All About A Late Elk Hunt; Crow Bison Hunt


Published: December - 2002

If you hate calling an end to your hunting season each December, then you're going to love this late season elk hunt in New Mexico. The hunt takes place as late as January or February, long after most of us have put away our bugle and begun to wait for the spring hunting seasons. I learned about this opportunity from Jim McCarthy of Jim McCarthy Adventures. He represents the outfitter who is offering to schedule this five-day hunt on any consecutive five days a hunter wants in January or February. The hunt takes place on winter range on private ranches bordering the Rio Chama Wildlife Refuge and Jicarilla Apache Reservation. The terrain includes rolling hills and should not be overly difficult, as elk hunts go. Hunting is done from 4wd vehicles, with the final stalk on foot. If the weather dictates, snowmobiles are used.

The ranch where these hunts primarily take place encompasses 10,000 acres. The rancher plants a number of food sources, such as oats, barley and winter wheat. These, of course, act as magnets for the elk during the winter. Another plus here is that the rancher does not run cattle on this property.

On the winter range, you should see many elk each day while looking for that big bull. The outfitter says that last winter, which was admittedly a light winter, there were 500 to 600 elk on the ranch. He believes a normal winter may bring even more animals.

As for trophy quality, he says you will find mature, branch-antlered bulls here and can reasonably expect a five- or six-point bull scoring 270 to 290 B & C points. Taking a larger bull is possible. While the season extends through March here, the outfitter has scheduled these hunts to end in February due to the bulls dropping their antlers the following month.

This hunt is being offered at a $500 discount off normal rates. A 2 x 1 hunt is priced at $4,700 for each hunter, and a 1 x 1 guided hunt costs........(continued)

 
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