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  • 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.

     


  • Exotics Hunts In Texas – The Australians Hunt Exotics

    Exotics hunts in Texas – The Australians Exotics Hunt – We had the pleasure of hosting an avid hunter from half way around the world, Paul and his son where great company and came all the way to Texas to hunt exotics. Leaving Australia in late July they made their way to Disney and a slew of other tourist type places with the rest of the family. After making their way to Texas Paul and his young son left the rest of the family with relatives and made their way to the ranch for some exotics hunting and some calling for predators if we where up to it after the long days of hunting the exotics Paul had expressed interest in hunting. First evening we planned to go do a little calling and see if we could get a couple of fox and maybe a bobcat. Well the fox cooperated but the cats must have gotten the memo. So after some good shooting by Paul we had a couple of greys in the bed of the truck and figured we better go get some rest. First morning Paul wanted to go look for some exotics he was in search of a gold medal Texas Dall and possibly a Black Hawaiian if we could find one. So after some looking we found a small group of rams and the good black Hawaiian was in the group. We got out and put a stalk on the Black Hawaiian ram. Well after bumping the group a couple times we were able to get a shot on the Black Hawaiian ram. Paul’s shot rang true and we had the first animal down on their Texas exotics hunt.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Exotics hunts In Texas – Day 2 with the Australians – After another night of reducing the grey fox population and stumbling across a ringtail we were up and going bright and early in search of a Texas Dall Ram. Didn’t take long to get on the main group and pick out a big one. Once again we stalked in and Paul put a good shot on him. Sometimes even a good shot can turn into a well dare I say fiasco. Well a couple more shots and we are standing over Paul’s Trophy Texas Dall Ram. Well after a quick gut job Paul asked about Aoudad. We had seen a couple on the first day of our exotics hunt. After a short discussion and some lunch we where off to find the Aoudad. After a short drive through the pasture we found a big group of rams, ewes and babies mixed together. After further examination we determined no shooters in the main group. So it was time to beat the brush in search for the band of big rams that we figured must have struck out on their own. After a couple of pushes we had not turned up the better Aoudad. We were beginning to think they were nowhere to be found when we just happen to turn through an area we had driven around a couple times. There they where no time for a stalk as Paul already had the gun out the window and was asking which one. After a quick look we determined the one on the right was the best Aoudad we had seen all day. We all agreed on the one on the right and the shot rang out with a big thud and sent the Aoudad crashing to the ground. After a high five we turn back and the Aoudad jumps up and takes off. No time to get the gun up for a second shot. Here we go… just going to be one of those days where you can’t catch a break. After numerous replays of what had just happened we decided to go and inspect the fall area and get on the blood trail. After a few hours of searching with only finding a couple of drops of blood we decide to call off the search. Lesson learned Aoudad are tough buggers put another one in them even if they drop like a ton of bricks. After a long quite ride back to the lodge we were all pretty bummed as well as tired from hunting Exotics.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Exotics hunts in Texas – Day 3 with the Australians – With 2 nights of hunting and two full days of hunting in the books everyone was pretty run down and morale was low after the Aoudad hunt earlier in the day. So after making a plan to go back and take everyone and look for the Aoudad I think we all felt a little better. We decided to go and make a couple stands calling and then do some sharp shooting on some rabbits. Well after a couple of stands we decided the 30 MPH gusting wind is not ideal weather for calling so we decided to go find some unsuspecting rabbits. In no time at all we were chasing jack rabbits all over the flat. After about 100 rounds of .22 ammo we decide it is enough and we should get a little rest. So Day three finds us splitting and a couple of the guys going back and looking for the Aoudad and Paul wanted to check out the Black Buck population. So after a couple phone calls we decide to run up and look at blackbuck. We found some females right away and after looking around them no males. So we press on Paul and his son wanted to get on the road by noon so we were running low on time. Finally a nice blackbuck tending to a couple does is standing about 50 yards out. While we are deciding if this was our black buck or if we needed to press on the managed to get around a bend and work their way to about 200 yards. We decide it is now or never so we slide a little closer to give Paul a reasonable shot. And luckily Paul is not one to get down on himself or compound problems. Put the hammer down!! Nice Job Paul!!  So three days and three nights of hunting in Texas and Paul and son were ready to make their way to Austin to put the hurt on Cabelas!! Final Tally Texas Dall, Black Hawaiian, Blackbuck, too many fox to count and a ring tail. Oh and good news we found the Aoudad and where able to get another bullet in him. I called Paul and let him know the good news. That definitely made him feel a lot better about the previous day’s experience. Congrats Paul on some great trophy exotics and we look forward to the next trip to the states to hunt exotics.