Focus On Coues Deer Hunts In Mexico


Published: April - 1998

Subscribers who saw my report last month on mule deer hunts in Sonora, Mexico, know I have some serious reservations about the quality of South of the Border mulies these days, not to mention what appear to be plunging hunter success rates in that region. This month, on a brighter note, I'm glad to say I don't see either of these problems emerging for hunters headed to Sonora in search of Coues whitetail deer. In fact, I believe this hunt is one of the best overall hunting opportunities in North America right now.

For one thing, the cost of a Coues deer hunt in Sonora usually runs between $2,800 and $3,500 (sometimes higher), which is roughly comparable to what you would pay for such a hunt in Arizona or New Mexico. The good part is, there are usually immediate openings for outfitted hunts and permits available from the government. Compare that to the situation in Arizona, where you must draw a permit that is getting harder and harder to get. I know they are becoming hard to get because I have personally failed to get an Arizona whitetail tag in two out of the last three years.

As regards availability of animals South of the Border, my hunting partner and I, Patrick Newman, saw an average of over 20 bucks each day on our Coues deer hunt this past January, which took place on one of two ranches in northern Sonora leased by Kirk Kelso and Pat Holehan, owners of Pusch Ridge Outfitters. While I'm sure we saw some of the same bucks twice, we hunted such a large area on the ranch that most of the bucks were not duplicated in our count. In Arizona and New Mexico you are lucky to see five bucks a day, and often fewer.

Sonora Coues deer are also generally better than those in the US when it comes to quality. For example, take what happened to my good friend and Hunting Report subscriber, Dick Jacobs, who was the successful bidder last year for Arizona's........(continued)

 
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