Hunter Reports Overhunted Deer Ranches in Sonora, Mexico


Published: June - 2013

Despite taking a Coues deer, subscriber Michaux Nash, Jr. is very unhappy with a late-January, early February hunt in Sonora, Mexico, with Todd Rice's Sonoran Outfitters. Particularly troubling to us is the fact that Nash booked his hunt based on a positive hunt report (8568) by Paul Dachton and a follow-up (Article 2905) published in our June, 2012 issue. Since then, Dachton has filed a second entirely positive report (9029) on a hunt in early January, 2013.

The crux of Nash's complaint is the size and numbers of deer seen on four ranches. "I hunted the last week of the season. We hunted on four different ranches, and it was clear they'd been hunted heavily. We used a pickup truck with a high seat like we use in South Texas. If the deer are hunted that way all season, they would have moved away from the roads. The properties are overhunted and need to be rotated."

In his rebuttal, Rice tells us that Nash's physical infirmities made it necessary for him to hunt only from the high rack, and even that solution presented many challenges. "Mr. Nash is a very grumpy old man," says Rice. "He killed a 107 Coues buck, which is an SCI Gold Medal trophy. B&C all time is 110. As far as the ranches being overhunted, I hunted him on four different ranches, a total of 140,000 acres. As you will read in his guide's statement, we put him on many B&C class bucks. My ranches are world class, and I take B&C class bucks every year. This season on the same ranches Mr. Nash hunted, we took bucks that scored 139, 135, 127, 121, 119, 117, and 115. That's seven bucks in one season that will qualify for B&C."

The rebuttal material also includes a statement from José Eduardo Davila, Nash's guide, which again details the challenges posed by Nash's physical infirmities and his apparent refusal to be satisfied with anything less than a 130-class buck. According to Davila, "He took a 107-class Coues deer buck, and we kept........(continued)

 
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