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From Bo Huggins:

I was lucky enough to book a desert bighorn sheep hunt with Doyle Dale and it was an outstanding experience. The Dale Ranch is in Sonora, Mexico, about an hour’s drive from Hermosillo. Accommodations at the Ranch are surprisingly upscale; the ranch-house’s patio has a pool and hot tub looking out on the Sea of Cortez, and my private room was well-appointed, including a great king-size bed and spacious bathroom. Irene prepared wonderful food which I enjoyed for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

While those parts of the hunt were outstanding, I had really come for the hunting. The drive to where the sheep range was approximately forty-five minutes from the house. Two fine gentlemen, Eduardo and Luis, guided me along with the assistance of a couple of other men acting as scouts. Our first day of hunting ended after nearly seven hours of tough hiking and a missed shot with Doyle’s gun; a paperwork error had prevented my gun from being permitted to enter the country. Although the day’s outcome was somewhat discouraging, Eduardo and Luis remained extremely supportive and optimistic about our prospects.

Armed with a different gun that Doyle’s friend had left at the house after a mule deer hunt, we began the next day more determined than ever to succeed in bringing home a ram. The morning began with some pretty extensive glassing of an area different from the one we had hunted the day before. After spotting a promising animal, we moved twice to be able to better evaluate him. Our final evaluation was that he was worth pursuing, and the stalk was on. I was excited because the place where we had last seen the sheep was close to the base of the mountain, creating the potential that our approach would be quick and easy. That of course did not turn out to be the case; as we made a wide loop around the ram, he climbed about as high as he could, and we ended up hiking to the top of the mountain with a stop half-way up to eat the delicious lunch Irene had packed for us. The views as we ascended were spectacular, but disappeared after we reached the summit, moved to the back side of the mountain and “side-hilled” over some incredibly nasty terrain that Luis later described as “muy, muy feo.” After reaching the highest and most distant of the mountain’s three peaks, Eduardo signaled to me that the animal was directly beneath us. Sure enough, he was forty yards below nestled against the base of the cliff we were overlooking. In fact, the drop was sufficiently sheer that we were unable to see the entire sheep and I was unable to get a stable rest to shoot. Eduardo made our plan accordingly – he would bleat to make the ram stand up so that I could shoot it off-hand. To say that I was skeptical and nervous about the plan’s chances would be one of my great understatements. But I quickly decided to trust Eduardo’s judgment and experience, did my best to steady the crosshairs where they needed to be, and whispered that I was ready. Everything happened just as Eduardo said it would, and, much to my surprise, I made a perfect shot that dropped the animal where it stood.

After watching him roll to a stop, it took us forty-five minutes to hike from our perch to my trophy. I could not have been more thrilled. The animal was so old that he only had one tooth left in his head, and to my inexperienced eye he looked even more impressive than he had in the spotting scope. My hunch was correct; the Mexican authorities green-scored the ram right at 172”. It truly is the trophy of a lifetime, taken in a beautiful setting with fantastic amenities. I know that several other hunters have had similar experiences – if you get the chance to do the same, you should definitely take it.

From Hal Arve:

I recently returned from a desert mule deer hunt on the Doyle Dale Ranches. The first thing I would like to say is that the media has the American people believing that all of Mexico is unsafe. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Most of the isolated violence is hundreds of miles from the Hermosillo area. Upon arriving at the airport, I found everyone to be American hunter friendly. The airport is on the outskirts of the town and we traveled directly to the interior of the 42 thousand acre private ranch. The accommodations are unbelievable. It is Doyle’s private second home; new, large, spacious, and clean. The food was excellent and the staff was anxious to help in any way possible to make your hunt comfortable and successful. Bring your sunscreen. Daylight to dark we rode on a military troop transport with a hydraulic lift that boosts you 30 feet up in the air. The senderos that crisscross the ranch you can usually only see about 50 yards on either side. The lift extends that distance several hundred yards. Your guide is on his feet and, believe me; he has a keen eye for spotting game the entire time you are traveling. Part of the day is spent on small hills glassing 360 degrees. If you are unable to make the short hike to be part of this, you can relax in the vehicle. I had my crosshairs on numerous mule deer, but was looking for a high scoring trophy. However, I was able to shoot a very respectable 92″ coues deer. My buddy, Joe, and I have hunted all over the world and we rank this at the top of the list as one of the most enjoyable trips we have taken. The guides are all long time friends of Doyle’s and all good hunters and they give 110% to try to get the deer you desire. They are easy to be around. Bring your best jokes or your thoughts on the future of the economy. No subjects are off limits. I can’t wait to go back next year. The ranch is managed solely for wildlife and no cattle compete with deer for browse on this ranch. Feel free to call me for more details. 305-951-0402