Grand Slam Hunting – North American 29 Cheats
Grand Slam Hunting – North American 29
Submitted by: rickHH
Grand Slam Regions – Arizona:
Stalking the hills and canyons is the preferred hunting
method for this diminutive whitetail. With the rough
terrain and the elusive nature of the Coues, you’ll need
to take advantage of all daylight hours to locate bedding
and feeding grounds. Coues’ small size and agile gait easily
distinguishes them from mule deer or pronghorn in the area.
A good pair of binoculars is essential for locating Coues
in this uniform terrain. A .243 rifle or recurve bow should
suit your needs.
DESERT MULE DEER:
Desert mule deer are gregarious animals, often forming
large herds of mixed sexes. With their desert-like coloring,
they can often rest comfortably under a tree where they remain
nearly invisible. For this reason, stalking and still hunting
are the preferred method of hunting muley. Stalking is best
done early in the morning as herds move from feeding to bedding
grounds. You may have to take some long range shots, so make
sure to sight your rifle and use a high velocity cartridge.
Although challenging, stalking is the most rewarding
method of hunting pronghorn. Good optics are necessary
and hunters must remain completely out of sight of their
game for a successful kill. A rifle with a flat trajectory,
good shocking power, and long-range capabilities is your best
choice. Be absolutely certain of your shot; many pronghorn
can run a full mile or more when mortally wounded and valuable
time can be lost tracking.
DESERT BIGHORN SHEEP:
Desert bighorn are gregarious, but separated by sex. Rams
tend to stay with other rams of the same age, so one trophy
status ram means that another is probably nearby. Patience
and a good pair of binoculars are a sheep hunter’s best
friend. Carefully glass any rough cliffs or crags, desert
bighorn like to bed down where they can view the area around
them. Because you’ll likely be taking most of your shots from
a distance, quality optics and a high velocity, flat trajectory
rifle are your best choice.