Barbary Sheep hunting in the rugged canyons and mountains of West Texas is America’s most underrated sheep hunt. Well… technically they are a goat, but you get the point! Also known as aoudad, these animals never quite get the respect they deserve because they are often harvested in high-fence operations in other parts of Texas. Hunting free-range aoudad is a completely different animal. They are just as wary, if not more in-tune, than the rocky mountain bighorns we have guided. There is also something to be said about hunting them in rugged terrain that is akin to their native habitat. West Texas is the type of terrain they have evolved to thrive in.

You can expect a quintessential “sheep hunting experience” from this hunt. The hunting is glassing intensive with stalks in tough terrain. However, because the ranches are private and have road accessibility to the high rims, hunters of varying degrees of physical condition will have a great hunt.

These hunts are on tightly managed leases where few rams are taken each year. A trophy ram is typically 9+ years old, so this management style is essential for hunters wanting to find real quality.

Our hunts are not “no frills” like the majority of hunts in West Texas. This is an all-inclusive luxury hunt. High-end lodging and meals. First class guides and extensive scouting.

Call Us with Questions or To Book 970-343-4460

Private Lease (Several Adjoining Ranches)

  • Private Ranches, cap-rock sheep habitat
  • Luxury Lodge Accommodations
  • Hunt includes nice lodge/rooms, all meals, alcohol, and drinks
  • Family run operation, awesome food, and Texas hospitality
  • Vehicle access to glassing locations overlooking rugged canyons
  • Tightly managed herd with extremely selective harvest
  • 30-34″+ quality. Expect to see sheep everyday. A slow day might be 20-30 sheep, a good day 150+
  • Our average ram is over 30″ – we score every ram we harvest. Compare this to our competitors. They may harvest some 30″ rams, but they don’t average that.
  • Hunts run from Mid-January through February
  • 4 Days of hunting, 100% historical success. Guides that know how to judge big rams
  • Pricing varies on group size. *Call/email us for pricing details (970-343-4460 or web@truehunts.com)
  • No tag required, only a $50 Non-Resident Special 5-day License

Pricing and Payment Details

  • All fees must be paid in U.S. funds: Checks via certified mail. Credit Cards are also accepted but subject to a 3% convenience fee.
  • 50% deposit due at booking. Final 50% due by January 5th for all Aoudad hunts.
  • Tips are appreciated for good service. 5-15% of the total trip cost is typical if you are happy with your guide and service.
  • Hunt packages do not include cost of taxidermy, meat processing, shipping costs, travel to/from ranch, tags/taxes/licenses, and other services not specifically described in the hunt contract.

Frequent Questions

  • Why do we hunt these areas?
    • We have a preference for West Texas and North-West Texas because it produces larger rams than other areas. NM ranches typically have smaller rams.
    • Our hunts can be as difficult as the hunter would like to make them. Some of the aoudad hunting in Far West Texas, particularly around Alpine and Big Bend, requires a 4+ day hunt to consistently get into the highest quality we are looking to achieve. Many of those areas also require serious long-range hiking. The hunts we offer in Northern West Texas are similar habitat but better road access.
  • Why January, February, and March?
    • It’s the best time to be in Texas. Nice, mild weather and no rattlers.
    • Why not? Aoudad keep great capes throughout this time frame. Also, this time-frame gives folks the opportunity to go on a high quality big game hunt during the “off-season”.
  • Can you eat Barbary Sheep?
    • Yes. Aoudad meat has a horrible reputation, but much of that is nonsense. Is it an easy game meat to prepare? No. Like mountain goat, a tough texture is the problem. The actual taste is mild. Rams are excellent ground or sliced thin for meals. We have a great recipe here.
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