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Earlier this year in July we attended the Arizona SCI banquet and were the lucky winning bidders on a coues deer hunt with Temo Paz, El Trofeo Outfitters in Sonora MX. Assured by El Trefeo’s representative, CW.com’s own Ernesto C, I was looking forward to this hunt. Because I wanted to use my bow, it was decided I would go down Mexico in December, before the rut, in hopes the bucks would be more easily patterned and still hitting their regular waterhole. Temo has various ranches throughout Sonora, the ranch we were going to hunt was about 5 hours from the border crossing at Douglas, just southwest of Sahuaripa. The ride there is always an adventure! We got our gear unloaded into a very comfortable ranch house and took off to go glass. Temo had several blinds set up on water with attractant and corn set out as well... Our first morning we were entertained by deer literally all day, does and upwards of 15+ young bucks. Day two was much of the same, plenty of young bucks milling around all day with several bedding down 15 yards from the blind. By day #3 I’m really getting an itchy trigger finger. My husband, Roger sat in the blind with me every day, he would remind me several times to hold out for a mature buck. Around 8am a good 4x4 comes off the hill behind my blind, I tell my husband I was going to take him. I expect him to hang around like all the others that have come by... I come to full draw, he sniffs around for 30 seconds but his vitals are blocked by a limb. I wait for him to step forward, instead he turns away and heads up the trail... no shot! I watch him go to the opposite side of the water tank 128 yards away and feed with some other deer. Around 1:30 I watch a two point chasing does, pushing them our way, trailing behind is the 4x4 from the morning. It seems like it takes forever, but finally the 4x4 steps out at 30 yards, I released my arrow and hear the familiar “shwack”. The buck jumped, bucked and took off on a sprint right in front of us and out of sight. Roger said heard him go down, I had so much adrenalin rushing through me I couldn’t hear anything but my heart pounding! We radioed Temo and told him we had a buck that was “muy enfermo” (very sick)! After a short tracking job we found my beautiful Sonoran Coues buck right where Roger heard him go down. I was certainly thrilled!! Thank you goes out to Bull Basin Archery in Flagstaff, the guys at the shop always make sure my equipment is spot on. A big thanks to Ernesto Cibrian for all your help with actually obtaining this hunt and setting up the logistics. As always thank you to the best hunting partner around... My husband Roger! Last but not least.... Thanks to El Trofeo Outfitting for a fantastic hunt. I saw more deer on this hunt than I have ever seen on any hunt. The accommodations were great, the food was absolutely amazing and abundant! We couldn’t have wished for better service... This is my 5th deer hunt in Mexico, I can honestly say Temo runs a first class outfit!!! I look forward to hunting with him and El Trofeo again.
Has anyone used a Montana Decoy? http://www.montanadecoy.com/ Specifically for Mule deer hunting here in AZ. I have never used a decoy for deer hunting and am pretty skeptical about them. If anyone has had any luck with them please share. Thanks!