A sparse hunt report on a Mexico hunt for desert mule deer and bighorn sheep caught our editorial staff's eye. Maybe it was that subscriber John Teeter reported killing a 170-class desert bighorn in one day, or that the average sheep hunter with this outfitter tags out in two days. There was also the matter of a 185-class desert mule deer. With only those details in the report Teeter filed in our database (Hunt Report 8569), our editors started digging, placing a call to Teeter for more details on this highly recommended experience.
Teeter hunted in January, 2012 with Doyle Dale of Dale Ranches in Sonora, Mexico. Dale a 50,000-acre property, plus has access to another 8,000 acres of mountainous terrain, all contiguous and overlooking the Sea of Cortez north of Kino Bay about 65 miles west of Hermosillo. All the hunting is free-range, with mule deer available throughout and the sheep concentrated on about 14,000 acres of desert mountains. In his initial report, Teeter told us he took a ram on the first day of his hunt and that sheep hunters here typically tag out in two days or less. In a follow-up phone call, he told us that the ram he shot net-scored 169 4/8 and was 10.5 years old, with very heavy bases and heavily broomed horns. (See photo in our online Trophy Gallery.) "I'd been trying to draw a desert sheep tag for years and years without any luck," he says. "Finally, I found this opportunity to take the ram I wanted at a reasonable price.' "The Mexican sheep guides (I had two with me) pre-scout for you. Pantera, the head guide, speaks enough English to get by, his assistant not so much. But these guys know where the sheep are and what you are looking for. You still have to be able to climb the mountains to get the shot, but you'll get the ram you want. I saw rams that would probably have scored higher, but this was an old ram with heavy horns and the trophy I wanted."........(continued)