Our Free-Range Fair Chase Aoudad Sheep Hunts take place in the Glass and Chinati Mountains in West Texas, on two of the largest ranches with a combined acreage of more than 590,000 acres. Both properties have large populations of Aoudad Sheep and have placed many entries into the SCI Free Range Category including 3 in the top 25. This is by no coincidence only certain regions of West Texas have the superior genetics to produce record book Aoudad Sheep which both ranches have proven many times. Property size with proper management and allowing rams with the right genetics to reach 10-14 years of age is key to producing record book Aoudad.
Also known as Barbary Sheep, 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 Texas Border. This arid mountain region of the U.S. is much like their native country and the first herds that where introduced did so well that subsequent herds where introduced in other desert regions of Texas. Trophy Aoudad Sheep Hunts take place in some of the roughest and driest country imaginable. Due to the environment that Aoudad Sheep live in, they can obtain all their 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.
West Texas Free Range Aoudad Sheep Hunts are probably the best, true, wild sheep hunt for the money. Both Ranches are a great choice for a hunter wanting to hunt a Trophy Aoudad. When you book your hunt with us we will discuss the options of each ranch and the type of hunt your looking for, group size, your physical shape and we will place you on the right property. We are very fortunate that in the Glass Mountains elevations vary from 3200 ft to 5200 ft and we can offer hunters who are less physically fit or have health or mobility problems 100% shooting opportunities on Aoudad that average the coveted 30" mark. With specially designed Mountain Buggies we can virtually go anywhere we need to go and cover huge amounts of country that would otherwise take weeks on foot. While the Chinati Mountain Hunt can still offer less physically demanding hunts. It also can provide a mountain hunter one of he most physically demanding hunts in North America having elevations over 6000 ft in some of the roughest terrain imaginable. Much of this remote wilderness is only accessible on foot and for the dedicated sheep hunter there are thousands of acres that take hours to hike into. These isolated areas of steep walled canyons and rim rock are perfect aoudad habitat and allows sheep to thrive,and the rewards can be great.
For The Record we have many entries in the SCI Free Range Records including the #4 Sci Free Range Aoudad of all time the 38-1/2 Aoudad scored 164-2/8 and held the #1 potion for over 10 years. The current # 11 is another great Aoudad that our clients harvested that officially scored 157-3/8. The #25 entry stretched the tap to 37-1/2" and was badly broomed off and still scored 153-4/8. There are many other great Aoudad that have past through my hands over the years that clients simply did not enter that would place high in the SCI Records.
Preparation on any Wild Sheep Hunt is imperative, knowing your rifle, and being prepared for real life shooting situations out to 400 yards will go a long way in helping you be successful. Remember there are no shooting benches out here so do not practice on one. Good optics are imperative on your rifle and especially your binoculars as you will be looking through them most of the day. Bipods work really well in this country with prone shots being most common. Flat shooting, hard hitting calibers are best, I personally prefer 300 magnums. Aoudad are tough ,mature rams can weigh 275-300 lbs and can absorb lots of punishment.
Both ranches have great full service lodging with all meals and linens furnished ( no tents or hotels) and are over 20 miles into the properties. You are in sheep country and your hunt starts every morning when you walk outside as we routinely spot sheep from both camps. We can accommodate six hunters at the Glass Mountain Camp and up to eight hunters in the Chinati Camp both are very comfortable with central air and heat. We serve breakfast and dinner at camp and a field lunch during the day.
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While hunting with us in September through November during the rut it is not uncommon to see more than a 100 Aoudad in a single herd with 5-7 mature rams sometimes many more. Although normally herds from 25-50 are encountered having 2-4 mature rams per herd. During our spring hunts February through May we will be hunting bachelor groups of rams that may have 6-12 rams in one herd. These bachelor herds are also aged based find the right group and you may have a problem picking out the one you want. Both times of year are successful and both have there advantages. Be prepared, Aoudad Sheep are as challenging to hunt as any sheep species in North America .
All of our hunts consist of four full days of hunting. On the Glass Mountain Hunt you will arrive in Ft.Stockton at noon where one of our team members will meet you and head to the ranch. Your hunt will normally start that afternoon once your settled in and rifles have been checked.
The Chinati Mountain Hunt you will arrive Marfa, Texas between 3 & 4 pm the day before your hunt starts you will meet your guides and head into the ranch and unload you bags and equipment then check zero on rifles. Your hunt will begin the following morning for four full days if needed.
On both hunts hunters leave the day after the last animal is harvested or the morning of the 5th day if the hunt last the full four days.
Texas Sheep Hunting Packages
Chinati Mountain Hunt
Glass Mountain Hunt
Additional Animals That May Be Hunted
For those you flying into Midland International Airport (MAF) or EL Paso International (ELP) Book the earliest flights possible. You will need to rent a car and drive to Ft. Stockton or to Marfa where we will meet your guides..