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. The hunting technique for Coues deer involves choosing a good vantage point and spending hours glassing through high-powered binoculars and spotting scopes. 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. Rifle hunters should be prepared for distances from 200 yards to 500 yards, if the need arrises. Bow hunters typicially take shots at ranges from 30 to 70 yards, since it is really 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 up to .300 Magnums. We do not recommend smaller calibers. We conduct three rifle season timeframes, which are: late October, early November, and late December. Our Archery Coues hunts are conducted during the month of January when they are in full rut.
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 from January 1 through January 31. 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, crunchy, brush-choked 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 to release an arrow. If the bucks are rutting hard, rattling and/or grunting will sometimes bring the buck closer for an opportunity to release an arrow. Since it is a spot and stalk hunt, archery shots tend to be in the 30 to 70 yard range. 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 during the first 3 weeks of 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 5 times that of the general public's archery Coues success rate! Most of our archery harvests would make 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 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.
Hunters should note that Coues deer live in the desert mountains. Hunters are encouraged to condition themselves to the best of their ability in order to increase their odds for success. We do not use or own horses and pack animals. If you are looking for a horseback hunt, this is NOT the hunt for you.
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 could be randomly chosen for a timeframe within a given area. Bear in mind, since it is a random draw system, it might take more than one try. Some hunters are lucky and draw their first try, while others are not so lucky and take more than one try. The odds for drawing non-rut October and early/mid November rifle tags within our areas are high when putting down Oct. and early Nov. (or vice versa) as first and second choices on the draw application. 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.
The rifle season drawing deadline is June 9th, so contact us prior to this date so we can assist.
Hunting license fees: $37.00 (Resident) and $160.00 (NonRes). All draw applicants need to purchase a nonrefundable Arizona hunting license in order to apply.
Deer Tag Fees: $58 (Res) and $315 (NonRes)
Season Dates for 2020
Oct 23-Oct 26 (Non-rut Rifle Season)
Nov 6-9 (Non-rut Rifle Season)
Dec 11-31 (The RUT Late Rifle Season)
Jan 1-31, 2021 (Rut Archery-Only Season)
Rifle hunters apply in the draw for up to 5 timeframe choices within our recommended area. The dates of your hunt will be determined by a State run random draw process. Therefore, hunters who want the best odds should be flexible with their time choices and not set on a certain date. Read the "rifle hunt booking info" below.
Archery hunters will buy tags over the counter.
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 hunters at a time, so book early. You must contact us prior to the June 10 draw deadline for the correct hunt number to use in the drawing!
|Coues Deer Hunt Options||# Days||Rate|
|Rifle Coues Deer : (2 on 1) Non-Rut||4*||$3,000.00/person|
|Rifle Coues Deer: (1 on 1) Non-Rut||4*||$3,500.00/person|
|Rifle Coues Deer: (1 on 1) Late Dec RUT||5*||$4,000.00/person|
|Archery Deer/Javelina Combo 2on1||5*||$3,000.00/person|
|Archery Deer/Javelina Combo 1on1||5*||$3,500.00/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 complimentary accommodations (tent camps), complimentary meals, transportation in field while hunting only, a guide, trophy prep, packing out animal, and up to 4 days of hunting (up to 5 for rut). 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: January archery deer hunters who hunt during the first 3 weeks of January, have the added bonus of hunting javelina while hunting Coues deer and/or mule deer. The archery deer tag is over the counter. 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), complimentary meals, transportation in field while hunting, a guide, *up to 5 days of hunting, trophy prep, and packing out animal.
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 non-resident 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, the first step is to sign some paperwork and return it promptly with a 50% non-refundable deposit. The remainder is due 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.
Rifle Hunt Booking Info: The first step is to contact the outfitter to get on the list for a hunt. He will then assist you in applying for tags and licenses, which includes giving the correct hunt numbers to use in the draw. Hunters can apply for up to 5 timeframe choices within a given area. Your hunt dates will be determined by the lottery draw. Bear in mind, since it is a random draw system, it might take more than one try. Some hunters are lucky and draw their first try, while others are not so lucky and take more than one try. The odds for drawing non-rut October and early/mid November rifle season tags are high when putting down Oct. and Nov. (or vice versa) as first and second choices on the draw application. Late December "Rut" rifle tags are very limited and usually take several years of applying to draw. Once drawn, you will sign a contract and submit a 50% non-refundable deposit. 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.
Costs and Considerations that are the hunter's responsibility: Licenses and tags, rental car, butchering, shipping or transporting of meat/hide, 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 five 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 or observer while on your guided deer hunt for a fee of $750.00. Non-hunter space is limited. Based upon Availability.
Coues Deer Hunt Photos
Phelps with a great archery Coues deer that he shot at 50 yards using spot and stalk style hunting! (Jan 2020)
Brent from CO with a great late December rut season Arizona Coues deer! (2019)
Marc from Indiana shot this nice Coues buck at 220 yards
Outfitter Pat Feldt, guide Jake Lindsey and hunter Lee next to Lee's nice Coues deer buck
Jim shot this outstanding B and C trophy Coues deer buck at 420 yards!
Glenn from Canada shot this really nice Arizona Coues buck at 450 yards.
Brian of California shot this outstanding Boone and Crockett Arizona Coues buck. Video
Eric shot this really unique Arizona Coues buck at 360 yards.
Garett from California shot this really nice Coues deer during our October season. Video
Jeff from Idaho with a nice, symetrical Coues deer buck.
Phillip shot this nice Coues whitetail buck with a .300 WSM