Found! Two Outfitters For Brocket Deer


Published: January - 2001

While red brocket deer and white-lipped peccary are widespread in tropical Mexico and Central America, gray-brown brocket deer are endemic to the Yucatan Peninsula, northern Guatemala and Belize. The majority of the organized hunting for these species occurs in Campeche, a huge Mexican state that makes up the southwest portion of the Yucatan Peninsula. Here, large tracts of relatively undisturbed tropical forest remain. Be prepared for hot and humid hunting conditions and possible rain, plus, bring insect repellent.

The outfitter who has been in business the longest here is Jorge Sansores. While I have not been on his jungle hunts for deer and peccary, I have hunted doves and waterfowl with Sansores and found his operation well run and reasonably priced. Sansores has been outfitting hunters in the state of Campeche for more than 40 years, and his father, Pepe, previously offered jungle hunts for jaguar and puma. He currently operates hunts for brocket deer, white-lipped peccary and ocellated turkey from mid-March to early May.

Hunters with Sansores (no more than four at a time) stay in a jungle camp (a six-hour drive from Campeche) where most hunting is from tree stands or ground blinds on known game trails or watering areas. Because of the dense jungle vegetation, most hunters use shotguns for deer, peccary and turkey, with #4 buck the most popular load. The success ratio in recent years has been 95 percent for ocellated turkey, 65 percent for brocket deer (gray-brown brocket the most numerous) and 50 percent for white-lipped peccary. The hunts are fair chase and include seven days/six nights/five hunting days. The price is $2,950, all-inclusive from Campeche, including trophy fees and hunting license. Sansores has shotguns and rifles available, which greatly reduces the hassles hunters encounter when bringing their own firearms.

Another operator here is Jose Manuel Skorlich. Skorlich operates from a lodge deep in the jungle of Campeche between the villages of Escarcega and Chetumal. While he has hunted the area for many years, last year was his first year of commercial guiding. When we contacted........(continued)

 
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