Whitetail Deer – Coues


This rancher/outfitter runs a small personal no frills operation taking very limited amount of whitetail hunters per year in southeastern Montana on several thousand acres. Success typically runs 100 percent on whitetails in the 140 to 160 inch class. He also takes about 6 to 9 muley bucks per year averaging in the 155 to 165 class with a chance on a 170 or better deer. Deer tags are good for either mule deer or whitetails.

In 2017 he had 6 whitetail hunters and they killed 6 bucks from 140 to 160 inches. IF YOU WANT TO BOOK THIS HUNT CALL ASAP SO YOU CAN GET IN FOR 2018.

In 2016 he only had about 3 whitetail hunters and they killed bucks in the 140 class.

In 2015 his 3 whitetail hunters all scored on bucks, including a 160 and 2 more averaging 150 inches.

4 days guided 2×1 is $3,450 and if you draw an antelope tag he allows you to take one the first 2 weeks of deer season at no additional charge. Hunters stay in an old trailer on the property and meals are included.

Hunt dates are about October 20 to Thanksgiving. Hunters fly into Rapid City or Billings and rent a car for the 2 1/2 hour drive.

Montana has changed their deer license program, so now you can typically draw an elk/deer license for $944 and then apply for the special draw for bull elk in this trophy unit and it is very unlikely that you would draw so you should get back $383, so your deer license is only $561. If you do draw the elk tag this is a great trophy unit and the outfitter will upgrade your hunt to include a bull on a trophy fee basis for only $2,500. If you don’t draw make sure you purchase the deer point. Deer/elk draw deadline is March 15 and pronghorn draw deadline is early June. Reserve your spot now for the next available opening in 2018. Hunt WD427.  WD427 Hunt Photos.



We feel Kansas is one of the top two whitetail states and this hunt takes place in one of the top areas in Kansas for trophy whitetails on 25,000 private acres. This outfitter has a high protein feeding program with mainly repeat booking clientele and this explains why so many deer are passed up while the hunter is looking for true trophy quality.

2017 rifle hunt had not started at press time.

2016 first rifle hunt produced 3 bucks for 9 hunters, including a 190 inch 10 point and 2 bucks right at 170. Second rifle hunt went 5 for 9, best buck went 178 and the rest averaged 150.

In 2015 the rifle hunt produced 9 bucks for 16 hunters and 4 of those bucks scored in the 170’s. In 2014 the rifle hunt was 13 bucks killed for 18 hunters, including a 188 inch deer and 4 more over 160 inches.

5 day Kansas muzzleloader hunt is $5,000, 6 day archery is $4,000 and 5 day rifle hunts are $5,000. Hunt includes 2×1 guide service, lodge accommodations and meals. Hunt takes place in northeastern Kansas and this is arguably the best whitetail hunting area in Kansas. Hunters fly into Kansas City and rent a car. Draw deadline mid April. Limited 2018 openings. Hunt WDK565.  WDK565 Hunt Photos.


5 DAYS $4500 NO DRAW

This outfitter has rights to over 100,000 private acres and within these properties are some tremendous whitetail hangouts. At press time he had only taken one hunter in 2017 and he killed an impressive non-typical near the 170 inch mark. He had 3 more hunters scheduled in December.

In 2016 all 3 hunters tagged bucks scoring 180 (largest buck they have taken), 150 and a 140. Hunters typically see 5 to 8 bucks daily.

5 day hunts are $4,500 guided 2×1 and include basic ranch house accommodations with meals, nothing fancy. Hunts start the first Saturday in December and are over-the-counter tags. Hunters fly into Colorado Springs or Denver and rent a car for the 2 or 3 hour drive. Draw deadline April 1. Hunt WD554.



The outfitter purchased this operation in 2015 near Meadow Lake, known as one of the top areas in Saskatchewan. His area now consists of actually 4 outfitter areas combined totaling over 680 square miles! He has over 120 deer tags allocated to him for this large area, but takes less than half that amount of hunters to maintain trophy quality. He has superb lodge accommodations and they normally use heated double bull blinds, fiberglass elevated box blinds and some treestands on bait sites. Bait stands are accessed by truck or side by side UTV’s often off old logging roads. Success has been exceptional and most hunters repeat bookings. Due to this if you want a spot we can put you on a list, but cannot book you in until February to allow past hunters the opportunity to rebook.

2017 rifle season was underway at press time and here is the update. They took 2 archers the last week of October, with one killing a 158 and the other passed on a 160 buck intent to only shoot a 170 class, he went home empty. The first 3 rifle hunts were completed with 2 more to go. Currently they had 24 rifle hunters tag 15 bucks, with the top buck grossing 160 and 3 more killed were in the 150’s. The full moon seemed to really soften the rut.

2016 season had 48 hunters take 45 bucks and all 3 hunters that did not kill reportedly passed on bucks in the 150 class. Best buck grossed 182 plus 3 more in the 170’s with an average of 154 gross inches.

2015 fall whitetail hunts produced 43 bucks for 43 hunters, with the top 4 bucks grossing between 170 into the 180’s.

6 day hunts are $5,400 plus a $455 deer license and about $304 in tax, arrive on Sunday and depart on Saturday. Hunters fly into Saskatoon and rent a car for the 3 1/2 hour drive or Edmonton for about 5 1/2 hours. Rifle hunts typically run from early November up to and including the first week of December. They also offer archery or early season muzzleloader hunts. HCU’s Scott Steinkruger has hunted with this outfit. Hunt WD304.  WD304 Hunt Photos.


GUN/BOW 5 OR 6 DAYS $4000

In our opinion IOWA IS THE NUMBER 1 WHITETAIL STATE for monster bucks, followed closely by Kansas. If you are a serious whitetail hunter get your preference points and you will be able to plan a hunt at a very reasonable price. Call us anytime for assistance for getting points and scheduling a hunt.

2017 archery first hunt late October 4 for 6, 161, 160, 153, 147 and 2 hit and lost. Second bow early November 4 for 7, all 4 in 140’s and 2 hit and lost. Third bow 4 for 6, 161, 156, 148, 141 and 2 archers passed. Overall 19 bowhunters killed 12 bucks. At press time no gun seasons were completed.

2016 archery had 16 bowhunters kill 8 bucks with 4 scoring from 152 to 172 and 2 bucks were hit and lost. First shotgun/muzzleloader hunt went 7 for 8 with the best buck grossing 178. Second gun hunt was 6 for 9 and top 2 bucks scored 176 and 174 plus a couple in the 160’s. Late muzzleloader season produced 8 bucks for 13 hunters, nothing huge.

2015 archery hunt ended up with 18 archers killing 7 bucks, including a 173, 3 over 150 inches, 140 and a couple smaller bucks. They hit and lost 7 more bucks. First and second shotgun season totaled 14 hunters killing 8 bucks, including a 190 and a couple in the 160’s.

They have over 8,000 private acres that are enhanced with plenty of food plots in south central Iowa, Zone 5. They enforce a 140 inch minimum rule and take a very low number of hunters considering the large amount of property, which really helps the trophy quality. They use over 100 lock-on stands and a dozen ladders stands. They also have 10 blinds built on stilts for gun hunters. Archery hunts start the end of October and continue to about November 20. First gun hunt is December 1 to 5, second gun is December 8 to 13 and late muzzleloader is December 26 to January 10.

All hunts are up to 6 days bow or gun at $4,000 plus 5 percent tax, with a 140 inch minimum. Archers arrive Saturday, hunt Sunday to Friday and leave Saturday. They have 2 camps about 25 miles apart. The North Camp is fairly new with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and holds up to 4 hunters. The South Camp is an old farmhouse and it sleeps up to 6.

Draw deadline is June 1 and it normally takes 3 or 4 preference points to draw the archery tag and 1 or 2 points to draw a gun tag. Call licensing at 800-367-1188 during the month of May to acquire your preference point for $52, it is worth getting them for future hunts. HCU’s Scott Steinkruger has hunted with this outfitter. Hunt WD799.  WD799 Hunt Photos.


ARCHERY $2950 + 750 KILL
RIFLE $3750 4 DAYS

This outfitter has over 100,000 private acres northwest of North Platte with over 8 miles of Platte River bottom. He started an extensive protein feeding program four years ago and they are seeing the results.

The outfitter hunts out of 2 camps. The Island Camp has 7 miles of riverbottom and whitetail bucks in the 120’s to 130’s are very plentiful with top bucks grossing in the 150’s. He runs archery and 2 rifle hunts. It has a remodeled ranch house and new bunkhouse for accommodations.

West Camp is located on 80 square miles in the hills for mule deer and 5 miles of riverbottom on the Platte River for whitetails. He takes archers and normally about 12 mule deer and 5 combo hunters per year.

2017 archery at the Island Camp ended up with 12 hunters killing 9 bucks, including 4 in the 150’s, overall average about 135. First rifle whitetail went 9 for 12, with 2 in the 150’s and averaging 140. First mule deer rifle at West Camp was 5 for 5, with best going 180 inches and overall a 160 average.

2016 archery went 8 kills for 12 hunters, all in the 125 to 150 inch range, nothing huge. First rifle whitetail hunt at the Island Camp went 7 for 9, averaging 140 inches. First mule deer rifle hunt on the West Camp had 9 kills averaging 160 inches, with the top bucks grossing 183 and 181.

Archery hunters typically enjoy 100 percent opportunity on 125 inch bucks with about 50 percent success on bucks in the 130 to 150 class. Rifle hunts normally run about 75 percent success on bucks averaging 140 inches. Penalty of $500 with 120 inch gross minimum. Mule deer average about 80 percent success on 160 inch bucks. Typically everyone has multiple opportunities to be successful.

5 day bowhunts are $2,950 with a $750 trophy fee run October 24 to 28 or November 1 to 5.

4 day rifle whitetail hunts are $3,750 or mule deer is $4,500.

Nice ranch house accommodations, meals and guiding are included. Licenses are over the counter, no draw. Fly to Denver and rent a car or if you fly into North Platte they provide airport pickup. Hunt WD/MD565.  WD/MD565 Hunt Photos.



Here is a very solid inexpensive Saskatchewan whitetail hunt that takes place on the fringe of farmland and into the bush. This hunt normally produces about 80 percent success and the average buck grosses around 140 Boone and Crockett inches, with top bucks scoring up into the 160 class.

2017 season was just underway at press time producing 8 bucks for 13 hunters. Best buck was a 161, with the rest in the 140 to 150 range, with 2 more hunts to go.

2016 season ended up with 20 hunters taking 15 bucks and the top buck grossed 162.

6 day rifle whitetail hunts from late October through November are only $3,900 plus license/tax. He has 25 heated box blinds about 8 to 12 feet off the ground. Nice two story cabin accommodations right on the lake with good fishing. This is a super priced hunt and airport pickup can be arranged from Saskatoon at a cost of $400 round trip that can be divided amongst hunters. Openings are very limited due to repeat bookings. Hunt WD577.  WD577 Hunt Photos.



This private ranch is located near the town of Ekalaka in the southeast corner of Montana. The 20,000 acre ranch has about 5,000 acres of agriculture and riverbottom land that really entice the whitetails. Deer numbers are high and if you have a doe tag you can take one for meat at no additional charge, same goes for Merriam turkey if you have a tag, no additional cost. In fact, if you want to apply in the June draw for a pronghorn tag and are successful there is no additional charge if you are deer hunting.

Last fall they only took 3 whitetail hunters and at press time only one had hunted and he took a 140 type deer his first day out. They did allow a few youth hunters in early and they took home bucks.

In 2016 they went 4 for 4 scoring in the 130 to a little over 150 inches.

Hunters arrive on Saturday, hunt Sunday to Friday, 6 days, and leave Saturday morning. Hunts start about October 20 and run to the end of November, pronghorn hunting is only good up to about November 5. They will take up to 4 hunters in a group with a minimum of 2 or 3. Hunters typically stay in a motel in Ekalaka only 18 miles away. Remember this is a trespass fee hunt, no guides, no food, no accommodations and you will need a four wheel drive truck.

Deer draw deadline is March 15 and antelope is June 1. If you don’t draw make sure you get a preference point to draw for the following year. 2019 prices will increase to $2,500. Hunt WDUN534.     



Here is a great bargain, something not common for Texas whitetail hunts. This 1,200 acre private ranch under high fence is located in the Texas panhandle near the town of Clarendon. Arrive on a Thursday, hunt Friday, Saturday, Sunday and depart on Monday. Three hunting days are priced very economically at $3,000 and that includes a buck of 8 or 9 points and gross scoring less than 150 Boone and Crockett inches, very nice accommodations, food and 1 on 1 guide service. Your guide will make the call on size and if he under estimates there is no additional charge to the hunter. Deer grossing from 150 up to 169 Boone and Crockett points have a trophy fee of $2,000. Top trophy bucks scoring over 170 have a $4,500 trophy fee. This ranch has limited hunting and is very brushy where as many mature bucks are not seen all year except for during the rut.

This ranch owner only allows a very select number of hunters each year to hunt his ranch, run by him, mainly for enjoyment and to manage a healthy deer herd. Fantastic accommodations coupled with Black Angus steaks grilling over the mesquite fire at the end of the day along with a cold beer or a glass of fine wine. It just doesn’t get any better.

Quail hunting or red stag can be included with this hunt. Texas non-resident license is $300. Hunters are met in Amarillo. Extremely limited openings, call for availability. HCU’s Scott Steinkruger has been on this ranch. Hunt WDP806.  WDP806 Hunt Photos.



Here is the best opportunity for a quality Arizona Coues deer without going across the border into old Mexico and you can get a tag. This outfitter specializes in archery hunts, with over 90 percent success and his gun hunts tend to run near 100 percent success on bucks averaging over 85 inches.

These southern Arizona hunts include lodging, meals and 1×1 guide services for $3,950. Archery hunts are August for 5 days. Archery hunts are conducted by mainly ground blinds, with some treestands and spot and stalk. Gun hunts are basically spot and stalk for the last week of October, second and fourth weeks of November.

Archery tags are over the counter and gun licenses are on a draw that is near 100 percent, with a May 30 deadline. Hunters are picked up in Tucson at no additional cost. Hunt CD404.  CD404 Hunt Photos.