ELK HUNTING in new mexico

Hunt Elk in the 85,000 acre Rio Costilla Park


Hunt Elk in the 85,000 acre Rio Costilla Park Ranch in north central New Mexico. Rio Costilla is located in New Mexico Elk Hunting unit 55A and borders Ted Turner’s exclusive elk hunting ranch! Unit 55A consists of huge tracts of both private and public land professionally managed for quality big game. Rio Costillo also borders the famous Valle Vidal, which is a once in a lifetime draw area. For over 30 years, we have practiced New Mexico Trophy Elk management, and with a 5x5 or better policy you can be sure of trophy potential and trophy Elk opportunities. This prime Elk hunting location offers opportunities at harvesting a 300”+ bull, many exceeding 325” and others over 350”. For the past 5 years, Trophy Elk harvest rates have been around 75%. Each hunter will have an experienced and professional guide who will ensure a successful trip and an Elk opportunity!

new mexico elk HUNTING LODGE

You will be lodged in our rustic, yet very comfortable, Lodge with double rooms, bathrooms & showers, as well as warm and spacious common quarters. Meals will be served by our professional staff who will keep you well fueled for a successful trophy Elk hunt. The kitchen is open to you at all times with plenty of snacks, beverages and we can cater to special diets with an advance notice. We have a food & lodge upgrade available for $125 per night/per hunter.



For September archery hunts, calling is our preferred method of hunting elk. We utilize a variety of calling techniques to bring the Trophy bulls into range. Shots are taken from 10 to 40 yards and we have had success hunting from tree stands, ground blinds and using decoys. For many hunters, the archery hunt is the most exciting of all elk hunts. Nothing brings more excitement and heart pounding action than a bull bugling in total rage less than 100 yards from your set-up. We are professional seasoned bow hunters and understand the special needs of bow hunters. This is a very physical hunt and requires that the hunter be in good shape and willing to hike the many miles required to stalk these fast moving bulls and in some case run to maneuver and ambush. The trophy bulls usually begin to rut during these bow hunts and the element of surprise offers excellent opportunities at Pope & Young trophy elk. You can expect a lot of action and activity on these Trophy elk hunts.


Early rifle hunts for trophy bulls are conducted in early October during the rut. Calling is a good method for locating bulls and most harvests are done by stalking and ambushing. There are a number of areas within the ranch that are used by elk to socialize and mate during the rutting period. We will set-up clients in strategic areas and wait for the game to enter. As we are always with you during the ambush, we can tell you if it is a harvestable trophy and range him for you. We never leave you alone. Most rifle shots range from 75 to 300 yards. Other methods of hunting include walking, tree stands, ground blinds and the use of 4-wheel drives to get to prime elk habitat. Later hunts are conducted utilizing 4-wheel drive vehicles to get to strategic locations. Snow is usually prevalent, making tracking and locating of animals much easier. Bulls are found in bachelor herds and in the farmlands, providing an excellent opportunity to harvest a bull. It is not unusual to see 300-400 elk in herd during the late season hunts.


The Rio Costilla incorporated this unique hunt in 2000. This hunt takes place in mid-October and actually replaces a regular rifle hunt. It is conducted right after the 1st and 2nd regular rifle hunts. The reasoning behind this unique opportunity is; since the bulls will be pulling out of the rut at this time, their concentration shifts from breeding to feeding. This is an excellent time to find bulls in a feeding frenzy in an attempt to build up weight lost during the rut and preparing for the long cold winter. The Rio Costilla Park allows only a few hunts during this rifle hunting opportunity. We strategically set up tree stands and ground blinds in areas frequented by feeding bulls taking advantage of their need to feed. In some cases, we use feeding calls to attract the elk into grassy meadows and open areas. This is an excellent hunt for the black powder hunter. The bulls will be forming bachelor herds for protection purposes as winter begins and colder weather sets in.


  • Hunt Elk in 85,000 acres in Rio Costilla Park Ranch
  • Opportunity to get a trophy potential Elk
  • Lodging in a rustic but very comfortable lodge
  • Choices of archery/rifle or firearm hunting


new mexico elk huntingGage Outdoor Adventures provides all guiding and outfitting including, lodging, meals, trophy/meat care, transportation during your hunting adventure, airport pickup on our hunts and licensing assistance. You can expect home cooked, hardy meals prepared by our staff. All hunts are trophy hunts and are 1 guide per 1 hunter, with the exception of our trophy antelope hunts which are 2 on 1.

Meals begin early morning with a continental breakfast including coffee, donuts, croissants or pastries, with a large breakfast served mid-day upon return from the morning excursion. Upon arrival from the evening hunt a hardy dinner is prepared by our chef. Food, refreshments and snacks are held in our kitchen area and open to our clients at all times during the hunt.


October – December


Starting at $7,500.00


Services and equipment are included.


Why Travel with Gage Outdoors

  • 5 days fully guided one-on-one Elk Hunting
  • Preparation of trophy and meat – processing can be arranged for an additional charge.
  • All meals and beverages at the lodge (alcohol is not included)
  • Transportation while at the lodge
  • Tags
  • License
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuity
  • Shipment of meat & trophy

Gage Outdoor Expeditions owns and operates some of the finest hunting and fishing lodges throughout the Americas. From Alaska to the tip of Argentina, Gage Outdoor Expeditions seeks out the world’s premier hunting and fishing adventures so you don’t have to. Every hunting and fishing expedition we offer has been explored by a Gage Outdoor consultant and only the finest venues are represented. We understand your time is valuable & you can’t afford to plan for weeks or months just to have some minor detail ruin your hunting or fishing experience. We travel the distance to bring you “The Best of The Best”.