There are a growing number of big-game hunters that are looking south of the border in the country of Mexico for quality hunts for Coues whitetail and western mule deer.
When local hunters bring back stories of seeing 20 to 30 bucks in a day of glassing the mountains and canyons of northern Mexico, it certainly interests an outdoorsman's assion to know more about the opportunities just a few hundred miles away.Let's face it, the stories are always fun to listen to, but "the proof is in the puddin'." hen the photos and the racks are produced of successful hunters, the evidence certainly weighs in favor of taking a serious look at hunting in a neighboring countryith the distance only a few hours away.
here is aery generous deer season in northern Mexico, with the season starting the first of December and coming to an end in mid-February.Most hunters from this side of the border prefer to make plansor a Decemberr Januaryrip that coincides with the peak of the rut, which improves the chances of seeing some real wall hangers.
It's probably too late to make last minute plans to go this season.
f you have an interest, start now to make plans for a fall or winter hunt next year.There are numerous permits and paperwork to complete for a typical 5-day hunt in a foreign country.
At the top of this list isecuring a passport, which may take about 2 months to obtain.Once this is in your possession, the paperchase begins.
ooking a 5-day hunt requires obtaining information from someone who has already made the journey and can give ranch location and guide recommendations.There are numerous Rim Country hunters that have made multiple trips to Mexico that can give much needed advice.
Clay Goldman, owner of Mogollon Taxidermy, has been hunting in Mexico for more than 10 years and has harvested several trophyeer on some of these remote ranches that have little or no hunting pressure.Of course, by searching the Web, one can obtain other valuable information on locations and hunting packages available for an outdoorsmen trying to make the best choices for his ability and pocketbook.
ll the land is privately owned and is divided into hundreds of ranchesn various sizes.This makes it possible to buy a landowner hunting contract for about $1,500, which will include the license and an area to hunt.This would be considered a self-guided adventure where one takes care of all the permits and paperwork to enter Mexico.
fter the passport and hunting license are obtained, then it will be necessary to secure a firearms permit from the Mexican government for $200.The most important information in this process is to have the proper serial number of the firearm, with which one plans to hunt.
This will have to be obtained before crossing into Mexico because the permit and the firearm has to be presented for inspection at the border, then there is another checkpoint by the federales an hour or so into the country.
vehicle permit is also necessary to obtain, that requires the VIN number, as well as a complete description of the means of transportation used during the travel to the hunting destination.Insurance is also required and it is a wise choice to obtain this prior toour arrival at the border.The vehicle permit will cost $25. Mexican insurance for a week will be approximately $100, depending on the coverage package.
former Longhorn state champion wrestler and avid hunter Caleb Miller recently went on his firstelf-guided hunt into Mexico.
His response was, "It was definitely worth the paperwork and a three-hour wait at the border to hunt an area with no other hunters within miles.The serene atmosphere and breathtakingandscape made for perfect conditions not to mention all the quality bucks they saw in four days of hunting."
Caleb was accompanied by his dad, Dave, and longtime friend, and Payson resident, Jim Young.This was also their firstrip into Mexico accompanying a hunter and they both realized the process can be quite an ordeal.
nce the hunt is over, the return across the border into the United States does require that paperwork be checked by Mexican authorities and the United States Fish and Wildlife Agency.
The law states that all harvested venison must stay in Mexico and the ranchers and their families are extremely grateful for the meat.
The cape and horns may be taken across the border but the skull plate must be scraped perfectly clean and be frozen solid, which eliminates the possibility of parasites and other diseases coming into the U.S. as mandated by the Department of Agriculture.
n across-the-border Mexican deer hunt has lured many Rim Country hunters for a weeklong getaway and theigh probability in harvestinga real trophy deer.
I askedlay Goldman, owner of Mogollon Taxidermy and the veteran of 10 deer trips to Mexico,hy he continues to go back.He was quick to respond, "No crowds, aag every year, healthy deer herds, and great weather in the high desert."
He also gave somealuable advice, "First timers should probably book a licensed outfitter who willssist a hunter inll the paperwork for permits and even meet yout the border for the crossing into Mexico.This may cost you a little more, but it is certainly worth the added expense."
If you have any questions about a possible deer hunt south of the border, give Clay a call at 474-4249 ande would be glad to offer a tip or two that will make your hunt in Mexico a reality.
here are lots of places I haven't gone or hunted and Mexico is certainly appealing after listening to the stories and looking at the results in photos from successful huntersn the Rim Country who have made the trip south of the border.
This weekend enjoy God's creation, the great outdoors.