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New Mexico Private Land Elk Hunts
Gary - Unit 4 bull

Akin Outfitters has been in business for over 22 years which offers the best in quality hunting for clients each year. These hunts will take place on private ranches in New Mexico in Unit 4 with a high success rate. We will use 4-wheel-drive vehicles in most of our hunting areas along with foot power. We hunt hard, resulting in a high shooting success over the years. You can depend on a rewarding hunt.

NO DRAWING FOR TAGS. We are issued landowner forms each year and you submit that form with license payment to purchase a tag.

Chris, Phillip & Wes - Unit 4 bulls

Unit 4 - Rifle and Bow Hunts

The ranches are located in the San Juan Mountains, the heart of elk country. The elevation is 7,500 feet to 10,000 feet with pines and open meadows.  We kill good quality bulls every year due to great populations of elk in Unit 4.  The rifle hunts have been around 70 percent or better success rate since offered. 

The land owners receive a limited number of elk tags from the New Mexico Game & Fish Department. THERE ARE NO LICENSE DRAWINGS, so you are guaranteed a license at a cost of $625.00. This is quality elk hunting during the rut in October and in November during the migration. If you are looking for that trophy bull, we can offer a high chance of success.

Unit 4 Rifle Hunts

There are six 5-day elk rifle hunts, beginning October to mid-December with a limited number of openings. A 50 percent deposit is required upon booking with the balance, in the form of a certified check or money order, due upon arrival. We will furnish a list of items to bring upon booking. Plan to arrive in New Mexico the day before your hunt begins and sight your rifle in for 200 yards before you arrive. Please let us know of any physical limitations to ensure a safe and enjoyable hunt. There is NO drawing for tags! New Mexico produces some of the highest success of trophy class bull elk! There were 12 bulls taken by 18 hunters in 2007. In 2008 14 bulls were taken by 18 hunters, and in 2009 there were 16 bulls taken by 19 hunters. In 2010 we had 15 bulls taken out of 19 hunters. In 2011 we harvested 17 out of 20 bulls, in 2012 we were 13 of 20 bulls taken, with 20 misses; and in 2013 we were 15 out of 16 taken. In 2014 we had 16 out of 18 taken, in 2015 we had 19 out of 20, and 19 out of 20 again in 2016. We average around 70% or better kill every year.

Unit 4 Bow Hunts

Our bow hunts in Unit 4 are 6-day hunts which begin September 1st and run through September 22nd.  The method of hunting is ambush and cow talk along with bugling.  We hunt each morning and each evening of the 6-day hunt.  The middle of the day is hot and we don’t go in the elk bedding grounds so we relax and head back out for the evenings and hunt them when they come of the bedding grounds.  The bow hunts are guided 2 hunters per 1 guide.  We expect only experienced bow hunters that take the time to become good shots to hunt the quality bulls of New Mexico. In 2008, with bows, we maintained our 100% shooting success with 3 bulls killed. In 2009, with bows, eight out of 10 hunters had shots at bulls, with a 300" bull taken. In 2010 we had 6 hunters with 100% shooting success, and 2 bulls taken. In 2011 we had 8 hunters with 4 bulls taken, in 2012 we had 8 hunters with 5 bulls taken; and in 2013 we had 8 hunters with 4 bulls taken. In 2014 we were 5 out of 8 elk taken, in 2015 we were 4 out of 8, and in 2016 we were 3 out of 8.

Rob and Nate Unit 4 Archery Bull


Group photo Unit 4 Unit 4 bull

New Mexico elk hunting, some of the best hunting in the country!



"You won't find any better elk hunting than Akin Outfitters' Unit 4 hunts in New Mexico..."
Bob, Bay City, Michigan

Want to see more photos?
Check out our 2009-2013 New Mexico Elk Hunting Photo Album.
Unit 4 Rifle/Bow Hunt Fees*
Rifle Hunts Prices Dates
Mature Bull
Guided 2 x 1
Oct., Nov., Dec.

No meals or lodging

Elk Cow
Guided cow elk hunt
Oct., Nov., Dec.
Archery Hunts
Elk Bow
No meals or lodging

State license (Non-Resident) - Bull: $640 - Cow: $425

Call or email for available dates during the months listed.
*Fees do not include state license or gratuities.
(suggested gratuity 5-20% of hunt)

Booking Terms

A 50 percent deposit is required to book a hunt. The balance is due August 1st, prior to landowner forms being mailed to you. Payment may be made by cashiers check or money order. NO PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Once your hunting dates are established, we will send you a contract. You must sign your contract and return it to us within 10 days along with your deposit. An invoice showing your payment and balance due will be mailed to you. We will also send you a list of gear to bring and directions to camp. You should plan to arrive on the afternoon of the day before your hunt begins.

Cancellation Policy

If you have to cancel we will do everything possible to fill your slot with another hunter. You can have someone replace you on your hunt by transferring the tag to their name. If the hunt is not filled, your deposit will be forfeited.


Bob Zuzula, Michigan (989) 892-6225 - rifle
Mike Berny, Michigan (517) 646-8102 - rifle
Jake Everdeen, Michigan (989) 463-4532 - rifle
Jeff Ridley, Iowa (641) 660-1551 - archery
Jose Velasquez (810) 577-8668 - archery
Bill Schoonover, Michigan (517) 669-3655 - both

(more available upon request)

We are licensed and insured.
Call Kurt now to reserve your trip: (989) 737-8747
or email info@akinoutfitters.com

*All photos and videos taken by Akin Outfitters during your hunt are the exclusive property of Akin Outfitters
and may be used for promotional purposes on this web site and other advertising brochures, etc.