Elk Hunting: Archery
Our hunts take place in GMU’s 13,15, 16a, 16d, 17 and 23 (Drop camps in 16b wilderness area). We have consistently produced an average of 45%- 50% success rate (way above the state average) with 95% and sometimes 100% shot opportunity on mature bulls. Most shots are between 15-40 yards and in my professional opinion this is the best time to shoot a 350” to 400” bull.
Elk Hunting: Muzzleloader / Rifle
These elk hunts begin in early October and run through mid November. All of our muzzleloader hunts take place in primitive weapon only units 13, 15 and 17. These areas haven’t been hunted with a rifle in over 30 years and this has dramatically influenced the age class of the animals available. Our rifle hunts coincide with our muzzleloader hunts and take place in GMU’s 16a, 16d, and 23. We also offer drop camps in unit 16b wilderness area. These rifle areas have been producing some absolute giants over the last several years due to low volume of tag availability. Our muzzleloader/rifle hunters have consistently produced an average of 75% success rate and a 95%-100% shot opportunity.
All of our hunts are conducted on public land. Tags are drawn through NM Game and Fish lottery pool. If unsuccessful in the draw, we offer guaranteed unit wide landowner vouchers.
We offer Drop camps as well as fully guide hunts in wilderness area 16B.
Camps will be tent camps, accessing the area by horseback.
Taxes will be added to all hunts. We also offer guided hunts for mobility impaired.
Elk Archery Lodge Hunt
Elk Muzzleloader Lodge Hunt
Elk Rifle Lodge Hunt
Youth Elk Lodge Hunt
Gila & Apache Outfitters LLC is a family owned business that has been helping hunters take Trophy Elk on public land in the Gila National Forest and Apache National Forest of New Mexico. Michael DeLaO is the Owner, Outfitter, Business Manager, Booking Consultant and Landowner Tag Broker.
Sept 1-7: 7 Day Hunt
Sept 8-14: 7 Day Hunt
Sept 18-24: 7 Day Hunt
Youth and mobility impaired
Rifle & Muzzleloader
Oct 16-20: 5 Day Hunt
Oct 23-27: 5 Day Hunt
Nov 21-25: 5 Day Hunt
Do you want an experience of a lifetime elk hunt? Are you the outdoorsman who wants to push your capabilities to the limit? Our backcountry hunts begin with packing you deep into the wilderness where only horses are permitted for travel. Our horseback string will be lead by our professional wrangler and experienced backcountry guides. Camp will consist of wall tents, a cook tent, a full time wrangler and cook. There you will be sleeping in the middle of prime elk country where trophy elk are numerous. Horses will be on standby for access and meat retrieval.
These hunts take more resources to conduct(horses, wranglers, cook and professional guide) but also have a super high success rate for 340-380+ bulls due to the fact that you will be hunting in areas where elk grow to their full potential. Being in good or great physical condition is a must!
Wilderness units are 16B/22 Gila Wilderness or unit 23 Blue Range Wilderness
Sept 1-6(6 day hunt)
Sept 8-14(7 day hunt)
Sept 18-24(7day hunt)
Oct. 9-13(5 day hunt) 16B/22 ONLY
Oct. 16-20(5 day hunt)
Oct. 23-27(5 day hunt)
All Wilderness/Backcountry hunters need to be at the Gila and Apache Lodge in Reserve, NM in the early morning the day before your hunt in order to get an early start driving and packing into our wilderness camp.
At Gila & Apache Outfitting and Guide Service, our goal is to provide our clients with a truly memorable hunting experience. We do this by limiting the numbers of hunters we take on each hunt so that our clients will be guided by one of our highly skilled, professional guides.