OUTFITTER & GUIDE
SPORTSMAN CHANNEL OUTFITTER
San Francisco River Outfitters has been selected to outfit and guide the hosts of “Relentless Pursuit “ which airs on Sportsman Channel and “Extreme Desire” airing on the Dish Network starting July of 2014. We have enjoyed guiding on multiple successful trophy bull elk, Couse deer and more hunts over the years.
ABOUT SF RIVER OUTFITTERS
Outfitters. We take only a limited number of hunters each year to insure individual attention and trophy quality opportunity. Our specialty or niche in the industry is that we offer true pack-in wilderness hunts using well trained mountain horses and mules and hunt from quality wall tent camps with cots and pads in sleep tents and a cook/dining tent with full time cook and using a full time wrangler and 1×1 guide service. We use knowledgeable guides with considerable experience hunting in the wilderness. We operate in the Gila National Forest (16B primarily plus units 23, 16E, 16D and 15), the Lincoln National Forest (Unit 34) in New Mexico and the Coronado (Unit 33) and Apache/Sitgreaves (Units 27 and 1) National Forests in Arizona.
2016 HUNTING RECAP
San Francisco River Outfitters has just completed another great year with good success rates and almost 100% opportunity. Our guided and outfitted archery elk hunters went 3 for 10 with two bulls stuck and got away and some nice bulls turned down and some missed shots. Our rifle elk hunters went 5 for 5 with four taken in the Gila Wilderness and one on the late rifle hunt in the Blue Range Primitive area in Arizona. Antler growth was average with the bulls being in the 280-335 range. We got close to some really big bulls in the 365+ range but they managed to give us the slip. One bull seen was a 400 class bull and he lives in some really nasty country.The 2013 Whitewater/Baldy fire has been a blessing in some ways but continues to make it harder for us and others to access parts of the wilderness. The 2016 elk draw was tough but according to the NM Game Dept. statistics and how we drew the archery elk hunters in the outfitter pool of 10% of the licenses went almost 30% on the first archery season and only about 15% on the rifle elk. On our wilderness deer hunts we went 2 for 2 taking a huge 110 6/8” Coues and a nice 4x5 muley. We will continue to do most of our hunting in the Gila Wilderness where we pack in by horseback and mule to get away from the roads and the concentration of hunters with the ever growing disruption caused by ATV’s in the outside roaded units. We continue to provide a tip notch service with a great wall tent camp with a full time cook and afull time wrangler/packer and 1x1 guided hunts. The elk herds continue to be good and we expect great things again in 2017 as the Gila Wilderness continues to produce great bulls.