Coues Deer: These Guys Are Doing Things Right


Published: October - 2002

We've all heard stories about Mexican outfitters running huge numbers of deer hunters through a property, taking every possible buck in sight. This deer-hunting version of slash-and-burn agriculture has all but depleted hundreds of properties South of The Border, fueling an increasingly desperate scramble for new properties. The competition at this point for new properties is so fierce many outfitters have become secretive about the ranches they hunt for fear of other operators bidding their hunting places out from under them. Clearly, this kind of behavior has to come to an end if quality deer hunting is going to endure in Mexico.

Enter the Camou brothers, Luis and Ricardo, and their American partner, Bruce E. Warren. While others continue business as usual, this trio has been quietly moving in the right direction. By that I mean in the direction of long-term conservation.

You may know Bruce Warren from his days at Cabela's Outdoor Adventures, where he spent more than 10 years helping that agency build its international hunting program. It was at Cabela's that Warren met the Camou brothers and helped them organize and market trophy Coues and desert mule deer hunts in Sonora. Nowadays, Warren books hunts on his own as Bruce E. Warren & Company, but the core of work is South of The Border with brothers Luis and Ricardo. Together, they have amassed a mini-empire of 50 ranches in Sonora, and some of the bucks they are taking (particularly Coues deer bucks) are huge.

When I caught up with Warren recently by phone, I asked him why he had joined up with the Camou brothers. His immediate response was their readiness to think long term and their awareness of the need for conservation. He might have also said their devotion to trophy management, because they have certainly begun to produce good deer. Warren says some of their recent Coues deer clients have killed bucks scoring an incredible 136 and 125 B & C, and two of their camps last year (with five clients each) averaged bucks from 114 to 118 B........(continued)

 
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