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On Deer, Coues Whitetail Hunting in Sonora Mexico

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Report ID: 9959 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: January 10, 2015 to January 17, 2015
Place of Hunt: Mexico - Sonora
Hunt Area: Sonora Hermosillo

Outfitter (or safari company): Bernardo Balderrama; Amigos Outfitters. 441 North Grand Avenue; Suite 7-357; Nogales; Arizona; 85621; Tel. 011-52-662-260-106; Email:; Web
Personal Guide (if any): Francisco Maldonado Jose
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:

Major Game Animals Taken: Deer, Coues Whitetail - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 90 (broomed)
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: There is a very large number of Coues Deer on this ranch. The 2nd rut had not kicked in for the first four days. The last two days was unreal in terms of number of big bucks up and moving. Seen many small bucks that I passed on for first five days, with an exception later to be described in the report.

SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: American Airlines Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Very good.

Hunting Fees: GSCO Auction so bid it high and usually 4000.00 Amount: $5000
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $500
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $400
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: tip Amount: $1000
Total: $0

Problems of Hunt: There are no problems with this hunt. The weather was hot and blowing first four days. Deer were not in 2nd rut yet. We saw many deer.
Highlights of Hunt: We had to work extra hard as deer were not moving. We hiked up to 10k in morning or evening in mountains at high elevations as deer were up feeding on mast. Use of horses helped as I got weary from hiking and the heat. We saw at least 230 deer over the 6 day hunt. Carla was an amazing cook at camp. The food was spot on. Francisco, Jose, Ivan, and Josinto were very keen with their spotting ability for deer. I appreciate Jose and Francisco for helping me keep my head on after a failed stalk on a 115 class Coues, then the next day a missed show on a 1115 class coues (at least). Their encouragement and skills kept me in the game. That is very key to keeping my mind positive and killing this coues on the last day of the 6 day hunt. I was exhausted from hiking and riding horses by the 6th day.
Equipment Recommendations: Bring very good optics such as Swarovski, Leica, etc. Bring your own weapon. I used a gun from Nayo's wife Sylvia and the scope rings played a role in the gun not holding a zero. The caveat, however, is that this was more extreme for first four and a half days as we climbed to 5500 feet in mountains, we rode in very difficult bumpy terrain, and the mounts on weapon took a beating. The only fault I have is my own for not bringing my own weapon. Next time I'm brining my own gun.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? The guides and cook were a joy to be with. This was a very fun and positive attitude by the guides. They wanted to know how I was doing mentally and physically. They cared about me and that I was not just another number (hunter) coming in to kill an animal quickly and then get out. This outfitter is genuine and wants to know you personally. I will hunt with them again likely for Desert Bighorn, Oscellated Turkey, Brock Deer, and Javalina.

Hunter Name: James H. Mathisen
Contact Information: Tel. (402) 618-9205 - 4322 N. 160th Avenue, Omaha, NE United States, 68116-6470 E-mail:
Hunting Experience: Free range Bison; Elk; White tail; North American Billy Goat; Brown Bear; Black Bear; Cougar; Moose; Wild boar; Bobcat; Dall Sheep
Physical Condition: Cross fit 3 sessions per week; cardio 2 times per week.

IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? no Notified Personal Guide? no Notified Booking Agent? no
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide? no
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?

I had read The Hunting Report prior reports on Amigo's Guides and Outfitters, all of which were positive. I also have had other friends who have hunted with Amigos, all of which were happy. This was a major factor in how I ended up buying this Auction at Grand Slam Club Ovis and why I wanted this money donated for GSCO to support their cause. Secondly, a recent article provided about Mexico by The Hunting Report further supported that Hermosillo Sonora is safe. The myths about Federales being combative, and or fear of drug cartels was not the case at al for my huntl. This is a safe place and I will return with my wife and children to vacation, not hunt.

I appreciate The Hunting Report and how you have provided information about this area of the world and your research supported my experience of Sonora Mexico being a wonderful safe cultural adventure.

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