GOULD'S TURKEY HUNTS
FROM RIO SONORA OUTFITTERS, LLC
Gould's turkey occupies the diverse habitats in the upper elevations of the arid southwest, specifically Mexico, with the highest densities in the State of Chihuahua where the oak woodlands transition to mixed conifer forests. This is the area where RSO conducts action packed, high success Gould’s turkey hunts offering you a great adventure and an exciting hunting opportunity in pursuit of a Royal or World Slam.
Rio Sonora Outfitters is proven as a respected Outfitter for Gould’s turkey hunts with two decades of experience specializing in this sub species! During this time, RSO has risen to the top as a highly-recognized name offering quality, Gould’s hunts. This is a result of dedication, honest business practices, vast field experience, professionalism and extensive knowledge of the species; not to mention great ranch properties offering exceptional Gould’s habitat and turkey populations!
RSO offers you a Gould’s Hunt with 100% success rates year after year! If you’re a serious turkey hunter, RSO is the choice for a high quality, safe, enjoyable and successful turkey hunting adventure in Mexico!
Please review the Gould’s Photo Gallery and Testimonials.
Rio Sonora Outfitters has held long-term exclusive hunting rights on ranch properties totaling over 60,000 acres of closely managed private property in the heart of the “High Sierra’s”. These ranches offer diverse habitat types and varying topography ranging from large mesa tops, to long ridges dissected by both steep and gentle canyons with permanent and man-made waters. Elevations range from 6000' in Oak Woodlands, to over 8000' in Conifer Forests. The ranches are located adjacent to good access from a paved highway and located approximately two hours from the local city. The properties provide extensive road systems, with modern ranch houses making the hunting and camping accommodations very comfortable. RSO has focused on all aspects of the hunt including personal service during the travel time to and from the ranches, camp accommodations, equipment provided, meals, guides and long term game management to support great turkey populations! It is all taken into account! RSO takes each hunt very serious and offers an all-inclusive trip with many hunting options available with no hidden costs. We plan our hunts for each client booked and these efforts are rewarded with your success and satisfaction! This is not only a hunt, but a great adventure and experience you will not soon forget.
On average, hunts are completed in two days, so hunters have the option of going sight-seeing, horseback rides, exploring Indian/cultural sites, videotaping/photography or just setting back and telling stories and relaxing in the peaceful setting of camp. Our camps have a friendly environment where new friends and hunting memories are made. All hunts are planned to meet each client’s individual needs! Many references are available; please review the Testimonial/Reference Page and please call one of our recent client references to discuss the quality of the hunt!
Rio Sonora Outfitters is dedicated to manage the harvest to sustain high bird densities and hunt-able turkey populations to assure your hunt is a success. Experienced American and Mexican guides will assist hunters in the field. This approach results in a very effective TEAM effort to best serve you. Annually, guides dedicate a significant of time to pre-season scouting to locate roosts, feeding sites and bird activity in addition to day to day planning during the course and between hunts to assure each hunt completely meets your needs and assure it is enjoyable and successful. Each group of hunters have options to hunt previously un-hunted areas on each ranch to assure a great hunting opportunity. Just let us know what your individual needs/interests are and we will gladly accommodate you.
This is where we begin on your hunt, planning and organization is important and the results are "High Success", so get ready for an action-packed turkey hunt!
Hunting Season: Gould’s hunts typically start when the birds are breaking out of their winter flocks, which has consistently been during the third week of April with the “heart of the season” running into mid- May. RSO takes all elements of the hunt into account and focus on conducting hunts during this period and the results speak for themselves year after year! During this 3-4 week period, RSO conducts hunts on two large ranches located 45 minutes apart.
Experienced American and Mexican guides assist hunters in the field. Guides locate and take hunters into areas of known activity, and assists hunters with aspects of the hunt as needed. Each guide assist two hunters in the field (2 on 1) initially, but hunts quickly become a 1 on 1 or greater as hunters are successful. Transportation during the hunts include; ATV's and 4x4 Vehicles. Ranches/Accommodations:
All hunts are conducted on private ranches, legally registered for hunting. Ranch locations vary, but typical travel-time is between 4.5 to 5.5 hours from the International Border. Lodging is in comfortable ranch houses equipped with solar and generator powered electricity, running water, hot showers, comfortable bedrooms equipped with beds and linens and a spacious dining areas to relax while tell hunting stories. We have great cooks that pay special attention to details while keeping you pleased and making sure the camp is clean and comfortable
A line-up of great meals adds just the right amount of Mexican culture to the menu. Oh, and we'll be frying the turkeys in camp! If you gain weight on the hunt, please don’t be surprised! All food and drinks are provided (except alcohol).
Transportation is provided from the Tucson International Airport and back for hunters electing to fly in. For those driving, vehicles will be secured at the Outfitters residence in Hereford, AZ. Hunters are responsible for all meals and lodging prior to entering Mexico or returning from the hunt. RSO will provide Hotel contact information and a travel schedule well in advance of the trip. Hunters are responsible for all transportation, shipping and trophy delivery arrangements to taxidermists after the trophies clear the USDA inspection at the Border.
All required paperwork to legally hunt Mexico is provided in addition to assisting with attaining Mexico Visa's, the Border crossing, and all inspection checkpoints in Mexico. All paperwork provided to you prior to leaving from the hunt including; USDA Notice of Arrival Form, USFWS Declaration From, 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. Trophy Care:
All turkey capes/parts are prepared for transport back into the US. Rio Sonora Outfitters will assist Inspectors with all trophy inspections at the US Border. Once the bird capes have cleared the required inspections at the US Port of Entry and all governmental procedures have been completed, hunters are responsible to either personally deliver or shipment of the trophies to a selected USDA-APHIS Approved Taxidermist of choice. Click on the following link to locate the Approved Taxidermist certified to treat birds from Mexico for “HPAI” in your local area. https://vsapps.aphis.usda.gov/vsps/public/AESearch.do?method=unspecified
Hunters transporting any turkey parts from Mexico into the US are required to provide the business name, address and contact information for the selected USDA Approved Taxidermist for HPAI to the US Customs Inspectors when trophies are declared at the US Border upon return from the hunt. (select from above link/drop down menu for your State). Again, this is mandatory for all bird parts imported from Mexico.
A distant look at the scenic terrain on one of the ranches in the Sierra Madres of Chihuahua, Mexico.
Specific Gould’s Turkey Hunt Information:
Limit of 5-6 hunters per hunt depending on ranch
Up to three (3) hunts are conducted annually on each ranch simultaneously
Border crossing; Douglas with a 4.5 or 5.5 hour of travel time
Annual harvest is limited to support high density bird populations
American and Mexican guides will accompany/assist hunters on all aspects of the hunt for a 2 on 1 hunt (quickly becomes 1 on 1 or greater as birds are taken)
All transportation is provided to and from the ranch from Tucson, AZ and in the field during the hunt
All trophy care and required documents to import trophies into the US as noted above are provided
Hunt Cost is $2250.00 for 3.5 day hunts for each hunter
$1000.00 required to book a hunt and date preferences given based on first come first serve. Balance due 1 month prior to hunt
Second bird available upon request ($950.00); $500.00 deposit and $450.00 upon kill/wound
Non-hunting guest $450.00 pending available transportation
Effective scouting always plays a major role in our hunt success. The country is vast and offers opportunity to expand our operation into new parts of the ranches each season. By taking advantage of these opportunities, RSO assists hunters who take record class birds annually. "Each new season begins another great year, providing us the opportunity to meet many new friends which is something each of us at RSO looks forward to. We’ve had some great times in the field, learning new methods from each other and adding a few more tricks to use in the future. During the hunts it's common to hear the Gould's are the most impressive looking and magnificent turkey of all the sub-species occupying some of the most spectacular terrain imaginable. “I too feel the same, very fortunate, returning to the rugged and remote terrain of the High Sierras chasing gobbles each spring.”
Thank you for the interest in our hunts! Brad Fulk - Rio Sonora Outfitters