Currently, there is only one place where one can harvest all these species, and that is the Yucatan Peninsula of lower Mexico. Furthermore, to my knowledge, there is only one outfitter operating hunts for these animals - namely, Eduardo Rivera. Rivera has been operating in the Yucatan for six years now. I spoke with several clients who recently hunted with him, and they all indicated that Rivera runs a very adequate operation, with comfortable but not luxurious camps, adequate vehicles and equipment, and good but not great food. The most telling thing is, they all said they would hunt with him again, and several of them have already rebooked. One thing you should know up front about these hunts, however, is that a number of them takes place in high-fenced enclosures. The hunters I spoke with described some of their experiences more as shooting expeditions than hunts.
Turning to specific hunts, beginning with tropical whitetails, Rivera offers a three-day, two-night hunt for these animals in several different game enclosures, but primarily in Rancho San Carlos or in The Mayan Sanctuary. If you hunt in Rancho San Carlos, you stay at a first-class hotel in Merida or Campeche, both of which are about an hour's drive from the preserve. If you hunt in The Mayan Sanctuary, you stay at the luxurious Chicana Ecovillage Resort, which is only a 10-minute drive from the hunting area. A hunt in the latter area offers the opportunity for a visit to extensive Mayan ruins after the hunt.
These hunts are conducted by placing the hunter on a high stand........(continued)