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I decided to give the HAC a shot this year. My main reason for doing this is
because I want to be able to go back and read a lot of the stories and
details from when they are fresh. I tend to remember the big things but
think that having this "hunting journal will be pretty cool.
A little bit about me to start things off. I grew up in Utah where I
casually hunted through my early years. What I mean by that, is that we went
deer hunting every year but we didn't take it very serious. We were in it
more for the experience than anything else. I now call Yuma, Arizona home.
I was transplanted into this desert oasis and when I was medically separated
in 2014, I chose to stay. I love to hunt and I am blessed to spend a lot of
time in the woods. My patient wife accommodates my obsession and I try to
involve her and the kids as often as possible.
2016 started out like most years do for me....chasing rutting desert mule
deer in between trips to Mexico. I am lucky, a trip to hunt coues deer
several years ago turned in to a friendship that ultimately led to me
guiding some Mexican Coues deer hunts. This year I got to take some of my
close friends from back home, and I was especially lucky because I would be
able to hunt also.
Getting to the ranches in Mexico is always an adventure. I am completely
comfortable crossing the border, crossing firearms isn't a problem for me,
Mexico doesn't scare me....but, I have learned to always be prepared for the
worst. Well "the worst" this year came in the shape of a gas station screw
up. I drive a newer model diesel truck and have made multiple trips to
Mexico with it. I have gotten gas several times and never had a problem, so
I didn't even think twice when I pulled up to the gas station (green pump)
and told the attendant to fill it up while the clients and I went in to get
a drink. Well as I walked out of the gas station I quickly realized that I
had pulled up to the green pump, which north of the border is diesel but in
old Mexico is premium unleaded. So there I was 3 hours from the U.S.
Border, with a tank full of unleaded in my diesel truck. Luckily one of my
clients was a self-proclaimed "syphoning expert." After some tense moments
and a lot of work he was able to get all 28 gallons of unleaded, and the 15
gallons of diesel we put in to "rinse" the tank, out of the tank. We filled
it up with the correct gas and we were on the road...400$ later!
There were going to be 4 hunters on the ranch for this week. We were the
first hunters to hunt the ranch and two days before I picked up the clients.
I was able to harvest this great buck. He is my second Mexico buck and was
definitely one of the mature bucks in the area.
Over the next week we were able to harvest 6 other deer, including a second
deer for me. The highlight of the trip was watching my good friend Mike
harvest this once in a lifetime coues buck with great mass and tons of
Here are some pics of the other deer and life in old Mexico!
After week one in Mexico it was time to head home and chase some desert mule deer....