of techniques to pursue trophy elk in New Mexico. Whether you are hunting the vast wilderness of the Gila or on one of our private ranches, our seasoned guides will use spot & stalk, ambush, and other methods to give you an opportunity to harvest a trophy bull. Trophy elk average about 325 with potential opportunities at bigger 350 class bulls. All Inclusive packages include guides, meals, and accommodations. Fully guided, 1 on 1, 2 on 1, or unguided hunts packages are available.
New Mexico is well known worldwide to hold the biggest trophy bulls in the nation. Due to this reputation, public land elk hunting tags can be very difficult to obtain for non-resident hunters. As an outfitter in New Mexico, Ridgeline Outfitters can dramatically increase your odds of drawing a public land tag. The draw takes place in mid-March and 16% of the tags available go to non-resident hunters. 10% of these tags are thrown into an Outfitters Pool - only an outfitter can enter you in the outfitter pool lottery. Ridgeline Outfitters will handle all the details and get you entered in the outfitter's pool draw, giving you a good chance at getting a public land tag.
Our Unit 34 ranch is situated next to the Lincoln National Forest which has an abundance of elk. Like our unit 12 ranches, the unit 34 ranch will also have very high-quality bulls throughout the hunting season. Shooter Bulls will average 280-320 with the potential of seeing much larger animals. The archery hunts on the ranch are also from September 1-24. We will book six-day windows throughout September. Rifle season on the ranch is longer than most private ranches in the state. We can hunt from October 1st - January 31st and hunters can choose any five consecutive days within that time frame. This ranch is excellent for early-season rut hunts but also a great late-season wintering area for Bulls that get pushed down off the National Forest from winter cold and snow.
All of our private ranch hunts are fully guided which includes meals, lodging, and guiding. Accommodations will be in houses or cabins, not wall tents. Our housing will have all the comforts of home for you. Like all our fully guided hunts, you will only need to bring your personal gear and weapon for the week of hunting we will provide the rest.
Our public land hunts for New Mexico bull elk take place in New Mexico elk units: 12, 13, 15, 17, 16A, 16D, 16E, and unit 34. Ridgeline Outfitters can apply any New Mexico elk hunters on the public draw and put you in a separate drawing pool. This drawing pool will allow the hunter to increase their odds of drawing one of these premier elk hunting units.
Our public land rifle or muzzleloader hunts usually start at the middle of October. These hunts are some of the best public land New Mexico hunting available. Ridgeline Outfitters hunts the famed Gila National Forest in Southwest New Mexico, The Lincoln National Forest in South Central New Mexico and The Cibola National Forest in Western New Mexico for trophy elk. Success is very high for trophy bull elk in this area. Ridgeline Outfitters has guaranteed landowner tags in New Mexico for public lands. We have available rifle, muzzleloader and archery.
Our private land and public land rifle elk hunts offer opportunities at 300+ trophy bulls with 350+ bulls a possibility. Hunters should be comfortable at shots from 200 to 400 yards. The hunting consists of spot and stalk or ambush hunting from blinds. Our seasoned guides know every inch of the terrain and will do everything possible to make your hunt a success.
As technology has improved over the past few years, muzzleloader hunting has become more and more popular. Our muzzleloader hunts for elk offer hunters a slightly more challenging hunt and the opportunity at a New Mexico trophy bull. Muzzleloader hunts can also be an option for hunters if rifle hunts are booked up for the season.
For hunters looking for a real challenge, an archery elk hunt is a great option. Hunting with a bow offers the exhilaration of close contact with big bulls and little margin for error. To succeed at taking a trophy bull with a bow, a quality guide is critical. Our archery elk hunting guides have years of experience guiding archery hunters to success. Shots range from 20 - 40 yards with opportunities at up to 60 yards.
We also offer guide-only packages where the hunter provides their own meals and lodging but we will have a guide assigned to you 100% of the time you are hunting.
Whatever your budget may be, we’ve got you covered.
Rifle hunts start October 1st and run all to the end of January. Hunts can choose any five consecutive days depending on availability, and hunt within that timeframe.
Our rifle elk hunts take place on private ranches here in the Land of Enchantment and the early rifle hunts are a perfect time to harvest a big bull. There are very few places you will find to hunt bull elk in January. This is a great late-season hunt as the bulls will winter on the ranch as well. The terrain is cedar-juniper canyon country with a lot of glassing opportunities to spot game. Elevation will average 6800’ on ranches.
We can pair up mule deer with elk for a combo hunt in late October and mid-November. Our ranch hunts are fully outfitted staying in cozy houses or cabins and home-cooked meals in nearby Timberon, NM.
Late-season elk hunts in New Mexico offer great opportunities for a trophy bull at an affordable price. Many hunters insist on a rut hunt for elk in New Mexico but the late season can be a great time to pattern trophy bulls. Late season hunts in NM start in December and run throughout the month. In a typical year, December brings snows to the high country, which pushes the big bulls down, giving hunters an opportunity at a trophy elk.