Our Hunt Services / Prices / Options
|Thank you for considering San Juan River Outfitters for your
hunt. Below is a description of our services. Most of our hunts are staged from
wall tent camps placed close to your hunt areas. We often will upgrade your
booking to a lodge based camp in certain units. (While this is an upgrade we
don't charge extra for the lodge service. This upgrade is solely at our
discretion) We try hard to maintain the highest quality equipment and strive
every year to improve the level of comfort and success we bring to your camps. I
encourage you to compare our pricing and services to others available in NM. I
think you will find our prices very competitive. Our services on the ground are
We provide several levels of hunt service: "Scouting
Only" , “Drop Camp”, "Outfitted
Non-Guided“, "Outfitted Semi- Guided”, and “Outfitted Fully
Guided” We can almost always tailor a hunt package to your
needs and budget.
I'll give you a general guideline for our hunt pricing below. All our hunts are
based on a 5 day hunt period with an additional day included up front for
check-in and orientation. (Essentially 6 days are included in all base rates)
You can always extend your hunt by buying additional days. Additional day rates
are quoted below as well. The rates below do not include your license. (These
are fees set by the state and vary with species and hunt areas.
See the chart below for a few typical license fees) The New Mexico
Department of Game and Fish website has the
2016-17 Hunting Rules and Info for Upland and Big Game booklet available for
download. This booklet has a very thorough presentation of all available New
Mexico hunts and applicable license fees. I am always available to discuss a
hunt with you so feel free to email me or call me at 575-621-6158. We can settle
on a hunt for you, and get you started in the application process.
any of the following hunt options (except "Scouting Only") gives you one very
important advantage. Your license application will be processed through the
outfitter pool which greatly improves your odds of being drawn for a tag. You
must, however, agree to use our services in any one of the capacities outlined
below to apply in the outfitter pool.
Note: The deadline for application for elk and deer hunts is March 23, 2016,
so it's best to get started now. Click Here for
an immediate start to your hunt process.
(NM Sales tax 7% is applicable to all hunt purchases).
Continuing in 2016 is our offering of our exclusive "Guide
Schooling and Camera Hunt" packages. We have persons every year who
accompany a buddy or spouse who've drawn a tag and come along to photograph and
just generally enjoy the woods and the elk and deer. We've come to see that
often it is this non-licensed hunter with his camera who is having the most fun.
Their photographic "trophies" are as prized as the ones taken to ground (And no
bag limit) You're in the same woods, hunting the same animals and enjoying the
same action as the lucky hunter who has drawn a tag. We couple this adventure
with coaching from our guide staff on technique and tactics. This is an
excellent way to learn the area and pay your dues in mistakes in preparation for
that day when you have that prized tag in your pocket. If you fail to draw a tag
you can book this hunt as backup and still come out here and have that hunting
adventure. For the avid hunter this is an unmatched step on that lifelong quest
for the monster muley or elk. These packages can be timed for any period, (peak
of the rut, say) and offer an opportunity to observe and stalk trophies who may
be hard to locate during normal seasons. This is a hunt and you can count on,
plan, and come on regardless of your luck in the license drawing. This is a
super choice to share with a spouse or child. There is no better vacation out
there for the hunter or backwoods enthusiast (and at a great price!) These are
all inclusive packages in terms of your accommodations, meals, schooling by the
guides, and all camp resources. (Price per Participant $950) "
| "Outfitted Hunts" ...In all our "Outfitted" hunts,
we provide your shelter, bedding, food, water, firewood, lighting, utensils, and
all camp gear. Whichever option you choose, you will be hunting the same areas,
staying in the same accommodations, eating the same food and enjoying the same
camaraderie. All packages are based on a 5 day hunt period. The main variable
is the level of guiding we provide. Our tents are heated with wood stoves. A
camp shower and latrine facilities are provided. Most of my hunters will tell
you they've never had better accommodations in any camp for any price.
“Outfitted Non-guided ” ($2395 / hunter) This is my most popular hunt for
experienced hunters on a budget. Hunters receive the full camp and trophy
assistance services, maps, tips, and as much camp guidance as we can give, but
you are self guided on your hunt.
“Outfitted Semi-guided” ($3150 / hunter) Hunters receive 2 days of
guiding to be scheduled anytime during their 5 day hunt period. Guides are
assigned a maximum of 2 hunters for any given day. A team approach to an elk
hunt is useful and 2 hunters can be staged very effectively to bring about a
kill. This is a good way to get a couple of days of coaching prior to hunting on
your own. This is also a very popular hunt with my experienced hunters.
“Outfitted Fully Guided" ($4250 / hunter) Hunters receive 2 on 1 (max)
guiding for the entire 5 days. This is our premium full service hunt and our
professional guide staff can greatly enhance your chances of success. I am often
told by my hunters it was their best hunt ever.
We have pack
horses and mules available and we’ll accompany you to retrieve your kill. We
have meat equipment available and will help you process your kill for freezing
or for transport to your butcher. We'll help you with your cape and trophies and
advise you on the best options for getting them home or to your taxidermist.
Caping, packing and shipping services available for a small additional fee. (We
do expect you to participate at all times in the cleaning and retrieval of your
kill. We are there to help you, but not to take over responsibility for your
meat and trophy.)
In the cases of remote hunt areas or "spike camps" we provide saddle stock to
get you into your camp.
In all our "Outfitted" hunt packages you are required only to bring your own
personal clothing and hunting gear. Many of our hunters bring their own sleeping
bag, but it’s not required if you’re traveling light. We provide clean warm
bedding. Hunters who are driving in sometimes bring 4-wheelers which help in
getting you around on the forest roads. Some hunters bring freezer or insulated
boxes to transport their meat home.
Airport pick-up and drop-off is available for hunters wishing to fly in. There
is a small charge each way for airport pickup and drop-off service which varies
with group size and airport. We have found that unless you are booked for a
"Outfitted Fully Guided Hunt" you should plan on renting an SUV at the airport
so you'll have transportation to camp and around your hunt area.
|"Drop Camp" Hunts ($1695 / Hunter +Tax) * Remote camps
requiring horse pack-in will have additional fees based on distance, camp
duration, party size etc. Our " Drop Camp" hunts are a favorite with our
independent minded, do it yourself type hunters who want a quality camp setup in
a good area but don't want to waste good hunting days in transporting a camp,
finding a site, and setting it up. You'll arrive to a fully equipped camp; tents
and shelter, bedding, water, firewood (or heating / cooking gas), lighting, cook
stove, utensils, and all camp gear. Our tents are heated with wood stoves and a
camp shower and latrine facilities are provided. (Pre-cooked frozen meals, and
groceries can also be provided for an additional fee.) You are required only to
bring your own food, drinks, personal clothing and hunting gear. Many of our
hunters bring their own sleeping bag, but it’s not required if you’re traveling
light. We provide clean warm bedding. Hunters who are driving in sometimes bring
4-wheelers which help in getting you around on the forest roads. Some hunters
bring freezers or insulated boxes to transport their meat home. The main
difference between these drop camps and our "Outfitted" camps is that these
camps are attended by our staff for only two days; One day upfront for move-in
and orientation and one day at the end for pack-out and move-out , You're on
your own for your hunt, and you will do your own meal preparation. The equipment
and accommodations are of the same high quality as our attended camps. These
camps are economically priced and are available for a broader selection of hunt
areas than our "Outfitted" packages. Often a group wishing to apply for a hunt
unit we're not especially active in will select this hunt package to have their
camp in the unit they want. Feel free to call me to discuss a custom tailored
drop camp package, and for availability in your desired unit. Your license
application will be processed in the outfitter pool thus improving your odds of
"Guide Schooling and Camera Hunt" $950/person
We have persons every year who accompany a buddy or spouse who've drawn a tag
and come along to photograph and just generally enjoy the woods and the elk and
deer. We've come to see that often it is this non-licensed hunter with his
camera who is having the most fun. Their photographic "trophies" are as prized
as the ones taken to ground (And no bag limit) You're in the same woods, hunting
the same animals and enjoying the same action as the lucky hunter who has drawn
a tag. We couple this adventure with coaching from our guide staff on technique
and tactics. This is an excellent way to learn the area and pay your dues in
mistakes in preparation for that day when you have that prized tag in your
pocket. If you fail to draw a tag you can book this hunt as backup and still
come out here and have that hunting adventure. For the avid hunter this is an
unmatched step on that lifelong quest for the monster muley or elk. These
packages can be timed for any period, (peak of the rut, say) and offer an
opportunity to observe and stalk trophies who may be hard to locate during
normal seasons. This is a hunt and you can count on, plan, and come on
regardless of your luck in the license drawing. This is a super choice to share
with a spouse or child. There is no better vacation out there for the hunter or
backwoods enthusiast (and at a great price!). These are all inclusive packages
in terms of your accommodations, meals, schooling by the guides, and all camp
|"Scouting Only" Hunts $450 / hunter
(additional hunters on the same application pay 1/2 price )
This is the hunt for the truly independent minded, do it yourself, "coyote
camper". This service is available for most hunting units in the state.
(This service is not available for the hunts listed on our "Choosing a Hunt"
page. ) This service includes the following:
We'll provide you general habitat, trophy, geographical data, and drawing
statistics on the various hunting units and hunt options so you can select a
hunt that fits your schedule and trophy goals.
Upon selection of a unit, submit your application to the NM Department of Game
and Fish. Note: You must submit applications for "Scouting Only" in the regular
(non-guided) pool. In other words this package does not qualify you for entry in
the outfitter pool for purposes of the license drawing. This is a change from my
previous procedures in prior years so be sure you are aware of and understand
this distinction. All of our "Outfitted" and "Drop Camp" packages (in approved
units) qualify you for application in the outfitter pool. Scouting Only hunts do
not. When you apply for a "Scouting Only" Hunt, be sure you respond "No" when
asked "Is this a guided hunt?" during the application process.
If you are successful in drawing a tag, we will physically scout your hunt unit
as close as feasible to your season and provide you up-to-date scouting
information for your unit. This will include forage condition, water
distribution, roads, photographs, any animal sightings, trophy quality,
suggested camp sites, local facilities, emergency contacts, suppliers, etc.
Includes applicable large scale Forest Service, or BLM map(s) for the area
(Usually 1:100,00 scale)
Includes up to three, full size, 7.5 minute topographical maps for promising
areas. We'll provide you our suggested hunt strategies, with GPS coordinates and
maps of good waterholes, feeding areas, campsites, etc.
We'll email you map segments and photographs well before you hunt so you can
start to plan your hunt. In some cases aerial photographs will be available for
We'll provide detailed driving instructions and road maps to your area. We'll
suggest appropriate airports and car rental instruction if you will be arriving
You are eligible for camp gear rental, horse tack rental, camp supplies , and
many other additional services you may request.
(NM Sales tax 7% is applicable to all hunt purchases)
Oryx hunts are conducted on the White Sands Missile Range, and are always for
two days only. We will accommodate you in off-range lodging, feed you, guide
you, and help you with your kill. Our price for the two day Oryx hunt is $1500/
hunter. These are superb hunts and we experience nearly 100% kill success. These
are once-in-a-lifetime (state law) hunts, but the reward is a spectacular trophy
and the best game meat you've ever eaten.
Our spring Merriam turkey hunts are conducted from the same comfortable type
camps as our elk and deer hunts. They are all-inclusive in terms of your
accommodations, food, camp support , etc. Camps will be placed in pre-scouted,
premium areas and we will direct you to promising areas and/or roosts. You are
self-guided on your hunt. This pricing is based on a 5 day hunt period, but
extra days can be purchased on an as-needed basis. You will provide your own
calls, blinds, decoys,etc.
Turkey Hunt $995/ Hunter (+tax)
(NM Sales tax 7% is applicable to all hunt purchases)
Additional Days in
"Outfitted Camp" $160/ day (Non-guided day)
Non-Hunter Companion $500/
Additional Days in
"Outfitted Camp" $380/ day (Guided day)
Additional Days in "Drop
Camp" $60/ day
(NM Sales Tax (7%) is
applicable to all hunt purchases)
We have rentals of horses,
tack, camp equipment, and other hunting accessories available for some areas.
Please call me for availability and a rate quotation.
Typical License Fees For
Non-Residents of New Mexico
Bull Elk in "Standard" unit
Bull Elk in "Quality or
High Demand" unit $780
Mule Deer in "Standard"
Mule Deer in "Quality or
High Demand" unit $375
Black Bear $260
Turkey $100 (Spring Hunt
includes two tags)
I am always available to
discuss a hunt with you so feel free to email me or call me at either of the
numbers below to get started planning your hunt. Evenings and weekends are fine
San Juan River Outfitters and Livery Co.
#200 Rd. 4599