Hunter Reviews Desert Sheep Hunt In Mexico With Rancho La Mojonera


Published: January - 2010

Subscriber Miguel Madero tells us he was surprised to find such an excellent hunting experience for desert bighorn sheep on Rancho La Mojonera, a 5,000-hectare (12,400 acres) high-fenced ranch in Sonora, Mexico. He hunted this past February with Explorer Safaris, personal guide Eduardo Linares, and took an SCI 180 1/8 desert bighorn sheep. (See photo in the Trophy Gallery section of our web site.)

Madero tells us he had some initial doubts about this hunt but found it provided "an incredible experience." He says, "Some people say that hunting on fenced ranches has no real challenge. I was one of them until this hunt proved me wrong. We glassed, stalked and climbed the ranch looking for the sheep. Since the sheep know the territory so well, they can hide pretty much anywhere. Most of the hunt is glassing from high peaks. If you find a good ram, you make your plan to get into shooting range, but since the sheep know their surroundings so well and are wary, it is not that easy. Most of the rams stay in groups of two to five; they have over 40 rams of all different sizes on the ranch. I did not see any bigger than the one I took.

"My hunt was coming to an end when one of the guides and I spotted two very good rams over a mile away. Linares knew where they were going to feed, so we drove around two mountains, got out, stalked them for 20 minutes, saw them at about 400 yards, stalked another 15 minutes and got to within 300 yards. My first shot went high, but the ram did not move, and I was able to calm down and make a perfect second shot. It was completely dark when we found him, and we had to wait for morning to take pictures."

"My hunt was personally guided by Eduardo Linares, the owner of Explorer Safaris. He books hunts elsewhere, but since sheep hunters are `a different breed,' he handles all of them them personally. Linares is a licensed........(continued)

 
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