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  • Aoudad Hunts in Texas – Darrel Tackles the Mountain

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    Darrel had been on the hunt with Joe and Efrain in October of 2013 when Efrain scored on a nice Aoudad ram on the first day of the hunt. On the first hunt Darrel was hunting on a location that took some nerve just to get up to the spot to sit and look for the Aoudad. On the 2nd or 3rd morning on the first hunt Darrel made a misstep and found him self sliding and rolling down the mountain. Darrel wasn’t to keen on going back to that location but we knew there were big Aoudad in the area so he decided to try to tackle the mountain again. This time it only took one trip up and Darrel was rewarded for his daring climb with a pretty darn nice Free range Aoudad. Congrats Darrel on a great trophy Aoudad and for surviving the mountain 1 last time.


  • Aoudad Hunts in Texas – Joe Back for Round 2

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    Joe was on a return trip to Texas for free range Aoudad after going home with out one in October. We had been scouting pretty regularly hoping to be able to pattern a nice Aoudad with out much luck we knew it was going to take being in the right place at the right time and a little bit of luck to pull this hunt off the way we hoped it would go. After a couple of days of hunting and seeing females and young immature males this nice Aoudad ram made the mistake of showing himself at the feeder Joe and his guide was sitting at. Joe knew this might be the only ram that he would have a chance at and wanted to take one home this trip. After a few minutes they got a shot and Joe put this nice Aoudad down for the count. The year of the Aoudad continues another nice ram down. Congrats Joe on your trophy Aoudad.


  • Aoudad Hunts in Texas – John Strikes Gold …Again

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    John had already taken a trophy Axis buck and a big Turkey and instead of sitting at the lodge he decided to go in search of an Aoudad. So up the mountain they went. It didn’t take long and the Aoudad started to come out to the feeder the guys were watching. Johns guides quickly pointed out this magnificent Aoudad and John made a heck of a shot. Aoudad are typically shy and reluctant to come in and when you do get a shot more often than not the Aoudad will leave you feeling like you made a bad shot as they run off. This Aoudad fell in his tracks and the guys celebrated as they knew John had just taken a great trophy Aoudad. Congrats John and can’t wait to have you guys back in camp.


  • Aoudad Hunts in Texas – Tough Hunting Pays Off on Free Range Aoudad

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    Aoudad Hunts in Texas

    I have guided and been a part of a lot of exciting hunts in Texas and have seen some amazing things but this particular hunt goes down as a hunt that will never be forgotten. Dennis and his wife arrived at the ranch to undertake his first free range Auodad Hunts in Texas.  Auodad in my opinion are one if the toughest exotic animals to harvest due to their keen senses and general leery behavior. I explained to Dennis the game plan that would be set out in order to successfully complete his  Auodad hunts in Texas. Dennis is a well dedicated hunter who was not afraid of the challenge that was set before him as I told him that this would be a tough hunt, that in the end it would be well worth it. We were seeing Auodad to say the least but nothing quite big enough for Dennis to shoot as I told him to hold off we can get on something bigger. Patience is the key when it comes to hunting as hard as it may be. On the last morning of the hunt we were in the blind before daylight waiting for the feeder to go off and the wind was blowing 25 to 30 mph so I knew as I told Dennis that hunting in the blind was probably not a good idea knowing that these Auodad would be below the canyons. We got out of the blind and walked from hill to hill glassing for Aoudad and finally I spotted some ewes down below a canyon but could just see their legs and not the rest of their body. The wind blowing as hard as it was turned out to be perfect cause it allowed us to sneak closer to the edge of the bluff and waited for them to cross our path. Eagerly waiting they stepped out in front of us with a good shooter ram in the heard. I told Dennis that that was a great ram and Dennis made an excellent 125 yard free hand shot right in the neck which put him to the ground. When we finally made our way around Dennis put his hands on his first trophy Auodad, to conclude his Aoudad hunts in Texas. Congratulations Dennis and Good hunting.

    Josh Johnson


  • Aoudad Hunts in Texas – Trophy Aoudad One for the Record Books

    Aoudad Hunts in Texas – Aoudad Hunts in Texas

    Aoudad Hunts in Texas are one of our most popular hunts year in year out. Be it free range Aoudad Hunts in Texas  or high fence Aoudad Hunts in Texas these are also one of the more difficult hunts we offer. Not every Aoudad Hunts in Texas is a rough and tough physical hunt that you would experience out in the depths of the West Texas mountains but they can be equally mentally draining. The Aoudad is generally a recluse and when you bugger them they can stay hidden for days. Tony was all set for his Aoudad Hunts in Texas and wanted to add another degree of difficulty by doing the hunt with the stick and string. Tony did not mind if the hunt was going to happen on a free range ranch or a high fence ranch he just wanted the biggest Aoudad he could find. We had game cam pics of 2 really big animals coming to a protein feeder on one of our ranches and we figured we could go in and set up a popup and he would be all set. Our other thought was we knew there were 2 rams in this specific pasture and he would be able to tell which one was the bigger of the 2 so to help with scent and noise and everything else we decided it would be best for him to set alone. After a couple frustrating days of hunting we knew with the driving into the area we must have had them knocked out of their normal routine but with hopes high Tony wished to stay in the blind in hopes they would come back to their daily pattern. Well on the 4th evening of the hunt in walks a lone Aoudad ram. Tony never could spot the second ram so he was unsure if this was the bigger of the two and let him walk out of the set up. A few minutes later the big boy walked back into the set up and ate again this time he came within 10 yards of the blind. By this time Tony’s nerves were about shot. Is this him? What if it isn’t! After trying to get a few text messages out with limited cell service and with none coming back to him the Aoudad walked out of the set again. Tony figured that his Aoudad Hunts in Texas was going to have to go into over time and add a few days about that time here he came back. For a third time the Aoudad came back into the set up and was so close Tony was still a little unsure of what to do but as he grabbed his bow he made his mind up that whether it was the right or wrong one it was about to be his that he couldn’t let it walk out of the set up for a third time. With a well placed shot the Aoudad ran a few yards and fell dead in the road. As we went to pick Tony up we rounded the corner and almost ran right over the toad of an Aoudad that lay dead in the road. We stopped quickly and got out to congratulate Tony on his successful Aoudad hunts in Texas. As we listened to the story of the events that unfolded that evening, we quickly realized that the Aoudad Ram  that lay before us was neither of the Aoudad from the trail cams but was an old ram that had been in that pasture for years and years we had stopped seeing him on trail cams well over a year prior to this evenings hunt. We figured he was dead or busted out and was gone either in the neighbors or the back pasture. We knew it was neither of the rams from the trail cams so we began to explain to Tony what was going on and he was kind of upset with himself for taking this ram. We tried to encourage him that the ram that he harvested on his Aoudad hunts in Texas was an absolute giant and was every bit as big or bigger than the rams from the trail cams. What Tony didn’t realize was he had just put an Arrow in the 2nd biggest Aoudad ever shot with a bow that had been measured by a Trophy Game Records of the world measurer. After a quick field score I told Tony I thought he would be pretty high in the books. After drying and doing an official tape the Aoudad will be the #2 Aoudad ever measured for TGR Taken with a bow. Congrats Tony on a fantastic animal and a great Aoudad hunts in Texas.


  • Aoudad Hunts in Texas – First day Aoudad

    Aoudad Hunts in Texas

    Aoudad hunts in Texas

    We got a phone call from Joe a hunter who had came to Texas a couple of years ago and hunted with us. Joe went on to explain the situation his group had fallen into. Joe went on to explain how they had booked a free range west Texas Aoudad hunt earlier in the year, and given their dates and deposit to book the hunt. Well Joe had been in contact with the so called outfitter and got a bombshell dropped on him. The outfitter explained he could no longer provide the services and gave them a ranch owners name and told them to contact him. Well after contacting the person Joe was told that the land owner had never had any dealings with the individual and there was nothing he could do for him and he was sorry. Joe contacted the law officials in the area and started a course of action to try to get some of his money back. Well Joe and his friends still wanted to go on a hunt so he gave us a call. We were in the early stages of scouting for Pronghorn and told him on short notice for free range Aoudad hunts in Texas we would be glad to help them but it would be a tough hunt. Joe and his group made arrangements to be in camp and we started to check the cameras and see what Aoudad we where seeing here on our ranch and a few other free range spots we had. On the first night in the blinds of the Aoudad hunts in Texas we had sat everyone on the mountain here on the home ranch. After the feeders went off Efrain was sitting with his Guide Jordan and he had a couple of sheep come out right off the bat. After a few more minutes a mature ram made his way into feeder. Jordan quickly told Efrain that the ram was a shooter. Efrain quickly got his gun ready for the shot. After all the worry that Efrain didn’t bring enough gun Efrain’s bullet placement was perfect and the ram was down under the feeder. The other hunters first evening of Aoudad hunts in Texas was slower and not as successful as Efrain. After a night of gloating and celebration the other hunters where ready to get back after the Aoudad. After a slow morning we only saw some ewes and young rams we made some changes and decided to try to move around and try some other properties in the area. After another slow evening we saw a few young rams and some ewes but we just didn’t see the shooter type of ram we had been looking for. We settled in for another good meal and to listen to Efrain tell the Aoudad tale again and show us the bullet and the whole deal. Joe’s group had hunted together before and of course there was plenty of story telling and friendly banter. We hunted hard for a couple more days and just never could catch up to another Trophy Ram being on the edge of the rut we figured a lot of our big rams we had been seeing coming to feed had changed their mindset and had other things on their mind. Joe and the gang went home going 1-3 on free range Aoudad but were happy to have been able to salvage their hunt and went home with the open invitation to come back and hunt for their Trophy Aoudad. Congrats Efrain on a nice ram and we look forward to hunting with you in the future.

     


  • Aoudad Hunts in Texas – Hugh Takes a nice Aoudad

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    Aoudad Hunts in Texas

    Hugh was in camp to try his hand at Aoudad hunts in Texas. On the first day we went out to one of our main ranches to check out the herd of Aoudad there. After a day of glassing we never could get on a shooter and knew they where off the main heard and that would make it pretty difficult to get on the big males if they where not on the heard. So we called it day a few minutes before dark and decided to go back to the lodge and have dinner and come up with a game plan for the second morning. We decided to sit on a free range stand that morning that we had been seeing a big ram on camera pretty regularly. Around 10 am we decided to get out and get some breakfast. We decided to pack up and head for a ranch a couple of hours away and we would stay the night if needed. We got in and made a pass through the pasture and found the heard pretty easy but they made a break for the lower ridges of brush and I knew this meant stalking in would be the only way to get on them. As we where driving I showed Tim where I wanted him and Hugh to set up and I would walk the bottom ridge and hopefully they would walk across in their laps. We knew there where some nice rams in the group and we should have our pick if the plan held out. Well as usual plans don’t always come together and when dealing with 30 animals it is hard to get them to fallow the plan. After a failed attempt we set back up and I knew the sheep where there we just had to get them to move. On the next attempt I wish I had Hugh stalking with me because I got to 50 yards 3-4 times and could have had a shot at any ram multiple times. As I got to the end of the ridge I figured they must have gotten away I heard a shot and knew it was a good one. I made my way towards the shot and I found Tim and Hugh inspecting Hugh’s Trophy. The plan had worked perfectly on the second attempt the shot was 30 yards and there was not any tracking to be done. Hugh’s Aoudad hunts in Texas had come to a close with a great trophy being harvested. Congrats on a fine Aoudad.


  • Aoudad Hunts In Texas – Gary’s Aoudad Round Two

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    Aoudad Hunts in Texas – Gary Was back in camp this weekend for round 2 against the free range Aoudad. Gary had come down in May and hunted Aoudad but was unsuccessful in fulfilling his dream of shooting an Aoudad. After the May hunt we told Gary and Nancy to come back in October and we would let him try again. So Gary made his way back to Central Texas from Colorado. Gary had so much fun on the first trip down he was able to talk his son and grandson into coming and joining him for some Exotic hunting. We had been monitoring the game cameras very closely keeping an eye on the Aoudad so we had a plan to sit in a specific blind the first evening. Tommy would be guiding this hunt so once Gary was ready they set out for the blind. As they got settled into the blind they immediately had pigs in on the feeder. After a little while they could hear something coming. When they looked left and a beautiful Aoudad stood there at about 20 yards from the blind staring at the hunter. Gary doesn’t have the range of motion or the ability to adjust the way most people do. The pigs where still at the feeder so the Aoudad wasn’t going to go down the hill to the feeder. So as fast as the Aoudad came he turned and walked away leaving that empty pit in Gary’s stomach. The two hunters where thinking they needed the pigs to leave because they could hear the Aoudad pacing the hillside just out of view. On our ranch normally the pigs come out right at dark and are very nervous. These hogs came in broad daylight and stayed at the feeder for 3 hours. Even kicking the blind or making a little noise didn’t do the trick. So as the evening wore on it was more of the same the Aoudad would make his way to the edge of the brush line to see if the pigs had left and each time he found them still under the feeder and would not come out and give the hunters a shot. So darkness finally fell on the hunters and they made their way back to the lodge to share their experience from the evening hunt. As day 2 began bright and early it was back in the same blind hoping the Aoudad would show himself again and this time give the hunters a shot. Not much moving on morning number 2 a couple whitetails and some young aoudad made their way to the feeder and through the stand. No sign of a shooter aoudad the hunters were looking for. So it was time for Breakfast and a little relaxation till the evening hunt. As we took the hunters to the blinds on evening number 2 we decided a couple of us should set at other blinds on the ranch to see if the big Aoudad showed up. After a couple hours in the stand nothing was stirring no deer, no birds even. Pretty strange we were thinking maybe they are coming late or something? So we decided to check cameras again and try to find were the big Aoudad might be coming. Day 3 broke with optimism fading and the thoughts of running to one of our high fence places where starting to creep in. Gary’s son and grandson had made it in last night for dinner and I was going to be taking them to go look at blackbuck antelope. When the morning hunt was over and by the time everyone got back to the lodge hope had all but faded. Gary had been in this situation on the previous hunt and he knew how elusive a free range Aoudad could be. So after lunch we had a meeting of the brains and decided to hunt for the Aoudad 1 more sit at our place and then go to another ranch to look at aoudad the next day. At about 6:45 that evening I got the text we had been waiting since May to see. Aoudad down!! We knew Gary and his guide would not be able to load the aoudad alone so we told them to hang tight and we would come up top and take some pics and help load him. A little patience finally paid off. Congrats Gary it was a long time coming we hope to have you guys back in the future.


  • Aoudad Hunts In Texas – Gregs Free Range Aoudad Hunt in Texas

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    Aoudad Hunts In Texas We had Greg on the calendar this week coming in from Virginia to hunt multiple species but Aoudad were on top of the list. Also Greg had told us he wanted to try to get an Aoudad free range. So we had been scouting and keeping our eyes open for the Aoudad. A couple of days before Greg was due in a t the ranch we checked the cameras up on the mountain and put out some Alf Alfa in hopes of keeping the Aoudad coming in till Greg got into camp. Greg’s flight was due in on Tuesday night about 8 PM and so after getting Greg picked up we headed for the ranch. Got in and made a game plan to get up at 5 and drive all the way around the back of the ranch to a stand we had seen the big Aoudad rams the previous day. So 5 am came pretty quick and Greg was filled with anticipation to get up to the stand and hunt for Aoudad. As we got to about a half of a mile away from the stand I wanted to try to park far enough away so I did not bump any Aoudad as we went to the blind so I found a good spot to park and pulled off the road. Greg and I made our way to the stand and slipped in and got comfortable. I knew the day before that the Aoudad did not come in to the stand till around 9:30 So I planned to sit till 10 am and then pull out and grab some breakfast. Greg and I thought we where bird watchers cause for the first 3 hours of the sit That is all we laid eyes on no Aoudad to be seen. 9:30 and Greg looks out at the hillside and says he whats that there is an Aoudad. There was a couple of female Aoudad coming off the ridge. So I told him let them come to the feeder. About that time we spotted one of the big ram Aoudad and he was coming straight down to the feeder.  It was all coming together and on the first morning of the hunt…that never happens with free range Aoudad. Greg got his gun up and got into a good shooting position. The Aoudad were now directly under the feeder and now we just needed a good shot to present itself. We were watching them and I told Greg as soon as he turns broadsided put one in him. It was a nerve wrenching couple of minute waiting for a good shot. But it finally came and Greg let his .280 do the talking from 200 yards it was one shot and the Aoudad was down just out of sight below the feeder. Way to go Greg nice shooting. With a stud Aoudad down it was time for some pictures and to start working on the plan for the next animal on Greg’s list.