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New Mexico Guided Elk Hunts in the Santa Fe National Forest / Valles Caldera

The Santa Fe National Forest is 1.6 million acres of public land.  It is approximately 5,300 feet to 13,103 feet in elevation.  H&A Outfitters, Inc. offers fully guided elk hunts in Game Management Units 5B, 6A and 6C and also in the Valles Caldera National Hunting Preserve.  H&A Outfitters, Inc. offers archery, muzzleloader and rifle hunts in all of these units.  The units are located in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico.

The Valles Caldera National Hunting Preserve is a once in a lifetime hunting opportunity and one of New Mexico’s premiere elk hunting destinations. The Valles Caldera National Hunting Preserve was once known as the Baca Land Grant.  This was a 89,000 acre working cattle ranch which also conducted guided big game hunts.  This ranch was purchased by the federal government in 2000 and in 2002 was available for public activities, hunting included.  H&A Outfitters,Inc. can apply you in the outfitters pool for these once in a lifetime hunting opportunities.  The Valles Caldera also offers a unique one of a kind opportunity of increasing your odds of being able to hunt this incredible ranch by giving you the opportunity of purchasing raffle tickets at $25 each and there is no limit! 


New Mexico Public Land Elk Hunts

Archery Elk Hunting in the Santa Fe National Forest

Archery/Bow Elk Hunts - Units 5B, 6A, 6C

  • 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 in the Santa Fe National Forest

Muzzleloader Elk Hunts - Units 5B, 6A, 6C

  • 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 Hunt & Trophy Bull Elk in Santa Fe National Forest

Rifle Elk Hunts - Units 5B, 6A, 6C

  • 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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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 and muzzleloader, rifle hunts in GMUs - 5B, 6A, 6C.   Cost ranges from $2,500 - $4,500.  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 5B

Unit 5b New Mexico Elk Hunting

About The Unit

Game Management Unit 5-B.  This unit has produced some very large bulls over the years for H&A Outfitters, Inc. and our clients.  GMU 5-B has a healthy number of resident elk living in it year round but is also the main corridor for a large migration herd of elk off of the San Juan Mountain Range and the Jicarilla Indian Reservation, which is adjacent to the unit on the North end.  This makes the mid-December hunt world class hunting.   

GMU 5-B has a variety of terrain from rough to moderate.  Elevations range from approximately 6,000 to 10,000 feet.  This hunt can be very physically demanding during the early hunts.  On our December hunts in GMU 5-B, it can also be difficult or most certainly can be a gentleman’s hunt.  Draw odds on our early hunts are some of the best in the state.

H&A Outfitters, Inc. has conducted fully guided elk hunts in GMU 5-B for over two decades.  We definitely have the experience and equipment to make this a successful hunt for our clients.

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 - (Boundary change) Beginning at the intersection of the east boundary of the Jicarilla Apache Indian reservation [and], the south boundary of the Tierra Amarilla grant and the Rio Chama, running south along the Rio Chama to its intersection with the Piedra Lumbre grant boundary line, then northeast along the Piedra Lumbre grant boundary line to its intersection with US 84, then south along US 84 to its junction with NM 96 northwest of Abiquiu, then west along NM 96 to its junction with the Santa Fe national forest boundary west of Gallina, then following the boundary north then west past Llaves then southwesterly to south of Lindrith then north along the forest service boundary line to its intersection with the Jicarilla Apache Indian reservation, then east along the boundary line to the junction of the reservation, the south boundary of the Tierra Amarilla grant and the Rio Chama. Print Details

BLM Maps - Abiquiu Quad and Chama Quad

US Forest Service Maps - Santa Fe National Forest


New Mexico Game Management Unit 6A

Unit 6a New Mexico Elk Hunting

About The Unit

Game Management Unit 6-A has started to produce some good quality trophy bulls over the past few years.  GMU 6-A has a variety of terrain.  Elevations range approximately from 8,000 to 12,000 feet.  Blue spruce, douglas fir, ponderosa and aspen make up the majority of the forage with high alpine meadows throughout the unit.  This is your classic elk habitat. The New Mexico Game and Fish Department estimates this to be our largest elk herd in New Mexico.  On the North Central end of this unit is adjacent to the Valles Caldera National Preserve and the elk move freely from the Preserve to the National Forest lands.  This hunt is very physically demanding because of the high altitude and the steepness of the terrain.  Draw odds in the outfitters pool in GMU 6-A are some of the best in the state. 

H&A Outfitters, Inc. has conducted hunts in GMU 6-A for well over two decades. We have the expertise and dedication to get the job done 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 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 - Starting at the junction of interstate 25 and US 550 at Bernalillo and running northwest and west along US 550 past San Ysidro to it’s inter- section with the boundary of the Zia Indian Reservation, then south, west, and north along the Zia Reservation boundary of the Jemez Indian Reserva- tion, then west, north, and east along Jemez Indian Reservation boundary to it’s intersection with US 550 near La Ventana, then north and west along US 550 to it’s intersection with the south boundary of the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation, then east along the south boundary of the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation and north along it’s east boundary to it’s intersection with NM 595, then east along NM 595 to it’s junction with NM 96, then east along NM 96 to it’s junction with forest road (FR) 103, then south along FR 103 to it’s junction with FR 117, then south along FR 117 to it’s junction with FR 527 (Pipeline road), then east along FR 527 to it’s junction with the west boundary of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, then south and east along the boundary of the preserve to it’s junction with FR 280 and NM 4, then south along FR 280 to it’s junction with forest trail (FT) 140, then south along FT 140 to Peralta creek, then south and east along Peralta creek to it’s junction with FR 266, then south and east along FR 266 to it’s junction with NM 16, then along NM 16 to it’s junction with I-25, then south and west along I-25 to it’s junction with US 550 at Bernalillo. Print Details

BLM Maps - Abiquiu Quad, Albuquerque Quad, and Los Alamos Quad

US Forest Service Maps - Santa Fe National Forest, San Pedro Parks Wilderness


New Mexico Game Management Unit 6C

Unit 6c New Mexico Elk Hunting

About The Unit

Game Management Unit 6-C has the potential of producing trophy bulls.  This unit is also adjacent to the Valles Caldera National Preserve on the West Central side of the unit.  Elevations range approximately from 8,000 to 10,000 feet.   This is a very physically demanding hunt because of the high altitude and the steepness of the terrain.  Ponderosa, blue spruce pine, douglas fir and aspen make up the majority of the forage with high alpine meadows throughout the unit.  GMU 6-C has had recent forest fires over the past few years, which has made the elk hunting more productive in these areas. Draw odds in the outfitters pool in GMU 6-C are some of the best in the state.

H&A Outfitters, Inc. has conducted fully guided hunts in GMU 6-C for over two decades.  We know the unit very well and have the expertise and equipment to make your hunt a successful hunt!

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 - Starting at the junction of NM 96 and forest road (FR) 103 east of Gallina and running south along FR 103 to it’s junction with FR 117, then south along FR 117 to it’s junction with FR 527 (Pipeline road), then east along FR 527 to it’s junction with the west boundary of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, then north, east, south and west along the boundary of the preserve to it’s junction with NM 4 and FR 280, then south along FR 280 to it’s junction with forest service trail (FT) 1-40, then south along FT 140 to Peralta Creek, then south and east along Peralta Creek to it’s junction with FR 266, then south and east along FR 266 to it’s junction with NM 16, then south and east along NM 16 to it’s junction with interstate I-25, then north along I-25 to it’s junction with US 84 at Santa Fe, then north along US 84 to it’s junction with NM 96 west of Abiquiu, then west along NM 96 to it’s junction with FR 103. Print Details

BLM Maps - Abiquiu Quad, Los Alamos Quad, and Santa Fe Quad

US Forest Service Maps - Santa Fe National Forest


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Valles Caldera Elk Hunts

The Santa Fe National Forest is home to the Valles Caldera National Hunting Preserve, which is a once in a lifetime hunting opportunity.  The Valles Caldera is situated in the center of Units 6A and 6C. To learn more go to www.vallescaldera.gov.


Santa Fe 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.
  • 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