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I did not get a tag for anything this year, so I must post pictures of my friends en devours. I got to hunt with him a couple of days, but we couldn't get within range of any worth shooting. For those that don't know, Coues are very small white-tail deer. And getting a tag in December during the rut, a very rare treat in northern Arizona.
 Hunting these deer is probably the most optics intense hunting I can think of. They really prefer to hang-out in the open areas, next to really steep canyons. Most days are spent glassing, trying to find the little gray ghosts of the desert.The rut this year started well, with the storms that AZ got in late November through the middle of December. But after Christmas it was pretty well knocked flat because of the really warm weather (temps in the 50's & 60's). 
  We had glassed up a few bucks, a couple of fork horns, and a decent 3-point. But three point was always just out of range...Until this morning! The deer was taken at 350 yards, using a Remington model 600 Mohawk, chambered in 6mm Rem.(This is, by the way, a very handy, little gun, with a 18.5" barrel.)

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Very nice.How big do those deer get?
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That is a decent example of a mature Coues. Down in southern Az, and northern Mexico, they get a little bigger simply because the winters are less harsh. Most people agree that a 110" rack is trophy grade. I imagine this one to be about 95".
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Nice buck! 
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Nice one! Not sure I would want to hunt in that much cactus.
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Originally posted by billyburl2 billyburl2 wrote:

Most people agree that a 110" rack is trophy grade. I imagine this one to be about 95".
 
Wow that is pretty high standards for a trophy grade buck.  Isn't the Boone and Crockett minimum for typical Coues 110" for the all-time book and 100" for the three year awards?
 
Great story and pic.
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Originally posted by Bitterroot Bulls Bitterroot Bulls wrote:

Originally posted by billyburl2 billyburl2 wrote:

Most people agree that a 110" rack is trophy grade. I imagine this one to be about 95".
 
Wow that is pretty high standards for a trophy grade buck.  Isn't the Boone and Crockett minimum for typical Coues 110" for the all-time book and 100" for the three year awards?
 
Great story and pic.
Matt, I really don't know the numbers for the B&C. Honestly I was just using a number that I had heard. I was wanting him to shoot all the little fork-horns running around Bucky...
I have always had trophy aspirations, but I am not out there primarily for the horns. Usually my goals are pretty easily satisfied...
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Originally posted by billyburl2 billyburl2 wrote:

Matt, I really don't know the numbers for the B&C. Honestly I was just using a number that I had heard. I was wanting him to shoot all the little fork-horns running around Bucky...
I have always had trophy aspirations, but I am not out there primarily for the horns. Usually my goals are pretty easily satisfied...
 
I just wanted to give your buddy some credit.  The deer in the pic looks like a trophy to this mule deer hunter.
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If I would had my rifle on Thursday, I probably would have got in ALOT of trouble! I seen an absolute monster mule deer...Just hanging out broadside at about 35-40 yards... He was an easy 180-190 buck!
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Wow great buck. Love those Coues deer.  The 100" mark is the mark most hunter try to break when hunting Coues deer.
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I was kind of thinking that buck would score somewhere around 80" which is still a very nice buck. And like mentioned a 100" buck is a stud and 110" is a giant. Coues is by far the most challenging and addicting animal I have ever hunted. I killed a 360" elk with my bow in November on a late hunt and I would trade him for  a 110" coues anyday of the week.
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