Feedback On Our Trade-A-Trip Program For Mexico


Published: March - 2001

I would like to report on a hunt I booked with Steve Clark for Coues deer in Mexico. Steve had posted this hunt in the Trade-A-Trip section of The Hunting Report as a self-outfitted hunt. I, along with a friend, Hans Schmacher, hunted with Steve at his camp near Arizpe, Mexico, during the first 11 days of December. Steve has secured the hunting rights to a series of ranches that encompass some 140,000 acres of prime Coues deer habitat!!! The ranch we hunted is very mountainous with many canyons and drainages. There is a road system that is fairly well maintained throughout the ranch, which is used to access the various hunting areas.

Steve personally met us at the Phoenix airport, assisted us with entering Mexico - including obtaining all of the hunting licenses, gun permits and visa requirements - and transferred us to the ranch in his own vehicle. The ranch accommodation is a one-hour drive from the main road and behind two locked gates. You will not see another hunter or another vehicle - period. Camp consists of an abandoned "Boys Camp." Two hunters bunked in a room, each with their own bed with a four-inch foam pad. There is a fireplace in each room, a wash sink, flush toilet and a stall shower with hot water.

There is a separate building used for cooking and eating. It has a large pantry storage area, gas stoves, griddles for cooking pancakes, a large freezer, hot and cold running water, tables for seating 20 people and evening furniture situated around a fireplace. In short, the accommodation is better than I have experienced in most of the hunting camps that I have been in over the last 20 years of hunting around the world.

Steve has a full-time cook in camp who puts out three meals a day and keeps the place spotlessly clean. He will also do laundry if asked. Also in camp, there is at least one cowboy who has worked the ranch and will go out with you. The cowboys will bring........(continued)

 
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