5-Day Guided Elk Hunts

1-4 Guests • Lodge • Public/Private • Guided


5 Full Days - 5 Options

Guaranteed License Included | Standard Unit Hunt | Archery, Rifle, or Muzzleloader

In our Standard unit, the Bulls we harvest run 260” - 330” Class. We harvest Bulls in our Quality/High Demand units in the 300” - 380” class.


  • 2 hunters per 1 guide
  • Lodging and Meals
  • Transportation to and from the hunting grounds
  • Unit Wide tags for Units 45 and 48

September - Archery

There are several New Mexico elk hunts during the month of September. Each hunt is five days with two hunters per guide; we allow a maximum of four hunters per hunt to assure the best chances for success.

The “RUT” begins in the first part of the season and is usually in full swing after the 10th of September. Bugling bulls can be heard throughout the archery season. If you love the sweet sound of the infamous Wapiti then this hunt is for you. Several 300″ – 380″ bulls are extremely vulnerable during this time of year in Quality Units. Several 260”-320” bulls can be harvested in Standard Units.

Combination elk and deer hunts are available during some archery hunts. We can assist you with combo hunt arrangements and hunt details.

October – Rifle:

October is rifle season for elk hunts in New Mexico. The first elk hunt of the season begins the 1st week of October. We provide three public rifle elk hunts throughout the month of October, with private land hunts available from November 1 through December 31.

October - Muzzleloader:

Muzzleloader hunts are available from the first week in October through November.

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I have been hunting with John since 2006. I live in Virginia and absolutely treasure my trips to the Mora Valley to hunt elk. I have drawn muzzleloader tags as well as archery tags. The value that John brings to the table is priceless. From the draw paperwork to the butcher shop, John provides a one stop shopping experience that lets the hunter focus on the hunt. Your accommodations, food, local transport, and friendly atmosphere are generously provided. Each time I hunted with John, I have had at least one opportunity to harvest a prize bull elk. I have tagged out fifteen minutes into day 1 while on a muzzleloader hunt, scoring a beautiful 330” bull at over 11,000 feet of elevation, and have also struggled with bags packed on day 5 of a very intense archery hunt, to shoot a young 5×4 at 65 yards. During that archery hunt we were in elk every day. On day one of that hunt, John and I chased bugles for 7 miles before we found ourselves right in the middle of three enormous bulls. They were running and bugling and fighting and glunking. That glunking noise was new to me, and I had never seen an elk confrontation in person before, so this was a very special experience for me. As we watched this for twenty minutes or so, and I was desperately trying to sneak an arrow between the trees at one of these magnificent creatures. I am sure that I had my bow drawn for over five minutes and still was not presented with an ethical shot. The shot never happened that day, but that moment is the highlight of my hunting career. I have never been witness to such a display of dominance and hormone driven rage.

All this excitement, and it all takes place in one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. Spectacular mountain views, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, friendly townsfolk. Very nice. I will return again in 2017.

If you are considering a New Mexico elk hunt, I highly recommend John. The local knowledge and experience that John and his guides provide will give you the best chance for success. I also recommend that you do your part so that you will give yourself the best chance of success – GET IN SHAPE. Your ability to go further, higher, and faster than your fellow hunters will pay off. Elk are super athletes. We are mere mortals. And the mountains are for real.

Enjoy your special hunt with a special outfitter. I promise many vivid, life- long, memories." - Tom K

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Your Host

John's Trip

John O

John is a registered hunting guide and owner of his outfitting company in the State of New Mexico. He is a native hunter in the areas where he outfits in the State of New Mexico. He specializes in Prairie Dog, Merriam Turkey, Prong Horn Antelope, Black Bear, Cougar/Mountain Lion, Rocky Mountain Elk and Mule Deer. John also excels in Outfitting in New Mexico for most big game along with other small game populations.

from $8250/Experience

Base Price

$8250.00 Per Person Per Experience


Pay later options are only available for trips that start more than 30 days from today.

Total Payment


Please note that there is a 50% non-refundable deposit included with your booking fee. In case of cancellation, and in accordance with the Host's cancellation policy, the remaining 50% may be returned to you or applied towards rescheduling a future trip.


  • Lodging & Accommodations
  • Transportation
  • Assistance with Capping, Quartering, & Packing Out
  • Two Meals / Day + Continental Breakfast
  • Professional Photos of Your Hunt



Gear List

  • Your Choice of Weapon
  • Camouflage Clothing
  • Camera
  • Personal Amenities

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Rules & Guidelines

Elk Hunt Info

Elk hunting can be one of the toughest hunts a hunter will experience because of the terrain elk live in. It is one of the most physically demanding hunting sports most hunters will ever endure. Most Eastern deer hunters who head West to elk hunt practice bugling and mewing on a cow call but often forget about one of the most important aspects of getting ready for an elk hunt: GETTING IN SHAPE!!! If a hunter is planning to hunt out West for elk, he should purchase a quality backpack and start hiking with it on his back.

Elk hunters who want to be successful should plan to hike a few miles off the road to find unpressured elk. Although a few miles may not sound like much, walking a few miles in the mountains is a lot different than walking on a sidewalk out East. The Western mountains in New Mexico can be tough walking for deer hunters who are used to walking on level ground. To prepare for walking up steep mountains, elk hunters should walk up the steepest hills they can find in their neck of the woods and hike up and down them regularly with a pack on their back.

When preparing for an elk hunt, having at least 30 pounds in a pack is a good idea. Elk hunters should pack up the gear they plan to take with them into their elk hunting backpacks and hike with it on their backs a few times a week. This prepares their back muscles and leg muscles for the elk hunt.

When preparing physically, it is important to realize that elk live in the high country where the air is often thin. It can be very difficult to prepare Eastern lungs for Western air, but there are a few things elk hunters can do. When training, elk hunters need to breathe as much as possible from their noses and keep their mouths closed. This makes lungs work harder and helps prepare them for the hard breathing they will encounter out west. They can also run very fast upside hills for short distances or ride a bike uphill as fast as they can for short distances to strengthen their lungs. You would hate to get into a position where you need to get up a hill to take a shot at a once-in-a-lifetime Bull Elk and you are unable to do it when it counts.

New Mexico Hunting License - Elk

All hunters must possess a valid license, and permit if applicable, for the species and hunt type in which they will participate and must produce this upon request by a conservation officer. All big-game and turkey hunters must possess a Game-hunting License, tag(s) for each species hunted, and a Habitat Stamp.

Habitat Stamp: $10

Resident (+$7 application fee)

  • Standard: $90
  • Quality: $90
  • Junior/Senior: $58

Nonresident (+$13 application fee)

  • Standard: $548
  • Quality: $773

*Note: License fees may vary based on type of land (private/public), type of license, or changes to state legislation. The fees listed above are updated as of this listing’s publication. For the most accurate information, visit the New Mexico Game & Fish website.

What's NOT Included:

  • Airport Pickup/Return
  • State License Fees
  • Elk Landowner Tag
  • Capping, Meat Processing, & Taxidermy Fees
  • Room & Board Beyond Scheduled Stay

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