Excellence in Guided Hunts Throughout New Mexico


Top Notch Outfitters is owned and operated by Brian Newell. Brian grew up in northwest Colorado where he learned to love and appreciate the outdoors and all it has to offer. Brian has been guiding and outfitting since 1991; and he has been working and living in South Central New Mexico since 1998.

The experience Brian has acquired from being a hunter, guide, outfitter, and business owner give him the unique perspective required to meet the individual needs of each Top Notch Outfitters client. Brian has been featured in several outdoor TV shows including Outdoors in the Heartland, Betterbuilts World of Hunting, Just Hunt, and Archers Choice. Brian has also been recognized in articles in Sporting Classics, Outdoor life, and the NRA’s Free Choice magazine.


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We Offer Customized Hunts That Meet the Individual Needs of Each Client

Top Notch Outfitters is proud to offer each client an individualized hunting experience, and the opportunity to hunt in areas that produce the mature, quality animal one expects from a guided hunt with an experienced, skilled, guide. After being the owner of a large outfitting service that guided up to 80 elk hunters per year, Brian has learned that bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to quality hunts.Brian is not looking to be the “Walmart” of the outfitting industry but rather a boutique outfitting company that is large enough to offer all the amenities and services of a big outfitting company yet small enough to be able to customize each hunting experience. Brian does not want any of his hunters to feel like they are on an “assembly line” hunting trip; instead his goal is for them to experience the feelings of friendship and acceptance that comes with being part of a close-knit hunting family. This individual attention makes for a memorable experience that will make you want to come back year after year.Want to read more about the unforgettable experiences Brian’s clients have had? Click here.

Our Philosophy- Quality First

Top Notch Outfitters believes honesty and communication – along with integrity, experience, and a commitment to excellence – are key to all successful hunts. Our company recognizes and respects the hunter’s desire to know how the hunting has been, if quality animals are being consistently spotted, and what their chances are of having a successful experience. Above all, Top Notch Outfitters approaches guided hunts with a “quality before quantity” attitude.A quality hunt includes personalized services, mature animals hunted in quality areas, and a guide that is a skilled, licensed, and experienced. By hunting in areas with high numbers of mature animals, each hunter will have a better opportunity of taking home the trophy of a lifetime that many hunters so often come to New Mexico to hunt for. Although Top Notch Outfitters does not guarantee a kill, they do promise to give 100% effort to make your hunt a successful and memorable experience.