• Welcome to San Francisco River Outfitters. We take only a limited number of hunters each year to insure individual attention and trophy quality opportunity. Our specialty in the industry is that we offer true pack-in wilderness hunts using well trained mountain horses and mules to get you back where the big bulls live!
  • “Tom Klumker and his crew helped me and my son Ty on my son’s first archery elk hunt in 2013. We did a hunt with San Francisco outfitters into the Gila wilderness and it could not have been better. Tom has good stock animals; he’s honest, hard-working and knows the wilderness. I would highly recommend Tom and San Francisco outfitters to anyone wanting a wilderness experience. I can’t wait to do this again! Sincerely Jeff and Ty Taylor”
  • “We hunt from quality wall tent camps with cots and pads in sleep tents and a cook/dining tent with full-time cook and using a full time wrangler and 1×1 guide service.”
  • While we offer the best trophy bull elk wilderness hunts in America, we also offer hunting trips for Coues Deer, Bighorn Sheep, Antelope, Javelina, Merriam’s Turkey, Mule deer, Mountain Lion, bear, Ibex and Oryx in both New Mexico and Arizona.
  • “We have hunted with Tom multiple times and can’t say enough about his integrity and knowledge of the wilderness. There are many part-time non New Mexico resident outfitters to choose from. Tom is different as he has lived next to the Gila’s and spent countless hours in them the last 30 years. This equals knowledge and big bull opportunities for his clients! Brett Gorrell / Drue Collins
  • I have been hunting the Gila and Blue Range Wildernesses since 1972 and professionally outfitting there since 1986. We try very hard to go beyond the other hunters and outfitters to get our hunters into parts of the wilderness areas where we see few other hunters.
  • This big 7×9 bull scored 406 gross and was taken on the third archery season by Nathan Wolford of TX. and accompanied by his father-in-law G./W. Hubbard whom also killed a nice bull. Nathan told me and I quote “It was a fantastic hunt-the hunt of our lives! We truly enjoyed it.” They even saw a much bigger bull that they couldn’t quite get a shot at.
  • Matt Dunn’s 382 bull is pictured here. His hunting partner Gabe Aguilar took a 383 gross bull. Both are from TX and they both took big bulls on the first rifle hunt. They told me and I quote “I want to thank you again for a trip I will never forget.”
Tom Klumker, your outfitter guide. We use some of the top guides in the West, which enables us to consistently harvest trophy class animals. I have owned horses and mules and have been packing into wilderness areas all of my life. In recent years some outfitters whom have no livestock opt to put some of their clients in for the wilderness hunts and then try to farm out the packing and camps to unqualified operators or they try to hunt from the trail heads. We operate in The Gila National Forest, the Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico and the Coronado and Apache/Sitgreaves National Forests in Arizona. If you want a true traditional wilderness pack-in hunt where knowledge and experience count, give us a call.

OUTFITTER & GUIDE

Tom Klumker, your outfitter guide. We use some of the top guides in the West, which enables us to consistently harvest trophy class animals. I have owned horses and mules and have been packing into wilderness areas all of my life. In recent years some outfitters whom have no livestock opt to put some of their clients in for the wilderness hunts and then try to farm out the packing and camps to unqualified operators or they try to hunt from the trail heads. We operate in The Gila National Forest, the Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico and the Coronado and Apache/Sitgreaves National Forests in Arizona. If you want a true traditional wilderness pack-in hunt where knowledge and experience count, give us a call.
San Francisco River Outfitters has been selected to outfit and guide the hosts of “Relentless Pursuit “ which airs on Sportsman Channel  and “Extreme Desire” airing on the Dish Network starting July of 2014.  We have enjoyed guiding on multiple successful trophy bull elk, Couse deer and more hunts over the years.

SPORTSMAN CHANNEL OUTFITTER

San Francisco River Outfitters has been selected to outfit and guide the hosts of “Relentless Pursuit “ which airs on Sportsman Channel and “Extreme Desire” airing on the Dish Network starting July of 2014. We have enjoyed guiding on multiple successful trophy bull elk, Couse deer and more hunts over the years.
Welcome to San Francisco River Outfitters.  We take only a limited number of hunters each year to insure individual attention and trophy quality opportunity. Our specialty or niche in the industry is that we offer true pack-in wilderness hunts using well trained mountain horses and mules and hunt from quality wall tent camps with cots and pads in sleep tents and a cook/dining tent with full time cook and using a full time wrangler and 1x1 guide service. We use knowledgeable guides with considerable experience hunting in the wilderness. We operate in the Gila National Forest (16B primarily plus units 23, 16E, 16D and 15), the Lincoln National Forest (Unit 34) in New Mexico and the Coronado (Unit 33) and Apache/Sitgreaves (Units 27 and 1) National Forests in Arizona.

ABOUT SF RIVER OUTFITTERS

Welcome to San Francisco River Outfitters. We take only a limited number of hunters each year to insure individual attention and trophy quality opportunity. Our specialty or niche in the industry is that we offer true pack-in wilderness hunts using well trained mountain horses and mules and hunt from quality wall tent camps with cots and pads in sleep tents and a cook/dining tent with full time cook and using a full time wrangler and 1×1 guide service. We use knowledgeable guides with considerable experience hunting in the wilderness. We operate in the Gila National Forest (16B primarily plus units 23, 16E, 16D and 15), the Lincoln National Forest (Unit 34) in New Mexico and the Coronado (Unit 33) and Apache/Sitgreaves (Units 27 and 1) National Forests in Arizona.
San Francisco River Outfitters has just finished another great year with our success rates being very good. Our guided and outfitted archery elk hunters went 5 for 9 for a 55% success rate and our guided and outfitted rifle elk hunters went 12 for 15 for an 80% success rate. Our drop camp hunters didn't fare as well but had great hunts never the less. Antler growth was good with our biggest bulls being a 380 and a 365 taken during the archery hunts in the Gila Wilderness. We had a majority of our bulls in the 320 plus range with several 330  bulls taken. Most of these bulls were taken in the Gila Wilderness with three bulls taken in outside units including one 330 rifle bull taken in unit 27 in Arizona. The after effects of the Whitewater/Baldy Fire Complex are both a blessing and a hardship in that some of our trails are still impassible and our cross country routes make it harder to get to the more remote areas we hunt, while at the same time it makes it harder or impossible for other hunters to get there also, so some of the country has had a lot less hunting pressure the last three years and is helping keep the quality high. The 2015 elk draw was especially good for our rifle hunter applicants and a little less for our archery hunter applicants. I don't know if this is due to archery becoming more popular or if it was just the luck of the draw. Into the future we will continue to do the bulk our hunts in the Gila Wilderness where we pack in by horseback and mule to get away from the roads and the concentration of hunters with the ever growing disruption caused by ATV's in the outside roaded units. We continue to provide a top notch service with providing a great wall tent camp with a full time cook and full time wrangler/packer and 1x1 guided hunts. The elk herds continue to be good and we expect great things again in 2016 as the Gila Wilderness continues to produce good bulls.

2015 HUNTING RECAP

San Francisco River Outfitters has just finished another great year with our success rates being very good. Our guided and outfitted archery elk hunters went 5 for 9 for a 55% success rate and our guided and outfitted rifle elk hunters went 12 for 15 for an 80% success rate. Our drop camp hunters didn’t fare as well but had great hunts never the less. Antler growth was good with our biggest bulls being a 380 and a 365 taken during the archery hunts in the Gila Wilderness. We had a majority of our bulls in the 320 plus range with several 330+ bulls taken. Most of these bulls were taken in the Gila Wilderness with three bulls taken in outside units including one 330 rifle bull taken in unit 27 in Arizona. The after effects of the Whitewater/Baldy Fire Complex are both a blessing and a hardship in that some of our trails are still impassible and our cross country routes make it harder to get to the more remote areas we hunt, while at the same time it makes it harder or impossible for other hunters to get there also, so some of the country has had a lot less hunting pressure the last three years and is helping keep the quality high. The 2015 elk draw was especially good for our rifle hunter applicants and a little less for our archery hunter applicants. I don’t know if this is due to archery becoming more popular or if it was just the luck of the draw. Into the future we will continue to do the bulk our hunts in the Gila Wilderness where we pack in by horseback and mule to get away from the roads and the concentration of hunters with the ever growing disruption caused by ATV’s in the outside roaded units. We continue to provide a top notch service with providing a great wall tent camp with a full time cook and full time wrangler/packer and 1×1 guided hunts. The elk herds continue to be good and we expect great things again in 2016 as the Gila Wilderness continues to produce good bulls.