All of our Aoudad hunts are completely Free-Range and 100% Free Chase!
It's actually called an Aoudad Sheep or referred to as a Barbery Sheep. But, it's not really a sheep! They have traits of both sheep and goats. Aoudad's are native to the Atlas Mountains of North Africa and were first brought into Texas and New Mexico WWII. This desert region is much like their native country and they did so well that more were brought in to different desert regions of Texas. Aoudad Sheep continue to thrive in Texas and now occupy mountainous regions from West Texas to Del Rio to the Texas Panhandle.
Aoudads are tan with a large neck mane on the front and back of their necks. They have unusual tufts of hair, called chaps that encircle their front legs. The average male weighs about 200 pounds but can easily weigh over 300 lbs. The females typically weigh between 90-125 pounds. Both male and females have horns which are very impressive with a wide base backward curl that goes upward and outward and the horns are rigid on the front surface. Male horns range from 14" to 36" while female horns range from 12" to 27". These animals are tough and totally unpredictable! They're also pretty tough to glass!
Aoudad hunting is quite different from Whitetail Hunting. This hunt is a very challenging but fun hunt! Unlike whitetail hunts that we offer, this is a free-range hunt. The terrain is very rough and rocky so come prepared to hike while carrying all your gear. Aoudad's prefer steep walled canyons and rim rocked plateaus in some of the roughest country in Texas. Being in good physical condition is a key factor for a successful hunt.
Axis hunts in Texas are by far the most sought after adventures in the exotic hunting industry. Axis deer are easily identified by an orange coat with white spots similar to a whitetail fawn. All males and females have white patches on their throat while only mature males have antlers with an average of 6 points per antler. Behavior of axis deer is nearly identical to native whitetail deer with majority of activity occurring at dusk and dawn. Herds are comprised of males and females of various ages throughout the year.
Axis venison has the mildest flavor, very tender and finely textured. It contains less than 1% fat which means technically it is fat free. Almost all will agree that the Axis meat is considered by many to be the finest venison you’ll ever eat!