If you are among those fascinated with Coues deer, be aware that I have just talked to two hunters who have a real story to tell about their outfitter in Chihuahua. The hunters in question, Herman Ledoux and John Arthur, are veterans of many Coues hunts over the years, so they know what they are talking about. Herman Ledoux reports taking a non-typical buck that will easily green-score 110 to 120 B & C. He says that Arthur took a very nice buck with a 17- to 18-inch spread that will score about 105 to 110. He emphasizes that he cannot give precise scores because he is not an official B & C measurer. But he is fully familiar with the B & C system of measurement. Moreover, he says that Arthur's buck had a spread of about 17 to 18 inches. He cannot be more precise because the skull was slightly damaged by the shot and may affect the actual spread.
As impressive as these heads are, the biggest news is the head taken by another hunter. Ledoux says that it had an incredible 22-inch spread with bases over seven inches and terrific mass. He says that of the hundreds of Coues deer heads which he has seen, this one was certainly the most impressive - downright incredible, in fact.
Another thing that makes Ledoux's hunt sound very appealing is that he killed his buck in the first hour of the first day - after passing up another buck which he estimated would also make the book! Also, after the Coues hunt, Ledoux and Arthur hunted mule deer and had good success, if not quite so good as on the Coues deer. Both took symmetrical 5 x 5's........(continued)