NM Indian Reservation trophy Elk hunts

"Among the finest free range elk hunting in North America"

Indian Reservation, New Mexico
550,000 acres private
352BC average in 2014
Non-native guides

When the reservation started it’s hunting program, it never imagined it would soon become a leader in the hunting industry. We are proud of the fact that this reservation has gained a reputation for producing exceptional trophy quality animals and just as excited about our management work which insures quality on a sustainable basis.

The Game and Fish Enterprise has been able to blend our lands traditional values with scientific principles to produce a hunting enterprise which employs state-of-the-art techniques to manage the big game resources. Our wildlife management program constantly monitors and conducts research as well as improves the habitat to ensure the animals’ water and food supplies are at their best. Along with conservative harvest strategies, we have created a premier hunting area.

We are best known for our highly successful elk hunting. Some of the finest bull elk in the world have been harvested over the years here at the reservation. The overall average SCI score since hunting began in 1995 is well over 350.  The 2012 season average was over 365BC. A total of 12 bulls have scored over 400 SCI points with the largest taken to date scoring a whopping 462 SCI. Every weapon class world record has been beat or taken from the reservation, including the new muzzleloader SCI non-typical world record scoring 400 and 1/8. Quality pronghorn, black bear and mountain lion have also been harvested within the last year.

Located in west central New Mexico our hunting operation occurs on nearly 500,000 acres of reservation lands. We are approximately 50 miles west of Albuquerque, New Mexico in unit 13 on I- 40 between Magnalina and Dattle, New Mexico. Unit 13 is the largest unit in New Mexico. The entire unit is archery and muzzleloader only. We are the only area ( 500,000 private acres) who offers rifle hunts. Our hunts are held during the rut, this gives our clients the best opportunity to harvest their trophy of a lifetime.

The hunting program started in 1995 primarily for elk, and has since evolved to include other big game species. Our elk hunts take place from late August to early October each year during the rut. We offer archery hunts which last six days. Our muzzleloader and rifle hunts last 5 days.

A typical day consists of a morning hunt followed by a mid-day break. You’ll then return to the field for the evening hunt. The 2012 season produced 2 bulls over 400BC, 7 over 365BC with the balance being over 350BC with the exception of 1 archery bull scoring 335BC. The 10 year average has been over 360BC.

Terrain and Weather:

  • Terrain - A mosaic of mesa, canyon and meadow country composed of Pinon, Juniper and Ponderosa Pines.
  • Elevation - 7,000 to 8,500 feet
  • Weather - Varying from hot and dry conditions to monsoonal rains
  • Temperature - Low 40s (morning) to high 80s (afternoon)

Travel: You can fly into Albuquerque, NM commercially on most major airlines, rent a car, and take a short drive to our meeting point. Private aircraft can fly to Grants, NM.

Accommodations: Comfortable tent accommodations await you at camp. Hot showers, excellent meals and after a long day of hunting a masseuse to relax aching muscles. Each hunter will have his own heated wall tent. 

Hunt Booking Information

*Prices are subject to change

All of our trophy hunts are fully outfitted and include: 1 on 1 guide service, hunt transportation, accommodations, meals, all applicable tribal permits, field care, pack out and preparation of your trophy.

Not included in your package: Gratuities, processing and shipping of meat, crating and shipping of antlers, non-hunter fees, and trophy handling.

Hunts are fair chase and all animals are free roaming.

Procedures for Booking Hunts:

  • A 50% deposit is required.
  • Upon receiving the deposit, a receipt will be sent out with the amount paid, check number, date paid, and balance due. Information on your hunt dates will also be included.
  • In July, hunting contracts and information forms will be sent out requesting final payment, signatures and personal information.
  • All balances must be paid in full prior to hunting.
  • After January 31st of the year you are scheduled to hunt the 50% deposit is no longer refundable.

Season Rates & Dates

Big Game Trophy Hunting Fees

 

HUNTS

 

 

Hunt Fees

50% Deposits

 

Rifle Antelope

4 days

Aug.

$4,000

$2,000

1st Wk.

Muzz. Elk

6 days

Aug./Sept.

$12,500

$6,250

2nd Wk.

Archery Elk

6 days

Sept.

$13,500

$5,250

3rd Wk.

Archery Elk

6 days

Sept.

$13,500

$5,250

 

Muzz. Elk

5 days

Sept.

$12,500

$6,250

1st Wk.

Rifle Elk Rut

5 days

Sept.

$19,500

$9,750 open 4

2nd Wk.

Rifle Elk Rut

5 days

Oct.

$19,500

$9,750

PICK MARTIN RANCH

(NM State Hunting License not included)

 

Muzz. Elk

5 days

Oct. - Dec.

$11,900

$5,950

 

Archery Elk

5 days

Sept.

$11,900

$5,950

LATE SEASON RIFLE ELK

 

Rifle Elk

5 days

Dec.

$11,950

$5,975 open 2

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Game Management Program

The Wildlife Management Program is very active in collecting harvest information, implementing numerous habitat projects and conducting research programs. We are committed to implementing sound management principles and as a result will continue to produce quality big game animals and hunting opportunities for all to enjoy well into the future.

Funding for the projects comes from the hunting program along with supplemental funding from grants. We have partnered with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Natural Resources Conservation Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the USDA to make these programs a reality.

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Water Development: 
Water is an essential component in the arid Southwest. Our program has diligently worked to develop better water distribution throughout the reservation. The distribution will aid in the better utilization of habitat by the big game animals and increase population numbers.

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Aerial Herd Composition Surveys:
 Surveys are conducted in January of each year to determine population numbers and herd composition. Data collected is used to determine the hunting season structure and harvest numbers. 

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Elk Telemetry Project:
 A total of 18 elk were collared with GPS collars to determine movement, seasonal habitat selection and critical habitat. The information will help better manage the herd and it’s habitat.

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Habitat Improvement Projects:
 Additional habitat work has occurred on cactus and Pinion-juniper. A brush rake was used to mechanically remove Cholla cactus. The area was reseeded with Native Grasses to improve habitat for mule deer, pronghorn, quail and elk.

We continue to utilize hydro-axe and so far have completed over 1,000 acres of pinon/juniper which was encroaching on natural meadows. The treatment area was also reseeded so elk and mule deer will benefit.