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Offering Early Season Velvet or Late Season

Rio Sonora Outfitters is highly experienced in the field of Free Range/Fair Chase Trophy Coues Whitetail Deer hunting in Mexico.  

Trophy Rifle Coues Hunts

Since 1999, Rio Sonora Outfitters continue to specialize in trophy quality Coues Whitetail deer in Mexico. Our commitment to providing you the best Trophy Quality hunt opportunity possible is proven, RSO is a recognized name for trophy class deer, it’s that simple! We offer each hunter a “hands on” approach and employ ethical, hard-working guides to assist in making your hunting experience safe, enjoyable and successful. Hunt availability may be limited, as it’s not our intent too book high numbers, but focus on the quality of the hunts, personal service to you and the quality of bucks taken during the hunts. This is evident in the Photo’s of the bucks our clients have taken year after year. If your priority is Trophy Quality, Trophy Hunting is our focus while specializing in YOUR HUNT!

With over twenty years of experience outfitting hunts in Mexico, Rio Sonora Outfitters is proven as a trusted Outfitter in Mexico and continues to produce Trophy Coues Whitetail on a consistent basis annually.  We focus on the availability of quality bucks on ranches, planning and organization that result in a safe hunt and exceptional bucks in the books for hunters! If you’re a trophy hunter looking for a trophy hunt, I invite you to compare RSO to other Outfitters in Mexico.

Trophy Archery Coues Hunts
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 producing.

Rio Sonora Outfitters has documented an unprecedented number of trophy quality bucks on the ranch’s including several in excess of 130” gross. RSO collects 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. The hunts are conducted like our other hunts, nothing different, with exception to the hunting methods and weapon type. Ground blinds and ladder stands are 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 preparation for each hunting season. This hunt offers great trophy opportunity for one of the most challenging deer species to take with any weapon type!  Hunt options available are during the Velvet season in September/October or later in December/January.


Hunting Season:

Select ranches have split season hunt available. The “Early or Velvet” season begins in mid-September and runs 30 days into October. The traditional “Late season begins in late November and extends into the first week of February. This unique season structure offers hunters the limited opportunity to hunt either early or late season hunts, and option other Outfitters do not offer.
The rut in January increases deer activity, making deer more visible during the hunts. Rio Sonora Outfitters takes advantage of the rut however; we have been extremely successful taking a fair share of higher scoring deer in excess of 120” gross during the early season or on “pre-rut” hunts. This is credited to extensive pre-season scouting efforts resulting in clients taking great deer including the exceptional non-typical buck that scored 151-4/8” and a typical 3x3 buck that scored 152-5/8” shown below.

American and Ranch guides accompany hunters in the field where bucks are glassed and stalks are planned.  Hunts are generally 2 on 1 but become a team effort as deer are taken. Ranch guides(s) are extremely valuable in locating trophy bucks (on and off season), and assisting with all aspects of the hunts.  While hunting several methods of transportation are used including; 4x4's, ATV's, and hiking. All travel is based out of the Tucson International Airport where hunters electing to fly in will arrive, be picked up and returned after the hunt. Those driving will travel to Hereford, AZ and vehicles will be secured at the Outfitters residence. 

Documents Provided/Required:
Rio Sonora Outfitters prepare all required paperwork necessary to legally hunt Mexico in addition to all personal assistance when purchasing Mexico travel Visa's, Border crossings and all inspection checkpoints in Mexico. All paperwork is completed by the Outfitter and provided to you prior to leaving on the hunt including; USFWS Declaration Form, USDA Notice of Arrival Form, Ranch Hunting Contract, Ranch Hunt Authorization Form and Firearm Transportation Permit, this is all included in the cost of the hunt. Hunters are responsible for the cost of their Mexico Travel Visa (approx. $28.00) 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 Coues Hunt Information:

  • Limit of 4 or 5 hunters per hunt depending on ranch
  • Border crossing; Douglas, Arizona/Agua Prieta, Sonora 
  • Annual harvest is limited on each ranch to maintain age class
  • All transportation is provided to and from the ranch from Tucson International Airport (Hotel accommodations required on the day prior to and after the hunt discounted rates are typically available)
  • All food, soft drinks/water are provided
  • Complete Mexican/American food menu for breakfast and dinner; lunch and snacks are taken in the field daily
  • All trophy care on the ranch and transport back to the US
  • All required documentation to hunt Mexico is provided as noted above including; Ranch Contract (license), tag and all forms to import trophies at the US Border.
  • Complete assistance declaring trophies and all inspection requirements at the US Port of Entry.
  • Mexico Firearm Permit Application service to include two firearms/permit)
  •  US Firearms Declaration Form
  • American and Ranch guides will assist hunters on a 2 on 1 guided hunt
  • Hunt cost starts at $4500.00 for the 5 - day hunt plus Trophy Fees (listed below) Hunts may be specialized to meet hunter’s needs
  • Non-hunting guest $450.00 upon available transportation
  • Mail hunt deposits to: Rio Sonora Outfitters, 4757 E. Dead Coyote Ln. Hereford, AZ 85615
  • Checking firearm zero at 300 and 500 yards is required as is checking archery equipment on target prior to hunting
  • Outfitter rifles may be available for use at no additional cost

Trophy Fees for Coues Deer taken:

  • $750.00 any deer
  • $1000.00 for 100-104-7/8" buck
  • $1250.00 for 105-109-7/8” buck
  • $1500.00 for 110-114-7/8" buck
  • $2000.00 for 115-119-7/8” buck
  • $2500.00 for 120-124-7/8" buck
  • $3000.00 for 125-129-7/8” buck
  • $3500.00 for 130-134-7/8” buck
  • $4000.00 for 135-139-7/8” buck
  • $5000.00 for 140-144-7/8” buck
  • $6000.00 for 145-149-7/8” buck
  • $7500.00 for 150”+ buck
  • Second deer tag - $3000.00 plus TF

*All scores are based on "total gross" score.

* The Trophy Fee applies to deer wounded and not recovered

Two great archery bucks

Ranch locations vary, travel-time is between 1.5 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 dining 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. All food and drinks are provided (except alcohol).

Hunters are responsible for all meals and Hotel accommodations prior to entering Mexico, and trophy care arrangements in the US. (RSO can suggest a local Taxidermist in Tucson and will provide trophy drop off). A travel plan will be provided to each hunter along with Hotel information well in advance of the hunts.

Brad's daughter Courtney with her first Coues buck

“The ending and beginning of each season bring bitter sweet moments for each person involved in Outfitter/Guiding trophy hunts at RSO. The lingering summer between seasons bring thoughts of great moments and experiences from the past, 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 trophy; 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














Brad Fulk
Rio Sonora Outfitters, LLC
Hunting in Sonora, Chihuahua Mexico
Cell (520) 559-0642


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