"Famed New Mexico outfitter Ric Martin tells me he has just leased up the hunting rights on a 60,000-acre livestock experiment station in the heart of big buck country. The property belongs to the Mexican government and Martin assures me it has never been hunted before. Plus, the property has undergone considerable range and water improvements that make it unusually good deer habitat both in terms of the number of animals it can support and the trophy quality it can produce. The land is cut through by three small mountain ranges that provide excellent Coues deer habitat as well as vantage points from which to glass the valley floor. The valleys have been planted with buffel grass from South Africa, which is good food for deer and is low enough to allow good visibility at the same time.
Since the area offers both desert mule deer and Coues deer, all hunts will be combination hunts. The real excitement of this hunt is the opportunity it provides to get a real monster of a mule deer. Martin is not guaranteeing anything, of course, but after considerable scouting this past season he thinks a hunter has a better than even chance of taking a buck as large as 30 inches. He also says hunters have a good chance of taking a Coues deer that will make the Boone and Crockett book. Martin is accepting just a few hunters for each hunt to provide a high level of service.
The cost of the hunt for both a Coues deer and a mule deer is $7,500, which is considerably less than some first-class combo hunts, which go for as much as $10,000. Martin's price includes 1 x 1 guiding, all lodging, meals,........(continued)