TGTO3 – Aoudad Hunts in West Texas with True Grit Trophy Outfitters
Aoudad Hunts in West Texas
Aoudad hunts in West Texas are free range, true mountain sheep hunts for a fraction of the cost.
Texas aoudad hunts are special. These animals have a large wild population even though they’re an introduced species…and hunters are the benefactors. They offer a chance for the average hunter to go on a true mountain sheep hunt at a fraction of the cost. If you’ve considered hunting aoudad sheep in Texas, the time is NOW! The cost will only continue to go up. We’d love to help, get in touch with us to start planning.
Texas aoudad hunts can be done with any weapon you choose. While archery hunting is possible, and an experienced bowhunter can get within bow range, 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. A rugged, rocky-outcropping perfectly conceals the aoudad rams, while the mountainous desert landscape and fluctuating wind and temperature variations provide the hunter with little assistance in their pursuit.
ONLY 6-8 hunts available each year on this 8,000+ acre ranch in West Texas.
- Over the Counter. NO DRAW REQUIRED!
- Best value in the sheep hunting world.
- Spot and stalk at it’s best
- November through February
- 100% shot opportunity the last few years.
- High success rates on trophy rams. 28 to 30 inch+ rams are a realistic expectation. A 32 inch Ram was taken in 2018, and bigger rams have since been spotted.
- Comfortable Western Bunkhouse. (You can glass Aoudad from the deck of the Cookhouse.)
- Professional Grade Kitchen for “Home Cooked” Meals.
- Nice Bunkhouse Lodging
- Home cooked meals in the Cookhouse on the ranch
- Restaurant meals (if you prefer)
- 1×1, 2×1 3-day Guided Hunt
- Transportation during your hunt
- Transport of game to a processor/shipper
*Prices subject to change without notice, so lock your price in with a deposit asap.
Lodging and Accommodations
Accommodations are a nice bunkhouse and cookhouse on an 8,000 acre private ranch in the panhandle region of Texas. The bunkhouse includes a comfortable living room with TV, cell service is available, bunkhouse style beds and showers (there is no laundry facility). The cookhouse features a professional grade kitchen, dining room and covered wooden deck for open air dining (and glassing Aoudad).
Breakfast starts with a pot of coffee, then hunters will have a choice of a typical hot breakfast of eggs, bacon, pancakes and toast or a lighter breakfast bar type nourishment for those who don’t like to be weighed down at the start of the day.
Depending on the hunter’s preference, lunch can be sandwiches while relaxing at the cookhouse for a bit or a short trip into town to get lunch at a local restaurant.
You will typically have a choice for dinner as well; if you spend a few nights you’ll probably enjoy a mix of both, dinner at a restaurant and some home cooking in the professional grade kitchen at the ranch cookhouse: Featuring: Enchiladas, Roast, Steak… with sides and dessert.
Experienced, capable, friendly guides who have been guiding for years.
These guys thoroughly know the land, know these animals and know firearms.
Aoudad are a non-game species so there are no set season dates, however, this outfitter prefers to keep their hunts in January and February to avoid encounters with rattlesnakes.
Typical Daily Schedule
Starting sometime around 0:dark:30 with a pot of coffee and a hot breakfast hunters will be primed to head out from the cookhouse in hopes of locating one of the truly huge Aoudad that make their way across this ranch daily. That is, unless they decide to sit tight and glass right from the wooden deck of the cookhouse as the sky begins to illuminate the the nearby hills; Aoudad are not an uncommon site from that rustic vantage point.
If the decision is made to take the trek in search of a trophy, guests will find the Aoudad traveling between steep caliche canyons, the surrounding agriculture and various watering holes. Barbed wire fencing surrounds the ranch which keeps cattle in but doesn’t hinder these wild animals at all from moving freely on and off the property at will.
Having spotted a desirable animal, the guides are expert at getting hunters into the proper position to make an effective shot: hunters should be proficient with their rifles out to at least 300 yards; if sights happen to get “tweaked” these guides are extremely competent to help get them “dialed back in”.
Archery hunters; you know the deal, this is a sheep hunt; rifles are recommended but if you insist…be prepared to be patient and be very confident and proficient at 60+ yards.
After the game is “in the bag” they’ll be loaded and transported to a meat processor who can take care of the hide and trophy; cut and wrap the meat; and ship everything back to wherever the client would like. Once the heavy lifting is done, there’s nothing left but a celebratory meal and a trip home to tell the stories.
Before the day in the field is over hunters can determine with their guide whether they will have a home cooked meal at the ranch or head into town for a nice dinner out.
After dinner there is a comfortable living room to relax in before you hit the sack to prepare for another early morning.
Fly into Amarillo, TX; Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport (AMA)
Rent a vehicle to get out to the High Card Ranch near Clarendon, TX; once at the ranch all transportation will be provided during the hunt.
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Suggested Gear List for an Aoudad Hunt
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 hunt. Get 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.
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
❏ Hunting Knife
❏ 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
Get the best optics you can afford. Don’t skimp here.
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)
❏ Shooting Sticks
❏ Soft Rifle Case
❏ Hard Rifle Case
❏ Gun Cleaning Kit
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.
*check Regulations in the state you are hunting
❏ Arrows (at least one doz.)
*check Regulations in the state you are hunting
*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.
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