Old Mexico has always been an infallible source of satisfaction for big-game trophy hunters all over the world and, surprisingly, still has some well kept secrets in regards to trophy hunting.
One of these little known trophies is the Crooki Mule Deer (Odocoileus Hemionus Crooki). It is a lesser known sub-species of Mule Deer that inhabits the mystical desert badlands of northern Old Mexico.
These Mule Deer, also known as “Black Tail Deer”, are closely related to the Rocky Mountain sub-species and are amazingly adept at surviving in arid and rugged desert ecosystems.
The Crooki Mule Deer, in their own class, can be described as follows:
- A “good” Crooki Mule Deer will score between 150 – 165 SCI or B&C (gross) points,
- An “exceptional” Crooki Mule Deer will score between 166 – 179 SCI or B&C (gross) points and,
- Any Crooki Mule Deer over 180 SCI or B&C (gross) points is considered “World Class”.
Mature Crooki Mule Deer bucks usually sport racks with 3 to 5 points per side. Their average inside spread is around 24 inches, although it is not uncommon to see racks that have 26 – 28 inches of inside spread, with any rack sporting more than a 28 inch inside spread being considered outstanding.
These Black Tail Deer are not commonly known for heavy antlers, but they are known to have, more often than not, heavy antler bases around 4 ½ to 5 inches in circumference and gradually thin out towards the points. A mature buck will usually have tall tined forked antlers, which is a distinctive characteristic of these Black Tail Deer.
It is unmistakable and amazing to see these Crooki Mule deer’s “stotting” gait, as they leap high into the air – stiff legged – and land on all four hooves with each bound.
These Mule deer have coats (brownish in summer and grayish in winter) that naturally blend into the background making them very efficient at disappearing into the brush and so more challenging for you to hunt. Fortunately they have a calmer and more curious demeanor that Whitetail Deer, so when we do spot your trophy we have a very good chance of putting a good stalk on him so you have a fair shot.
Your hunting quest for Crooki Mule Deer will take place mainly at the our hunting Ranch, located in the heart of the desert badlands that hug the “Sierra Del Burro” Mountain Range in the Northern State of Coahuila in Old Mexico.
The closest airport you can fly into is located in the border town of Del Rio, Texas. Here we will pick you up and take a 2 hr road trip across the border into Old Mexico to the Ranch (½ hr on paved highway and 1 ½ hrs on rough dirt road). Your trip is made more enjoyable by the scenic desert landscapes and the rich and compelling history of the region you are traveling through.
It is recommended that you bring various layers of clothing on this hunt, as desert environments can be extremely unpredictable, at the very least you should bring a heavy and a medium jacket. Packable rain gear is always a good idea. Brush-proof pants or some cordura chaps are a must for stalking and walking through this desert brush because every other plant has sharp thorns. Good, broken-in hunting boots are necessary too. Do NOT bring unbroken, new boots to this hunt!
On your Crooki Mule Deer hunting adventure you will stay mainly at the Deer Hunting Ranch House which honestly, isn’t fancy but you will be pleasantly surprised to find it very clean and accommodating. You will have hot showers, working bathrooms and satellite TV service for your convenience and enjoyment.
If we must travel to a neighboring Ranch on your Crooki Mule Deer hunt we will always stay in Ranch houses that are clean and accommodating.
In regards to meals, our motto is: “Nobody goes hungry on our watch”. In addition to a variety of top choice grilled meat cuts, poultry and fish you will also enjoy succulent and traditional Mexican and American side dishes and fresh green salads.
We have access to over 150,000 acres of private, low fence Ranch properties where we conduct our Crooki Mule Deer hunts. This is a fortunate advantage to our hunters because not only do our Crooki Mule Deer habitually roam extensively, their population is not substantial, as one can only expect from such an arid and desolate badland habitat. Nevertheless we will hunt hard and cover a lot of ground in the high-rack in order to find and put you on your trophy Crooki “Black Tail” Mule Deer.
We will work our way to high vantage points on hills or ridges and glass from there in order to spot mature rutting bucks. We recommend that you bring good optics, at least 8 x 42mm so you can glass comfortably in this terrain. You also need to practice and be prepared to take long shots. Although most shots will be in the 100 – 200 yard range, it is not uncommon to have to take the occasional 350 – 400 yard shot for a trophy Crooki.
Some tracking and hiking may be involved, so again, be prepared with good hunting boots and chaps to walk in the thorny brush.
On a typical week long hunt you can expect to see about 10 – 14 deer, with 5 or 7 of them being mature, trophy class bucks. This being a trophy hunt, we are looking to take 150 + class or better deer with inside spreads of 24 – 28 inches, or older mature bucks with inside spreads of over 28 inches.
All our guides and / or spotters will speak enough English that you will be able to communicate with them. They have also hunted for many years with us and know the terrain well. Your guide’s main objective is to find “big deer”!
Eventually, he will put you on your Crooki Mule Deer trophy buck of a lifetime. He will also spot, recover, track and care for your game in addition to watching out for you and your gear.
We include all the necessary gun permits, hunting license, tags and trophy documentation & preparation on this hunt. You will also go through a hassle-free gun check-in & out, if you choose to bring you rifle into Old Mexico; or, if you prefer, we have 7mm, Sako scoped-rifles available for your convenience at the Ranch.
The Crooki Mule Deer is a formidable desert denizen of the Northern Coahuila landscape and are a majestic trophy, in their own class, which offer the beginner or experienced Mule Deer hunter a unique hunting adventure and can more than often make a meritorious addition to their trophy room.
GSS would like to thank Mr. Fisher for the content of this blog.
To book your Mexico Crooki Desert Mule Deer hunt, contact Rick Kennerknecht at 888-850-HUNT x3.