Creed Christinat is known for taking some pretty nice bucks and he joins me to talk about Coues deer. He’s 33 years old and lives in a small Arizona town called Elfrida. Creed works at a coal and natural gas power plant and when he’s not at his day job, he’s raising his family along with his wife. He’s also a passionate hunter and Coues deer is his specialty. Coues deer can really get under your skin and those who are in the know are aware they’re unique. Creed hunts them primarily with a bow, which is a next-level challenge, and here, he shares some stories and tips from his trips.
One of the things I love about Coues deer is they’re a white tail that you’re spotting and stalking. They stay in small groups unlike mule deer and for me, they’ve always been a great animal to hunt. I hunt them with a rifle, but Creed has a different perspective on bow hunting. Even though most people hunt Coues in December or January, Creed’s favorite time to hunt them is in August and September. They’re visible then, they haven’t been hunted in months, and there are fewer people to compete with. If you find a deer in late July or early August, chances are they’ll be there for you in the archery season. The only downside is antler development, which changes from year to year.
Creed walks through what he does to locate big bucks, whether he’s hunting in the desert or high pine country. He likes to target places that are less hunted, which sometimes can be deep in the wilderness or places that are completely overlooked. Creed gets into what an ideal buck canyon looks like, including proximity to permanent water. He shares his primary plan of attack, what he looks for when patterning and stalking, and how he knows it’s time to go in for the kill. Creed talks about how his techniques have changed over the years and how he continues to improve. We wrap up by talking about the different seasons, Coues deer behavioral characteristics to pay attention to, and Creed shares a story from a hunting trip he had with his brother.
Creed Christinat is a passionate hunter from Elfrida, AZ and Coues deer is his specialty. Creed walks through what he does to locate big bucks, whether he’s hunting in the desert or high pine country. We talk about the different Coues deer seasons, top techniques, and lessons learned from hunting throughout the years.
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