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Sonora Mexico mule deer #8797804 02/08/23 05:17 PM
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It has always been a dream of mine to kill a big Mexico mule deer. Me and a buddy booked a hunt with trophy hunt outfitters in Sonora Mexico. Booked a year in advance and only late season was available. We arrived at the airport and were taken to the ranch 130k acres. Lodging was not great but had a roof and restroom all you really need plus the food was excellent. We hunted off high rack trucks and walking and glassing ridges. First two days were rough. 12 hour days hunting and didn’t see a single deer. 30’s in the morning and evening and 85-90 degrees during the day. On the third day it was 87 degrees outside at 4pm and we came into a cactus flat and saw this buck standing 100 yards. I made a perfect shot and he went 20 yards. Buck scored 200 3/8. Pics do not show how massive this buck is 27” inside spread and huge tines. Had 3 extra kickers and one small one that was broken but would not have counted anyway. My buddy had a shot on a big Muley and took too long to shoot so the buck walked off. He didn’t get another chance. I kept scouting and spotting for him the rest of the week and watched a 180 for about 30 minutes while we called them on the radio but by the time they got there he was gone. He didn’t want to go home empty handed so he we after a desert bighorn the last day. His ram scored 185. Crossing guns was easy and leaving the country at the airport was the same. Brush and the landscape was absolutely beautiful. It is an experience you have to see for yourself if you always wanted a big Muley.

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Re: Sonora Mexico mule deer [Re: savoyspecial1] #8797809 02/08/23 05:21 PM
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Thats a hoss. Nice job!


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Re: Sonora Mexico mule deer [Re: savoyspecial1] #8797810 02/08/23 05:22 PM
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That’s a great Mule. Congrats.


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Re: Sonora Mexico mule deer [Re: savoyspecial1] #8797814 02/08/23 05:25 PM
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Originally Posted by savoyspecial1
He didn’t want to go home empty handed so he we after a desert bighorn the last day.


What?!?

Re: Sonora Mexico mule deer [Re: SherpaPhil] #8797825 02/08/23 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by SherpaPhil
Originally Posted by savoyspecial1
He didn’t want to go home empty handed so he we after a desert bighorn the last day.


What?!?


Ram’s probabaly little easier to find on top of hills. Way it was on my Transpecos mule deer lease. Had two mountains, aoudad almost always on them

Congrats OP, both are gorgeous animals.


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Re: Sonora Mexico mule deer [Re: savoyspecial1] #8797827 02/08/23 05:42 PM
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How do you turn a deer hunt into a sheep hunt?
License, tags, mony difference?? confused2
Both great animals, but for me, the sheep gets the nod.

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Re: Sonora Mexico mule deer [Re: angus1956] #8797832 02/08/23 05:50 PM
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Yes the money difference is huge on the ram and you are already out the cost of the mule deer hunt which was $12500. Ram was another $52500. I know that is a lot of money for anyone but to kill one in the US with an outfitter you are looking at a lot higher price for a ram in the 180’s. They are only on the mountains so we had to go to another ranch the last day to find them and you are going to be climbing, glassing and looking for them. Also be prepared to shoot 400-500 yards off a rock of shooting sticks. Ram is a dream of mine too but I can’t justify to myself that kind of price tag. He was happy and got a dream animal for himself. It was a great trip


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That is a hell of an impulse buy, haha. Both beautiful animals. Congrats to you both!

Re: Sonora Mexico mule deer [Re: savoyspecial1] #8797871 02/08/23 06:37 PM
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Sonora is a special place for mule deer for sure. Congrats on a buck of several lifetimes.

Re: Sonora Mexico mule deer [Re: savoyspecial1] #8797877 02/08/23 06:39 PM
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Studs, absolute studs. LF or HF? Just kidding, sort of. Lol.....

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Incredible animals!!!
Congrats


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Originally Posted by DQ Kid
Studs, absolute studs. LF or HF? Just kidding, sort of. Lol.....


130k acres low fence


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Congrats to you and your buddy, those are amazing.

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both beautiful animals ... but yeah, the sheep would be out of my price point if I planned on staying married.


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I really appreciate a quality dead deer/animal picture. I know it takes some thought and effort to position the rams body like that and I like it. I’m not sure I like the head position so I’m curious if that’s a common way to position one. Also curious how it’s head is held upright like that. Great pics, just curious and trying to learn.


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Congratulations once again!
Now I wait to hear the story once Anthony’s wife finds out…


Free range, every one that I have seen has been positioned that way.



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Originally Posted by freerange
I really appreciate a quality dead deer/animal picture. I know it takes some thought and effort to position the rams body like that and I like it. I’m not sure I like the head position so I’m curious if that’s a common way to position one. Also curious how it’s head is held upright like that. Great pics, just curious and trying to learn.

It is a very common pose. Head is held up by my buddy but the heads are so heavy they naturally will tilt back.

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I really like Tecate light too! Oh, fantastic animals….(:

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whoa, those are both gorgeous animals! care to share the outfitter name/contact?

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Originally Posted by HK9mm
whoa, those are both gorgeous animals! care to share the outfitter name/contact?

Trophy hunt outfitters they have a face book page you can message them on Facebook. The owner of the outfitter also goes by Arturo tho on Facebook. I asked them about their website and they said it’s down for maintenance. Really good group of guys. Meet you at the airport and when you return they walk you through the process at the airport if you bring your gun. My guide was a local that lived on the ranch we hunted. He said come from January 1-15th for the best chance at a big mule deer. Oh and Batman we broke out the ice chest and drank a few tecate on the tail gate after we loaded that buck. My guide didn’t know a lick of English but I know just enough Spanish to get by. The owner and his sons which are guides both know pretty good English. If y’all contact them tell them Charles Flores sent you, I don’t get anything out of it just like them to know I appreciate the experience!

The one thing about this part of Mexico is do not expect a hunt like in Texas or even Mexico in the Texas border. I have hunted both on a high rack and you will see 50 deer a day. It is real discouraging the first couple of days if you go in with a Texas mind set. I did not see a deer for the first 20 hours of riding in the high rack or walking ridges and glassing. The population is not the same but there are some big ones in there. We were also using a fawn in distress call on ridges and does would come running to it sometimes with a buck. On the last day we were set up on a ridge with a valley below and a ridge on the other side using the call and a mountain lion came running down the ridge straight at the call. My buddy tried to get a shot but he disappeared in the brush below us.

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