Mexico

Discussion in 'Waterfowl Hunting' started by Buckhunter99, Jun 22, 2020.

  1. Buckhunter99

    Buckhunter99 Well-Known Member

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    Is anyone interested in going to Mexico on a waterfowl/dove hunt in Jan? I am planning on going and they said its a 2 person blind and I would rather have a stranger from here than just some stranger in the blind. I can provide information to anyone that wants it.
     
  2. Ange

    Ange Well-Known Member

    Be careful. I worked in Mexico intensely for 6 years and carried their version of a Green Card. I was in and out of Mexico —— all over ——- for another 12 years——18 years total. I will not go back.
     
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  3. SwampCat

    SwampCat Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

    I duck hunted in Mexico a few years ago, a few months after they captured El Chapo in Mazatlan. We stayed in Mazatlan and hunted an hour south in Esquinapa. Had a great time, but, I would consider our hunt more a duck shoot than a duck hunt. Not saying I didnt enjoy it. I usually go to Mexico once a year - usually Cabo - and I feel safer there at night than In downtown Shreveport.

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  4. JR1

    JR1 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Roughly, what part of Mexico are you referring to? Or are you anti Mexico travel for the whole country?

    Only reason I ask is because we do the tourist thing at an all inclusive every other year or so and I've never felt even the slightest bit in danger. I'm sure you know a whole lot more than I do though from your time there.
     
  5. Buckhunter99

    Buckhunter99 Well-Known Member

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    I figured it would be more of a duck/dove shoot than a hunt but I am ok with that for this trip. I just want to get away and relax some for awhile and have a good time. They shoot redheads mostly but also some pintail and wigeon. Of those I have only shot a hen redhead so looking forward to getting more.
     
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  6. SwampCat

    SwampCat Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

    I agree - as poor as our duck hunting has gotten, a little trigger time is welcome.

    You going east coast?
     
  7. Buckhunter99

    Buckhunter99 Well-Known Member

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    Yes the east coast. San Fernando area. I am booking with Northern Skies Outfitters. The ranch there is Loma Calorada
     
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  8. GOLDENEYE

    GOLDENEYE Well-Known Member

    Anyone ever hunt California for Surf Scoter and Brant?
     
  9. Ange

    Ange Well-Known Member

    I worked in Matamoros, Reynosa, Monterrey, Saltillo, San Luis Potosí, Madera Chihuahua, Juarez and attended meetings in Playa Del Carmen. I refused to work in Mexico City and as such did not work in Aguascalientes. When NAFTA was enacted, my employer did not want to lose market share as a result of the plants leaving the U.S. so we worked in Mexico to defend our position. Our lawyer wrote a letter to the Mexican Consulate and we carried what was called an FM-3 which was later obsoleted.

    I cannot remember all the particulars but the Mexicans dot every I and cross every T when it comes to Americans being in their country. If you don’t get this stamp or get that stamp it could have meant a $2,000.00 fine. If you went to a gun range the weekend before your trip to Mexico and left a 9mm round in your bag, it would mean prison. If you were driving in Mexico and had a car wreck, we were instructed to leave the car where it was and get to the border or the nearest consulate ASAP. Back then there were traffic cops signaling traffic in some of the towns we worked in. If they whistled you to stop, you did not stop, you hauled butt and got to the border ASAP. I remember being stopped at a toll booth on the Autopista (Toll Road ) from Reynosa to Monterey by the Federalis and having what looked like a 17 year old Mexican Soldier with peach fuzz on his face search our car and use the muzzle of his HK-91 clone rifle to move our bags around in the trunk looking for a reason to get a bribe from us. Once I was eating Supper in Monterrey near the the Fuente de Neptuno statues and about a 1981 Chevy pickup painted in olive green with a canvas top on the bed loaded with Federalis pulls up on the sidewalk right in front of the place where we were eating. We froze. Next to the cafe was a clothing store. They drug a young man in his late teens or twenties out of the store on heels and threw him in the back of the truck. The Agente de Ventas (In-Country Salesman my company paired me with) went to the store after the Federalis left and found out the kid was accused of stealing.

    This is just a little of what I remember right now. My last trip for meetings in Playa Del Carmen was not
    Good. It was getting to the point where you didn’t need to venture out of the resort area you stayed in. I had too. My wife got Montezuma’s revenge and needed fresh bananas and a new toothbrush. If you go to Mexico, get a prescription of antibiotics to fight off any stomach ailments you might get from the water or bad food. If not, you might be taking 1970’s era technology medicine. That’s all for now.
     
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  10. noname

    noname Well-Known Member

    Ange (post #9) is giving everyone very good/much needed advice. I was sent there from (1996-1999) and I understand its much, much worse now !!!

    I too worked for a company that made the move into Mexico and I was sent to train the folks there. I was based mostly out of Monterrey, Reynosa, Matamoros but also Mexico City... I was sent to many other major citys to give short term training for the company. I made and still have some good friends there ! They're are some really good people there. BUT, they'er are also some very bad people who are looking for easy prey and counting on the Policia (police) for help (being a citizan from another country) can be a very bad deal !!!! ;)
     
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  11. SwampCat

    SwampCat Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

    I have never been scared or worried anytime I have been in Mexico, in one of the big tourist towns - including Mazatlan in Sinaloa State - which is on our Govt’s do not travel list. However, I did get pretty worried one night when the cops pulled us over in the middle of no where, returning from a days hunt. Pretty bad when you fear the cops as much as you fear the drug cartel.

    The Mexican people I have been around have been the most eager to please, friendliest, people I have ever met. But I will say this, also - the “Hotel Zones” in the major tourist destinations are no reflection on what the bulk of Mexico is really like.
     
  12. Ange

    Ange Well-Known Member

    My wife went to an American Doctor who has a Surgery Clinic right across the border from San Diego to have 80 percent t of her stomach removed in March right before the shut down. She was escorted to the Clinic in a limo and stayed next door to the clinic in a nice hotel. It was a wonderful experience. As a general rule, if you stay in the tourist areas, you are good to go. My work called for me to be outside of those areas. Early on, it was smooth sailing but it changed once the politicians started resisting the cartels.
     
  13. rhpierce

    rhpierce Well-Known Member

    No. My understanding is the Pacific Brant migration is different, and shooting them is best done in Mexico nowadays. I know several people who have hunted Washington, etc. for scoter and harlequin. I think they still kill some brant, but the migration skips the majority of its former grounds and just "hops"...

    I am going to Chincoteague Island in Virginia in January to gun brant, oldsquaw, surf and black scoter, black ducks, and other stuff you won't get here. The only thing we probably won't get into is eider, since we are too far south...