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New Mexico Trophy Elk Hunting

New Mexico Trophy Elk Hunting

New Mexico Elk Hunts

Hunt Trophy Elk in New Mexico

Hunt trophy New Mexico 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 Vermejo Park Ranch, 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 a New Mexico trophy elk opportunity.

2018 - GUARANTEED NEW MEXICO LANDOWNER TROPHY BULL TAGS!

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Trophy New Mexico Elk Hunts

The New Mexico Hunting Lodge

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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2018 New Mexico Elk Hunting Dates and Availability

Archery Trophy Bull

  • September
  • License
  • Cost
  • Booking
  • Sept. 12-16
  • $634
  • $8,500
  • SOLD OUT
  • Sept. 19-23
  • $634
  • $8,500
  • SOLD OUT

Firearm Trophy Bull

  • October
  • License
  • Cost
  • Booking
  • Oct. 3-7
  • $634
  • $9,500
  • SOLD OUT
  • Oct. 10-14
  • $634
  • $9,500
  • SOLD OUT

Rifle Bull Elk/Mule Deer

  • October
  • License
  • Cost
  • Booking
  • Oct. 27-31
  • $634
  • $9,750
  • SOLD OUT

Firearm Trophy Bull Elk

  • Nov. - Dec.
  • License
  • Cost
  • Booking
  • Nov. 10-14
  • $634
  • $8,300
  • SOLD OUT

2017 Archery Elk Results

Sept. 12-16, 65%

Bulls Taken = Charles - 6x5, 297 John - 5x5, 301 John - 6x7, 324 Jon - 6x6, 331 John - 6x7, 316

Sept. 19-23 – 50% Success

Bulls taken = Kevin - 6x6, 301 Ronnie - 6x6, 303 SR - 5x5, 287 Kevin - 6x5, 300 Travis - 6x6, 363

2015 Elk Hunting Results

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.

Elk Hunting Options

Elk Archery (Mid to Late September)

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.

Elk Firearms (4 Separate 5 day hunts from October to December)

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 trophy class bull. It is not unusual to see 300-400 elk in herd during the late season hunts.

Elk & Mule Deer Combo Hunt (Occurs Late October)

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.

2018 New Mexico Elk Hunting Package Includes:

  • 5 days fully guided one on one elk hunting
  • Preparation of trophy and meat - processing can be arranged for additional charge
  • meals at the lodge
  • Beverages - Alcohol not included
  • Transportation when at the lodge

Not included - Tags, License, alcoholic beverages, shipment of meat and trophy

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