Hunter Reports on Mexico Desert Mule Deer with Sonoran Outfitters


Published: March - 2011

Here's a report on a desert mule deer hunt in Mexico with Todd Rice at Sonoran Outfitters (253-269-8789; www.sonoranoutfitters.net) out of Flagstaff, Arizona. [Editor note: this is a different operation than Brad Fulk's Rio Sonora Outfitters, which has been the subject of two subscriber reports. See Hunt Report IDs 7606 and 6571 in our Hunt Planning Database.]

The report is from subscriber Paul Dachton, who says he did get stopped twice at checkpoints in Mexico, but in the end there was no problem. He likened the situation to that in South Africa or Zimbabwe, where you commonly get checked on highways. He did allow that while he, personally, has a high tolerance for risk, he wouldn't feel comfortable taking his wife and daughter on this hunting trip.

Dachton says he stayed in two different, equally comfortable ranch houses. He says the first week the chef was particularly excellent. His guides were American, had no trouble communicating and would hunt "however you wanted to."

While most hunters ride ranch roads in high racks in the back of pickups, Dachton chose on several occasions to hike to off-road high vantage points where he spotted deer and stalked. These weren't long hikes, he tells us, but they did open vistas not visible from the roads. He took four deer over his two-week hunt, all in the 160- to 180-class. They also saw whitetails in both areas, but he was only interested in the mule deer. At one time, Dachton held the SCI all-time record for desert mule deer with a 240-4/8 monster taken in Sonora in 1995. It currently ranks number six in the rifle category. Dachton tells us he has booked another two weeks in 2012 with Sonoran Outfitters to try to re-take the top spot.

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