blends exceptionally well with their environment. Additionally, they have a striking long beard which runs from their throat all the way down to their chest, and they also sport long hair as chaps on their front legs, thus they make impressive life-size or half-size mounts. Due to their wary and hardy characteristics, free range Texas aoudad sheep hunting offers a challenging hunt for a tough animal.
We have access to two properties in Texas’ Trans Pecos. One property is in excess of 175,000 acres located at the base of the Glass Mountains, near Marathon. This is a very diverse property, and we also conduct hunts for desert mule deer hunting, pronghorn antelope hunting, and elk here. Facilities are modest. Our second property is well over 200,000 acres located south of Alpine. A modest house is available on this property.
Aoudad Sheep hunts are normally set up as a 1x1 guided hunt. Hunt package includes 3.5 hunting days, 4 nights lodging, meals, as well as skinning/caping/quartering of animal. Airport shuttle is not provided on this hunt. Plan on scheduling flights into Midland where you can rent a vehicle. It is a 2 hour drive from Midland to one property and 2.5 hours to the other property. We will secure your aoudad sheep hunting license for you prior to hunting and your nonresident fee is $48.00.
Though aoudad sheep hunting can be conducted year-around, most of our aoudad hunts take place in January, February, March, late April, September & October. If you are fond of warm weather, you can also effectively hunt aoudads during the summer. The quality of their hides are the same throughout the year which gives you a great deal of flexibility on when you can schedule your aoudad sheep hunting trip.
Texas is home to more aoudad sheep, or what some people refer to as Barbary sheep, than their native North Africa. Aoudad Sheep are exceptionally sporty animals, combining wary nature with tough physical hardiness likened to a Cape buffalo. If you are truly interested in a great, challenging and rewarding experience, our free-range Texas aoudad sheep hunting may be your ticket.
Aoudad Sheep were originally released into the Texas wilds in the 1950’s. Releases took place in the Northwestern Panhandle region, as well as the Trans-Pecos of far West Texas. Technically, they are not considered a pure sheep but actually have morphological and biological features of both a sheep and a goat. Mature Aoudad males will have a live weight of up to 275 pounds, and both Aoudad males and females grow horns, but male’s horns grow considerably larger. A respectable free range aoudad trophy sheep will sport horns in excess of 27”, and anything over 30” is considered exceptionally good. Aoudads have a unique pelage characterized by a solid color throughout their body which is sandy color and
Gage Ranch Aoudad 2014