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Coues Deer Hunts
About the Coues Whitetail Deer
The Coues Deer is considered one of the most prized and most challenging deer species for North American trophy hunters. This petite deer is the smallest huntable sub-species of the whitetailed deer and weighs between 70 - 100 lbs. dressed. Mature bucks normally have 8 total points on the rack. The minimum Coues deer score for Pope and Young is 70 inches and the minimum score for Boone and Crockett is 110 inches. The Coues Whitetail is classified under a separate category in all record books because of itís small, tight rack. Even the former world record typical Coues deer (145 B&C taken by Ed Stockwell) would not make it into the Boone and Crockett book if scored and categorized under the Eastern whitetail standards. That is the reason for the separate category for this unique deer species. Hunters that have taken all the species in the "deer slam" usually consider the Coues deer one of most rewarding and beautiful trophies.
About Our Coues Deer Hunts
Our Coues hunts are conducted in the vast, rugged desert mountains of southeastern Arizona. Hunting Coues deer can often be physically demanding, compared to other types of deer hunts. A typical day requires hiking an uphill mile or two to the hunting area and not returning to camp until the sun goes down. The hunting technique involves sitting at a good vantage point and spending hours glassing through high-powered binoculars mounted on a tripod. Our guides use mainly 15X56 binoculars to piece through the steep canyons where the majority of Coues bucks hang-out. The Coues bucks may be spotted up to a mile away. Once a trophy Coues buck is located, the spot and stalk method is used to get within shooting range. Although rifle shots average 275 yards, shooting at ranges around 400 yards across a big canyon could be encountered. Archery ranges are usually 30 to 70 yards since it is open terrain. Because of the topography, high-powered riflescopes on top of lightweight flat-shooting rifles with a bipod are a "must have." Recommended rifle calibers are the .270 Magnums to .300 Magnums in order to bust through the high winds encountered in canyon country. We do not recommend the smaller calibers because the risk of wind drift on the bullet is much greater and the energy is low at long distances. We conduct three rifle season timeframes, which are: late October, early November, and late December. Our Archery Coues hunts are conducted during the months of December through January.
If you are a bowhunter, this is the ultimate spot-and-stalk deer hunt! Our Coues deer bowhunting takes place during the rut in late December through January 31. There are no trees in classic Coues deer country, which leaves out treestand hunting as a technique. Our guides use glassing methods to locate a good buck. Once a good Coues buck is located, it is then carefully stalked to within a comfortable distance. Carefully stalking involves staying out of sight, wearing "sneaky feet" stalking slippers, and keeping the wind in your favor. Once into position, the archery hunter waits patiently for the right moment or for the buck to walk by. If the bucks are rutting hard, rattling and/or grunting will sometimes bring the buck closer to the hunter for an opportunity to release an arrow. Since archery shots tend to be in the 30 to 70 yard range, it is recommended that hunters use quick bows and light arrows. The further you can shoot a bow accurately, the higher your chances for success. Our guided Coues bowhunters see many bucks during this rut hunt. Most hunters make 1 to 4 stalks per day. Nearly all of our archery coues hunters release arrows at bucks. Getting a Coues deer with a bow ultimately "boils down" to the archery hunter's abilitiy to use good stalking techniques. Archery deer hunts are $2,500.00, are 5 days in duration (instead of 4) and can be combined with javelina in January, if you so choose to purchase a javelina tag. Archery deer tags are over the counter.
SUCCESS RATES: Our success average for one-on-one rifle Coues hunts is over 92%. Opportunities (taking shots) have been 100% for all rifle hunters! We take great bucks during the rifle season. Physically fit rifle hunters usually shoot bucks that score near 90 inches with some taken up to 115 inches. Our success rate for Archery Coues hunts is over 7 times that of the statewide archery Coues success rate! Most of our archery harvests have made the Pope and Young minimum.
Accommodations for our fully-guided/outfitted deer hunts are usually in deluxe canvas tents with heat during the colder months. The size of our tents are spacious; either 10x16, or 12x12 and stand 7-8 feet tall. Hunters sleep on cots with nice pads. Arrival to and from camp is done in 4x4 trucks and s.u.v.'s. For those that own a camping trailer/pop-up and would like to bring it to camp to sleep in are more than welcome to do so, but we cannot discount the hunt any. Hunting for Coues deer is done mostly on foot since it is usually not feasible to use horses or pack animals. As with Coues hunting anywhere, this is a fairly physically demanding hunt. Therefore, hunters should be in good shape.
Licenses and Seasons
Archery deer tags are over-the-counter. Rifle coues whitetail tags are by draw with the application period in May through early June. Hunters must apply for a timeframe in a given area. The odds for drawing October and earlty November rifle tags in our areas are usually 100% when putting down Oct. and early Nov. (or vice versa) as first and second choices on the draw application. December "Rut" rifle tags may take several years to draw. We will help you with the drawing process after you book the hunt. The rifle season drawing deadline is June 10th, so hunters must book prior to this date.
Hunting license fees: $37.00(Res) and $160.00(NR)
Deer Tag Fees: $58 (Res) and $315 (NonRes)
Seasons for 2014-15:
Jan. 1 - 31 (Archery Season)
Oct. 24-28 (Early Rifle Season)
Nov. 7-11 (Middle Rifle Season)
Dec. 12-31 (Rut, Late Rifle Season)
Hunters apply for timeframe choices in a given area. Your rifle season hunting dates will be determined by the lottery drawing. Archery tags are over the counter, so your dates will be determined by our January availability.
Hunters interested in booking a hunt should contact us as soon as possible because spaces are limited. We rarely exceed more than 6 hunters per timeframe to keep it a quality hunt.
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Trophy Coues Deer Hunts:
Description of Coues Hunting Packages:
Fully-Guided Coues Hunts: Includes accommodations (tent camps), meals, complimentary ride to camp if flying (pick-up/drop-off point: Tucson Airport Hotels Only), camp transportation, a guide, and many extras. Choose from 1 on 1 or 2 on 1 packages. 1 on 1 means one hunter per guide and 2 on 1 means two hunters per guide. If choosing 2 on 1, you must bring the other hunter to share the guide with.
Archery Coues Deer/Javelina Combo: This hunt allows January archery hunters to have the added bonus of hunting javelina while hunting Coues deer. The javelina tag is by draw in September and is optional with the archery deer hunt (we don't charge extra to add javelina). Includes accommodations (tent camps), meals, complimentary airport transfer (from Tucson Airport Hotels Only), camp transportation, a guide, and many extras. Choose from 1 on 1 or 2 on 1 packages. 1 on 1 means one hunter per guide and 2 on 1 means two hunters per guide. If choosing 2 on 1, you must bring the other hunter to share the guide with.
*Hunters arrive in camp the day prior to hunting. The rifle hunt is typically Friday morning through Monday with hunters meeting us on Thursday morning.
Archery Booking Info: Since Archery deer tags are over-the-counter, a minimum 50% non-refundable deposit is due upon signing for an archery hunt. The remainder is due 21 days prior. All monies paid are nonrefundable. We recommend cancellation insurance for all of our guests. Visit our policy page for more details.
Rifle Hunt Booking Info: The first step for a rifle hunt is to request a "hunt contract" from the outfitter to book the hunt. You will then sign the paperwork and return promptly with a $500 nonrefundable deposit. That will lock-in the current rate and save a spot for you. The next step is to apply for rifle tags and licenses. Hunters must apply for timeframe choices within a given area. The Outfitter will assist in this process. Odds for drawing October and early November rifle tags are usually 95-100% when putting down Oct. and Nov. (or vice versa) as first and second choices on the draw application. If for some reason you do not draw, your deposit will be transferred to the next year or until you draw and you will be locked-in to the previous year's rate. Another payment equaling 50% of the hunt cost is required after rifle tags are drawn. The remaining balance is due at least 21 days prior to the hunt. All monies paid are nonrefundable. We recommend cancellation insurance for all of our guests. Visit our policy page for more details. If you already drew a rifle season deer tag, give us a call or email. A 50% deposit is required for those that already have tags. The remainder is due 21 days prior.
Cost for licenses and tags, butchering, shipping of meat, taxidermy, hotel stay before/after the hunt (if flying) are the hunter's responsibility.
For those that own a camping trailer/pop-up and would like to bring it to camp to sleep in are more than welcome to do so, but we cannot discount the hunt any. It must be small and high enough to be pulled on rough dirt roads.
Space is limited, so book early!!! We usually accommodate only 6 hunters per camp.
Non-Hunter Fee: Invite your partner as a non-hunter or observer while on your guided hunt for a fee of $750.00.
Some Latest Coues Deer Photos
Shawn DeRemer from Oregon shot this great coues buck with a scoped handgun!
Anthony Ransom shot this very old, heavy-horned Coues deer buck with a scoped handgun!
This big Coues whitetail buck was taken by Tom Quesnel.
Gary Grindstaff shot this good coues whitetail buck at 328 yards with a 7mm STW.
Dave Wesley and a Coues whitetail deer that he shot at 230 yards. Video of the hunt
Trey Holder came from Mississippi and shot this great old Coues buck at 340 yards. Video of hunt.
Jerry Chase and his big Coues whitetail buck.
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