Stafford poses with his first-day buck, which he shot at 20 yards as it approached his ambush area.

Adventure: The Search for a Coues Deer
Posted on March 31, 2013

  Excitement fills the air as this bowhunter heads toward the rugged mountains of Southern Arizona, all in search of the cagey, gray ghost Coues deer.   I tucked my face into my Sitka jacket as the cold morning breeze stung my cheeks. Growing up in North Dakota, I have … more


Bowhunting Mule Deer in Arizona
Posted on December 14, 2011

It was late December 13 years ago when I embarked on my first journey to Southern Arizona to hunt desert mule deer. My hunting buddy and I each had an over-the-counter archery deer tag in our pockets, and with other hunters’ stories in our heads, we were positive we would … more

Rick Forrest shot this velvet-clad coues buck spot-and-stalk in southern Arizona. He shot this 111-inch buck in late August 2010.

Doubling Up on Coues
Posted on May 20, 2011

A father and son defy the odds, both taking trophy coues bucks in back-to-back seasons on public land in Arizona.  By Brandon Ray Rick Forrest is one of my favorite guys to write about. I’ve known him for 20 years. Not only is he a talented archer and a wildly … more