Dave Kleber, of Pennsylvania, took this fine Coues buck on the second day of his hunt.
The Peloncillo Mountains of unit 27 are really unique and beautiful. They border Mexico to the south and Arizona to the west. Normally these mountains are dry with only a scattering of springs and man-made water tanks.
The day before opening day of Dave’s hunt, we received 8 hours of drizzling rain. The normally dry creek bed that we were camped by, became a crystal clear stream by the end of the day. By opening morning it had quit raining, but we were socked in with fog and clouds with very poor visibility.
Coues deer hunting requires lots of glassing from vantage points and visibility is a must. We did manage to spot a couple of bucks through the clouds, but never had a shot. The fog and clouds continued until about noon of the second day and then finally lifted to welcomed sunshine. We saw 8 bucks in the afternoon and Dave collected this fine buck shortly before dark.
Congratulations and many thanks to Dave, who has taken mountain lion, elk and coues deer with us on previous hunts.
We had a super 2011 mule deer season, with all clients have shooting opportunities at some really great bucks! This includes all our rifle, muzzle-loader, and archery hunters.
Pictured is Dean Henderson and Chris Hester, from Texas. Dean’s buck was trailed off an alfalfa field into the mesquite desert. While hauling Dean’s buck on an ATV to the truck, another buck was spotted in his bed under one of our glassing stands. After lunch at the ranch house, we took Chris back to the bedded buck and he collect this fine mule deer buck!
We are fortunate to be able to use a variety of hunting techniques in our area. Glassing, spot and stalk, stand hunting and horseback hunting are all viable methods in our area. We are also able to successfully track deer to their beds. Skillful trackers and sandy country are the key to this method of deer hunting.
Archery hunters have the rut on their side. Rattling and grunting can be used to lure bucks to within bow range. Usually this is when the very largest bucks are seen. With a great area and all these tricks in the arsenal, we can’t help but be successful.