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End of Summer Escape: Bow Hunting in New Mexico

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Take to the pristine northern New Mexico wilderness for a bow hunting trip like none other
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Wide open spaces at Brazos River Lodge in New Mexico. Photo courtesy of Brazos River Lodge.

September is bow hunting season and there are few places better suited to play host to the pursuit of wild game than the mountains of northern New Mexico. Brazos River Lodge in Chama, New Mexico is offering the ultimate outdoorsman’s getaway for all skill levels with private, world-class trophy elk hunting opportunities led by expert guides and upscale lodge accommodations situated on nearly 5,000 acres of pristine Northern New Mexico wilderness.

A stay at this private ranch, two hours north of Taos and three-and-a-half hours from Albuquerque, gives guests the rare opportunity for sole and private access to thousands of acres of wildflower-rich meadows, a four-mile stretch of the legendary Brazos River, two lakes and forests of ponderosa. With elevations ranging from 8,000 to 10,000 feet, Brazos River Lodge is set on private land and controlled by private ownership, where careful stewardship of the land, lakes and streams has made the lodge an ideal wilderness retreat for trophy caliber big game. Although bull elk are the primary draw, hunting is also great for mule deer, black bear, mountain lion and blue grouse.

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The lodge at night. Photo courtesy of Brazos River Lodge.

Upon arrival at Brazos River Lodge, guests are greeted by their expert hunting guides who will lead private hunts through the backwoods of the ranch where the opportunity of five-by-five or larger trophy bull elk migrate down from Colorado for rut season. Hunters will get the opportunity to explore the pristine wilderness and duck behind dark timber, Douglas fir, blue spruce, oak, conifer and aspens in search of the perfect elk. Experienced guides will call in the bugling elk to set the stage for hunters to fill their tags.

After a day of private exploration, guests retreat to an upscale mountain lodge tucked within the ranch’s sprawling wilderness. A stay at the lodge includes access to a private chef who will prepare daily gourmet meals before and after excursions using local and indigenous ingredients, whenever possible.

If you go:

The Bow Hunt Getaway Package at Brazos River Lodge is available Sept. 1 through Sept. 22 and includes accommodations within a new six-bedroom lodge, two-on-one hunting guides, daily hunting excursions, dressing of the animal once tagged, and all meals and snacks prepared daily by the chef (alcohol not included). $12,000 – $12,500 per person for a group of four guests. brazosriverlodge.com

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