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  • Aoudad Hunts in Texas – Darrel Tackles the Mountain

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    Aoudad

    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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    Aoudad

    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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    Aoudad

    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 Hunt

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    Aoudad Hunts in Texas

    After Paul had taken his Trophy Aoudad it was time to focus on Gary’s Aoudad hunts in Texas. We didn’t even stop and load Paul’s Aoudad we decided to go and try to get back on the group of rams. We got set up again and Tim tried to push them back to us again. Well this time the came to the edge of the brush and instead of coming out into the opening the doubled back around and went the other way. We decided to drive back through and see if we could spot them and try to get a stalk in before dark. So as we worked our way through the pasture we couldnt get back on them so as it was getting dark we decided to go get Paul’s Aoudad and get him to the cooler. We decided to be back in the ranch for Gary’s Aoudad hunts in Texas at first light. After a good dinner and a good nights sleep we where back at it at first light. After a couple passes through the pasture we figured the Aoudad must be holding in the brush so we pushed a few areas and no luck. Gary’s Aoudad hunts in Texas were beginning to look all to familliar. This is how the aoudad were behaving on the first hunt. Very skiddish and staying in the brush. Well we where determined and we stayed persistent and focused on Gary’s Aoudad hunts in Texas. As the day went on we managed to get a couple of good setups and  drive the aoudad into areas we thought we would be able to get a good shot on one. Well the Aoudad is a formiddable opponent and they ducked us every chance we got. So after a full day of hunting we decided to call it a day and continue Gary’s Aoudad hunts in Texas the next morning. So once again we had dinner and got to bed early so we could be back in hunting at daylight on day 2 of Gary’s Aoudad hunts in Texas. Right out of the gate on the third morning we were on the Aoudad. We had them in a good spot and I dropped off Tim and Gary and Paul and I drove around the heard hoping to push them back to the hunter on the other side of the canyon. after what I thought had to be a perfect push I get to the opening and Tim and Gary are nowhere to be found. Well the Aoudad came through but they couldnt get a shot on the bigger rams so Tim worked his way around in front of the heard to try and reposition Gary so he could get a shot. From where I was I could see the bigger Aoudad had worked their way back around so I got Tim and Paul back in the truck and we worked our way back on them. Gary’s Aoudad hunts in Texas were heating up and we followed the Aoudad across the pasture into a clump of cedar. Tim and Paul got out and planned to push them through to Gary and I on the bottom side. Nothing came out! Well maybe they had gotten ahead of us in the shuffle. So we looked around again and Tim decided he would walk the middle canyon and see if he could find them. We decided to go to the bottom of the canyon to wait for Tim and make sure he didn’t kick anything out of the canyon. I decided to drive back around the brush we had seen the Aoudad go into once to make sure they didn’t run up to the corner and lay down or something. Well sure enough they were laying in a sunny spot right on the brush line.  I knew Tim was already out of the way and I wouldn’t be able to get to him to come back and push for a little while so Paul Volenteered and Gary and I pulled down to the bottom side of the brush and got set up to where we could see the front opening and then the side along the fence. Paul worked his way down and I watched as the Aoudad skirted the front edge and went back around Paul into the brush. We decided we needed two people to push them out so we went to the other side of the pasture to pick Tim back up and go back and try again. Gary was excited he knew this was going to be the best chance he had so far on his Aoudad hunts in Texas. We got set up and Phil and Tim began to push. I heard the Aoudad coming and told Gary to get ready they were coming straight on and it was going to be a tough shot. Gary got on one and before I could tell him to shoot the last on he squeezed off on the first one out. The Aoudad fell in his tracks and Gary was still on him. With a second shot for good measure Gary’s Aoudad hunts in Texas had completed with Gary harvesting a very nice Aoudad. We walked up and Tim and Paul made their way up to where the aoudad fell. Great shooting Gary now it was time to get some pictures and get the two trophy aoudad skinned on Gary and Pauls Aoudad hunts in Texas.


  • Aoudad Hunts In Texas – Pauls 2nd chance Aoudad

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    Aoudad Hunts in Texas

    A few weeks ago Paul and Gary where in camp for Aoudad hunts in Texas. We hunted hard for 4 days and saw a few rams on their first round of Aoudad hunts in Texas but just couldn’t put it together. So we had worked it out for Paul and Gary to come back and try again. We picked Paul and Gary up from the airport and headed for the lodge. We had enough time left on Sunday afternoon to get Paul’s Aoudad hunts in Texas started so we got them settled in the lodge and we took off to the ranch we would be hunting Aoudad. We pulled in and made a pass through the pasture. We had not seen any Aoudad yet but we had seen a couple good fallow and axis. We came around a corner and we spotted 4 good aoudad rams on the first day of Paul’s Aoudad hunts in Texas. The Aoudad turned into the brush and we knew we would have a good chance to set up on them and push them out of the brush. Tim and I developed a plan and we decided we would set up on one side with both Paul and Gary and Tim would push the brush and see if they would come out in front of us. In the first 30 minutes of Paul’s second Aoudad hunts in Texas we had a better chance on an Aoudad than we had the entire first hunt. We got set up and waited. We expected the Aoudad to come out to our left in a big clearing. Well Aoudad hunts in Texas never go as planned. We had a few Axis pass in front of us and then I could hear animals coming and I told the hunters to get ready they were coming. About that time the Aoudad rams broke through the brush into a clearing to our right and turned back down the hill away from us. Gary had trees in the way so that prevented us from having a double. Paul was lined up with one of the rams and I told him either of the two on the right were shooters. Paul didn’t waste any time and let the bullet fly. I didn’t see any sign of the bullet hitting the Aoudad so we went down to check for blood. As we got down the hill Tim came around the corner and we told him we didn’t think it was a good shot. Well the Aoudad had fallen just down the hill and Tim had seen him go down so he guided us down to him. Paul was shocked and thankful he had gotten his Aoudad. Paul’s Aoudad hunts in Texas happened fast and was finally completed after hunting and not being able to get it done in November we had been in the field for less than an hour and Paul’s Aoudad was down. Paul was excited and was ready for Gary to have the same success on his Aoudad hunts in Texas. Congrats Paul on a great Aoudad.