Read testimonials from Gila & Apache Outfitter's hunting clients.
"I want to thank you again for an incredible hunt. I have done a lot of hunting in my life, and been on more than a few guided hunts, but the last two years with your Outfit has far and away been the best two in my life. Even though I didn't kill a bull last year, I was able to live out a life long dream to hunt trophy elk with my father and that is a memory I will cherish forever!! The hunt this year...what can I say...that is the type of hunt that only exists when you let yourself dream of the perfect hunt! Looking forward to next years hunt".
GERED DE HOOGH
"A guided elk hunt was something I have been dreaming about for many years. Finally my brother and I decided we were in a position to pull the trigger and hire an outfitter to help us harvest our first bull elk. After much research and talking with different outfitters I decided Gila and apache outfitters were going to be the best fit. After talking with Micheal I was really at peace with my decision. Although I was still nervous until we actually started hunting, I was put at ease quickly as my brother took his first bull on the first morning of the hunt. A big 5X5!! 2 days later I was able to take my first bull. A great 6X6!! The whole experience was 5 stars. The lodge and the cook was fantastic. The guides were top notch and knew elk. One of the things that really helped me decide to book with them is that they have lived and hunted here all of their lives. Thank you Micheal for a hunt of a lifetime! We will be back soon!"
"After doing much research and talking with several outfitters I decided to go hunt with Michael of Gila and Apache outfitters. This would be my 1st elk hunt and I wanted it to be memorable. One of my biggest deciding factors was the Michael does this for a living and is not some part time guide, he lives in the Gila National Forest and knows the place like his backyard. After arriving to the lodge and seeing the massive elk on the walls and sheds I was beaming with excitement. The lodge was comfortable with great food. We hunted hard for the first day with no luck but I felt very confident. On the second day we stuck out a 3 hour storm and a large 6x6 bull emerged, I was fortunate enough to take him and he was a 330" bull. Michael was excited as I was, when we got back to camp all his other guides stopped by to see him and congratulated me. I will not hunt with another guide for Elk period, my experience was outstanding from start to finish."
"Gila and Apache Outfitters knows how to kill big bulls. I was happy with the guides knowledge of the area and put me on multiple bulls everyday. If you have the ability to get around the mountain, Mike and crew will put you on a once in a lifetime bull!"
"If you're looking for an outfitter in New Mexico look no further than Mike Delao and Gila and Apache Outfitters. Mike and his guides really know how to hunt. Whether you are looking to bag a giant bull, a trophy buck or a big black bear Mike is your man. Mike and his crew know the country that they hunt and they know all the sweet spots. They will work their butts off to get you the animal you want.
I hunted mule deer with Mike this year and I killed an awesome buck on the second day. 3 days later my buddy sealed the deal on a nice deer. It's not easy for 2 hunters to tag out on 2 good bucks, but Mike got it done.
Mikes accommodations are great and his food is fantastic. The guides at Gila and Apache impressed me with their willingness to work hard and make the extra effort to put you on an animal. We hunted very hard for 5 full days and Mike and his guys were on top of their game every minute of it. I will definitely be hunting with Gila and Apache Outfitters again."
"Without a doubt the best elk hunt I had ever been on. Saw more elk & bulls (big bulls) than on any other hunt. I am 64 & the terrain was not very steep which also was good for me. If you want to kill a good bull then you should get an opportunity with these guys & the area the area they hunt Plus, they are good, likable people."
"Having worked in the outdoor industry for the past 25 years, I've had the wonderful opportunity of hunting all over the world for game big and small. Gila Trophy Hunts ranks in the top 3 places to hunt in my book! Superior guides, quality game and comfortable accommodations is why they rank so high. Mike and his family bring you in and make you not only part of their family during your hunt, but also part of the community. My first experience with Gila was a trophy mountain black bear. Mike hunted right by my side and got me within 30 yards of this 400+ pound bear. I cannot begin to explain the true inner soul hunting experience of a lifetime Mike provided. As well, I cannot articulate the quality of other game found within this area. I will definitely make this an annual event for the rest of my life!"
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"My muzzleloader hunt with Gila and Apache Outfitters was the highlight of my hunting career! Mike and his crew put us in prime territory and worked hard to get us on a trophy bull. We saw numerous trophy animals during the hunt. I will definitely be back in the future!"
"Had the opportunity to hunt with Gila and Apache Outfitters this past fall, taking a trip with my dad and brother, and what a blast. It was my first elk hunt, and I was happy to fill my tag with a nice 6 x 6 on the third day. The quality of animals we saw was incredible. Just big bull after big bull, it was amazing to see. It really got the blood pumping seeing those big bulls in the woods of New Mexico, unbelievable the size of the elk they had us on. The guides were top notch, and knew the area like no other. Couldn’t ask for anything more on an elk hunt. Good food, great people, and great hunting. I can’t wait to go again, I will definitely hunt with Gila and Apache outfitters in the very near future. It was a great experience, and has me hooked to go again next year. Mike and his guides will put you on the elk!"
"I would like to give my recommendation for Gila Apache Outfitters. Mike and his guides are the best Elk guides that I have ever hunted with. I hunted with them during the 2014 season and the hunt not only met my expectations but exceeded them. The Gila has the best herd with trophy class bulls that I have ever seen. I have hunted elk for 30 yrs and have never seen as many bulls over 300 class anywhere in the US. Mike and his guides know where they are and how to get you on them. Everyone in the lodge on our hunt had multiple opportunities on trophy Bulls. My guide was patient and took into consideration my age and condition and still put me on many good animals. I look forward to many more hunts in the Gila and wouldn’t even consider using another outfitter in that area."
"I hunted pronghorn with Gila & Apache Outfitters in October of 2014. It was an outstanding hunt. Michael was my guide and everything went as smooth as you could possibly want. He had already been scouting well before my arrival and was totally prepared come opening day. With his exceptional knowledge of the game & the land we were able to execute a great spot & stalk. Michael, his guides & his organization are second to none. My time there was great. I will definitely be back to hunt with them again & again. I absolutely recommend Gila & Apache Outfitters to anyone who is looking for a great hunt with great people in what I consider the most beautiful scenery in America. Look at the pictures in the photo gallery. They speak for themselves."
"Hello, My name is Glen Dasbach from Texas. I've been hunting with Gila and Apache Outfitters for 6 years, I've been coming back to them obviously because I feel that Michael and all of his guides personally go out of their way to make the HUNT one you will never forget and one that you will be looking forward to the following September. Your Hunting in the GILA, so there's no telling what caliber of bull there going to put in front of you! I personally have never been shut out hunting with this Outfitter, all of his Guides and the boss himself in my opinion, are the best guides in the Industry. Be in shape and be ready to shoot! Hunt with Gila and Apache Outfitters, they live in the Gila and they know where the big bulls live and all of the guides are very competitive. You will arrive as client and leave as friends.
p.s. The food and camaraderie is awesome! See you in September, 2014 Mike!!"
DR. BILL PREBOLA
"Just a quick thank you for many great elk hunts. I can honestly say that you and your guides are excellent, and I have hunted all over the world! Your area has some of the best Elk hunting I have ever experienced and your outfit is second to none!
I've been fortunate to bag several awesome trophies with you in the Gila both with my bow and gun thanks to your knowledge of the area and the guides' hard work! I will be glad to pass on to any hunter an exceptional reference for your outfitting service! See you next year! "
Dr. Bill Prebola
"I have hunted with Michael on many occasions. Two elk hunts, two mule deer hunts, an antelope hunt, and several others. I have always had a great time and have always been successful. Hunting with Michael and his guides is just that — HUNTING. They all know how to hunt and hunt well. They are your ultimate advantage for hunting in southwestern New Mexico.
The Gila and Apache National forests are like their backyard as they grew up hunting here as youths and know the area very well. They also know where the animals will be on any given hunt because they live here and watch them all year. They don't just show up 2 or 3 days before the season starts and act like they know what they are doing. They don't have to they are in hunt mode all year and know exactly where to go! They have forgotten more "HONEY HOLES" than other outfitters even know about simply because they live here and they live to hunt!
Just sign on and let them do their job and I'm confident you will be impressed by their knowledge of the animals and the hunt area before you leave with your hunt of a life to remember!"
"Hi, I'm Stuart Barrow from Indiana. I've hunted with Gila Apache outfitters three time in three different areas in three different weeks and have killed three bulls all in archery season.
Mike and his guides know how to find elk no matter what week they hunt. I hunted with Mike and two of his other guides and they all know the areas very well. Also - three of my hunting buddies killed three nice bulls with Mike also. The food was also great! Thanks again Jody. Highly recommend Gila & Apache Outfitters.
Thanks again Mike and all the crew. Good luck this year!"
"I am Ray Wheeland and have hunted archery elk for years in many different states. 10 years ago Mike guaranteed good bulls and a great time. I killed a nice wall hanging 6 x 6 that year and 4 times after have killed bulls. My son also has killed 2 so his "word" is true."
"If you are thinking about going on an elk hunt, you need to give Gila and Apache outfitters a call! Michael and his guides live and work in the area year round and know the country as well as anyone can. I have personally hunted with Gila and Apache outfitters on 2 different occasions, and killed great bulls on each trip. You owe it to yourself to give Michael a call. You won't be disappointed."
"I have been on two hunts with Gila and Apache Outfitters with Mike De la O as my guide and harvested 2 Elk. His knowledge of the areas that he guides and his ability to find Elk is incredible. The number of Elk that score over 300 is most impressive. As soon as I draw a tag I will be booking a hunting trip with Mike."
"I have hunted with Mike and his team 3 times and each trip was nothing less that a blast. Our first hunt was in unit 15. My good buddy Mike Skala and I were lucky enough to kill two good bulls on the second morning of the hunt. That right a double on a 375+ bull and a 300+bull. Hard to top that I so far I personally have not even come close. I guess I need to book more hunts with Mike. The second hunt was in unit 13 I missed a giant bull the first morning of the hunt it was a long shot but I should have made it happen my hunting partner Mike Skala did make a great shot on a good bull and I had other opportunities but just could not seal the deal. I blamed it on good old #13 which is the number I do not like. Fast forward 4 years Mike had me put in for the youth hunt for both of my kids and wouldn't you know my 16 year old daughter draws the tag. Well I can tell you I put the fear of the #13 behind me and went to hunt. We couldn't hunt the first morning but that afternoon Julius had us on a great bull we just could not get the job done. We had a good stalk on a good bull every day and by the third day my daughter got her first bull elk and a giant at that. Mike and his team know the area very well and know how to get you on a good bull. This is hunting but I can tell you I have done a lot of other hunts for elk and I aways come back to Gila Trophy Hunts and will keep doing so. I will put in for the draw every year that I can to hunt with Mike and his team they know what they are doing. The proof is in the 1300+ inches of bone that we have on the wall back in Wisconsin on three hunts."
"I want to thank you again for another successful hunt. As you know this was my sixth hunt with Gila Apache Outfitters. I can say that each hunt has been a true adventure! The guides that I have had the opportunity to hunt with have all been local residents that knew the land and elk well. On each hunt it was very clear to see that your guides had put in the time scouting and knew right where the trophy animals were. The trophy sizes of the elk in your area are amazing. I have had the opportunity to harvest elk on every hunt from over 300 inches up 400 class elk. The quality in the Gila is second to none. Thanks again for the opportunity to hunt world class elk. I will be back for hunt number seven!"
“After drawing one of the best bull elk tags in the western U. S., a search for the best outfitter and guide in the area began. After an extensive due diligence process that included some phone calls to some of the most respected professionals in the hunting industry, one name kept coming up over and over: Michael DeLao & Gila Apache Outfiters! I talked with Michael DeLao on at least a dozen occasions before I decided to hire him and his team. In short, they know what they’re doing! They live in the heart of the best elk units in New Mexico and they know where the big bulls live. They are in the woods year round and I highly recommend their services. I am looking forward to going back as soon as I can draw another tag."
Adolfo Barajas Jr.
"I have been on 14 big game hunts with outfitters in Canada and out west. Two of them were with Mike Delao. Mike likes to have fun but when it comes to hunting — no one takes it more seriously.
He has an uncanny sense about the animals and is extremely patient when working them. He is the best "hunter/caller" I have ever hunted with. He and I are going again next year!"
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