Rio Sonora Outfitters offers archery hunting opportunity for Trophy Class Coues Whitetail Deer in Mexico. This opportunity was established after several years of preparation in order to offer a high opportunity, high success rate on the same trophy quality bucks RSO is known for.
Rio Sonora Outfitters has conducted Gould’s Turkey hunts on some of the ranches for nearly two decades. During this period of time an unprecedented number of trophy quality bucks have been confirmed including several in excess of 130” gross. RSO has collected several years of trail camera photographs of world class free ranging bucks that represent the targets for this hunt! Archery hunts offer the same opportunity at high scoring bucks; outfitted like our other hunts, nothing different, with exception to the hunting methods and weapon type. Ground blinds and ladder stands will be placed in strategic locations of know deer activity. Trail cameras have been placed on the ranches and collect information year-long documenting deer quality, densities and activity in annual preparation for each hunting season offering great trophy opportunity for one of the most challenging deer species to take with any weapon type!
The ranch properties have extensive road systems, with well-equipped, comfortable ranch houses making the hunting and camping accommodations very enjoyable.
Below are several trail cam photos collected from the ranches. These photos not only showcase the quality genetics but represent the trophy bucks targeted on this hunt.
The season begins in late November and extends into the first week of February annually. This offers an opportunity to pursue bucks on the move looking for and rutting doe, which increases deer activity in general and deer become more visible to the guides and hunters.
Rio Sonora Outfitters takes advantage of the rut, like many other outfitters do, however we have been extremely successful taking higher scoring deer in excess of 120” gross during the “pre-rut” hunts in December which can be credited to pre-season scouting efforts.
The archery hunts will focus on the December pre-rut to capitalize on the buck patterns prior to the onset of rut, which will change movement and feeding patterns.
Two great archery bucks
All hunts are conducted on private ranches, legally registered for hunting. Ranch locations vary, but typically the travel-time is between 4.5 to 5.5 hours from the International Border. Lodging is in comfortable ranch houses with running water, hot showers, bedrooms equipped with beds and linens, spacious dinning areas to relax while tell hunting stories. We have great cooks that pay special attention to keeping you pleased and well fed while making sure the camp is clean.
Ranch houses are either equipped with solar or generator powered electricity. Local Mexican cooks prepare a variety of great foods and adds just the right amount of Mexican culture to the menu. Meals will include; pork loin, chicken, chili colorado, tortilla soup, ham, bacon, sausage, chorizo, eggs, and we can't forget the beans and tortillas. Dutch oven deserts or fruit pies will add a finishing touch to a great dinner. All food and drinks are provided (except alcohol).
American and Mexican guides will host hunters on the hunt and will provide any assistance needed. Hunters will be transported to selected hunting areas with specific deer activity to target and will maintain communication via radio each day out. Ranch guides also complement the RSO Team very well and will also provide assistance on all aspects of the hunt. While hunting, several methods of transportation may be used, depending on the ranch and the type of hunt, including 4x4's, ATV's and hiking. Hunters can elect to fly into Tucson or drive to the outfitters residence in Hereford, AZ where the hunts are based out of. Transportation is provided from both locations.
Hunters are responsible for all meals and lodging prior to leaving or returning from a hunt and trophy care arrangements in the US. (RSO can suggest a local Taxidermist in Tucson and will provide trophy drop off with them). RSO will provide Hotel contact information and a travel schedule well in advance of the trip.
Rio Sonora Outfitters prepare all required paperwork necessary to legally hunt Mexico in addition to all personal assistance when purchasing Mexico ravel Visa’s, all Border crossings, and with all inspection checkpoints in Mexico. All paperwork will be completed and provided to you prior to leaving from the hunt including; USFWS Declaration Form, USDA Notice of Arrival Form, Ranch Hunting Contract and Ranch Hunt Authorization Form. Hunters are responsible for the cost of their Mexico Visa (approx. $25.00) at the International Border.
Rio Sonora Outfitters provides you a worry free crossing on BOTH SIDES OF THE BORDER! "Our personal touch takes the worry out of hunting Mexico". Specific Archery Coues Hunt Information:
Limits of 4 or 5 hunters per hunt depending on ranch
Two hunts annually per ranch (pre-rut preferred with rut hunt options)
Border crossing; Douglas/Agua Prieta with a 4.5 or 5.5 hour of travel time
Annual harvest will be limited to 8-10 deer based on ranch
American and Mexican guides will accompany/assist hunters on all aspects of the hunt
All transportation is provided to and from the ranch from Tucson, AZ and in the field during the hunt
All food, soft drinks/water and camp cooks is provided
Complete Mexican/American food menu for breakfast and dinner; lunch and snack are taken in the field daily
All trophy care and transport back to the US.
All required documentation to hunt Mexico and import and declare trophies at the US Border
Optional 1 on 1 American guide assistance available for spot and stalk hunters for an additional $500.00 each for two hunters
Cost is $3750.00 for 5 day hunt plus Trophy Fees (listed)
Deposit required is $2000.00; balance due 1 month prior to hunt
Second deer available upon request (price listed)
Non-hunting guest $450.00 pending available transportation
Checking the weapons zero is required prior to hunting
Trophy Fees for deer taken:
$750.00 any deer
$1000.00 for a 100-109-7/8" buck
$1500.00 for a 110-119-7/8" buck
$2500.00 for a 120-129-7/8" buck
$3500.00 for a 130-139 7/8” buck
$5000.00 for a 140-149-7/8” buck
$7500.00 for a 150”+ buck
Second deer tag - $2250.00 plus TF
**All scores are based on "total gross SCI score".
**For deer wounded and not recovered the next lower TF applies based on estimated deer score
Brad Fulk - Rio Sonora Outfitters and his daughter Brooklyn with her first Desert Mule Deer at age 11.
“The ending and beginning of each season bring bitter sweet moments for each person involved in Outfitting/Guiding trophy hunts at RSO. The lingering summer between seasons bring thoughts of great moments and experiences from the past and continued communication with friends that share the passion. This is a annual beginning as the “off-season” is really not the off-season at all, but a time for planning and visits with our ranching friends to the south, keeping updated on conditions and elements of the business that is critical in preparation for the fall. Once the early fall scouting season arrives its back to the glassing points with high expectations and anticipation of the next exceptional trophy of the season! This is not just another year, trip, or animal; it’s a tradition for us at RSO. We look forward to the next adventure and sharing that experience with you!” Thank you for the interest in our hunts, Brad Fulk – Rio Sonora Outfitters