2020 New Mexico Hunting Recap
2020 hunting season was interesting in several respects with dryer than normal conditions, a lot of poor shooting both archery and rifle, but opportunity was high with most hunters getting shots or turning down bulls waiting for bigger ones. 5 bulls were taken on archery hunts and 3 bulls were taken on the rifle hunts. Kill ratio was lower this year but opportunity was high.
Antler growth was fairly good but several bulls were weak on top due to poor late summer moisture. Several good bulls were taken scoring 310-340+. 2 archery bulls that were stuck poorly and got away were 380-390 class bulls and one 390-400 class bull on first rifle hunt attempt was flubbed up and got away without a shot fired.
We continue to hunt by pack-in by horse back and mules into some rugged and remote portions of the Gila Wilderness unit 16B. We hunt from a quality wall tent camp and use some of the best guides in the business, who not only know guiding but taking good care of our hunters going horseback into this rugged wilderness.
This will be our 34th anniversary as San Francisco River Outfitters, outfitting mostly in the Gila Wilderness.
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2019 New Mexico Hunting Recap
Our 2019 season was great as we had good success rates and took our biggest bull ever out of the Gila Wilderness. Antler growth was really good and the big bull was taken on the second rifle season and scored an amazing 415 gross. We took 6 bulls out of 7 hunters on our two seasons of rifle hunting.
On the first week archery hunt we took a 373 bull. Our archery hunters took 5 bulls out of 12 hunters on three weeks, with some missed shots and stuck bulls that got away.
Elk numbers were good and a lot of bulls were seen with every hunter having some action.
The high country of the Gila is getting harder and harder to hunt due to the Locust sticker brush, aspen regeneration and fire killed tree downfalls, but the elk are doing good there.
Our hunts continue to be pack-in by horseback and pack mule into more remote portions of the Gila Wilderness and hunt out of quality wall tent camps. We have some of the best guides in the business to insure you a quality wilderness elk hunting experience in some really rough country that continues to produce some big bulls.
Next year will be our 34th year operating in the Gila Wilderness. Our many years of experience there gives our hunters an advantage over our competitors.