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New Mexico Elk Hunting

A trophy New Mexico bull elk with massive antlers

A trophy New Mexico bull elk with massive antlers

Pre-Rut Archery Elk

We hunt the old fashioned way, call, stalk and ambush. During the September bow hunts, calling is our preferred method of hunting elk. We use several calling methods to entice trophy bulls to enter shooting lanes. Most shots are taken from 10 to 40 yards out. We have been very successful utilizing tree stands, ground blinds and decoys. By far, the bow hunt is the most exciting of all elk hunting. Nothing brings more excitement and heart pounding action than a bull bugling in total rage less than 100 yards from set-up. We are seasoned archery hunters as well and understand your special needs. This is a very physical hunt and requires that you be in top shape and willing to hike the many miles required to stalk these fast moving creatures, and in some case run to maneuver on set-ups or ambush. The rut usually begins during these bow hunts and the element of surprise offers excellent opportunities at P & Y bulls. You can expect lots of action and activity on these archery hunts.

Bow hunting for trophy elk in New Mexico

Bow hunting for trophy elk in New Mexico

Rut Archery Elk

(Mid to Late September)

Again, we hunt the old fashioned way, call, stalk and ambush. During the September bow hunts, calling is our preferred method of hunting elk. We use several calling methods to entice trophy bulls to enter shooting lanes. Most shots are taken from 10 to 40 yards out. We have been very successful utilizing tree stands, ground blinds and decoys. By far, the bow hunt is the most exciting of all elk hunting. Nothing brings more excitement and heart pounding action than a bull bugling in total rage less than 100 yards from set-up. We are seasoned bow hunters as well and understand the special needs of bow hunters. This is a very physical hunt and requires that the hunter be in top shape and willing to hike the many miles required to stalk these fast moving creatures and in some case run to maneuver on set-ups or ambush. The rut usually begins during these bow hunts and the element of surprise offers excellent opportunities at P & Y bulls. You can expect lots of action and activity on these archery hunts.

A trophy bull elk taken with a rifle in New Mexico

A trophy bull elk taken with a rifle in New Mexico

Firearms

(4 Separate, 5-day hunts from Oct-Dec)

Early rifle hunts for trophy bulls are conducted in early October during the heat of the rutting period. 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'll advise you if it is a harvestable trophy bull (must be a 5x5 or better/Ranch rule) and even range him. 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 4wheel drives to get to prime elk habitat. Later hunts are conducted utilizing 4wheel 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.

A large bull elk taken with Rio Outdoor Adventures

A large bull elk taken with Rio Outdoor Adventures

Muzzleloader

(Occurs the 3rd week of 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 black powder 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.

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