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 34 th year operating in the Gila Wilderness. Our many years of experience there gives our hunters an advantage over our competitors.
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2018 New Mexico Hunting Recap
Our 2018 season turned out better than expected with the antler growth as good or better than average due to the high country we hunt in. We drew fairly good although not as many as 2017.
On the archery hunts we had 4 hunters on both season with 3 out of four taking bulls on the first season and 1 out of 4 on the last season for a 50% kill rate and all hunters having opportunities, missed shots and one bull wounded that got away. Two of the bulls were 340+ bulls. One hunter missed two shots at a huge 400 class bull.
On the rifle hunts we had 4 hunters the first week with all four taking bulls, 381 and 348 being the biggest. On the second season we had 5 hunters and 2 took bulls with everyone having opportunities with missed shots and some bulls turned down, looking for bigger ones.
It was a wetter hunting season this year with about 5-6 inches of snow on the first rifle hunt. The elk numbers were good with a good number of bulls and most everybody getting into some action every day.
Our hunts are all true pack-in adventures into the rugged back country of the Gila Wilderness to a quality wall tent camp set up and use top notch guides, cooks and wranglers. Our camps are in 7-12 miles and get beyond most of the hunting pressure.
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.