Arizona Coues Deer Guides and Outfitters
Coues Deer Hunts
About the Coues Whitetail Deer
Arizona Guided Hunts is pleased to offer quality hunting trips for the Coues Whitetailed Deer in Southern Arizona near Tucson. The Coues Deer is considered one of the most prized and most challenging deer species for North American trophy hunters. This petite deer is the smallest huntable sub-species of the whitetailed deer and weighs between 70 - 100 lbs. dressed out. Mature bucks normally have 8 total points on the rack. The minimum Coues deer score for Pope and Young is 70 inches and the minimum score for Boone and Crockett is 110 inches. The Coues Whitetail is classified under a separate category in all record books because of it’s small, tight rack. Even the World's Record typical Coues deer (144-1/8" B&C taken by Ed Stockwell in 1953) would not make it into the Boone and Crockett book if scored and categorized under the Eastern whitetail standards. That is the reason for the separate category for this unique deer species. Hunters that have taken all the species in the "deer slam" usually consider the Coues deer one of most rewarding and most beautiful trophies.
About Our Coues Deer Hunts
Our Coues hunts are conducted in the vast, rugged desert mountains of southeastern Arizona, with Tucson being the closest major city. Hunting Coues deer can often be physically demanding, compared to other types of deer hunts. A typical day requires hiking an uphill mile or two into steep terrain where Coues deer live. The hunting technique involves choosing a good vantage point and spending hours glassing through high-powered binoculars and spotting scopes. Our guides use mainly 15X56 binoculars to piece through the steep canyons where the majority of Coues bucks hang-out. The Coues bucks may be spotted up to a mile away. Once a trophy Coues buck is located, the spot and stalk method is used to get within shooting range. The canyons where Coues deer live are usually big and open, resulting in rifle shots averaging 300 yards. Hunters should be prepared for further distances, if the occasion arrises. Archery ranges are usually 30 to 70 yards since it is open terrain. Because of the topography, high-powered riflescopes on top of lightweight flat-shooting rifles with a bipod are a "must have." Recommended rifle calibers are the .25-06 to .300 Magnums. We do not recommend smaller calibers because the risk of wind drift on the bullet is much greater and the energy is low at long distances. We conduct four rifle season timeframes, which are: late October, early November, early December, and late December. Our Archery Coues hunts are conducted during the month of January and briefly in early September.
If you are a bowhunter, this is the ultimate spot-and-stalk deer hunt! Most of our Coues deer bowhunting takes place during the rut in late December through January 31, with the exception of an early September archery Coues deer season. There are no trees in classic Coues deer country, which leaves out treestand hunting as a technique. Our guides use glassing methods to locate a good buck. Once a good Coues buck is located, it is then carefully stalked to within a comfortable distance. Carefully stalking involves staying out of sight, walking lightly on the loud gravel ground to avoid noise, and always keeping the wind in your favor. Once into position, the archery hunter waits patiently for the right moment or for the buck to walk by. If the bucks are rutting hard, rattling and/or grunting will sometimes bring the buck closer to the hunter for an opportunity to release an arrow. Since archery shots tend to be in the 30 to 70 yard range, it is recommended that hunters use quick bows and light arrows. The further you can shoot a bow accurately, the higher your chances for success. Our guided Coues bowhunters see many bucks during this rut hunt. Hunters typically make 1 to 3 stalks per day. Nearly all of our archery coues hunters release arrows at bucks. Getting a Coues deer with a bow though, ultimately "boils down" to the archery hunter's abilitiy to use good stalking techniques. Archery deer hunts are 5 days in duration (instead of 4) and can be combined with javelina in January, if you so choose to apply for a javelina tag. Archery deer tags are over the counter.
SUCCESS RATES: We are proud to say that many of our rifle Coues seasons have ended with a 100% success rate! Our overall success average for one-on-one rifle Coues hunts is over 90%. Nearly all of our past Coues hunters have been presented with opportunity! Our success rate for Archery Coues hunts is over 3 times that of the general public's archery Coues success rate! Most of our archery harvests have made the Pope and Young minimum.
Accommodations: We use a Southwestern Style outfitter tent camp which is often located many miles from civilization. Sleeping quarters for big game hunts are typically in deluxe outfitter tents, unless noted otherwise. A trailer often serves as the kitchen/mess hall where hunters gather to eat. If you are looking for a hunt with fancy lodges, this is NOT the hunt for you! Tent camps are used because we stay in remote areas. The deluxe tents consist of either large outfitter Kodiak canvas or Alaknak tents. The size of our tents are tall and spacious inside; typically 10X10, 10X14, or 12x12 and stand 6.5-9 feet tall. The tents are equipped with heaters during the colder months. Cots with thick pads are provided, but all hunters must bring their own sleeping bags. For those that own a camping trailer and would like to bring it to camp to stay in are more than welcome to do so, but we cannot discount the fully guided hunt any. It must be high enough for ground clearance on rough dirt roads. Please ask for road conditions before bringing one. Video of our typical camp.
Please Note: Hunting for Coues deer is done mostly on foot since it is usually not feasible to use horses or pack animals. Because of the terrain that Coues deer live in, this is a fairly physically demanding hunt. Therefore, hunters are encouraged to condition themselves to the best of their ability in order to increase their odds for success.
Licenses and Seasons
Archery deer tags are over-the-counter. Rifle coues whitetail tags are by draw with the application period in May through early June. Hunters will apply for the draw and be chosen for a timeframe within a given area. The odds for drawing October and early/mid November rifle tags within our areas are extremely high when putting down Oct. and early Nov. (or vice versa) as first and second choices on the draw application. Early December Pre-Rut tags have only "fair" draw odds. Late December "RUT" rifle tags are very limited and will take several years of applying to draw. We will help you with the drawing process after you book the hunt. But, if ONLY interested in a Late December "rut" hunt, we will not book that type of high-demand hunt until a tag is drawn.
The rifle season drawing deadline is June 12th, so non-rut Coues hunters must book prior to this date.
Hunting license fees: $37.00(Res) and $160.00(NR)
Deer Tag Fees: $58 (Res) and $315 (NonRes)
Seasons for 2019-20:
Oct 25-Oct 31 (Non-rut Rifle Season)
Nov 8-14 (Non-rut Rifle Season)
Nov 29-Dec 8 (Non-rut Rifle Season)
Dec 13-31 (The RUT Late Rifle Season)
Jan 1-31, 2020 (Rut Archery-Only Season)
Rifle hunters will apply in the draw for 3 of these timeframe choices within our area. Your rifle season hunting dates will be determined by the lottery drawing. Read the "rifle hunt booking info" below.
Archery tags are over the counter, so your dates will be determined by our January availability.
This is a High Demand Hunt. Hunters interested in booking a hunt should contact us as soon as possible because spaces are very limited. We usually only accomodate up to five 1-on-1 hunters at a time, so book early. You must contact us prior to the June 10 draw deadline!
Coues Deer Hunts:
|Coues Deer Hunt Options||# Days||Rate|
|Rifle Coues Deer : (2 on 1) Non-Rut||4*||$2,850.00/person|
|Rifle Coues Deer: (1 on 1) Non-Rut||4*||$3,250.00/person|
|Rifle Coues Deer: (1 on 1) Late Dec RUT||5*||$3,850.00/person|
|Archery Deer/Javelina Combo 2on1||5*||$2,850.00/person|
|Archery Deer/Javelina Combo 1on1||5*||$3,250.00/person|
Choose a "Hunter to Guide Ratio" of either 1-on-1 or 2-on-1. The 1 on 1 rate means one hunter per guide. The 2 on 1 rate means two hunters per guide (share a guide). If choosing 2 on 1, you must bring the other hunter to share the guide with.
Description of Coues Deer Hunts
Rifle Coues Deer Hunts: Includes accommodations (tent camps), meals, transportation in field while hunting, a guide, *up to 4 days of hunting (up to 5 for rut), and many extras. Choose a "Hunter to Guide Ratio" of either 1-on-1 or 2-on-1. The 1 on 1 rate means one hunter per guide. The 2 on 1 rate means two hunters per guide. If choosing 2 on 1, you must bring the other hunter to share the guide with.
Archery Deer/Javelina Combo: This hunt allows January archery deer hunters to have the added bonus of hunting javelina while hunting Coues deer and/or mule deer. The javelina tag is by draw in September and is optional with the archery deer hunt (we don't charge extra to add javelina). Includes complimentary accommodations (tent camps), meals, transportation in field while hunting, a guide, *up to 5 days of hunting, and many extras. Choose a Hunter to Guide Ratio of either 1-on-1 or 2-on-1. The 1 on 1 rate means one hunter per guide. The 2 on 1 rate means two hunters per guide. You must bring the other person to share the guide with, if choosing 2 on 1.
* Hunters arrive in camp the day prior to hunting and depart camp about noon on the last day of hunting. The Oct/Nov/early Dec. (non-rut) rifle seasons typically start on a Friday morning and we hunt till noon Monday with hunters meeting us on Thursday about noon. So, it's best if flying hunters arrive in Arizona the evening prior to meeting us (two days before hunting), rent a car from the airport, get a hotel room and we will meet the next day around noon in the hunt area about 1 to 2 hours from the Tucson Airport or 3 to 4 hours from the Phoenix Airport. These are the closest major airports. Flying hunters can follow us to camp in their rental car. Flights should depart the morning after the hunt. More details on the general info page.
Archery Hunt Booking Info: Since Archery deer tags are over-the-counter, a minimum 50% non-refundable deposit is due upon signing for an archery hunt. The remainder is due 21 days prior. All monies paid are nonrefundable. We recommend cancellation insurance for all of our guests. Visit our policy page for more details.
Rifle Hunt Booking Info: The first step for a Non-Rut rifle season Coues hunt is to request a "hunt contract" from the outfitter to book the hunt. You will then sign the paperwork and return promptly (within 7 days) with a $250/person nonrefundable "good faith" deposit. That will lock-in the current rate and save a spot for you when drawn. The next step is to apply for rifle tags and licenses. After the "good faith" money is received, the Outfitter will assist in the draw process and will give you the hunt areas to use on the draw application. Hunters will apply for up to 5 timeframe choices within a given area. Your hunt dates will be determined by the lottery draw. Odds for drawing October and early/mid November rifle season tags are extremely high when putting down Oct. and Nov. (or vice versa) as first and second choices on the draw application. Drawing early December tags have only fair odds. But, Late December "Rut" rifle tags are high in demand and usually take several years of applying to draw. So, if interested in Late December "Rut" only, we will not book that hunt until a tag is drawn. If for some reason you do not draw for the non-rut seasons, your "good faith" deposit will be transferred to the next year or until you draw and you will be locked-in to the previous year's rate. Another payment equaling 50% of the hunt cost is required after rifle tags are drawn. The remaining balance is due at least 21 days prior to the hunt. All monies paid are nonrefundable. We recommend cancellation insurance for all of our guests. Visit our policy page for more details. If you already drew a rifle season Coues deer tag, give us a call or email. A 50% deposit is required for those that already have tags. The remainder is due 21 days prior.
Costs and Considerations that are the hunter's responsibility: Licenses and tags, rental car, butchering, shipping of meat, taxidermy, hotel stay before/after the hunt (if flying). Gratuity for your guide is gladly accepted and is customary (15% is typical).
For those that own a camping trailer and would like to bring it to camp to sleep in are more than welcome to do so, but we cannot discount the hunt any. It must be high enough to be pulled on rough dirt roads. Please ask for road conditions prior to bringing one.
Space is limited, so book early!!! We usually only accomodate up to six 1-on-1 hunters in camp at a time, so book early.
Non-Hunter Fee: Some hunters like to bring along a buddy to camp and share the experience while they hunt. Invite someone as a non-hunter while on your guided deer hunt for a fee of $750.00. Non-hunter space is limited. Based upon Availability.
Some Latest Coues Deer Photos
Marc O'Malley from Indiana shot this nice Coues buck at 220 yards.
Woody Compton from Montana shot this beautiful Coues buck with his .280 Ackley Improved.
Outfitter Pat Feldt, guide Jake Lindsey and hunter Lee Bollinger next to Lee's nice Coues deer buck
Jim Peterson shot this outstanding B and C trophy Coues deer buck at 420 yards!
Glenn Funfer from Canada shot this really nice Arizona Coues buck at 450 yards.
Brian Healy of California shot this outstanding Boone and Crockett Arizona Coues buck. Video
Eric Callow shot this really unique Arizona Coues buck at 360 yards.
Garett Pfaffenbach from California shot this really nice Coues deer during our October season. Video
Jeff Mikus from Idaho with a nice, symetrical Coues deer buck.
Phillip Fleming shot this nice Coues whitetail buck with a .300 WSM