GOULD'S TURKEY HUNTS
FROM RIO SONORA OUTFITTERS, LLC
Gould's Turkey occupy the diverse habitats of the arid southwest, specifically Mexico, with the highest densities in higher elevations of the State of Chihuahua where the oak woodlands transition to mixed conifer forests. This is where Rio Sonora Outfitters conducts high success Gould’s Turkey hunts offering you a great adventure and an exciting hunting opportunity. RSO is a respected Outfitter for Gould’s Turkey Hunts with nearly two decades of experience specializing in this sub species! During this time, RSO has risen to the top as a highly recognized name offering Mexico Gould’s Hunts; a result of dedication, honest business practices, vast field experience, professionalism and extensive knowledge of the species.
RSO offers you a Gould’s Hunt with 100% success rates year after year! If you’re a serious turkey hunter, RSO is the choice for a safe, enjoyable and successful turkey hunting adventure in Mexico! Please review the Gould’s Photo Gallery and Testimonials.
Rio Sonora Outfitters has held long-term exclusive hunting rights for nearly two decades on ranches totaling over 60,000 acres of closely managed private property in the heart of the “High Sierra’s”. These ranches offer diverse habitat types and varying topography ranging from large mesa tops, to long ridges dissected by both steep and gentle canyons with permanent and man-made waters. Elevations range from 6000' in Oak Woodlands, to over 8000' in Conifer Forests. Both ranches are located adjacent to a paved highway within a two-hour drive from the local city. Both properties contain extensive road systems, with modern ranch houses making the hunting and camping accommodations very comfortable. RSO has focused on all aspects of the hunt including personal service during the travel time to and from the ranches, camp accommodations, equipment provided, meals, guides and long term game management to support great turkey populations! It is all taken into account! RSO takes each hunt very serious and offer an all inclusive trip with many hunting options available with no hidden costs. We plan our hunts for each client booked and our efforts are rewarded with your success! This is not only a hunt, but also a great adventure and experience you will not soon forget.
If hunts end early, hunters have the option of going sight seeing, exploring Indian/cultural sites, video taping/photography or just setting back and telling stories and relaxing in the peaceful setting of camp. Our camps have a friendly environment where new friends and hunting memories are made. All hunts are planned to meet each client’s individual needs! Many references are available; please review the Testimonial/Reference Page.
Rio Sonora Outfitters is dedicated to manage the harvest to sustain high bird densities and hunt-able turkey populations to assure each hunt is a success year after year. Experienced American guides assist hunters in the field along with assistance of our ranch guides, resulting in a very effective TEAM to serve you. Our guides will locate birds and take hunters into areas of known activity, while assisting hunters with all aspects of the hunt as needed. Annually, significant pre-season scouting efforts are our focus to locate roosts, feeding sites and bird activity in addition to day to day planning during the course of the hunt to assure the hunt completely meets your needs and is both enjoyable and successful. Each group of hunters will hunt previously un-hunted areas on each ranch to assure a great hunting opportunity. Just let us know what your needs are and we will accommodate you.
This is where we begin on your hunt, planning is important and the results are "High Success", so get ready for an action packed turkey hunt!
Hunting Season: Gould’s hunts typically starts when the birds are breaking out of their winter flocks, which has consistently been during the third week of April with the “heart of the season” running into mid May. During this 3-4 week period, RSO conducts hunts on two large ranches with camps 45 minutes apart. RSO pays special attention to each detail of the hunt and the results speak for themselves!
Experienced American and Mexican guides assist hunters in the field along with the assistance of ranch guides. Guides locate and take hunters into areas of known activity, and assists hunters with aspects of the hunt as needed. Each guide assists two hunters in the field (2 on 1). Hunts quickly become a 1 on 1 or greater as hunters fill out. Transportation during the hunts include; ATV's and 4x4 Vehicles. Ranches/Accommodations:
All hunts are conducted on private ranches, legally registered for hunting. Ranch locations vary, but typical travel-time is between 4.5 to 5.5 hours from the International Border. Lodging is in comfortable ranch houses are either equipped with solar or generator powered electricity, running water, hot showers, comfortable bedrooms equipped with beds and linens and a spacious dining areas to relax while tell hunting stories. We have great cooks that pay special attention to details while keeping you pleased and making sure the camp is clean and comfortable.
A line-up of great meals adds just the right amount of Mexican culture to the menu including; pork loin, chicken, chili Colorado, tortilla soup, ham, bacon, sausage, chorizo, eggs, and we can't forget the beans and tortillas. Oh, and we'll be frying the turkeys in camp! Dutch oven deserts or fruit pies will add a finishing touch to a great dinner. All food and drinks are provided (except alcohol).
Hunts are based out of Hereford, Arizona with transportation provided from the Tucson International Airport and back for hunters electing to fly in. For those driving, vehicles will be secured at the outfitters residence in Hereford. Hunters are responsible for all meals and lodging prior to entering Mexico and after returning from a hunt. You assume no additional costs for vehicle rentals or International Airfares when you hunt with us. RSO will provide Hotel contact information and a travel schedule well in advance of the trip. Hunters are responsible for all transportation; shipping and trophy delivery arrangements to the USDA approved Taxidermists once the hunt is complete.
All required paperwork to legally hunt Mexico is provided in addition to assisting with attaining Mexico Visa's, the Border crossing, and with all inspection checkpoints in Mexico. All paperwork is provided to you prior to leaving from the hunt including; USDA-APHIS Import Permit, USDA Notice of Arrival Form, Ranch Hunting Contract and Ranch Hunt Authorization Form. Hunters are responsible for the cost of their Mexico Visa (approx. $25.00) at the International Border. Trophy Care:
All turkey capes/parts are prepared for transport back into the US. Rio Sonora Outfitters will assist Inspectors with all trophy inspections at the US Border. Once the bird capes have cleared the required inspections at the US Port of Entry and all governmental procedures have been completed, hunters are responsible to personally deliver/ship the trophies to a selected USDA-APHIS approved Taxidermist of your choice. Click on the following link to locate the “USDA Approved Taxidermist” certified to treat birds from Mexico for “HPAI” form your area. https://vsapps.aphis.usda.gov/vsps/public/AESearch.do?method=unspecified
Hunters transporting any turkey parts into the US are required to provide the business name, address and contact information for the selected USDA Approved Taxidermist for HPAI to the US Customs Inspectors when trophies are declared at the US Border.
A distant look at the scenic terrain on one of the ranches in the Sierra Madres of Chihuahua, Mexico.
Specific Gould’s Turkey Hunt Information:
Limits of 5 to 6 hunters per hunt depending on ranch
Up to three (3) hunts are conducted annually on each ranch Border crossing; Douglas with a 4.5 or 5.5 hour of travel time
Annual harvest is limited to 20-25 birds per ranch based on population status
American and Mexican guides will accompany/assist hunters on all aspects of the hunt for a 2 on 1 hunt (quickly becomes 1 on 1 or greater as birds are taken)
All transportation is provided to and from the ranch from Tucson, AZ and in the field during the hunt
All license/tags, trophy care and required documents to import trophies into the US.
Hunt Cost is $2100.00 for 3.5 day hunts for each hunter
$1000.00 required to book a hunt and date preferences given based on first come first serve. Balance due 1 month prior to hunt
Second bird available upon request ($950.00); $450.00 deposit and $500.00 upon kill/wound
Non-hunting guest $450.00 pending available transportation
Effective scouting always plays a major role in our hunt success. The country is vast and offers opportunity to expand our operation into new parts of the ranches each season. By taking advantage of these opportunities, RSO assists hunters who take record class birds annually. "Each new season begins another great year, providing us the opportunity to meet many new friends which is something each of us at RSO looks forward to. We’ve had some great times in the field, learning new methods from each other and adding a few more tricks to use in the future. During the hunts it's common to hear the Gould's are the most impressive looking and magnificent turkey of all the sub-species occupying some of the most spectacular terrain imaginable. “I too feel the same, very fortunate, returning to the rugged and remote terrain of the High Sierras chasing gobbles each spring.”
Thank you for the interest in our hunts! Brad Fulk - Rio Sonora Outfitters