“Without a doubt one of my favorite hunts to date! Everything from the terrain & the views, down to the cooking, Wes has the best free range aoudad hunting out there. No reason to look anywhere else. From day 1 I saw huge groups of aoudad blanketing the Ft. Davis Mountains, so I knew we were going to be successful, but never did I think I would be harvesting the largest aoudad of my life. A huge thanks to the Double Diamond Outfitters crew & Wes Mundy for the hunt of a lifetime!!”
Another huge West Texas Aoudad Ram! Congrats Jim!!
Good shooting Caleb!
Free Range Aoudad hunts in the mountains of West Texas are some of the most fun, and challenging, hunts in Texas and I’ve got over 200,000 acres of some of the best aoudad country West Texas has to offer! With ranches in the Chinati, Davis, Glass and Sierra Vieja Mountains I can hunt one ranch for several days and then move to another ranch. This keeps the hunting pressure down, and the trophy quality high for all of my aoudad hunts.
It takes 10 years to get a 30″ free range aoudad, and in order to keep my trophy quality, and success rate, high I sell a limited number of aoudad hunts each year. I always sell out of my aoudad hunts and I’m typically booked 12 months, or more, in advance.
I’m on every Aoudad Hunt to provide my personal attention/service to help ensure your hunt is an experience of a lifetime.
You, or your group, have exclusive rights to the ranch for the duration of your Aoudad Hunt.
As of the Fall of 2016 I have a 100% shot opportunity on 85 aoudad hunts and my average harvested aoudad is 30″ and 10+ years old. Of the 16 rams we harvested in the fall of 2016, 3 rams were over 31″ and 1 ram was right at 33″. The biggest ram we harvested this fall was a huge ram with 14″ bases and 33″ horns and should score 150″-153″!
How We Hunt:
The mountains of West Texas are very rough and rugged and to cover this vast country we use either a dune buggy, or a Jeep, to locate the aoudad. Once we locate the aoudad we drive as close as we can and then it’s time to strap on your backpack, lace up your boots, and start hiking.
Preparing for your Aoudad Hunt:
Don’t fool yourself. Aoudad hunting is real sheep hunting! Depending on which ranch we end up hunting the elevation will vary from about 4,500′ to 6,200′ above sea level. The terrain is very rough and rocky so come prepared to hike in the high desert carrying your backpack, water, and rifle. Do as much hiking as you can, carrying the same weight you plan to carry on your aoudad hunt, wearing the same hiking boots you plan to wear on your hunt and you will have a much more enjoyable hunt. We drive as much as we can, but plan on hiking if you want to kill a trophy aoudad ram!
Practice, practice, practice! I tell all of my aoudad hunters to be prepared to shoot 400 yards, so get out to the range and practice as often as possible. We will do our best to get as close a shot as possible, but the great eyesight of the aoudad (they have 8 power vision) and sparse vegetation make getting any closer than 400 yards impossible fairly often. These are big, tough critters, with a very strong will to live, so a large caliber rifle is a must. In 2014 I started requiring a .30 caliber minimum (unless previously discussed and approved by me prior to your hunt) on my aoudad hunts to help assure that you are able to take your trophy ram home with you.
If you have any medical, or physical, issues that might hinder your aoudad hunt please let me know ASAP! All aoudad hunts are strenuous, but some of my ranches are better suited to certain hunters versus others, and given enough notice I can plan accordingly.
Included in all Aoudad Hunts:
- 4 days & 3 nights
- Transportation around the ranch
- Caping your aoudad in the field
Not included in all Aoudad Hunts:
- Valid Texas Hunting License (Non-resident 5 day Special Hunting License – Type 157 – $48)
- Transportation to ranch
- Caping hide off of the skull and freezing for transport home
- Export permits (CITES and/or USDA vet certificates) for non-US hunters
Additional services available for all Aoudad Hunts:
- Non-hunting guests – $250/person/night
- Rifle rental – $200
- Caping off the skull & freezing hide for transport home – $100
Aoudad Hunts Price
2 hunters/1 guide – $5,450/each
1 hunter/1 guide – Call Wes for Pricing
Deposit – $1,500/Hunter
Aoudad, or Barbary Sheep, are a species of caprid (goat-antelope) native to the rocky mountains of Northern Africa. They are a sandy-brown color and stand 80-100 cm (2.6 to 3.3 feet) tall at the shoulder. Most reputable sources say they weigh 40-140 kg (88-309 lbs) but having seen a lot of big West Texas Aoudad Rams laying on the ground I think they crowd 350 lbs.
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