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Hey Everybody!
I Just wanted to tell you about last weekend's hunt a little bit. The first day we didn't see a single sheep till 4pm and it was a big ram with a few females about 1500yrds away, they disappeared into the juniper and topped out toward the west . Later that evening we spotted another great ram topping out over a bluff face just before dark and all we could do was watch(It was well past shooting light and our only option for approach would have taken at least 2 hours at a steady trot.) . The second day was hard as well (which is so out of the ordinary for this ranch which every other day of the year you can't stop from tripping over them) We got on a handfull of ewes and one bachelor group of rams, which we spotted at a full run through the hills. We circled around where they were orriginally running toward and never caught sight of them again..disappointing but still exciting! Then the Third day was slow till about 11 am. The fellow i guided had a 10yr old son that wanted to shoot a sheep. By day 3 we really wanted the kid to kill something so we were going to let the kid shoot a few does and a cull deer if we saw one. At 11am we saw a little spike buck and the kid nailed him trotting at about 250 and rolled him and as soon as we shot 2 rams bolted out of the canyon and topped out in a matter of seconds. We got to the top on the ranger grabbed the deer and started walk around the top. I jumped the rams at 50yrds but the cover was so thick no one ever had a shot . When we got back the landowner said he just jumped a MONSTER at one of the feeders in the back when he was filling feeders. We took off after him with the landowner and spotted him only 500yrds from where he initially jumped him. We got within 250 but the cover was too tall for the kid and the slowly got up and topped out after watching a bunch of ewes and what we though was a ram after about an hour of motionless glassing. After they topped out we moved forward RAPIDLY in an attempt to catch them in the next bowl. We got to the top and saw what was originally 5 ewes and was now 25-30 sheep but we still didn't see the Biggest Ram. Meanwhile little Jake is trying to find a spot on the hill where he can shoot from and see. Finally the BIG boy stepped out! I couldn't believe my eyes, 300yrds away stood the biggest Aoudad I've ever seen in person! He had to have been close to 400lbs and a dark chocolate color. His hair was patchy from fights and scars and grizzled from age, his chaps dragged the ground with every step! The old ram's face was short and blocky and he had a double chin with long black goatees on the side. Jake was doing all he could to prepare for a shot. However the wind was blowing at a stout 15mph! After a few missed opportunities at a clear shot Jake finally shot! As the ewes started to leave the Monster Ram followed and clearly it was a clean miss. I handed his father my rifle and he shot at him twice as he ran out towards the top but by that time he was a good 4-500yrds. We made a plan to catch them, the father-son team headed back to the ranger to meet me at the top. I took off running after the sheep up the canyon in an attempt to find blood or get some eyes on him( we had radios to coordinate the plan of attack) when i got to the top i found no blood. i ran to the other side over the top and jumped a small group and then spotted the big group across the next canyon. I watched and waited glassing them over in hopes to spot the granddaddy......nothing. After confirming he was not there a rocked the canyon trying to kick him up.....still no granddaddy! So after that i ran and followed them hoping they might lead me to him and they never did,... that I know of . Then walking back down the steepest road on the ranch, I spotted another big ram coming up the spine parallel to the one i was walking on. I tried to radio the guys at the bottom, however their radio was left in the ranger. Finally I ran all the way down and told them about big one #2. We rushed to the top and got on the fence line he was walking but unfortunately he jumped the fence and took cover in a ceder thicket across the fence! Despite the typical 90% success rate The hunt did not end in a big Aoudad down but it built anticipation and was a hell of a chase for the biggest ram I've ever seen! By the way the ram was at a minimum 34" and at least 15yrs old! I'm still in awe not just at his horns but his shear size and majesty! Hope you all enjoy the story!!!
(I would Suggest Hunting free-range Aoudad in Texas as a prep for any sheep hunt or just to get the experience of a real sheep hunt with out spending the $$$$$$$)

I know some great places down here if you need some suggestions

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Welcome to the BGH forum and

Welcome to the BGH forum and thanks for the great story. I will be hunting aoudad down close to the border for the first time in March somewhere close to Terlingua but not sure yet the exact location. All free range no fence and in this case no feeders. It would be great if you could throw some pictures up in the gallery if you have some for reference. Everything from 27" and up if you have them.

And out of curiosity what are your preferred calibers and bullet weights and construction for hunting them?

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First and foremost, welcome

First and foremost, welcome to the site!  There is lots of information on here, and it's a great place to hang out and swap stories and tips.  Make sure to look around, and throw up some more stories like the ones you just did.  That's a great story, sounds like a great aoudad hunt.  Be sure to put up some photos also.

Glad to see you had a good hunt.  Even though you did not get a big ram, it sounds like you had one in your sights. I have looked at some stories of the Aoudad hunts over in Texas, but have never thought about actually doing one.  However, if i read many more reports like this, I might have to consider it. Wink

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  Definitely welcome to the

 

Definitely welcome to the web site!  As you can see you will quickly get responses, answers, opions, and facts from many people who are great in sharing their "secrets".

You start off your "membership" with an outstanding story!  Thanks for sharing it.  Your option for hunting Texas is very interesting.  While I am not ready to do that I will mark this forum for my future usage.  Great start you have here and I am definitely looking forward to more stories - AND pictures!

 

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You're all too nice..... My

You're all too nice.....

My initial read shouted spammer, but I thought I'd confirm.  Personally, I don't care if someone wants to promote their hunt, but be a legitimate contributer and don't pop in with just one canned post AND at least respond to people when they ask a question.  Oh well, done with my rant LOL

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pretty sharp there cvc. the

pretty sharp there cvc. the first thought i had after reading the first line is "now where is he going to plug his hunt"  that's pretty shameless to disguise your advertisements in a post.

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What irks me the most is that they don't even bother to check back in and reply to a question asked of them.

 

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Hey everybody! I'm sure glad

Hey everybody!

I'm sure glad ya'll enjyed the story and you got me! I do spread my stories around to promote my hunts but people sure seem to enjy them. I am extremely passionate about hunting these sheep and I'm so thankful I can make a living sharing these adventures with others. Unfortunantly ad cost are very high so I'm trying this outlet so i can keep my hunts affordable and stay in buisness doing what I love!!!!

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CVC, I would love to reply as

CVC,

I would love to reply as soon as i can however The area's I hunt sont even have cell reception And i spend alot of time at these ranches filling protien feeders, checking water, game cams, and watching and videoing sheep and calling predators. I would much rather be out in the hills away from civilization than running back everyday to keep up with the forums. I will do my best in the future to keep up.

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I can understand trying to

I can understand trying to build a business, but the worst mistake you can make is not being responsive.  Hunter25 asked a question when you first posted and you still didn't answer him.  Why would anyone book a hunt with you if you are not responsive to their questions.

Not picking on you, just sharing a customer's perspective.

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I had to go back and look and

I had to go back and look and see what my question was,, I forgot I had asked one.

I've never seen aoudad pics around feeders before. At least free range ones.

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