by Darren Choate
A father and son hunt Coues bucks together in the Arizona desert.
Coues Hunt – This past week my son, Colton, and I enjoyed a memorable hunt for Coues bucks in southern Arizona. Last year, Colton took his first buck, a small Coues deer on a juniors-only hunt. This year he and I both had tags. After enjoying the festivities of Thanksgiving with our family, we set off on a hunting adventure early the next morning. After a five-hour drive, we quickly set up camp and headed out to glass for deer. That afternoon we only saw three deer, all of which appeared to be does — all we got was a glimpse of white tails bouncing through the thick brush. However, we were excited about the coming days of the hunt.
The next morning we climbed high up a mountain to a familiar glassing point. It took us over an hour to find the first deer; it was a buck! The little Coues buck quickly disappeared into the thick brush. We assumed that the buck bedded, and took a long hike to investigate further. Of course, you know what assuming does — we never saw the buck again. The next morning we did not spot a deer after several hours of glassing. It seems that the moon phase had deer moving best in the afternoon, and that’s when we finally found Colton a buck.
On the third afternoon of the hunt, it only took us a few minutes of glassing during the heat of the day to find a few Coues on the move. The deer were protected in the shaded cuts of the mountain slopes, which offered cooler temperatures. We glassed up a small buck and moved in closer for a shot; however, once we got closer we were not able to relocate the buck. We sat down to glass a few other ridges when Colton spotted another deer. I put my 15x Swarovskis on the deer to find a nice two-point Coues buck. The buck was just over 260 yards, and Colton made the shot and harvested his second Coues buck. It was getting dark, so we quickly field-dressed the buck, and drug it back to the truck.
Although my tag was not filled, I had a great time on the hunt and enjoyed in Colton’s success. Any hunt that you can share with another is a memorable event, but sharing a hunt with your son or daughter is something that will create an unbreakable bond. I encourage you to share a hunt with your son, daughter or family member. Please keep an eye out for Colton’s story coming soon to Western Whitetail.
Darren is the Founder of Western Whitetail. Prior to his career in the outdoors, Darren served as an Airman in the US Air Force. As a freelancer, his articles have been published online and featured in magazines such as Western Whitetail, Western Hunter, Quality Whitetails, Cabela’s Outfitter Journal, Fur-Fish-Game, and Rocky Mountain Game & Fish Magazine. Additionally, Darren spent time as the Editor In Chief of Whitetail Journal, Bowhunting World, Predator Xtreme, Archery Business, and Hunting Retailer magazines with Grand View Outdoors. He is a voting member and supporter of the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA). Although he lives in elk and Coues country, Darren enjoys hunting across the country and writing about his experiences.