NM Elk OFs who specialize in waterholes?Contributors to this thread:
Red Sparky 11-Jul-21
Getting up there in years and can hoof it only about a mile and still want to have a chance at hunting elk in NM. Anyone know any Outfitters or Guides who specialize in hunting over waterholes (am and pm)? Thanks
From: Red Sparky
I don't know of any guides that do. The nice thing about NM is you can find elk from rolling piñon/juniper flats to steep as all get out mountains. There are several units that are not super steep, have roads that allow access, and you still have a decent chance at getting an elk. The hard part is drawing the tag unless you want to buy a landowner tag.
Royal Trophy Outfitters....seen some videos from them and a lot of hunts are over water.
There is a lot of potential in NM sitting water, even when ignoring the fact you can prepare shooting lanes, range everything beforehand and Be as prepared as you can for a shot. Those are huge advantages. Many elk hunters have yet to catch on to Eastern whitetail tree stand strategies. I suspect many outfitters do it but few specialize in it - so find one with a several stands with cameras.
NM 2019, taken over a waterhole after just an hour of putting up the hang-on stand (Public Land, unguided)
That being said, most of our encounters have been morning "run and gun", and we tend to sit water in evenings.
Not sure about now, but back in the day no one could touch USO when it came to locking up waterholes in NM
There's some outfitters on unit 4 private ranches that primarily put their clients in tree stands over water. I don't think the trophy quality is worth the price they probably charge, but it's in the eye of the tagholder.