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 License
Antelope Aug 25-28 4 Hunters ~$1600 ~$92 ~$290
Antelope Aug 29-Sept 1 4 Hunters ~$1600 ~$92 ~$290
Elk (Archery) Sept 17-23 4 Hunters ~$7200 ~$414 ~$555
Elk (Rifle) Sept 30-Oct 6 10 Hunters ~$7200 ~$414 ~$555
Elk (Rifle) Nov 5-11 8 Hunters ~$5650 ~$325 ~$555
Elk (Rifle) Nov 25-Dec 1 8 Hunters ~$4600 ~$265 ~$555
Elk (Management) Nov 9-15 6 Hunters ~$4600 ~$265 ~$555
Deer (Management) Oct 29-Nov 2 16 Hunters ~$2800 ~$161 ~$355
Turkey Apr 17-21 10 Hunters
Turkey Apr 25-29 8 Hunters
Bear/Cougar Add-on $1000 (only if taken) ~$260
Bear/Cougar Add-on
(with outfitter)
$2500 (flat fee) ~$260
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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.