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    A licensed, experienced hunting guide service for trophy elk and other big game in New Mexico
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    A licensed, experienced hunting guide service for trophy elk and other big game in New Mexico

Elk & Wild Game Hunting

JACO Outfitters, LLC Hunt Photos 

JACO Outfitters, LLC is a licensed, experienced hunting guide service for trophy elk and other big game in New Mexico. We hunt throughout the state in public and private hunting locations, where there are large populations of big game, with your choice of a bow, muzzle loader, or rifle. We have thousands of acres of public and private land available for hunting elk, deer, black bear, cougar, turkey, bighorn sheep, and antelope, with elevations ranging from 6,000 feet to 12,500 feet above sea level.

JACO Outfitters, LLC operates many of its hunts on public land in New Mexico and holds permits in the Santa Fe National Forest, Carson National Forest, Gila National Forest, Apache National Forest and the Cibola National Forest.

John earned an undergraduate degree in Biology, and a Master’s degree in Environmental Management and Life Sciences. His thesis was on the Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Mule Deer in Northern New Mexico. His close association with federal and state agencies allows him access to crucial information pertaining to big game and their management schemes.

We provide all meals, lodging and accommodations, transportation to and from the field, field dressing of game, as well as photos on your hunt.

All New Mexico Game Commission regulations change each year;
contact JACO Outfitters, LLC for current hunting regulations.

Other Wild Game:

JACO Outfitters, LLC can assist you with arrangements for other wild game hunts, which include: Antelope, Black Bear, Bighorn Sheep, Cougar and Merriam’s Turkey. Please contact us for seasons and available openings.

Contact JACO Outfitters, LLC at 505-379-5551 or 575-387-2665


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Preparing for a Hunt out West – Getting in Shape

Big game hunting can be one of the toughest hunts a hunter will experience. It is one of the most physically demanding hunting sports most hunters will ever endour. Most Eastern deer hunters who head West forget about one of the most important aspects of getting ready for a hunt: Getting in Shape.  If a hunter is planning to hunt out West, he should purchase a quality backpack and start hiking with it on his or her back. Often being in shape is the last thing on a hunter’s mind as he/she gets ready, but it should be the first.

Hunters who want to be successful should plan to hike a few miles off the road. Although a few miles may not sound like much, walking a few miles in the mountains is a lot different than walking on a sidewalk out East.  The Western mountains in New Mexico can be tough walking for deer or bird hunters who are used to walking on level ground. To prepare for walking up steep mountains, hunters should walk up the steepest hills they can find in their neck of the woods and hike up and down them regularly with a pack on their back.

When preparing for a western hunt, having at least 30 pounds in a pack is a good idea. Hunters should pack up the gear they plan to take with them and hike with it on their back a few times a week. This prepares their back muscles and leg muscles for the hunt. It also helps you lose weight. Every extra ounce of weight you can shed from your body will be less weight you have to bring into the woods. An overweight hunters who realize to late that they didn’t prepare physically for a western hunt may find the hunt extremely challenging. They end up sitting in camp or in the pickup most of the time instead of hunting out in the field where hunters should be.

When preparing physically, it is important to realize that big game live in the high country where the air is often thin. It can be very difficult to prepare Eastern lungs for Western air, but there are a few things hunters can do. When training, hunters need to breathe as much as possible from their nose and keep their mouth closed. This makes lungs work harder and helps prepare them for the hard breathing they will encounter out west. They can also run very fast up side hills for short distances or ride a bike uphill as fast as they can for short distances to strengthen their lungs.

Our best advice is: Get In Shape!!!!