Closeup: Rocky Mountain West - Checking In With Southwestern Trophy Hunts


Published: April - 2003

For the past 19 years, Bubba Glosson of Southwestern Trophy Hunts has operated one of the West's most successful, year-round hunting outfits. This outfitter spends more time in the field hunting, scouting and looking for new properties than any other outfitter I know. He offers hunts in Texas, New Mexico and Missouri for antelope, aoudad, whitetail deer (including the Carmen Mountain subspecies), elk and 23 exotic species. His forte is producing a high percentage of trophy-class animals for a very limited number of clients. One measure of his success in meeting his hunters' expectations is that he consistently enjoys over a 90 percent rebooking rate.

Glosson conducts his hunts on private ranches, some of which are high-fenced, some of which aren't. Either way, he concentrates on leases that offer good trophy potential, and then takes great care to not over-hunt them. He is so dedicated to maintaining trophy quality that he uses only 10 to 15 percent of the landowner permits available for each ranch, even though he buys all the permits issued in order to get exclusive access to each property.

Because Glosson has too many hunts to mention in one column, I will restrict myself here to covering only the highlights and new developments in his operation. Let's start with his antelope hunts. Glosson offers antelope hunts in the southern part of New Mexico during that state's mid-September, two-day season. Don't let the short duration of the season be a concern, though, because Glosson does heavy pre-season scouting. By the time a client arrives, Glosson has usually located specific bucks, allowing plenty of time for a successful hunt. The ranches he hunts cover more than 120,000 acres. Most clients use 4wd vehicles to spot and stalk their quarry.

Glosson's success on antelope is outstanding. For the past 19 years, his bucks have averaged over 15¾ inches in horn length and 79 gross B & C points. Forty-eight of those antelope have met the minimum score for the Boone and Crockett record book. Those are long-term results few other outfitters can even........(continued)

 
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