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New Mexico Guided Elk Hunts in the Cibola National Forest

H&A Outfitters, Inc. offers New Mexico public land professionally guided elk hunts in the Cibola National Forest in Game Management Unit 13 and Game Management Unit 17. We offer guided archery elk hunts and guided muzzleloader elk hunts.  These are primitive weapon units only.  The Cibola National forest is a IUCN category VI, which is a protected area with sustainable use of natural resources. Hence, primitive weapons only.

These two units have some of the best draw odds in North America and are known for producing trophy class bull elk every year. There are some 370-400" class bulls inhabiting these units.


New Mexico Public Land Elk Hunts

Cibola National Forest Archery Elk Hunt

Archery/Bow Elk Hunts - Unit 13 & Unit 17

  • Hunt Dates: September 1st - September 24th
  • $5,500 for a 6-day archery hunt 2 on 1 guide service.
  • Hunt may be upgraded to 1 on 1 guide service for an additional charge.
  • We can apply up to four per application.
  • Price does not include state license fees.

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Cibola National Forest Muzzleloader Elk Hunt

Muzzleloader Elk Hunts - Unit 13 & Unit 17

  • Muzzleloader hunt dates: Throughout the month of October
  • $5,000 for a 5-day muzzleloader hunt 2 on 1 guide service.
  • Hunt may be upgraded to 1 on 1 guide service for an additional charge.
  • We can apply up to four per application.
  • Price does not include state license fees.

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Youth Elk Hunts Cibola National Forest

Youth Hunts - Unit 13 & Unit 17

  • Muzzleloader youth hunt dates: Starts the 1st Saturday of October every year.
  • $4,000 for a 5-day hunt 2 on 1 guide service.
  • Hunt may be upgraded to 1 on 1 guide service for an additional charge.
  • We can apply up to four per application.
  • Price does not include state license fees.
  • Any youth can apply with a valid hunter safety card (no age limit).

Read more on our youth elk hunts and our photo gallery


Private Land / Landowner Permits for Elk

New Mexico offers a unique opportunity to hunt these quality units whether you are successful in drawing a state license or not.  This is through the use of a private landowner permit.  These are unit wide permits which enables you to hunt not only the private land but also the public land in the Game Management Unit the ranch is located in.  This is a great advantage for the hunter to be able to utilize the entire unit.  Private landowner permits are available for both archery and muzzleloader hunts in GMU 13 and GMU 17.  Cost ranges from $3,000 to $5,000.  This is not your actual license, this is a voucher to be able to purchase your elk license over the counter.  H&A Outfitters, Inc. will purchase these for you at your request for a quality guided elk hunt. Call or email us for more details.


New Mexico Game Management Unit 13

Unit 13 New Mexico Elk Hunting

About The Unit

GMU 13 is what we call the high desert plateaus and is approximately 6,000 – 7,500 feet in elevation. The terrain is covered with juniper, pinon and ponderosa.  This unit is very rough.  The canyons are steep and rocky.  Keep in mind GMU 13 does not have the number of elk as compared to other units in New Mexico. but it does have some of the largest bulls in the state roaming within its boundaries.  So if you are looking for a true trophy hunt, this could be the unit for you to consider.  Draw odds are excellent and the potential for a monster bull is a definite reality. 

H&A Outfitters, Inc. has offered fully guided elk hunts in GMU 13 for over a decade.  We are fully permitted to utilize the entire unit.  We definitely have the experience to put you on a bull in this unit.

Have A Tag - If you drew a tag and are looking for a licensed New Mexico veteran outfitter to find a trophy bull elk in New Mexico, please consider H&A Outfitters, Inc.

No Tag - If you have not drawn a elk tag, check out our free application service. H&A Outfitters, Inc. is your outfitter from start to finish! Call or email us for more details.

Map / Location

Unit Description - Beginning at the junction of NM 53 and I-40 west of Grants and running east along I-40 to its junction with NM 6, then southeast along NM 6 to its junction with I-25 at Los Lunas, then south along I-25 to its junction with US 60 at Socorro, then west along US 60 to its junction with NM 12 at Datil, then southwest along NM 12 to its junction with Catron County Road B034, then northwest along Catron County Road B034 to its junction with Catron County Road B045, then west and north along Catron County Road B045 to its junction with Catron County Road A056, then north along Catron County Road A056 to Pie Town, then north along NM 603 to its junction with Catron County Road A083, then north along Catron County Road A083 to its junction with Cibola County Road 41, then north along Cibola County Road 41 to its junction with NM 117, then west along NM 117 to its junction with Cibola County Road 42, then north along Cibola County road 42 to its junction with NM 53, then east and north along NM 53 to its junction with I-40 west of Grants. Print Details

BLM Maps - Acoma Pueblo Quad, Magdalena Quad, Fence Lake Quad, Belen Quad, Quemado Quad, and Socorro Quad.
US Forest Service Maps - Cibola National Forest, Magdalena District.


New Mexico Game Management Unit 17

Unit 17 New Mexico Elk Hunting

About The Unit

Game Management Unit 17 is a true trophy unit.  This unit has produced some of the largest bulls ever harvested in New Mexico annually.  GMU 17 has a variety of terrain from rough to moderate. Elevations range from 6,000 to 10,000 feet.  GMU 17 has a healthy number of elk with plenty of trophy class bulls roaming within its boundaries.  This is one of the top units in New Mexico for hunting trophy class bulls hands down.  This hunt is very physically demanding, mountains and canyons are very steep and rocky.  Pinon, ponderosa and juniper make up most of the forage.   Draw odds in the outfitter's pool for GMU 17 are exceptional. 

H&A Outfitters, Inc. has conducted hunts in Unit 17 for well over a decade.  We have the dedication, the experience, and the equipment to make your hunt in Unit 17 one you will never forget!

Have a Tag - If you drew a tag and are looking for a licensed New Mexico veteran outfitter to find a trophy bull elk in New Mexico, please consider H&A Outfitters, Inc.

No Tag - If you have not drawn a tag, check out our free application service. H&A Outfitters, Inc. is your outfitter from start to finish. Call or email us for more details.

Map/Location

Unit Description - Beginning at the junction of NM 52 and US 60 east of Datil and running east along US 60 to its junction with I-25 at Socorro, then south along I-25 to its junction with NM 52 east of Cuchillo, then west along NM 52 to its junction with NM 142, then northwest along NM 142 to its junction with Alamosa Creek at Monticello, then northwest along Alamosa Creek through Monticello Canyon to its junction with NM 52 south of Dusty, then north along NM 52 to its junction with US 60. Print Details

BLM Maps - Magdalena Quad, San Mateo Mountains Quad, Truth or Consequences Quad, and Oscura Mountains Quad.

US Forest Service Maps - Cibola National Forest, Magdalena District, Apache Kid/Withington Wildernesses


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About Cibola National Forest


Cibola National Forest

Why New Mexico Elk Hunting?

  • New Mexico elk hunting is some of the best fair chase elk hunting in North America.
  • New Mexico is one of the top elk hunting destinations today.
  • Annually New Mexico produces some of the largest trophy bulls in North America.
  • New Mexico has some of the best draw odds in the country.
  • New Mexico has set aside the best hunt dates and Game Management Units for our youth hunters.
  • New Mexico application process allows us to apply up to 4 hunters per application and if the application gets drawn, all 4 hunters receive a license.
  • New Mexico allows us three GMU choices on each application. We can also mix choices of weapons on one application.
  • New Mexico has set aside a certain amount of licenses for New Mexico licensed outfitters only. This increases your draw odds substantially.
  • New Mexico has guaranteed tags with the purchase of a landowner permit in quality Game Management Units.

H&A Outfitters Guide & Outfitting Service

Why H&A Outfitters, Inc?

  • New Mexico veteran outfitter with a solid reputation
  • Fully licensed and insured full-time outfitter.
  • Conducting professional big game hunts since 1992.
  • Long time member of the New Mexico Council of Outfitters and Guides (NMCOG).
  • Professional guides (top-notch).
  • Free license application service! Read more about our application service
  • Hundreds of client references. Read more
  • We offer a wide range of big game hunting opportunities.
  • H&A Outfitters, Inc. is an equal opportunity provider permitted through the USDA Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management and is licensed through the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
  • H&A Outfitters, Inc. has an A+ rating with the New Mexico Better Business Bureau.

Contact Us

The good old days of elk hunting are right now! Don't miss out! Call us at (505) 474-6959 or email us to request information on  our elk hunts. Your success is my success!

Sincerely,

Andrew Salgado
H&A Outfitters, Inc.
Outfitter/Guide/Owner