J. Teeter's latest Mexico mule deer.
By LeighAnn Bodenchuk, Editorial Assistant
We recently received three reports from subscribers about exceptional mule deer hunts in Sonora, Mexico.
First up, subscriber J. Teeter tells us he hunted at Dale Ranches (817-929-1000; http://daleranches.com
). This was Teeter's third mule deer hunt with Dale Ranches. All three hunts yielded bucks scoring 200-plus B&C, with this year's buck scoring 205 6/8 with a 33.5-inch spread. Teeter has hunted this property five times, including a desert bighorn hunt that yielded a 168-inch B&C ram.
Teeter flew into Hermosillo and was driven about an hour to the ranch. He stayed in an hacienda he describes as "unreal, with big bedrooms with king-size beds and great food." The property is 42,000 acres. Teeter and his guide hunted "mostly from a high rack but we [did] climb a lot of hills to glass for bucks and then to try to ease in on them if possible." Teeter reports that the "rut was a little slow this year, but we still found a hot doe late one afternoon with big boy."
On all of Teeter's mule deer hunts, he reports long days in the high rack with most shots taken from the high rack at 50 to 300 yards. He recommends paying attention to your guide and shooting quickly. He says, "If a doe is spotted, get your gun up and wait on the guide to give you the go-ahead. Do not look through your binoculars. Have your rifle up and ready. Most times you have only about five seconds to make the shot." Teeter reports seeing many 185 to 195-class bucks on the property. Though you may see between five and 20 deer a day, he also says, "Mexico is not a cake walk. Long days in the rack and few sightings on some days. However, without drawing one of the coveted tags in Arizona or Utah, there is no better place to kill a really big mule deer than Mexico."
Dale Ranches secured Teeter's gun permit months prior to his hunt. Mule deer hunts are for five days, and the ranch takes only eight trophy buck hunters per year, two hunters per week. Teeter says he has taken all his bucks within three days. The ranch also has one or two tags per year for sheep, and Teeter reports that most hunters get their rams in two to three days. The ranch is currently for sale and may not be available for hunting next year....