Closeup: Rocky Mountain West, All About The Drought In Mexico


Published: March - 2003

After talking with a number of outfitters and hunters in Mexico this past year, I have drawn several conclusions about last season's hunting results. First, the drought that has been affecting much of western North America for several years now, is severely affecting the hunting South of the Border as well. Most hunters assume that a drought's threat to hunting stems from there being little water in the ranches' reservoirs, creeks or tanks. The fact is, desert deer species don't rely much on these sources, but they do depend on good forage. Since there is little irrigation in Mexico's hunting country, a drought can devastate forage, which in turn negatively affects rack development.

On personal trips I made to Mexico last season, I saw definite signs of drought, including short tines; brittle, broken tines; and for many outfitters, lower trophy production than in past years. To be sure, I saw several outstanding racks in the Chihuahua City and Hermosillo airports, just not nearly as many as in past years.

Another problem last year was a two-week delay in the rut, which caused heartburn for those hunters who had scheduled their hunts to coincide with the normal rut period. When the rut finally kicked in, the full moon was at its peak and waning. Many hunters believe that there is less daytime movement during a full moon period. All of these factors seem to have affected hunting results in Mexico this past season.

That said, some of the Coues deer outfitters there I spoke with recently reported taking some good deer this season. I checked in with Alex Ramoz of Alex Ramoz Hunting Consultant. He is working with outfitter, Rojelio Lizarraga, who hunts Coues deer on a ranch south of Hermosillo. Their four hunters all connected on Coues bucks, with three green-scoring between 110 and 118 points. Those are good scores when you consider that 110 points is the minimum for the B & C All Time record book. Despite that, Ramoz was somewhat disappointed, since the smallest of the two bucks taken by........(continued)

 
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