New Mexico

Want to Increase Your New Mexico Draw Odds?

The first step to an incredible New Mexico elk hunting experience!


step 1: draw a tag through elkbros

Understanding New Mexico's Draw System....

New Mexico is a true lottery system, with no preference point system. 
Hunt units are allotted a certain number of tags according to NM Game and Fish determinations. Those tags are then split among three pools of applicants; 1) the “resident pool” gets 84% of all the tags in that unit or area. 2) the “non-resident pool” gets 6%, and 3) the “outfitter pool” gets 10% for hunters that contract with an outfitter for a minimum of  two(2) days if drawn.
Only a New Mexico Registered outfitter can use the outfitter pool which increases your odds of drawing a tag. 

The outfitter pool is available to Residents and Non-residents alike that contract with an outfitter.

A random computer drawing occurs, selecting applications one by one, attempting to award tags by current availability. The computer begins with the first choice. If a person’s first choice is not available, it falls to the second choice and on down until either a tag is awarded or the requests are unsuccessful.

step 2: The ElkBros Experience

The Training Begins!

Successful applicants are awarded a year’s subscription to our BaseCamp Online Elk Hunting Course as well as being contacted by members of our ElkBros Adventures “Success Team” to begin your skill set, knowledge development and hunt preparation. 

A Coach, Partner & Mentor... not a point and shoot guide.

Our coaches show up to begin your elk hunting journey with their own gear, transportation, needed items and sleep systems with one goal in mind… your successful development as an ethical, lethal and responsible elk hunter. They teach by example, demonstration, cues, discussions and through actual encounters where your skills will be constantly honed and molded.  They are there to be your coach, partner and mentor for the next 3, 5 or 7 days of your hunt and have you come out the other side a more confident, prepared, skilled and successful elk hunter. Understand that our coaches are there to empower, not enable.

DIY Preparation on Steroids!

Each client will be coached on what to bring and responsible for their own needed gear, food, transportation (unless other arrangements have been made between ElkBros Adventures and clients) and equipment prior to your hunt. The whole goal of our system being to develop and prepare you to have everything you need to do an elk hunt on your own while avoiding the most common pitfalls and failure points through our guidance.


Because of high demand and only so many to go around, our coaches are booked on a first come first served basis. We will only accept applications for a hunt and unit that we can cover without being overbooked.
We highly recommend that you apply for our services well ahead of time.  This allows us a better opportunity of determining the different units with possible need and to help you with the best application strategy for the next season.


Before you can apply for a tag using the Outfitter Pool, we are required by NM law to have a contract. As per New Mexico Dept. of Game and Fish regulations, hunter-clients that draw a tag through the NM outfitter pool must be accompanied by a registered NM Guide for a minimum of two(2) days. However, due to the nature of our coaching model, ElkBros Adventure Coaches will be contracted for no less than three(3) days.

If you are interested in applying using our service, complete and submit the form below and we will contact you to verify and discuss the details. If we confirm service availability for your desired hunt dates and hunt unit, you will be provided a contract, outfitter number and suggested application strategy. 

ElkBros Adventures is an equal opportunity provider and operates under a permit from the Carson National Forest.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, and American Sign Language) should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a complainant should complete a Form AD 3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, which can be obtained online, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632- 9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by: mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; email: