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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 – 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 – 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 – 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.

     


  • Hunts in Texas – Aoudad Hunts in Texas

    Aoudad Hunts in Texas

    Bob Mereno of Alabama came back to Hunts in Texas in his search to fulfill his dream for a free ranging Aoudad.  Bob and I had only had one previous sit before this big free range Aoudad strolled passed the blind we were at.

    After quickly looking over the Aoudad, Bob couldn’t stand it any longer and dropped the big ram only 30 yards from where he stood.

    Bob was very excited to finally reach his Aoudad goal and the rest of us were simply worn out from dragging him up the hill 🙂

    Congratulations to Bob and we can’t wait to hunt with him again!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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