Hunt elk on 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, 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.
You will be lodged in our rustic, yet 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 advance notice. Food & Lodge upgrade available - $125 a night per hunter.
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Archery Trophy Bull
Firearm Trophy Bull
Rifle Bull Elk/Mule Deer
Firearm Trophy Bull Elk
Archery - 1 bull for 3 hunters. 270 bull taken and one larger bull not recovered.
1st Rifle - 5 bulls for 6 hunters. Bulls include 360, 330, 320, 308, 280
2nd Rifle - 6 bulls for 7 hunters. Bulls include 340, 320 x 2, 300 x 2, 270
Muzzle Loader - 1 for 3 with one 300 inch bull.
December Hunt - 2 for 4 with one 360+ bull.It was a good year with 80% success rates. 3 record book bulls we harvested, two muzzleloader 318 and 354 and one archery 349.
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.
Not included - Tags, License, alcoholic beverages, shipment of meat and trophy