Two Booners In Less Than 24 Hours!

Buzz Tyre of Jacksonville, Florida has collected countless whitetails in his over 50 years of hunting. The former president of the North Florida Chapter of Safari Club International even has four Boone & Crockett whitetail bucks to his credit. But in all those decades of avid deer hunting, Buzz had never tried for mule deer, and had never seen a Coues deer. That changed on Jan. 9, 2009 when he and Florida friends John and Brad Evans and Mitchell Montgomery flew into Hermosillo, Mexico, about 400 miles south of the Arizona border. They were hunting with outfitter Ubaldo Lopez in the state of Sonora on 120,000 acres of prime desert deer habitat.
The hunting terrain is low scrub and cactus, rolling, rocky, cold and inhospitable to humans. But it abounds with deer, including some world class mule deer and Coues whitetails. It's long range, spot and stalk rifle hunting, and pinpointing deer in the desert terrain is a challenge.
The hunters were after mule deer, and first morning out Buzz was with his guide, carefully glassing distant landscape for game. They spotted plenty of deer, including a couple good bucks. But every time they moved near the two bucks, they disappeared over a hill or into brush. Finally, at 11:40 a.m. the hunters topped a ridge, and spotted the bucks. A quick check with his range finder showed they were 310 yards out, but to Buzz they looked like 500 yards through his Swarosky rifle scope. His guide said to try for the biggest deer, and Buzz touched the 300WSM Kimber rifle's trigger. The 200-pound buck crumbled, and Buzz said it was a long, dusty walk to the deer - but what a mulie, especially for a first-time hunt for the species.
The buck has a 29-inch inside spread, with unusual eye-guards, having a gross green typical score of 190 inches.
Buzz Tyre shows the high and symmetrical rack of the near perfect record class buck.
Mule deer hunting partner Mitchell Montgomery told Buzz about a huge Coues whitetail buck that Mitchell had seen near a waterhole on that morning's first hunt. Buzz checked out the waterhole that afternoon, and spotted the Coues buck, but had no rifle. A hunting plan was set for the next morning at the water hole.
Buzz and his guide were at the water hole at dawn the next day, and while they saw several good bucks, the big Coues eluded them. Finally, they began a spot and stalk routine, and saw the deer at long range. They moved to the place they'd last seen the rutting buck, and hung in a tree a doe-in-heat scent attractant. Then they stalked again, returning to the scent attractant spot 90 minutes later. The buck was standing near the scent attractant, and Buzz took a 165-yard shot. The 130-pound deer dropped at 9:40 a.m., less than 24 hours after Buzz had shot his mule deer.
Having never hunted Coues deer, Buzz was a little disappointed in the whitetail's size. But he quickly learned the buck's 17 points, short, heavy mass measuring 126 non-typical inches is a monster Coues by any standard, and a memorable trophy class animal. Taking a record book buck is a lifetime achievement for most hunters. Taking two such bucks of different species within 24 hours is remarkably rare.

Buzz Tyre has collected countless whitetails in his over 50 years of hunting but never tried for mule deer or a Coues deer. That changed on Jan. 9, 2009.