Central plateau whitetail is one of seven whitetail subspecies on offer by SJL.
By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief Editor's note: Last month we updated you on what's happening with Mexico Hunts. This month we tell you how to get (almost) all of the Mexican whitetails or turkeys in one fell swoop. Read on for details.
In addition to operating Mexico Hunts, Sergio Jimenez has also started his own booking agency called SJL Hunting Consultant. He is booking hunts all over the world, but only with people he knows and has hunted with himself. He started by helping friends and Mexican clients looking for specific hunts. His clients include hunters chasing the Weatherby Award and the SCI Whitetail Deer Slam. While helping them find and book the hunts they need, Jimenez developed a program to collect all of the whitetail deer and wild turkey subspecies found in Mexico. All but one of the pieces are in place already, and the last is expected to come together soon.
SCI recognizes seven distinct Mexican whitetail deer subspecies. Two are also available in the southwestern US: Coues and Carmen Mountain. While the texanus
subspecies is biologically the same as those in Texas, a texanus
taken in Mexico counts as an additional deer for several SCI awards. The others are Central Plateau whitetail deer, Gulf Coast whitetail, Central American whitetail, and Pacific Coast whitetail. Jimenez now has six of the seven and soon hopes to offer them all. He even has plans for hunters who want to collect all seven in one trip.
He starts in Sonora with Coues deer, better known among hunters as the gray ghost. The rack on a mature buck normally has four points to a side, including the brow tines. It lives in desert mountain areas at elevations of 4,000 to 8,000 feet, preferring scrub oak and high grassy basins. In Mexico, Coues deer range through Sonora, Durango and Chihuahua. Jimenez takes his Coues deer hunters to El Plomito Ranch, a 30,000-acre property in La Sierra del Viejo, close to Caborca and about a four-hour drive northwest of Hermosillo....