Mexico’s Sonora Desert is the best location to secure that dream 200″ Muley

Desert Mule Deer, Sonora, Mexico

Hunting Season:  November 29th – February 16th (we recommend the January rut as by far the best time to hunt)


The biggest and most desired of the 5 American deer species is the Mule deer. Aptly named because its ears resemble that of a mule, he is indigenous to the Western States and Northern Mexico. The Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) is the largest of the Odocoileus family of deer that inhabit the America’s. Unlike the Whitetail his range is much smaller only living in the Western States of America down into the Sonora Desert in Mexico. He has a number of subspecies including the slightly smaller Columbian Black tail deer, which we arrange in California, to the much smaller Sitka Black tail that we arrange on Kodiak island. The white tail deer however, although related is not a subspecies and their antler formation is different: Mule Deer Buck’s antlers fork forming two brows whereas Whitetails have tines coming off a single main beam. 
They are very watchful for their safety and normally post a sentinel to guard against surprise. As a rule old Males prefer a solitary existence for much of the year, joining the females during the rut. The gestation period for Chamois is twenty weeks and the female normally produces one, rarely two kids.
They cast their antlers in Mid February. Also unlike Whitetail there is less of a size disparity across their range, although habitat and food source most certainly does make a difference. The Sonora desert is World reknowned to have by far the largest Mule deer on the planet. The mild winter temperatures and hot summers provide good feeding for the deer, and the bucks grow particularly large and heavy antlers, compared to bucks in the United States.

Although there is an introduced population in Argentina, Hands down Sonora, Mexico is the location to secure your World Class Trophy Mule deer buck, however due to the close proximity of the United States, demand is high and prices are considerably more than they would be in America.

They cast their antlers in Mid February. Also unlike Whitetail there is less of a size disparity across their range, although habitat and food source most certainly does make a difference. The Sonora desert is World reknowned to have by far the largest Mule deer on the planet. The mild winter temperatures and hot summers provide good feeding for the deer, and the bucks grow particularly large and heavy antlers, compared to bucks in the United States.

Although there is an introduced population in Argentina, Hands down Sonora, Mexico is the location to secure your World Class Trophy Mule deer buck, however due to the close proximity of the United States, demand is high and prices are considerably more than they would be in America.

Like many deer species, Mule Deer are most active in the morning and evenings, so prime hunting times will be at first and last light. The ground cover is thick with cacti in the desert, and it is amazing how these beautiful animals can just disappear. As a result, vehicles are used a lot in mule deer hunts, in particular the use of high racks. A portable high seat, strapped to the back of a pick up, allows hunters to cover the ground and spot the deer. During the rut the deer can be quite responsive to a call, and a preferred method will be to set up on a hill side and call, persuading the deer out of the thick cover.

There is also an option to harvest: Coues Whitetail deer, Collared Peccary, Bobcat & Coyote

To book your Sonora Desert Mule Deer hunt, contact Real Big 5 on
+44 7977150104

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