A Whole New Way To Hunt Coues Deer


Published: November - 1999

It is easy to be enthusiastic about Coues deer hunting, especially if you've ingested huge amounts of Jack O'Conner's writings during your lifetime. However, the diminutive Coues deer is a big game animal that's hard to hunt on your own if you live in another part of the country. Where do you go to hunt? How do you hunt when you get there? A good outfitter will answer all these questions for you, but in 40-plus years of hunting I have not employed the services of an outfitter except where required by law. I wasn't about to start hiring one just to get a Coues deer either. Fortunately, about the time I got really interested in Coues deer hunting, an acquaintance of mine returned from an Arizona Coues deer hunt with enthusiastic tales of what I call a "Coues deer outfitter-consultant."

Seems this young Arizona outfitter (yes, he is a standard outfitter as well as a consultant) not only lives with the deer on a year round basis but tracks individual bucks throughout their lives. Monitoring the deer year round and collecting their sheds annually allows him to determine when each buck has reached its true trophy potential. The really exciting thing is, this outfitter will share what he knows with you... help you get drawn for a permit... and get you pointed in the right direction for an on-your-own hunt. All this costs under $1,000. And make no mistake, this guy puts clients on big deer. At this writing, he has helped five hunters take Coues deer that make the all-time B & C record book, and he himself has taken a #1 non-typical rifle buck (184 7/8 SCI, 159 B & C) and a #1 non-typical handgun buck (150 4/8 SCI, 129 2/8 B & C).

The outfitter is Dan King of King Guide Service, and when I first contacted him about his pre-scouted hunt package, I found him to be very personable and enthusiastic. I also found the package, now priced at $950, quite thorough and more than sufficient for any on-your-own hunter intent on matching........(continued)

 
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