Welcome to Lil' Joe's Big Game Hunting

Come Enjoy a Hunt of a Lifetime!

Lil' Joe's Big Game Hunting (LJBGH) is a small, hard hunting guide service in South Central New Mexico (NM). We specialize in harvesting black bear and mountain lions behind an experienced pack of hounds. We take great pride in our family hunting operation and will give you a unique inside view to the world of hunting with hounds.  We have a hunt for everyone, and you will see many youth and men and women of all ages in our photo gallery. The majority  of our clients book their spot for the next season right away and come back year after year to participate in the action-packed hunts LJBGH has to offer.  


Our hunts usually take place near the Lincoln National Forest near Ruidoso, NM, although they are tailored around snow fall and zone closures. The Cibola, Carson, and Santa Fe National Forests are our other hunting locations if needed.  Our guides are committed to providing you with the best opportunity to harvest your trophy and ensure that your time with us is well spent. 


 We hope you enjoy our website and social media links, and when you decide to make the investment in your NM big game hunt we are your first choice!


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About Us

Decades of Experience!

Joe Troyer is the owner and primary guide and has been guiding hunters since 1999.   Being a native New Mexican, Joe and his pack of hounds know the bears and lions of the Land of Enchantment best.  Along with the help of expert guides, Joe can get you the trophy big game animal you are after.


Joe has been registered and licensed through the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish as an Outfitter since 2009 and has been a licensed guide since 1999. 

Lions, _________, and bears, oh my!!!

 We have met very specific qualifications as set forth in law by the State of New Mexico to participate in the 10% special drawing pool. Ask us about guided hunts for other species besides bear and lion.   

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The Fine Print

 LJBGH is fully licensed, permitted, and insured.    It is against the law for a resident or non-resident hunter to compensate a hunting guide that does not have a Professional License from the State Of New Mexico. Professional Outfitters and Hunting Guides must maintain active permits for the Forest Service, BLM and State Lands. Outfitters must maintain a current insurance policy.