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I'm pretty late in posting this as I've just had a lot going on since this hunt but wanted to share it with you all. Back in October Chef, my cousin John, and myself headed over to West Texas to chase Aoudad. We had some pretty rough weather to start things out but it turned out to be a great trip. Chef and I took our biggest rams so far and John took another big ram. For those of you waiting to draw that elusive big horn tag I highly recommend chasing Barbary Sheep to scratch the itch. Be careful though as it is definitely addicting. Another video I put together. https://vimeo.com/151197634
The second part of our West Texas Aoudad hunt was crazy difficult that started out with a freak snow storm that closed the freeway for several hours and dumped a bunch of snow that made traveling extremely slow. We arrived very late and proceeded to set up camp in the rain. After putting on close to 30 grueling miles over the next three days we finally caught up to some sheep. We weren't able to locate any of the monsters I was holding out for but just watching the heard was a great experience. That evening before we bailed off the mountain we debated packing it up and heading home. We had hunted hard and had a great time but were worn out, thankfully after a few very supportive texts from my wife I came to my senses and decided to give it one more day. The next morning we spotted a lone ram across the canyon and it was game on! After some long range shooting and some cat and mouse I had my last day trophy. Unfortunately we did not get the shot on video as we were focused on putting the ram on the ground and given the long distances we did not want to take our eyes off of him to switch over to the camera. As luck would have it when we were packing my ram off the mountain and almost back to camp we jumped a band of six big rams and one of them was the exact stud I had been holding out for, it was bitter sweet but awesome to know he's still roaming those hills. Just like part 1 I owe a huge thank you to Scott Kendrix, Zac Griffith, and Mike McKinny for allowing us to hunt these magnificent creatures in some of the most beautiful country you can imagine. For anyone that has a desire to hunt sheep and can't wait for the elusive tag I would highly recommend getting hooked up on an aoudad hunt but be warned they are extremely addicting.
After watching the video of Zac (ADDICT) and Scott's (Kilimanjaro) Aoudad hunt last year I immediately contacted Scott to find out how I could get in on one of my own. Scott got myself and my cousin John hooked up with a couple tags and plans started to come together. Before I knew it the time had come and we were off and running after a quick stop to help my father get his mule deer. We made the long drive and arrived in time to get camp set up and a little glassing done before dark. We were able to spot a stud ram that left us with some serious excitement that made for a sleepless night. After a hike mostly in the dark to our glassing point, we got set up and by the end of the first day we had one tag filled. The weather took a turn for the worst and we ended up getting rained in for almost three days. We saw some beautifully rugged country and a couple of huge rams. Despite the weather this was an awesome trip that definitely makes you appreciate sheep hunting and the beauty of West Texas. I wasn't able to put my hands on a ram of my own this time but I will be making a return in the near future to hopefully complete part 2 of our adventure. I can't thank Scott enough for helping make this hunt happen, he went above and beyond in making sure we had and will have a successful hunt. I put together this video that tells the story better than I can describe so I hope you enjoy it. https://vimeo.com/111463470 John's Ram