What makes the land of New Mexico unique when it comes to outdoor activities?
New Mexico has 22 million acres of public lands with fantastic access, huge private ranches and just 1.8 million people. Our landscape is wild and open from the low desert basins down on the Mexican border to the alpine peaks of the Sangre de Cristo at 13,000 feet with super great variety of game living free and wild across this unspoiled landscape.
New Mexico weather is mild offering year round conditions excellent for outdoor activities.
In fact, it is not uncommon to ski in the morning up on the mountain then play a round of golf down in the valley afterwards. Personally, my operation focuses on being cool all summer long in the high country of northern New Mexico fly fishing cold water creeks for trout then hunting mountain species as Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, dusky grouse and elk then relocating to the southern deserts with a warm sunny winter fishing the lakes for warm water species and hunt desert big horns, antelope, mule deer, wild quail, waterfowl, Barbary sheep and Ibex.
How can a guide help when it comes to hunting?
Simple - Our SFGC ProGuides spend 12 months of the year scouting and working the same areas for all species of animals, year after year, season after season and know where the far ranging herds and flocks are at any given time of the season. Along with knowing where the quarry lives, we know the trails, are experts at navigation, safety and coaching a hunter to a successful conclusion during their time in the wilds here in New Mexico.
I have not hunted for the first time, where do I start?
The SFGC has a new and very popular ModernHuntsman program designed to educate and teach want to be hunters firearm safety, shooting skills and harvest techniques so you take home the best table fare possible after your successful time afield. These programs are tailored to the hunter who wants to be self proficient with hopes of following up with DIY (do it yourself) adventures. We assist our ModernHuntsman with procuring the right tags for public lands as well as on our private ranches where for this first outing, hunting and searching for an animal is not the focus, but firearm safety, shooting skills and then what we actually have to do to harvest the animal professionally being the targets. These training programs are for fishermen, small game hunters and big game hunters alike. Taking fresh rainbow trout, bass, walleye, catfish for the frying pan or grouse, dove, ducks and squirrels while small game hunting or antelope, deer or elk for big game events - most ModernHuntsman participants work their way up through the training from fishing, small game then onto big game over several season afield with us.
What are the benefits of harvesting your own food?
There is a strong push these days to be more self reliant and to eat wild natural foods.
A life time of fishing and hunting for quality food also delivers a life time of excellent outdoor recreation as well.
I spend my time working on my business, gardening annual crops, growing a variety of fruit trees, fishing and hunting for a well balanced self sustained wild diet...of course going out to my favorite restaurants and grocery shopping between my harvest for the best healthiest life possible recreating afield.
Is there something particularly unique about the animals that can be hunted in New Mexico that might affect the experience, taste, etc. compared to other states?
All New Mexico game and fish is fair chase living on a wild landscape. I as well as all my ProGuides believe these game animals spend their lives feeding across this wild natural organic landscape taking in whole nutrients, vitamins and medicines then we eat the flesh, we take these directly into our bodies.
How is the fishing in New Mexico, and how can a guide help what it comes to fishing?
Once again, New Mexico’s unique natural environment from the deserts down low way up into the highest elevations makes fishing a very great endeavor here as well.
With 4 distinct seasons, there is always something biting from the warm water lakes for bass, catfish, crappie and walleye to cold water systems full of 5 species of trout and pike - always something biting and the SFGC knows how to get you HOOKED UP.
What other guiding services are provided by the SFGC besides hunting, fishing and the ModernHuntsman program?
The SFGC is also a destination management company for small and large leisure and corporate travel groups and families alike arranging everything from airport transportation, to dining events and all available recreation activities from regional historical cultural sightseeing tours and all outdoor activities such as skiing, whitewater rafting, hot air ballooning, fly fishing lessons, etc. - the variety of activities is awesome!
Tell me about the outdoors activities near or within Santa Fe city limits?
Santa Fe sits right in the middle of some of the finest outdoor recreation in the world.
Top to bottom the surrounding landscapes around and within Santa Fe provide fantastic outdoor recreation. Skiing, XC skiing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, rafting the Rio Grande, fly fishing the wild rivers for trout and lake fishing for bass and walleye, wildlife viewing, or even hunting for both small game and trophy big game are all popular activities for Santa Fe residents and visitor alike. Recently we have even added a new “push pull” private railroad car service on the Lamy Line for something even more unique. With the legalization of cannabis here in New Mexico, we will really get high under the bright blue skies in the wilds of New Mexico.
Santa Fe also has numerous professional outfitters and guiding companies ready to equip and lead you and your friends into the wilds for a fantastic memorable experience here in the Land of Enchantment.
What is most notable about the Ski areas near Santa Fe?
The ski areas of New Mexico surrounding the City Different are all high altitude areas with bottoms at 8000 and topping out above 12000 feet. The dry air produces the worlds lightest powder and with the mountains being on the edge, the storms pass rapidly away leaving a fresh pow pow dump under our awesome bright blue sunny skies.
Tell me about the trails near Santa Fe?
Santa Fe is surrounded by Federal Public lands and open space offering all kinds of trail networks developed and maintained for hiking, skiing, biking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
These trails can be high up on the mountain and low down in the valley offering season and all season access for your desires.
Trial heads are located within city limit