Sportsman Adventure - Hunts

Since the 1940’s, Philmont has been offering guided, invitational big game hunts to those actively involved in Scouting. Sportsmen are considered upon recommendation from a local council Scout Executive. If approved, Sportsmen will be able to submit an application to hunt, which must be accompanied by a deposit. If successful in the draw, Sportsmen will receive a letter of acceptance. If unsuccessful, Philmont will refund the deposit and Sportsmen will remain on the mailing list for future hunts.

All hunters must purchase a Game-hunting or Game-hunting and Fishing License before applying for any big game draw license.

Big Game Hunts

Philmont hosts several hunts throughout the year, including antelope, elk, deer, bear, mountain lion, turkey and buffalo. More information about fees and hunts can be found below.


Sportsman Adventure fees include room and board, a guide, vehicle, skinners, packers, and meat processing. There are no individual charges and charges will not be proroated each day.

Come set your sights on Philmont’s unique big game hunting invitational. Experience an exceptional adventure, make memories and enjoy Philmont’s beautiful country.


Hunt 2017 Dates # of Hunters Fee (tax incl.)
Antelope Aug 25-28 4 Hunters $2,750
Antelope Aug 29-Sept 1 4 Hunters $2,750
Elk (Archery) Sept 17-23 4 Hunters $9,000
Elk (Rifle) Sept 30-Oct 6 10 Hunters $9,000
Elk (Rifle) Nov 5-11 8 Hunters $9,000
Elk (Rifle) Nov 25-Dec 1 8 Hunters $9,000
Elk (Management) Dec 9-15 6 Hunters $6,000
Deer (Management) Oct 29-Nov 2 16 Hunters $2,750
Turkey Apr 17-21 10 Hunters $2,600
Turkey Apr 25-29 8 Hunters $2,600
Bear/Cougar Add-on to another hunt $1,000 (only if taken)
(with outfitter)
Add-on to another hunt $2,500 (flat fee)
Combo Rut Trophy
Deer and Elk
Please contact us $13,500
Please contact us $1,500-$5,000
Non-hunting guests Please contact us $150 per guest

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About Philmont Scout Ranch

Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America's premier High Adventure™ base, challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 214 square miles of rugged northern New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.