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.