Frequently Asked Questions
When should I get to New Mexico?
Whether driving or flying, we recommend that you arrive a day or two before your hunt, in order to make sure you are ready for the first day of the hunt.
Do I need to book my own transportation?
You are responsible for your transportation to and from Albuquerque International Airport, 2200 Sunport Blvd, Albuquerque, NM 87106.
If you’d like transportation to and from the airport we offer a round-trip service for $250.
When should I book my flight and rental car?
It is best to make your travel arrangements as soon as possible. Better deals are often available when booking airfare & vehicle as package deals.
What kind of rental car should I get?
It is a good idea to rent a truck or SUV for the roads you’ll be traveling.
Where will we meet?
We will meet @ our “home base”, Rancho Magdalena Bed & Breakfast, Mile marker 109 Highway US-60, Magdalena NM.
What to Wear & Weather
September Archery season can be cool at night and early morning , around 35 – 60 degrees, warming during the day ranging between 50 – 80 degrees. I wear extremely lightweight/breathable camo and layer over top with a vest or jacket for cool mornings, then shed layers before getting warm and sweaty to reduce scent.
October gun season can be cold sometimes freezing at night and early morning, around 30 – 50 degrees, warming during the day, ranging between 50 – 70 degrees. I wear lightweight/breathable camo and dress in layers as it can be cold in the morning but warm up quickly during the day.
** Rain is possible ** GORE-TEX is a good idea to have.
Conditions can also be dry and dusty
Do you offer landowner tags (ie: Guaranteed Tags)?
Yes, these tags range from $4,000 – $6,500 (prices are subject to 5% New Mexico sales tax).
Can I add a day onto my hunt?
Yes, for an additional $500 per day.
Does the price include meat processing, shipping, and taxidermy?
No. We will field dress your meat and have close connections with a local processor and taxidermist but you are required to pay for your own processing, shipping of meat, taxidermy, cape, and antlers. Plan on $200 – $400 for meat processing and shipping and $250 – $1,000 for mounts and taxidermy.
What is expected as a tip for my guide?
Typical gratuities are 10-20% of the cost for the hunt, depending on your experience. Please tip you guide after the hunt.
Do I need to put down a deposit?
Yes, we require $500 deposit to hold your spot with LOHOutfitters. 50% of the hunt cost will be paid when you draw. Your balance is due by August 15th via bank check or cash (upon arrival to New Mexico).
How much does the draw cost?
Between $555-$780 for a successful draw.
Do I get my money back if I don’t draw?
Yes. Unsuccessful draws refund all but a $20 processing fee.
What to Bring & Checklist
Tylenol, Aspirin, or Ibuprofen, benadril, cold/sinus/cough, mole skin, tweezers, nail clippers, q-tips, tooth brush/paste, scent free – soap/shampoo/deodorant, sun screen, shaver/cream, chap-stick, lotion, eye drops.
Electrical tape, zip ties, parachute cord, sharp knife, Leatherman, pen/marker, lighter, fire starter, paper towel, moist wipes, trash bags, zip locks, water bottle, hydration bladder (camel pack), food, batteries, compass, GPS, flashlights, headlamps, sun glasses, seat cushion, rain gear, socks in a ziplock, binoculars, range finder, watch, notepad.
Wallet/cash, ID, passport, hunting license & elk tag, camera, SD cards, belt, sunglasses, sheet liner, sleeping bag, pillow, towel, phone & chargers, crocs, sneakers, hiking boots, hunting boots, gaiters, underwear, SmartWool socks with moisture wick liners, gore-tex, rain gear, shirts, vest, jacket, parka, shorts, jeans, pants, gloves, warm hat/beanie, ball caps, face-masks, camouflage, travel coffee cup with spill proof lid.
Gun or Bow, whichever you are hunting with, all tools and ammunition for them. Quiet shooting sticks work great for still hunting, good binoculars, and a range finder. Spare release, TC speed loader with primer sling.
Purchasing new equipment:
If you are planning on purchasing new gear, feel free to contact me and I would be happy to advise you on what products work best. I am a dealer for Kenetrek boots, they are some of the best boots for this style of hunting. Let me know if you are interested, I‘m always happy to help you prepare.
Be sure to break in and USE any new equipment before your trip.
Taxidermy & Meat
Do I have to pay for my meat and taxidermy to be processed?
Yes. We have a local taxidermist that can prepare your meat, cape and skull for shipping.
How do I get my meat and taxidermy home?
If you are bringing meat home we have a local processor that can ship your meat. If you are driving home you can either bring your own ice chest or purchase one in town.
Do I have to quarter my own animal?
No, but help is appreciated. We will field dress your meat and have close connections with a local processor and taxidermist but you are required to pay for your own processing, shipping of meat, taxidermy, cape, and antlers.
How much is the meat and taxidermy processing?
Plan on $200 – $400 for meat processing and shipping and $250 – $1,000 for mounts and taxidermy.
What about cell services?
Cell phones will work in town, but will lose signal as we get closer to our camps.
Read to Hunt?
- 90+ percent opportunity on 300”- 400” bulls.
- Increase your draw odds by 50% when you book through us.
- Draw deadline is in mid-March.
How to Prepare
Please be mentally and physically prepared for this blood pumping, nerve racking, adrenalin rushed experience.
Should I practice?
Yes! The #1 problem for most hunters is lack of practice!
The #2 issue is using weaponry or ammunition during the hunt that you haven’t practiced with!
Practice shooting your weapon routinely with the ammunition you WILL use on your hunt.
How should I practice?
Shoot wearing your back pack, binoculars, rangefinder, hat, face-mask, gloves and clothing you’ll be wearing while hunting. Get in the habit of switching up how you practice.
What range should I practice at?
Comfortable rages (Bow 5-70 yards, Gun 50-200 yards) and outside your comfort range (Bow 90 yards, Muzzleloader 350 yards), sitting down, standing, on your knees, with and without a rest, running around with your blood pumping, and your adrenaline through the roof.
How much time will I have to shoot?
Think of all possible circumstances and practice those scenarios. An opportunity frequently happens in seconds! If you are not used to stalking big game, it can all happen very quickly and you need to be on your toes! The more prepared you are the better your chances will be on a successful kill. Also, get yourself into the best physical condition that you can. It will greatly increase the enjoyment and success of your hunt.
If you need any advise please contact me and I can share tips that have helped me in the field. My #1 goal is to give you a good experience and for you to kill a giant Bull of a lifetime! I work very hard to give you that opportunity.
Food & Accommodations
Will you provide food and drinks?
Yes. We supply food and water but if you have any favorite food/snacks or drinks feel free to bring them to camp.
Please let us know ahead of time if you have any food allergies.
What kind of accommodations do you have?
Most hunts are in enclosed, canvas wall tents and we will sleep on fold out cots.
We do have access to bed’s, showers, and a fire place:) Our “home base” is the beautiful and comfortable Rancho Magdalena Bed & Breakfast (Mile marker 109 Highway US-60, Magdalena NM). If you’re coming in early or want to stay after your hunt in one of the most amazing places in New Mexico please call Lori Scholes (575-517-0644) and make arrangements. Tell her your with us!
If you require specific accommodations please let us know before you book your trip to ensure we can provide you with your needs.
What if I forget something?
If you forget any equipment you may be able to find what you need at;
Sportsman’s Warehouse 1450 Renaissance Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM
Phone # 505-761-9900
Walmart Supercenter 700 6th St., Socorro NM
Phone # 575-838-1415 (Last call for supplies)