Back in March, 2010, Editor Barbara Crown reported on Rancho El Chupadero in Coahuila, Mexico, noting the possibility of doing a "Three Deer Slam" for Carmen Mountain whitetail, Texas whitetail and Crooki desert mule deer all in one trip. (See article 2410.) That article was prompted by a very enthusiastic subscriber report from Scott Chapman (see hunt report ID 7621 in our online database). Then in our March issue, we ran another enthusiastic report, this one from subscriber and booking agent Rick Kennerknecht who took a group there in December and reports taking a good Crooki desert mule deer. (See Hunt Report ID 8491.) Now we have yet another rave report on El Chupadero from subscriber Richard Musselman, who hunted in January, taking all three available deer species for his "Three Deer Slam." (See our online Trophy Gallery for photos.) His two whitetails will both score SCI gold medal, while his desert mule deer scored at 138 B&C. "Deer were abundant and looked well-watered and well-fed." In his report, Musselman gives El Chupadero and outfitter Alberto "Beto" Valdez Fisher across-the-board excellent ratings and says he'd recommend the hunt because this is an "excellent outfitter with good ethics, good equipment, good food, good accommodations and ample game."
In a follow-up phone call, Musselman told us he originally learned of this opportunity through our first story in 2010, and that he was immediately intrigued by the challenge of the Three Deer Slam. "I've twice hunted in Sonora with Ernesto Zaragosa, and I called him to vet the El Chupadero operation. When he gave the all-clear, I booked my hunt, timing it to hit the secondary rut. I looked at the various US State Department travel warnings for Mexico and arranged to have Beto pick me up in San Antonio, where I'd planned several days of off-season sightseeing. We had no problems at all crossing the border either going or coming. "The setup at El Chupadero is first class, with more than 70,000 acres and a beautiful ranch house. The desert mule deer stay on the northern part of the property, the whitetails in........(continued)