This is a compelling spot and stalk hunt that will challenge the best eyes, the toughest feet, and the strongest will. A rugged, rocky-outcropping perfectly conceals this species, while the mountainous desert landscape and fluctuating wind and temperature variations provide the hunter with little assistance in their pursuit.
We hunted this ranch a few years ago, and 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. It is one of the best fair chase hunts in the U.S. Experienced guides will lead clients on a true “sheep hunt.”
These animals are hunted in a manner consistent with hunting Rocky Mountain or Desert Bighorn. Patience is a virtue, as long periods of glassing is required to spot sheep that blend in amazingly well with their surroundings. Guides will spend as much time as necessary locating a mature ram. 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.