Outfitter #462

Super Trophy Aoudad Sheep in Texas

Description

This outfitter truly specializes in hunting free range aoudad rams and has invested more than 30 years in the pursuit of them. He is widely recognized throughout the hunting industry as the leading authority on wild aoudad sheep in Texas. He holds these sheep in very high regard and likes to refer to them as the Barbary Bighorn of the southwest. He is totally devoted to producing exceptional trophies for his clients and his hunters have taken three of the top ten aoudad in the latest SCI record book.  In the past five seasons he has guided eight rams that score from 148' - 156" SCI! He and his guide are seasoned sheep hunters with six private ranches that total over 400,000 acres!  They typically take 2-4 rams a year off each ranch, that's it, and only take older age class 10+ year old rams.  It's not uncommon to see 100 rams on a four day hunt with 4-6 trophy rams.  When you completely focus on hunting one specie, you become very adept at it and that is exactly what this outfitter and his guides have done. All they do is hunt aoudad sheep and they produce more big rams than anyone else, with an average of 30" plus! They do a tremendous amount of scouting prior to your hunt and will have a big ram(s) located for you. The country they hunt is vast and rugged, so be prepared for a true sheep hunt.  However, they have properties that can accommodate just about any hunter.  Accommodations consist of ranch houses and lodges, or a comfortable tent camp, with all meals provided.  They typically take two hunters at a time and have quality optics and vehicles.  You'll access the property via 4x4 jeeps glassing along the way until a mature ram is located.  Then, the stock is on!  If you're looking for the ultimate, free range trophy aoudad hunt, this is it! #462

 

 


Price

$7,000 (2x1 guided)

$8,000 (1x1 guided)

Observers $250/day 

Dates

4-day hunts from October through March (Sunday - Friday travel days)

Included
Lodging, Meals, In-Field Transportation, Infield Trophy Care, and Guide
Excluded
Airfare, Gratuities, License, and Personal Items
Transportation

Fly into El Paso or Midland/Odessa Texas and rent a car for the drive to the hunt area.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to El Paso, or Midland/Odessa, TX. Rent a car and driver to Marfa, TX.

Day 2-5: Hunt.

Day 6: Depart camp for your return trip home.

Approximate License & Tag(s) Cost

$48. You need to purchase the non-resident 5 day Special Hunting Permit (type 157) online prior to your hunt at www.tpwd.state.tx.us

Hunter Safety Card required if born after September 1, 1971.

Physical Requirement Level

Level 3 - These hunts are a true wilderness experience and are usually conducted on horseback, while hunting species such as elk, moose, bear; also, some mountain lion and African Cape buffalo. Difficult to extreme hiking and backpacking can be involved.


More Hunt Details

Taking quality rams is no accident. You have to be hunting where the gene pool is excellent and on large properties that have had little hunting pressure. When hunting with this outfitter, you are not confined to one property either. They hunt many large ranches and take few rams every year from each ranch. Barbary Rams are the only species of animals that they hunt. All of their time and effort is spent on this magnificent animal. This outfitter has nearly 28 years of time invested in these amazing animals. Last season they took 1 ram over 36“, 4 over 32“, 6 more over 30”, and the rest were over 28” (19 rams total). All of these rams were over 10 years of age.

The owner and the guides that he hires are not just guides, they are mountain sheep guides. They know how to locate and stalk big mature rams. They use the highest quality optics to locate and evaluate trophy rams before they attempt a stalk. They can tell from 1+ miles away the difference between a big mature ram (10+ years) vs a lesser ram. Once they locate a trophy ram, they know how to get you into position and finish the deal. And if you’re wondering if this outfitter knows what he’s doing, in February of 2012, the owner himself personally guided his 250th barbary sheep hunt since 1984.

You will see good numbers of sheep on these hunts. It is not uncommon to see 100-150 total and 4-6 trophy rams. It is also very important to note that these sheep have been wild and free ranging since the mid-1940s. They consider the Barbary Bighorn to be a native species as they have been roaming the Southwest mountains for over 60 years.

The ranches have low rolling hills to steep mountainous terrain. It will help to be in shape, because half of this hunt will be on foot in the mountains. The elevations range from 4500-7000 feet. They will place you on one of the ranches to fit your physical needs. They know how to get you in and out of steep mountainous terrain at your own pace safely.

The gear that you need to bring is your rifle, binoculars, day bag or light backpack, and personal gear. You will stay in ranch houses, motels, or tents depending on the site they are hunting. A good light rifle in calibers from 270-300 mag will do fine. A well broken-in pair of leather boots with a good vibram sole is a must. We will provide their own custom rifles (7mm mag) at no additional charge if the hunter does not wish to travel with his rifle.

Hunt Dates: mid-September through March (Call for Schedule)

Additional Info:

  • You can fly into El Paso, Texas or Midland/Odessa, Texas the day before your hunt and rent a car, then you can drive to Marfa or Alpine, Texas where they will meet you (3 hour drive). Plan on being at one of these two locations no later than 5pm central time. Non-hunting companions are welcome for a fee of $250 per day.
  • Temperatures will range from 20-85 degrees. 
  • Carmen Mountain Whitetail (close relative to Coues deer) can be combined on November and December Hunt for an additional trophy fee.
  • Javelinas may also be taken on this hunt if time permits, at an additional charge.