The Land of Golden Cities

Beyond Rubicon is embarking on a hunt-film production in the Southern part of New Mexico in an effort to stick a Coues Deer. Here is some interesting information on both the species of deer and the location:

The Coues Whitetail (apparently pronounced “cows”, but almost everyone pronounces it “coos”) is a small subspecies of white-tailed deer found in Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico.  Western Whitetail wrote a great article about the species.

“Compared to its eastern and northern cousins, the Coues whitetail deer is exceptionally small. On average, bucks weigh less than 100 pounds, and does even lighter than that. The Coues deer inhabits the “desert islands” of Arizona, New Mexico, and Mexico. Well-adapted, the Coues deer inhabits both the desert floor and high mountain peaks, and ranges in elevation from approximately 3,000 feet to 9,000 feet.

Although it is not sought after by all big game hunters, it is receiving a new recognition as a big game animal, mostly because of its “cult-like” following by those that hunt it on a regular basis. Hunting opportunities can be found in Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico, with seasons from August through January. Early fall archery seasons offer hunters the chance at taking a velvet buck in Arizona and New Mexico. In general, the rifle deer seasons begin in late October, and are scattered throughout the calendar through the end of December. Mexico offers rifle hunting though the month of January, while Arizona and New Mexico only offer archery hunting during the month.”

Why “The Land of Golden Cities(excerpt below by Robert J. Torrez)

In January of 1540, Vasquez de Coronado set out from Mexico to find these fabled cities of gold. The chronicles tell us that when arrived at the outskirts of the multi-storied, stone and mud village of Hawikah, many unkind words were uttered about Frey Marcos, as the expectations conjured up by his imaginative report were nowhere to be seen

The Spanish were met by a line of Zuni warriors, intent on defending their home against these strange visitors. Vasquez de Coronado attempted to convince them his intentions were peaceful, but his conciliatory gestures were rebuffed. It was a furious but uneven battle, as the mounted Spanish soldiers used their superior weapons to beat back the determined Zuni defenders. Casualties were few, and after the battle, the Spanish replenished their supplies from captured Zuni storerooms and continued on their quest.

For the next two years, the expedition explored deep into the North American continent, but discovered only that the Seven Cities of Cibola were, after all, nothing but a myth. After Vasquez de Coronado was injured in a riding accident in the winter of 1542, the disheartened adventurers returned to Mexico. Despite their failure to find any cities of gold, history has shown the expedition to have been a journey of epic proportions. In little more than two years, Vasquez de Coronado and his men explored much of the southwestern United States, ventured deep into the plains of Kansas, descended the walls of the Grand Canyon, and visited all the major lndian villages in the region.




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