I recently found out about a last-minute opening for a trophy Coues deer hunt in Chihuahua with Wayne Curtis of Rough Country Outfitters. Curtis has been conducting hunts here for the past several years. I learned about him through David Miller, the noted rifle maker and Coues deer expert. Miller has been poking around South of the Border for years looking for trophy Coues deer, so when he thought enough of an outfitter to bring him to my attention, I paid heed. Curtis' preliminary hunts over the last several years have indeed produced some very encouraging results, although weather has been somewhat problematic. Last year I ran into one of Curtis' returning clients, Hunting Report subscriber Dick Jacobs, in the Hermosillo airport in Sonora. He confided that he had missed a monster Coues deer on a hunt with Curtis. Since Jacobs already has one Coues deer that qualifies for B & C, he knows what an outstanding buck looks like. He said he also turned down a buck on his hunt with Curtis that another hunter eventually killed; it scored 110 6/8 B & C points, which proves the point that he was looking for something really special.
I understand Curtis won't be hunting the ranch he hunted last year, but he has secured several other nearby ranches which he will be scouting before the season. In talking to Miller recently, he was very encouraged about the trophy potential of these ranches. The opening I mentioned above is for a six-day hunt on one of these ranches at $3,000 on a 1 x 1 guide basis; or $2,500 for 2 x 1. This cost includes lodging, food and transportation once you arrive at El Paso, Texas. It does not include the government fee for a rifle permit, nor your hunting license and permit. If you are interested in hunting this year, you will need to contact Curtis soon, as it takes time to get all the paperwork completed.