Coues Deer Adventure: The Most Boring Deer Hunting on Earth

Bryce Towsley Glassing for Coues Deer

“You writers are all the same when it comes to hunting Coues deer,” the editor told my friend. “First you glass for hours and hours, and then you shoot a ‘gray ghost’ so far across the canyon you need the Hubble telescope just to see him.” The guy finished his tirade by saying, “Coues deer hunting must be the most boring sport on earth.” Maybe, but that wasn’t exactly my experience. Little Kids and Big Machine Guns We were met … Continue reading

The “Ultimate” Long Range Deer Cartridge

Bryce Towsley used a 7mm RUM rifle with a Weaver 4.5-14 scope to shoot this Coues deer at 368 years in the Sierra San Antonio Mountains

In between the bouts of terror and pain I experience while Coues deer hunting, I actually found some time to hunt. I spent it glassing for hours and hours. Then I used my accurate rifle to shoot across a wide canyon and kill the little deer they call the ‘gray ghost.’ Far from boring, it was one of most exciting and challenging hunts I have ever experienced. Even without all the crashing and burning. This may well be the most … Continue reading

A Day Like This One

Bryce Towsley took this cape buffalo with a .416 UMT wildcat cartridge he designed for dangerous game hunting.

The African night was receding as we approached the waterhole, but it was still too dark to see tracks. My mood was as dark as the night had been and was failing to rise with the dawn. We were running out of time on this hunt and I was worried about buffalo. Emotional highs and lows are necessary if the hunt is to be memorable and this one was hitting the bottom. But it was just as much physical as … Continue reading