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New Mexico Guided Elk Hunts in the Gila/Apache National Forest

H&A Outfitters, Inc. offers New Mexico public land professionally guided elk hunts in the Gila/Apache National Forest in Game Management Units 15, 16A, 16C, 16D, 16E and 23. We offer fully guided archery elk hunts, muzzleloader elk hunts and rifle elk hunts in these units. with the exception of Unit 15, which is a primitive weapon unit only. H&A Outfitters, Inc. is operating under a special use permit with the USDA Forest Service on the Gila National Forest.

The Gila National Forest of New Mexico is approximately 3.3 million acres of public land making it the 6th largest national forest in the United States.  All of these units are located in Catron County, New Mexico. The Boone & Crocket , Pope & Young and SCI record books are full of trophy bull elk taken from Catron County, New Mexico annually. 


New Mexico Public Land Elk Hunts

Archery Elk Hunt Gila National Forest

Archery/Bow Elk Hunts - Units 15, 16A, 16C, 16D, 16E, 23

  • 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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Muzzleloader Elk Hunts Gila National Forest

Muzzleloader Elk Hunts - Units 15 & 23

  • 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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Rifle Elk Hunts Gila National Forest

Rifle Elk Hunts - Units 16A, 16C, 16D, 16E, 23

  • Rifle hunt dates: Throughout the month of October
  • $5,000 for a 5-day rifle 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 Gila National Forest

Youth Hunts - Units 15, 16C, 16E, 23

  • Youth muzzleloader and rifle 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 about our youth elk hunts and our photo gallery


New Mexico 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 archery hunts and muzzleloader and rifle hunts in GMUs 15, 16A, 16C, 16D, 16E and 23.   Cost ranges from $3,500 - $7,500.  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 15

Unit 15 New Mexico Elk Hunting

About The Unit

Game Management Unit 15 is one of the premiere elk hunting units in North America today.  GMU 15 has a variety of terrain and habitat.  Elevations range from approximately 6,000 - 8,000 feet.  GMU 15 offers the hunter a wide range of hunting areas ranging from very difficult steep, rocky canyons with pinon, juniper and ponderosa making up the forage to rolling cedar covered hills to wide open prairies with an abundance of elk herds scattered throughout the unit with great trophy potential, making it an elk hunters paradise. 

In my opinion, this unit has what every elk hunter is looking for.  It can be a gentleman’s hunt.  It can be a hard core trophy hunt with an abundance of trophy class bulls roaming within its boundaries.  It’s sure to satisfy any elk hunter.

H&A Outfitters, Inc. has conducted fully guided elk hunts in GMU 15 for over two decades.  We are fully permitted to utilize the entire unit.  We definitely have the experience and expertise in this unit to make this a successful hunt of a lifetime!

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 an 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 intersection of the NM/AZ state line and US 60 and running east along US 60 to its intersection with NM 603 at Pie Town, then south and east along A056 to its junction with B040, then east along B040 to its junction with NM 12 south of Datil, then southwest along NM 12 to its junction with US 180 west of Reserve, then northwest along US 180 to its intersection with the NM/AZ state line, then north along the NM/AZ state line to its intersection with US 60. Print Details

BLM Maps - Quemado Quad and Tularosa Mountains Quad.
US Forest Service Maps - Gila National Forest.


New Mexico Game Management Unit 16A

Unit 16A New Mexico Elk Hunting

About The Unit

Game Management Unit 16-A is another one of New Mexico’s premiere units.  This unit has produced monster bulls for decades and will continue to do so.  GMU 16-A ranges from approximately 7,000 to 9,000 feet in elevation with a variety of terrain from rugged canyons to wide open grasslands and natural burn areas. Unit 16-A has a very healthy number of elk roaming within its boundaries. Trophy potential is second to none in this unit. This unit is one of our favorites.  The hunt can be very physically demanding because of the steepness of the terrain.  Pinon, juniper and ponderosa make up the majority of the forage in this unit. 

H&A Outfitters, Inc. has conducted fully guided hunts in GMU 16-A for over two decades.  We have the dedication, the experience and the expertise to make this a successful hunt of a lifetime! 

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 an 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 - That portion of GMU 16 beginning at the junction of Bursum Road (NM 159/USFS Road 28) and US 180, then north along US 180 to its junction with NM 12, then northeast along NM 12 to its junction with NM 435, then south along NM 435 to its junction with Negrito Creek south of Reserve, then east along Negrito Creek to its junction with the north fork of Negrito Creek, then east along the north fork of Negrito Creek to its junction with USFS road 94 at Collins Park, then south on USFS Road 94 to its junction with USFS Road 28, then southeasterly on USFS Road 28 to its junction with USFS Road 30, then southeasterly on USFS Road 30 to its junction with USFS Road 142, then southwesterly on USFS Road 142 to its junction with USFS Road 142C west of Cooney Prairie, then south on USFS road 142C to the Gila Wilderness Boundary, then west along the Gila Wilderness Boundary to its junction with Snow Creek below Snow Lake, then south along Snow Creek to its junction with Gilita Creek, then west along Gilita Creek to its junction with Willow Creek, then west along Willow Creek to its junction with USFS Trail 138, then westerly along FT 138 to its junction with FT 182, then north on FT 182 to its junction with Bursum Road (NM159/USFS road 28) at Sandy Point, then west along Bursum Road (NM 159/USFS road 28) to its junction with US 180. Print Details

BLM Maps - Mogollon Mountains Quad and Tularosa Mountains Quad.
US Forest Service Maps - Gila National Forest, Gila Wilderness.


New Mexico Game Management Unit 16C

Unit 16C New Mexico Elk Hunting

About The Unit

Game Management Unit 16-C has become a very popular unit over the past few years.  This unit is starting to be well known for its trophy potential.  This unit, for the most part, is what we consider moderate  to hard hunting. Just like any of the units we hunt in the Gila/Apache National Forest, it can be very physically demanding. GMU 16-C mainly consists of wide open country dropping down into steep rocky canyons.  Ponderosa and pinon make up the majority of the forage. 

Elevation ranges from approximately 6,000 – 8,000 feet and elk are plentiful throughout the unit.  This unit has excellent draw odds in the outfitter's pool with excellent trophy potential. 

H&A Outfitters, Inc. has conducted hunts in GMU 16-C for well over a decade and will continue to utilize this particular unit.  We have the dedication, experience and equipment to make your hunt in Unit 16-C one you will never soon 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 an 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 - That portion of GMU 16 beginning at the road junction of FR 150 and FR 30 in Railroad Canyon, then northeast along FR 150 to its junction with NM 163/FR 150, then northeast along NM 163 to the Continental Divide, then south along the Continental Divide to FT 42, then south along FT 42 to FT 40, then west on FT 40 to and across FR 150 to FR 225 (old FR 19), then southwest along FR 225 (old FR 19) to FR 18, then northwest along FR 18 to FR 704, then west along FR 704 to FT 772, then northwest along FT 772 to FT 812 on Black Mountain, then northwest along FT 812 to south fork of Christie Canyon, then north and west along south fork of Christie Canyon to FR 142C, then north along FR 142C to FR 142, then northeast along FR 142 to its junction with FR 30, then east along FR 30 to its junction with FR 150 in Railroad Canyon. Print Details

BLM Maps - Mogollon Mountains Quad, San Mateo Mountains Quad, Truth or Consequences Quad, and Tularosa Mountains Quad.
US Forest Service Maps - Gila National Forest.


New Mexico Game Management Unit 16D

Unit 16D New Mexico Elk Hunting

About The Unit

Game Management Unit 16-D is probably the most popular unit in New Mexico for trophy bulls.  This unit has more hype than any other unit in New Mexico and for good reason.  Although it’s not our personal favorite, it is most definitely a premiere unit for trophy bull elk.  This is by far the toughest draw in the state but not impossible.  Unit 16-D produces a good majority of record book bulls annually.  This unit is full of elk from one end to the other and is definitely a hunt of a lifetime with very little hunting pressure.  Unit 16-D also has a variety of terrain from rough to moderate with elevations ranging from approximately 4,000 – 8,000 feet.  This hunt can also be very physically demanding or most certainly can be a gentleman’s hunt as well.

H&A Outfitters, Inc. has conducted hunts in GMU 16-D for over two decades.  We know it well, just like all of the units we guide in the Gila/Apache National Forest.  If you’re lucky enough to draw a tag in this unit, H&A Outfitters, Inc. has the expertise to put you on the big ones!

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 an 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 - That portion of GMU 16 beginning at Apache Creek and continuing south and west along NM 12 to its junction with NM 435 at Reserve, then south along NM 435 to its junction with Negrito Creek, then east along Negrito Creek to its junction with the north fork of Negrito Creek, then east along the north fork of Negrito Creek to its junction with SFS road 94 at Collins Park, then south along FR 94 to its junction with NM 28, then east along NM 28 to junction with FR 30, then southeast along FR 30 to its intersection with FR 551, then north and west along FR 551 to its junction with FR 28, then north along FR 28 to its intersection with NM 12, then west on NM 12 to Apache Creek. Print Details

BLM Maps - Tularosa Mountains Quad.
US Forest Service Maps - Gila National Forest.


New Mexico Game Management Unit 16E

Unit 16E New Mexico Elk Hunting

About The Unit

Game Management Unit 16-E is one of New Mexico's sleeper units.  San Augustine Plains make up the majority of this unit.  There are some monster bulls roaming throughout the unit, but there is very little access. A good part of this unit is BLM lands with very few roads, which in turn makes for good hunting.  Elevations range from approximately 4,000 – 8,000 feet.  Grasslands and prairie make up the majority of Unit 16-E with rolling cedar covered hills.  There are thick covered canyons throughout the unit, the forage is cedar, pinon and very few ponderosas.  Draw odds in the outfitter's pool for GMU 16-E are exceptional.

H&A Outfitters, Inc has conducted hunts in GMU 16-E for over two decades.  We have the experience in this unit to make it a hunt of a lifetime for you. 

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 an 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 - That portion of GMU 16 beginning at the intersection of FR 551 and FR 30, northwesterly along FR 551 to its intersection with FR 28, then north on FR 28 to its intersection with NM 12, then east on NM 12 to its intersection with NM 60 at Datil, then east on NM 60 to its intersection with NM 52, then south on NM 52 to its intersection with NM 163, then west on NM 163 to its intersection with FR 150, then west on FR 150 to its intersection with FR 30, then west on FR 30 to its intersection with FR 551. Print Details

BLM Maps - Magdalena Quad, San Mateo Mountains Quad, and Tularosa Mountains Quad.


New Mexico Game Management Unit 23

Unit 23 New Mexico Elk Hunting

About The Unit

Game Management Unit 23 is most definitely a trophy unit.  The West side of this unit borders the Arizona state line.  Elevations range from approximately 3,000 - 8,000 feet and this is a very physically demanding hunt.  The country in this unit has everything you can imagine from desert to aspens and with very little access the bulls have the ability to grow to their full potential.  Every year record book bulls are harvested in GMU 23.  Draw odds are exceptional in the outfitter's pool.  If you’re looking for a true trophy hunt, this is a unit you should consider.

H&A Outfitters, Inc. has conducted hunts in GMU 23 for over two decades.  We were hunting this unit when it was Unit 15.  We have the experience and knowledge of the unit to make it a hunt of a lifetime for you.

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 an 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 - GMU 23: Beginning at the intersection of US 180 and the NM/AZ state line west of Luna, then south along the state line to its intersection with US 70, then southeast along US 70 to its junction with US 180 at Deming: then northwest along US 180 to its junction with the NM/AZ state line.

Burro Mountain Hunt Area: The Big Burro Mountain portion of the Gila National Forest in GMU 23, including all private land within the National Forest Boundary. Print Details

BLM Maps - Deming Quad, Lordsburg Quad, Mogollon Mountains Quad, Silver City Quad, and Tularosa Mountains Quad.
US Forest Service Maps - Gila National Forest.


Gila 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.
  • The New Mexico record books are filled with trophy bulls from Catron County, where these Units are located.

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