Screamin' Bull Outfitters (SBO), a Northern New Mexico Outfitter and Guide Service, is owned and operated by Chris Lucero and his father Louie. They offer New Mexico Elk and Antelope hunts primarily on private lands. As members of the Rio Costilla Cooperative Livestock Association (RCCLA), they are located in north central New Mexico on the southern end of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. They have over 60 years of combined outfitter and guiding experience and familiarity with the 82,000 acre Rio Costilla Park Ranch and operate out of their attractive lodge in the town of Amalia. Their success rate on trophy bull elk runs over 85% .
The 82,000 acre Rio Costilla Park Ranch was originally a land grant given to the people of Amalia and Costilla, New Mexico. It is surrounded by other ranches such as Ted Turner's Vermejo Park to the north/northeast, the Carson National Forest on the south, the famous Valle Vidal to the east/southeast, the Ceilo Vista Ranch to the north in Colorado, and the New Mexico Dept. of Game and Fish's Urraca GMU 53. All share the large populations of migrating Elk, Mule Deer, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Merriam Wild Turkey, Coyote, Blue Grouse, Rainbow and Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout, and have game and fish management programs in place to insure a quality experience .
The Rio's elk herd has been under an intensive management program for more than 30 years and offers the discriminating hunter real trophy bull opportunities.
The Elk Hunt
As fall rolls around, green leafed quaky aspens transform into golden meadows of beauty and splendor. Bugling bulls now come to life as the "season" is in the air. Herds of rutting elk now fill the voids that were once just meadows. The competition for breeding rights is now in full swing!
Our hunt begins with early morning hunting excursions including scouting and exploring, with a return to camp by late morning for breakfast and a quick siesta. We will be hunting again from early afternoon until dark, and back to the lodge for a hot, homemade meal. Accommodations consist of lodging, all meals, all access to the ranch, a guide for each hunter, and trophy care.
The nearest commercial airport is located 90 minutes north in Alamosa, Colorado and the San Luis Valley Regional Airport. Larger airports are within a scenic, four-hour drive of Albuquerque, NM; Denver, CO; or Colorado Springs, CO. SBO can assist you with your travel plans and make arrangements for your pick up at the Alamosa and Albuquerque airports .
SBO Antelope hunts are conducted on ranches of 1700 to 41,000 acres and are either 2 or 3 day hunts depending on state region. The hunts are self-guided with SBO personnel available to offer assistance. Hunters provide their license, lodging, food, and transportation. SBO provides the ranch permits. Hunter success was 100% in 2009 with three book bucks taken. Hunts are either in late August or mid-September. 2012 hunt dates north of I-40 are 3-day hunts in August and September. South of I-40 is a 2-day hunt in September.