Public Land Muzzle Loader Elk Hunt in Gila National Forest

1-2 Guests • Drop Camp • Public • Guided


5-Day Muzzleloader Hunt

Elk Hunting: Muzzleloader / Rifle

These elk hunts begin in early October and run through mid-November. All of our muzzleloader hunts take place in primitive weapon-only units 13, 15, and 17. These areas haven’t been hunted with a rifle in over 30 years, dramatically influencing the age class of the animals available. Our rifle hunts coincide with our muzzleloader hunts and take place in GMU’s 16a, 16d, and 23. We also offer drop camps in unit 16b wilderness area. These rifle areas have been producing some absolute giants over the last several years due to the low volume of tag availability. Our muzzleloader/rifle hunters have consistently produced an average of 75% success rate and a 95%-100% shot opportunity.

All of our hunts are conducted on public land. Tags are drawn through the NM Game and Fish lottery pool. If unsuccessful in the draw, we offer guaranteed unit-wide landowner vouchers.

We offer Drop camps as well as fully guided hunts in wilderness area 16B.

Camps will be tent camps, accessing the area by horseback. 

Wilderness/Backcountry Elk Hunts

For the elite sportsman!

Do you want an experience of a lifetime elk hunt? Are you the outdoorsman who wants to push your capabilities to the limit? Our backcountry hunts begin with packing you deep into the wilderness where only horses are permitted for travel. Our horseback string will be led by our professional wrangler and experienced backcountry guides. The camp will consist of wall tents, a cook tent, a full-time wrangler, and a cook. There you will be sleeping in the middle of prime elk country where trophy elk are numerous. Horses will be on standby for access and meat retrieval.

These hunts take more resources to conduct(horses, wranglers, cook, and professional guide) but also have a super high success rate for 340-380+ bulls due to the fact that you will be hunting in areas where elk grow to their full potential. Being in good or great physical condition is a must!

Wilderness units are 16B/22 Gila Wilderness or unit 23 Blue Range Wilderness

General Info


  • Our lodge is located in Reserve, New Mexico and can be included for an additional fee per person.
  • Wall Tents (depending on the unit)


We will provide transportation to and from the hunting area. We will be accessing our hunting areas by 4x4 Pickup trucks and ATVs. All of our hunting will be done on foot once we reach our designated hunting area.

All Wilderness/Backcountry hunters need to be at the Gila and Apache Lodge in Reserve, NM in the early morning the day before your hunt in order to get an early start driving and packing into our wilderness camp. 


Experienced cooks will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the duration of the hunt starting ½ a day before the hunt and ½ a day after.

Trophy Care

We will take care of caping of the animal, quartering of the meat, packing out of the animal via ATV or horseback, and cooling of the meat (walk-in-cooler). We do have a local processor for an additional price.

Professional Guides

We offer 2:1 or 1:1 Guided hunts. Our elk hunts take place in the one and only Gila and Apache National Forests of Southwestern New Mexico. Our many years of hunting experience in these areas, along with awesome genetics have enabled our clients to consistently enjoy exceptional success rates on World-Class animals. In our opinion, this is the finest public land hunting in the world, as record books will verify.

Base price is per person for a 2:1 guided hunt with lodging. Make it a 1:1 guided hunt or make it a backcountry camp hunt for an additional fee per person.

Taxes will be added to all hunts. We also offer guided hunts for the mobility impaired.

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1:1 Guided Lodge Hunt


2:1 Guided Backcountry Camp Hunt


Your Host

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Our goal is to provide our clients with a truly memorable hunting experience. We do this by limiting the numbers of hunters we take on each hunt so that our clients will be guided by one of our highly skilled, professional guides.

from $7205/Experience

You can also pay a 50% deposit now and a final payment before your trip.

$1045.00 Per Person


$495.00 Per Person


$1595.00 Per Person


Base Price

$7205.00 Per Person Per Experience


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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.


  • Experienced Professional Guide
  • Success Rate Way Above the State Average
  • Access to GMU's in the Gila National Forest
  • Public Land Hunting
  • Lodging Available
  • Backcountry Camp Style Hunt Avialable
  • Full Service Cook
  • All Meals Included
  • Transportation to and from The Hunting Area



Gear List

  • Weather Appropriate Hunting Attire
  • Valid Hunting License / Tags
  • Personal Hunting Gear
  • Overnight Gear

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Rules & Guidelines

License Fees

  • Elk: Standard MB- $555 Quality & High Demand MB- $780

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. Youth (17 and under) and senior (65 and older) licenses are available.

Before purchasing a game-hunting license, all hunters 17 years of age and younger must obtain a hunter education number issued by New Mexico or another state or possess a New Mexico mentor-youth number.

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