Our Aoudad Hunts take place in the Glass Mountains of West Texas between Ft. Stockton and Marathon, Texas on one of the largest ranches in Texas consisting of more than 325,000 acres or 507 sq. Miles. The elevation of the ranch in the Glass Mountains Range varies from 3200 ft. to 5200 ft. There are many steep walled canyons and plateaus lined with rim rock and thousands of isolated draws that is perfect Aoudad Habitat and allows rams to reach a mature age. It is not uncommon to see more than a 100 animals in a single herd although 25 – 50 is most common. The Ranch is home to an incredible amount of Free Range Aoudad, Rocky Mountain Elk , Desert Mule Deer, Pronghorn Antelope, Javelina and abundant other wildlife species. This is a beautiful unspoiled country that has changed very little since the time when the Apache and Comanche Indians ruled this part of Texas and herds of Buffalo roamed freely.
Also known as Barbary sheep, these animals are native to the Atlas Mountains of North Africa. They were first introduced into the U.S. in 1948 in the Guadalupe Mountains along the New Mexico and Texas border. This arid desert region of the US is much like their native country and the first herds that where introduced did so well that subsequent herds where introduce in other desert regions of Texas. They’re very nomadic by nature and live in some of the roughest driest country imaginable. They can obtain all there water needs from the dry vegetation and dew. They do not depend on reliable water sources but when available they will take full advantage of water holes and often can be found wallowing in any mud they can find. Aoudad Sheep continue to thrive in Texas and now occupy most mountainous regions from West Texas to Del Rio and the Texas Panhandle.
Be prepared, Aoudad Sheep are as challenging to hunt as any sheep species in the world and are a truly wild sheep. They prefer steep walled canyons and rim rocked plateaus in some of the roughest country in Texas. Our hunting techniques vary hourly from driving to vantage points and glassing the vast canyons to making hour long hikes in more remote areas. Good optics is imperative as you will be looking through them most of the day. Being in good physical condition will also increase your success although it is not imperative on this hunt. This is one of the few Aoudad Hunts where we can accommodate hunters who are less physically fit or who have health or mobility problems. The specially designed Mountain Buggies (West Texas Horse) we use can virtually go anywhere we need to go and allows us to cover huge amounts of country that otherwise would take weeks or longer to cover on foot.
We harvest large mature rams with 28″ horns or better with most of our rams’ average 30″ – 32″ and several every year that will surpass that mark. We also have several entries in the SCI Record Book including the #1SCI Free Range Aoudad of all time harvested in 2005, this 38-1/2″ Aoudad Scored 164-2/8. In 2011we harvested another huge sheep that measured 37-1/2, but was badly broomed off on one side and still scored 153-4/8 and is the current #13 SCI Free Range Aoudad. To harvest huge Aoudad Sheep you have to have the Right Genetics, Big Properties and Very Selective Management. On average we harvest 10-12 Mature Rams a year on 325,000 acres: we are very selective and very successful at what we do. The guides and I know Aoudad Sheep and how to make your hunt Successful.
There are two lodges on the ranch. The main lodge at the headquarters can accommodate large groups of up to 16 hunters at one time. It is mainly used for corporate Mule Deer and Quail Hunts. Sheep Camp is 20 miles further in the ranch in the heart of The Glass Mountains. You are in sheep country and your hunt begins every morning when you walk outside as we routinely spot Aoudad Sheep from camp. The 3 bedroom 2 bath Sheep Camp House is very comfortable with central air and heat and can accommodate 6 hunters at a time. We serve breakfast and dinner at camp and lunch in the field.
Three days is normally plenty of time to harvest a Mature Trophy Aoudad. Although on larger groups of 4 or more a four day hunt should be considered. An extra day may take the feeling of urgency away and let you be more selective and concentrate on a true trophy. Hunting success greatly increases when a hunter is familiar with his or her rifle, be prepared for 300 yard shots, but we will do our best to get you closer. Practicing real life shooting situations will go a long ways in helping you enjoy your hunt. Bipods work really well in this country and prone and kneeling shots occur most often. Remember, there are no shooting benches out here, so don’t practice on one. Flat shooting, hard hitting calibers are best, these are tough animals and mature rams can weigh 275-325 lbs.
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For those of you flying arrive the day before your hunt by flying into Midland International Airport (MAF). Book the earliest flight possible into Midland. You will need to rent a car and drive the 80 miles to Ft. Stockton where we will meet you and make the hour drive into the ranch. Usually we will have enough time for a short afternoon scouting trip on the day of your arrival.