All About A Northern Mexico Deer Slam


Published: May - 2005

Ever heard of a Northern Mexico Deer Slam? It involves taking four species of deer found in Northern Mexico, namely, Texas whitetail, Coues deer, Carmen Mountain whitetail and Miquihuan whitetail. The slam was created by a group of landowners who want to promote hunting for the whitetail varieties in their region. To do that they have created an association to promote and sell these hunts through their Safari Club International Chapter of Northern Mexico, and they created an award to recognize chapter members and Dallas Safari Club members who collect the four subspecies in the slam.

Luis Horacio Salinas is the president of Safari Club Northern Mexico, and he also coordinates the association's hunting business. The association is based in the Mexican State of Coahuila, and its offices are located in the city of Saltillo. There are currently 10 landowners in the group who have agreed to provide hunting opportunities on their properties. These landowners are all experienced international hunters who own their own businesses and are offering hunts strictly for the love of the sport and the special subspecies of whitetails in their region. All the hunts take place on private land, usually remote working ranches where hunting pressure is low. Clients are treated as guests of the family and are typically hosted by the landowner himself.

Salinas has opened his own ranch, Las Hayas, to hunters who wish to take the Carmen Mountain whitetail (carminis). This little deer is a cousin of the Coues deer. Also called the Del Carmen whitetail, it is smaller than a Coues, measuring about 31 inches at the shoulder, and has a pixie face. The antlers are also small, moderately open and usually with short tines. Its distribution is limited mainly to the northern reaches of Coahuila in the Sierra del Carmen and the Sierra del Burro further east. It is also found in limited areas in Texas.

Salinas' hunts take place in the Burro Mountains where he has a total of 30,000 hectares (approximately 74,000 acres). About 20,000 hectares are part of a working cattle ranch. The........(continued)

 
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