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Chasing Coues Deer South of the Border

On getting lucky and being good in the mountains of Sonora, Mexico.

Chasing Coues Deer South of the Border

(Photo courtesy of Brad Fitzpatrick) 

A half-hour before dawn, Ron Shelton and I set up on a steep ridge and began glassing the surrounding canyons for deer. It was January in northern Mexico, but we were hunting above 5,000 feet in the Sierra Madre mountains, and the strong thermal winds made the morning bitterly cold. Every few moments I'd break from glassing to glance at the eastern horizon, waiting on the rising sun and the warmth it would bring. Then, with my hat down over my ears and my hood drawn tight, I'd turn back to the spotting scope.

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