Free Range Aoudad/Barbary Sheep Hunting in the Davis Mountains
Watch the OI Team Hunt Aoudads on this Ranch
This is a very special aoudad hunt on a 22,000 acre ranch with VERY high numbers of good rams on this place, in fact most of the rams we saw were in the 30″ range. Barbary sheep hunting is great way to experience a sheep hunt without drawing a tag or paying a high price. Get More Information
We had great success on our Barbary sheep hunting trip, as we all took great Aoudads from the very first hour of hunting to the last day. This can be an easy hunt with some good luck on your side, or you may have to earn your trophy by wearing out some boot leather.”
*As a bonus, to control the population of the large herds, the ranchers allow every hunter to shoot a ewe for every ram that is taken, this is included in the price of the hunt.
You can aoudad hunt in Texas year-round as they are considered an exotic. We suggest hunting them from late fall through spring though to avoid the hot weather. Plus, it makes for a great off-season hunt.
Patience is a virtue, as long periods of glassing is required to spot sheep that blend in amazingly well with their surroundings. Once a good ram is spotted, it requires a successful, well planned stalk to get within shooting range. While archery hunting is possible, and we did get within bow range of a few sheep bowhunting for aoudad is tough.
You will be faced with situation to either shoot long distance, or a long stalk to shorten the distance. The problem with the second option is if you lose sight of your ram while trying to get closer, he may have naturally moved off as they move often.
Success Rates and Trophy Quality
This is a new hunt on a ranch that hasn’t been seriously hunted (for aoudad) for almost 20 years. When we hunted it we saw hundreds of sheep. Some were singles, some were in small bands and some were in herds of 50 or more. Many of the rams we saw were in the 30″ range.
Even though we weren’t trophy hunting, we shot three rams in four days. They measured 32 3/4″, 31 1/2″, and 29 1/4″! I don’t know anywhere that you can beat that kind of success.”
During the deer season you can combo up with a Desert mule deer… and there are some big ones roaming the ranch. Javelina are everywhere, and for a small trophy fee each you can shoot two.
*Remember, as a bonus, to control the population of the large herds, the ranchers allow every hunter to shoot a ewe for every ram that is taken, this is included in the price of the hunt.
Fly to El Paso or Midland Texas, then rent a pick up truck and drive to Marfa 3.5 hour drive from either. From Marfa it is a 52 mile drive on dirt road, must have a pick up truck to handle the rough road. Directions will be provided for those driving.
Arrangements can be made to be picked up in Marfa, TX for $100 round trip/ per client.
License and Tags
For aoudad hunting all you need is an exotic license which is only $48.
Very nice Texas ranch house with nice western decor, has an individual bedroom with King size bed for more privacy for couples.