Focus on Bubba Glosson's Southwestern Trophy Hunts


Published: May - 2001

It has been some time since I last reviewed one of the West's most successful big game outfitters, Bubba Glosson of Southwestern Trophy Hunts. This man hunts more days per year than any other outfitter I know. In fact, hunting is a year-round occupation for Glosson, and he has been doing it for 17 years. He's able to do this because he outfits in both Texas and New Mexico, allowing him great flexibility in seasons, as well as species. I recently checked in with Glosson and found out he has added a trophy desert mule deer hunt to his offerings this year. I'll tell you more about that in a minute. First, let's review Glosson's operation.

This outfitter caters to hunters who want a professionally organized hunt that produces a high percentage of trophy-class animals. A nearly 90 percent rebooking rate speaks volumes about Glosson's ability to meet these expectations. One might think that such success would lead Glosson to greatly expand his business, especially since he turns hunters away every year and faces continually rising costs in leasing the finest private ranches he can find. But Glosson says he knows that his formula for success is hosting small numbers of hunters while stressing trophy quality.

Let's begin our review of Glosson's hunts with a look at his antelope offerings. He has hunted antelope for many years in New Mexico and offers two different hunts at different times of the year. His first hunt occurs in late August in the northeast corner of the state, where the season is three days long. He schedules only six hunters a year in this area. Glosson's second hunt occurs around Roswell, where he has taken a number of good trophies over the years. This hunt occurs in mid-September, and the season is only two days long. Glosson books only eight hunters for this hunt, and he scatters them out over three ranches.

If you believe that the short season here is a deterrent, I can only say that fish and game officials have consistently told me........(continued)

 
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