2017 New Mexico Hunting Recap
The New Mexico Hunting of the Gila Wilderness continues to treat us well with our elk herd stable to increasing. 2017 was a great year for our hunters taking 5 archery bulls and 12 rifle bulls out of the Gila Wilderness. Our archery hunters were over 30% successful and the rifle hunters went almost 80%. We had a good draw this year drawing over 30% of the applicants we applied in the 10% outfitted pool of licenses.We took a lot of nice bulls with three over 350 and saw some really big bullst hat eluded us again. Three bulls over 400 were still walking after the hunts
We hunted out of two camps this year with our camps being 12 miles apart, which spread out our hunters into a lot of country where we see very few other hunters.
2018 should be a good year since we left many big bulls still walking. Check out our New Mexico Trophy Hunt prices.
We are proud to announce that our daughter Paula has joined us full time as a full partner in our business. She is a great asset and will make San Francisco River Outfitters strong well into the future.
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2016 New Mexico Hunting Recap
San Francisco River Outfitters has just completed another great New Mexico Hunting 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.