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#7097002 - 11/21/12 Proper pronunciation of Coues Deer
KC Offline
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I'm returning to Arizona for another Coues deer hunt and I want to make sure that I'm pronouncing their name properly so that when I call to them, "Come here little Coues deer", they will come running.

What is the proper pronunciation for "Coues" deer?

Is it pronounced COWs, like the animal that gives milk?

Or is it pronounced KOOs, like the sound that a dove makes?

KC

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#7097075 - 11/21/12 Re: Proper pronunciation of Coues Deer [Re: KC]
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Originally Posted By: KC

What is the proper pronunciation for "Coues" deer?

Is it pronounced COWs, like the animal that gives milk?


This is the proper pronunciation


Originally Posted By: KC

Or is it pronounced KOOs, like the sound that a dove makes?


This is what everybody calls them

Drummond

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#7097357 - 11/21/12 Re: Proper pronunciation of Coues Deer [Re: huntsonora]
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Originally Posted By: huntsonora
Originally Posted By: KC

What is the proper pronunciation for "Coues" deer?

Is it pronounced COWs, like the animal that gives milk?


This is the proper pronunciation


Originally Posted By: KC

Or is it pronounced KOOs, like the sound that a dove makes?


This is what everybody calls them

Drummond

Eliot Coues, a Harvard naturalist and taxonomist for whom the subspecies is named, pronounced his name "cows". Unfortunately, even among deer biologists and some taxonomists, you will get a questioning look and a pause before recognition sets in if you pronounce the common name ("Coues deer") that way. Once I moved to the desert southwest, I just decided to go with the flow--it makes for fewer pauses in a conversation. I have often had to explain what a "cows deer" or "cows whitetail" is but have never had to explain what a "Koos whitetail" is.
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#7097418 - 11/21/12 Re: Proper pronunciation of Coues Deer [Re: mudhen]
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What area are you hunting in? This guy’s big brother is still out there.



But I took his biggest brother.


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#7097520 - 11/21/12 Re: Proper pronunciation of Coues Deer [Re: JohnP]
KC Offline
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Originally Posted By: JohnP
What area are you hunting in?

John P:

I promised my friend and host, a guy that I have hunted with for eight years, that if anyone asked that question, I would respond "in southern Arizona". So I can't tell you what unit I will be in but I sure would like to know where that big guy hangs out.

KC
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#7097529 - 11/21/12 Re: Proper pronunciation of Coues Deer [Re: KC]
JohnP Offline
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KC ~ I promised his big brother I would not tell his area, but would just respond "in southern Arizona". I'm out the door now for a few days, will talk further when I get back ~ either Sat or Sun.

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#7097590 - 11/21/12 Re: Proper pronunciation of Coues Deer [Re: JohnP]
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Just another regional variation, like coyote. Around here it's KI yote. Other places it's ki YOTE ee (which is probably more correct since it better conforms to it's Spanish pronunciation)
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#7111116 - 11/25/12 Re: Proper pronunciation of Coues Deer [Re: Rock Chuck]
JohnP Offline
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Registered: 06/29/03
Posts: 79
Loc: Arizona
I can understand you friends request. Just was wondering if it was close by and I would let you buy me a beer. grin

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#7111128 - 11/25/12 Re: Proper pronunciation of Coues Deer [Re: JohnP]
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Registered: 08/31/05
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Loc: Denver
John, Don't know much about these little deer but that one you got looks like a monster. Nice and thanks for posting. Need one of those someday.

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#7111129 - 11/25/12 Re: Proper pronunciation of Coues Deer [Re: JohnP]
GregW Offline
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Loc: Southern Arizona
John,

That is a stud and a half -
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#7111261 - 11/25/12 Re: Proper pronunciation of Coues Deer [Re: GregW]
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Yep thats a big old buck, and a true 4x4, very rare!

Koos deer is how I feel you should go about it.

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