Mountain Camp at El Rancho Verde
"The Green Ranch" is high in the Sierra Madre Occidental
of western Chihuahua, Mexico, where almost 70 percent of Mexico's
Gould's wild turkeys reside. We hunt on private a ranch west of
the Continental Divide only a few miles east of the state of Sonora.
The 4-day hunts begin on Monday of the second full week in April
and end in May. Date adjustments from year to year are seldom more
than 2 or 3 days.
Hunt - April 7-10,
La Quinta Inn El Paso April 5,
to camp April 6, back to El Paso April 11
Hunt - April 14-17,
La Quinta Inn El Paso April 12,
April 13, back to El Paso April 18
Hunt - April 21-24,
La Quinta Inn El Paso April 19,
to camp April 20, back to El Paso April 25
Hunt - April 28-May 1,
La Quinta Inn El Paso April 26,
to camp April 27, back to El Paso May 2
Hunting is during
the period of maximum gobbling activity in the northwestern Sierra
Madre Mountains. Gobbling begins in late March and is good enough
for successful hunting through the entire month of April and most
of May. Although it is often said that Gould's turkeys gobble best
in late April and early May, the advantage of April hunting is the
fact that the turkeys are undisturbed in early April and few have
yet been killed. Consequently, success has been similar for both
early and late hunts. Rancho Verde is very large and no part of
it gets over hunted. Lovett will be glad to discuss this with you.
Gould's with giant juniper tree as a backdrop
Giant Goulds. Giant Juniper.
The Cabin at El Verde after a morning hunt.
The hunt fee is $1650 plus $250 for licenses and permits--total
$1900. The fee includes camp accommodations and meals, hunting license,
paperwork, and transportation from El Paso, Texas to camp and back
to El Paso. If you want to go, send $300 in a check payable to Lovett
Williams. Use the
reservation request form to send contact
information and to indicate which hunt you prefer. Your $300 is
refundable until you pay the 50% deposit when called for during
the summer. After the 50% deposit called for, I can make a refund
only if your vacancy can be filled. If you request a reservation
after July 1, send a 50% deposit.
Six (6) hunters per party. You can reserve a hunt for your whole
party or I will put you in a party with other hunters and send you
their names and contact information before your hunt date.
One gobbler goes with the basic price. You can take a second gobbler
by paying a trophy fee. If you want to take 2 turkeys across the
border, I need a $200 advance deposit because the outfitter will
have to buy a second permit for you. If you don't want to take but
one turkey across the border, the 2nd turkey fee is only $500. If
you want to take any part of 2 turkeys across the border, you will
need a permit and the fee will be $700. Ask Lovett to explain the
second turkey policy if you need more information or wait for the
memo about the 2nd turkey policy after you book.
Head Guide Viga Montes posing with a gobbler hunting client Sid
Baker took at El Verde in 2006.
There is an excellent turkey population and much acreage to hunt.
The success rate is almost always 100%. Gould's turkeys do much
gobbling and are very responsive to calling. Calling and other tactics
used in hunting other turkey subspecies are successful with Gould's.
We cannot import whole turkey carcasses
in the USA. Your trophy will be skinned in camp and ready for
your taxidermist when you cross the border. If the outfitter skins
your gobbler for mounting, there is a $50 skinning fee, but he
will help you skin it yourself for no charge. We know the border
requirements--you won’t risk losing your trophy.
sure to complete the Data
for Trophy Certificate form if you want a handsome certificate
with your name, hunting location, and physical attributes of your
trophy. View an example of the Gould's
A Gould's gobbler on a rocky oak ridge--at 10 yards.
The outfitter furnishes good 12 gauge repeating shotguns and U.S.
turkey grade ammunition. Using guns furnished by the outfitter circumvents
mucho red tape and saves you the high gun permit fee.
Accommodations are in mountain log cabins—bedrooms
with cots and mattresses, kitchen, and dining room with a full-time
cook and other helpers. The food is excellent, plentiful, and authentic
cooks, an interpreter, and your outfitter will be in camp and sometimes
also Lovett Williams. Guides will take you to a hunting territory
each morning and afternoon. If you do your own calling, you don't
need a personal guide.
A Gould's in the morning sun, called in with a wingbone yelper
made from Gould's wild turkey bones.
Camp personnel will be scouting for you, taking you to and from
roosting places, and providing maximum assistance. A personal guide
is available for a few of $50 per half-day. Please discuss your
need for a guide with Lovett in advance.
Ho hum, another fine morning in the Sierra Madre.
Evening Before Your Trip to Camp
You need to travel to El Paso two evenings before your first hunt
day. The outfitter/driver will handle the border crossing. If your
4-day hunt begins on April 9, you need to be in El Paso the evening
of April 7 to be picked up by the outfitter the morning of April 8
and taken to camp. You would hunt 4 days--April 9-12-- and be taken
back to El Paso on April 13 and fly home early on April 14. It is
best not to plan to fly home the evening you arrive back in El Paso
because of the possibility of a delay en route to El Paso.
Head guide Viga, the outfitter's son, weighing in the trophies
Your Gould's trophy will be skinned in camp and prepared for the
trip to the States.
Conditions and Terrain
Hunting is at 6,000-7,000 feet elevation. We call the hunting grounds
"ranches" but the mountains are unimproved timber and
range land. Hunters are transported in vehicles from the mountain
cabin to and from where they will hunt. There are no paved roads,
no fields or improved pastures, and no food plots but there is an
outstanding wild turkey population and beautiful wild mountains
from horizon to horizon. You will be hunting in the rugged country
of northern Mexico, which, except for a few dirt roads, has remained
unchanged since Geronimo hid out there. You will be hunting where
that famous Indian so successfully eluded the U.S. Army. We can
accommodate any hunter in average health.
and Where to Meet
We will suggest a lodging place that has free airport pickup service
so that your party will be together and picked up without loss of
time. You will visit a store en route for items you didn't pack
for the trip to El Paso.
The camp is deep in the mountains and transportation is difficult
and limited. The outfitter cannot bring hunters out for early return
home except in cases of emergency or unless the whole party wishes
to return when they all take a turkey.
Chihuahuans are accustomed to American tourists. Many speak some
English and all are friendly. The horror stories you hear about
Mexico are internal affairs among Mexicans and mostly occur in large
cities along the border. The stories are akin to the alligator and
snake stories you hear about Florida--almost entirely media hype.
You will enter Mexico at a rural crossing in New Mexico 20 miles
west of El Paso.
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Your outfitter is Socorro Montes. The outfitter takes only hunters booked
by Lovett. Lovett visits the hunting camp and advises the outfitter about
policy and accommodations. This close and exclusive relationship insures
that your hunt will be hassle-free, enjoyable, and successful. You will
meet your Mexican outfitter or his representative when you are picked
up in El Paso for the trip to the hunting camp.
Socorro Montes--your rancher/outfitter at El Verde
instructions about how to use a wingbone