Contact: Neil Lawson
Turner Ranch Outfitting™
Phone: (575) 740-1161
Armendaris Ranch, located in southwestern New Mexico, consists of 362,885 acres of habitat. Popular with guests for many years, Armendaris offers hunting opportunities for mule deer, pronghorn, bison, and oryx and now offers special opportunities for desert bighorn ram hunts in the Fra Cristobal Mountains. The ranch has a long standing partnership with the state game and fish department resulting in six issued permits, three via state drawing and three issued to TRO hunting clients.
Armendaris hunts are guided by TRO staff or contract outfitters. Hunting opportunities will vary from year to year based on annual surveys.
The 156,439-acre Ladder Ranch is located in southwest New Mexico. This ranch borders the Gila National Forest in the Black Range foothills. TRO offers a limited number of guided hunts on the Ladder for trophy elk and mule deer; wild turkeys are hunted in the spring. Ladder trophy bucks and bulls are among the best produced in this region.
Vermejo Park Ranch is 585,000 acres of private land located in Northeastern New Mexico where the Great Plains meet the Rockies. The ranch, once part of the 1.7 million-acre Beaubien-Miranda (Maxwell) Land Grant, has been owned and managed by Turner Enterprises, Inc. since 1996. Vermejo Park Ranch’s elevation ranges from 5,900 to nearly 13,000 feet above sea level, comprising of several biomes from short-grass prairie to alpine tundra. Vermejo is home to approximately 8,000 elk, thousands of deer, pronghorn, Merriam’s turkeys, hundreds of bear, cougar and other native wildlife. The ranch also maintains a large privately-owned herd of bison of the unique “Castle Rock” genetic strain.
Hunting has been a part of the ranch since ancestors of the Jicarilla Apache, Kiowa and other Native American tribes roamed the area looking for bison, elk and deer. Rocky Mountain elk, once extirpated from most of the West, were repatriated to the Ranch in the early 1900s by Vermejo Park founder William Bartlett. Mr. Bartlett, an avid hunter, angler and amateur naturalist, brought a small number of elk from Yellowstone to Vermejo where he released them. Through the following century the herd grew and soon Vermejo became known as one of the premier elk hunting venues in North America. Generations of guests have come here to hunt, observe and otherwise enjoy the wildlife resources of the ranch.
Hunting will always be a part of Vermejo and is consistent with the Turner Enterprises’ mission statement, which is “To Manage Turner Properties in an economically sustainable and ecologically sensitive manner while promoting the conservation of native species and habitats.” Managing a landscape as large as Vermejo requires maintaining a balance between animals and habitat. The sport harvest of game by guests provides an economic benefit to the ranch as well as helping to maintain balanced and sustainable populations of elk, deer, pronghorn and other wildlife within a sustainable habitat.
Contact: Lief Ahlm
Phone: (575) 445-2059, ext. 219