A Follow-up Report on Hunting Whitetail Deer in Peru

We have received another positive report about whitetail deer hunting in the South American country of Peru. Continuing Hunting Report subscribers will remember our December 2008 story (Article ID 2181) about that country reopening to hunters after being essentially “closed” due to stringent regulations, poaching and illegal hunting for several decades. That same year we received positive reports from two very experienced international hunters and subscribers Bruce Keller and Rex Baker (see Reports 8320 and 8321 in our database). Both men hunted with Marcelo Sodiro’s South American Adventure Safaris (hunter@saadventuresafaris.com; 011-54-3492-504710). Keller and Baker each highly recommended this hunt saying they found the accommodations comfortable, the food great and, more importantly, the game plentiful. Each took a six-point buck that scored around 46 SCI. Rex Baker’s buck is posted in our online Trophy Gallery.
Ed Yates is the latest subscriber to give South American Adventure Safaris and this unique hunt an enthusiastic review. Yates hunted for two days this past September in the national hunting reserve Coto de Caza El Angolo, located in the northwestern province of Piura. Yates says the whitetails there are in abundance. “One afternoon I saw over 30 deer. A lot of them bucks, but only one three-by-three,” he says. The latter is considered a trophy whitetail in Peru as this subspecies rarely grows more than six points. The largest animal taken in this area was an eight point that measured 83 SCI. Peruvian whitetails are small in body weight as well, with most bucks averaging between 75 and 100 pounds.
Yates describes the topography as reminiscent of Sonora. “It really reminded me a lot of Coues deer territory. It was very hilly and really dry. Some areas were really thick with brush.” Indeed, Coto de Caza El Angolo is an arid equatorial forest. Despite the desert-like terrain, Yates said this was a fairly easy hunt and that all three clients in camp took a buck in less than 24 hours.
Hunts are conducted spot-and-stalk, with hunters driven to hunting areas in early morning or late afternoon. From there hunters either glass for game or walk draws and river bottoms. All the reports we’ve received state the deer are not easily spooked. Because of this, most shots average between 50 and 200 yards. Yates took his six-point buck at a distance of about 125 yards utilizing a camp borrowed Winchester .270 with Leopold scope. “It’s really a hassle to bring firearms into Peru,” he explains. “The camp has three rifles, all of them nice. I think it’s better just to borrow one of theirs.”
Yates gives high marks to the camp staff and guides. He says that the lodge was comfortable and the food very good. “They have a fulltime chef,” he says. “He prepared a lot of venison and beef. He definitely knew what he was doing! Overall this was a very relaxing hunt with good people.” Cost of the hunt was $5,980 with a $150 hunting license fee, $450 conservation fee and a $70 rifle rental.
As we reported in 2008, Peru has great potential as a hunting destination. More than 100 different species, including capybara, gray brocket deer, feral bull, wild goat and collard peccary inhabit this Alaska-sized country. Be sure that The Hunting Report will bring you the latest news on this up-and-coming hunting Mecca.