Aoudad Hunting Gear List

Having the right gear for an aoudad hunt is critical.

Go prepared for anything when you’re hunting aoudad. The most important items on an aoudad hunt are just the same as with any  sheep huntGet the best optics you can afford and take good, broken-in boots. Aoudad hunting can be extreme if you choose to hunt them free range style and not over feeders. Here are ten important things to consider before you go.

Suggested Gear List for an Aoudad Hunt

Clothing and Accessories

Most people pack WAY too much. For most guided trips, all of your gear should be able to fit in one duffel bag weighing less than 80 lbs. *Not including your sleeping bag. To ensure your are prepared for weather conditions for your upcoming adventure, we recommend checking www.weather.com and/or www.accuweather.com immediately prior to your departure.

❏ Underwear (1 pair per day)
❏ Base Layer Top and Bottom (2 – 3 pairs per week) *we suggest merino wool
❏ Lightweight Camo Jacket
❏ Windstopper Camo Jacket
 Midweight Camo Jacket
❏ Lightweight Camo Vest
❏ Lightweight Camo Shirt (3 – 5 per week)
❏ Lightweight Camo Pants (1-2 pair per week)
❏ Midweight Camo Pants (1 pair per week)
❏ Rain Gear
❏ Blaze Orange
*check Regulations in the state you are hunting to see if this is required.
**Not required for aoudad hunts in Texas
❏ Lightweight Gloves
❏ Midweight Gloves
❏ Camo Cap
❏ Camo Stocking Cap or Camo Beanie
❏ Camo Headnet
❏ Lightweight Black Shirts (if you are in a blind)
❏ Lightweight Black Jacket (if you are in a blind)
❏ Hunting Boots
❏ Socks (1 pair per day)
❏ Liner Socks (1 pair per day)
❏ Boot Grease
❏ Extra Laces
❏ Camp Shoes
❏ Stalking Shoes
❏ Knee Pads
❏ Day Pack
❏ Water Bottle
❏ Large Framed Backpack
❏ Wind Direction Indicator
❏ Flashlight
❏ Headlamp
❏ Hunting Knife
❏ Multi-Tool
❏ Topo Maps or Mobile Mapping Software
❏ inReach GPS
❏ Scent Elimination Spray
❏ Water Bladder (2L)
❏ Fire Starter Kit
❏ Game Bags
❏ Caping Salt
❏ Dry Bag
❏ Game Cart

Optics

Get the best optics you can afford. Don’t skimp here.

❏ Binoculars (Quality 8’s or 10’s)
❏ Spotting Scope
❏ Tripod
❏ Rangefinder
❏ Bino Harness
❏ Phone Skope – Mount your phone to your optics
❏ Lens Cloth and Cleaning Equipment
❏ De-fogger

Rifle Hunts

One of the most important factors to a successful hunt is your ability to shoot well. Start preparing for your hunt well in advance by sighting in your rifle or bow carefully. Make sure you practice from all possible shooting positions, and shoot A LOT out to distances that stretch your abilities. That will make those close shots easy.

For most rifle hunts you will need a flat shooting, bolt action .243 or larger rifle with a quality scope. Sight in so that you are dead on at 200 yards. Don’t be afraid to use shooting sticks.

❏ Rifle (Aoudad live in open country, so prepare for long shots.)
❏ Shells (at least one box)
❏ Scope (with rain cover)
❏ Sling
❏ Shooting Sticks
❏ Soft Rifle Case
❏ Hard Rifle Case
❏ Gun Cleaning Kit

Archery Hunts

For bowhunts, we prefer modern compound bows that are 60 lbs or more. Be sighted in at 20, 30 and 40 yards at a bare minimum. For Western hunts you may need to stretch that distance out to 50 yards or more. Your maximum range is the range at which you can keep EVERY arrow in a pie plate sized group.

❏ Bow
*check Regulations in the state you are hunting
❏ Arrows (at least one doz.)
❏ Broadheads
*check Regulations in the state you are hunting
❏ Release
*an extra release is recommended
❏ Soft Bow Case
❏ Hard Bow Case

The standard tip for a guide is 10% to 20% of the cost of your trip. Remember to tip the cooks and other help in the camp as well. The amount you give reflects your appreciation for your guide’s hard work and effort.