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On Elk, Rocky Mountain Hunting in New Mexico United States

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Report ID: 10712 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: October 21, 2016 to October 25, 2016
Place of Hunt: United States - New Mexico
Hunt Area: Vermejo Park Ranch

Outfitter (or safari company): Jim Baker; Vermejo Park Ranch. PO Drawer E; Raton; NM; 87740; Tel. 505-445-3097; Fax: 505-445-0545; Email:; Web
Personal Guide (if any): Curt Jansen
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:

Major Game Animals Taken: Elk, Rocky Mountain - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Old bull,Non-trophy, management animal
Deer, Mule - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Heavy 3x3, Non-trophy, management animal
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Habitat and game in great shape.

SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: N/A
Name of Airline: Frontier Airline Service: Good
Airline Comments: non-stop from Reagan National to Denver. UPS gear and guns ahead to avoid issues. No problems with flight.

Hunting Fees: Amount: $7500
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $500
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: tips, hotel before, rental car, etc. Amount: $2700
Total: $0

Problems of Hunt: None
Highlights of Hunt: near exclusive use of 600,000 acre ranch. great scenery, fantastic wildlife.
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes

Hunter Name: Mark Richards
Contact Information: Tel. 703 973 2517 - 16250 Neabsco Beach Way, Woodbridge, Virginia USA, 22191 E-mail:
Hunting Experience: 45 years, USA, Canada, Alaska, Africa.
Physical Condition: Excellent

IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? no Notified Personal Guide? no Notified Booking Agent? no
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide? no
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?

I have just returned from my second trip to Ted Turner's Vermejo Park Ranch outside Raton, New Mexico. Myself, 2 friends and friend's son all had a great time. We booked Management Bull Elk, Management Mule Deer (for me) and they offered a free Cow Elk for my friends son. We all filled our tags. For those not familiar with Vermejo it is the largest contiguous piece of privately owned property in the United States. It is 100% Managed for wildlife, no cattle, no fences, no towns, no public roads, 600,000 acres, 900 plus square miles for the client's outdoor pleasure! We hunted 1 on 1 then doubled up as folks tagged out. Game is plentiful to say the least. on any given day one could expect to see hundreds of Elk, dozens of Mule Deer, lots Antelope and Bison. With the occasional Coyote, Bobcat, Black Bear, Wild Horse, Mountain Lion even Bighorn Sheep. We went out each morning by truck to our designated area to look for game. Driving the roads, walking the ridges, glassing, spot and stalk and calling techniques are all used. We hunted from October 21 thru 25 and the weather was unusually warm. Although the rut was well ended Elk were bugling regularly and a few were even called in close. A trophy hunter at Vermejo can expect near 100% success. This not the case for Management Bull Elk. "Management" Elk must meet certain criteria and they are not always easy to find. I would estimate that I saw hundreds of Bull Elk in our four and a half days hunting but just a handful of management animals. One of our party decided to take a cow on the last day and another killed his bull on the last evening. Frankly, I enjoyed hunting management Bulls as I was able to spend many hours glassing Elk. Though there are lots of Elk they do get hunted and can be quite spooky, particularly the cows that get hunted from October through early January. My biggest concern regarding this "management" hunt is that the guides are afraid to shoot an Elk that may not turn out to meet the criteria. Thus, they spend so much time glassing an animal the opportunity to shoot is often lost. Not sure how they can address this or maybe just comes with the territory. On the other hand the Mule Deer are far less nervous and a trophy or non-trophy should not be a problem. Keep in mind that a non-trophy Mule Deer can be a massive 3x3 or 4x3. Same with the old 5x5 for example is considered "management" on Vermejo but would be a true "trophy" most other places. Animals are brought in to the "game barn" for skinning and quartering, you can take your meat from there or use their processor Tracey Croisant owner of Cinnamon Creek Wild Game Processing. He takes the meat to their facility in Texas for custom processing and ships to you later. I have not personally used him so can't say if he is good but all the returning clients I spoke with recommended him highly. I am using him. The accommodations at Vermejo are lodge based with very nice private rooms, top notch buffet for breakfast and lunch. Dinners might best be described as 5 star gourmet. I hate to call it a "gentleman's" hunt, but that is probably accurate. Hunters of any age and health should be successful on Vermejo. The altitude was generally from 7000 to 11,000 feet and is very apparent to us folk from sea level. My personal guide was Curt Jansen and he has been hunting the ranch since 1978. He is super experienced and we tagged out on day 2. The cost of the Combo Elk/Management hunt was $7500.00, Management bull only was $5000.00. All inclusive. This is about 1/3 of their trophy hunt price but has all the same experiences and was exactly what I wanted. If I were to make any would be to add some cabin/tent based hunts to take in a little more of a wilderness experience. Simply stated...if you want to see lots of game, enjoy great scenery, eat top quality food, have a successful hunt and meet some nice folks you will love this place!

Guests can fly into Denver then drive the 5 hours to the Lodge. We spent the night in Raton did a quick tour of the NRA Whittington center then drove an hour to the lodge just in time for lunch and an evening hunt on our first day. Easy access from Albuquerque too.

Lief Ahlm is the hunt coordinator for Vermejo. 575-445-3097

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