Aoudad Sheep Hunts in Central Texas
Aoudad Sheep are one of the most challenging species to hunt at Rock Creek Ranch! Aoudad Sheep hunts will take place in central Texas at Rock Creek Ranch in Copperas Cove, Texas. Aoudad Sheep populations at Rock Creek Ranch are substantial and have been properly managed for the last 15 years. We are very successful in hunting Trophy Aoudad and it will be no surprise to find Aoudad over 30 inches.
The Aoudad is a difficult animal to pursue, their senses are extremely good, they have a history for being very elusive. They blend in well with the central Texas landscape. They hide in shadows behind cedars and tall grass, and duck upon disturbance. The prize of the hunt is typically an old Aoudad. The older the better on these animals, they scar up from fighting and put on bulk of horns and meat. The meat has a bad notion among Texas hunters, this is a false narrative, it is a delicacy if prepared right and we will do that just for you. Please ask our guides about preparation of the meat and we will gladly steer you in the right direction.
You may hunt our Aoudad sheep using any method you prefer: bow or crossbow, rifle, spot and stalk, pistol, ground blind, or safari style out of a vehicle. Depending on weather and habitat conditions at the time of your hunt this may change.
Aoudad Sheep Facts and Hunting Information
Aoudad Names: Barbary, Wadden, Arui or Arruis
Latin: Ammotragus lervia
Texas Aoudad Hunting Season: Aoudad can be hunted year round, however we recommend to hunt aoudad late August to January during their breeding season.
Origin: North Africa
Horn Size: Male: 25-36 inches Female: 12-25 inches
Weight: 110-320 lbs
Recommended Firearm for Aoudad: .270, .30.06, 7mm mag, .300 win
Aoudad Sheep are also known as Barbary sheep, Wadden, Arui or Arruis. Barbary sheep (Ammotragus lervia) are a species of caprid (goat-antelope) native to rocky mountains in North Africa, and were introduced into the Palo Duro Canyon area of Texas in 1957-58, where they have become firmly established. These sturdy, firm-footed animals were introduced to Rock Creek Ranch fifteen years ago into aggressive land and animal management programs culminating into a successful breeding program. These animals have continued to flourish in the Central Texas climate, on a variety of vegetation including grasses, bushes and shrubs.
Aoudad need cliffs for security and prefer rock outcrops and steep inclines. Aoudad need very little water and are able to obtain a lot of their moisture from food. When water is available, they drink it and wallow in the pools. This has been very beneficial through the long drought. Aoudad are active in the early morning and late afternoon, resting in the heat of the day. They are also nomadic, challenging and smart. They are constantly on the move throughout the ranch. Males weigh up to 300 pounds, varying on pasture conditions. It is obvious that bowhunters, as well as, rifle hunters enjoy the sport these animals offer because of their elusive nature.
The male horns curve outwards, backwards, then inwards, and reach up to 36 inches. The females also have horns, and though impressive, do not reach the length of males. However, both are sought after for their trophy status. Their color is sandy-brown and darkens with age, with a slightly lighter underbelly and a darker line along the back. The mature males have a mane on their throat and “chaps” of hair on their front legs. The females, or ewes, do not have the fullness of the mane or “chaps” on the legs. The breeding season is late August to January, with gestation period lasting 160 days. Lambs are born generally between late February and late April, but some lambs are born as late as November. Their main predators on our ranches are the coyotes. The newborns, or lambs, are of course subject to predators such as coyotes. Fortunately, horn growth starts almost immediately, advantageous in fending off their opponents.
Typical Weekend Hunt at Rock Creek Ranch
- Check in at 12 pm, guest registration and orientation, sight in at the shooting range, afternoon guided hunt. Followed by cocktails, appetizers, and a full dinner.
- Continental Breakfast, morning hunt, followed by full breakfast. Typically go back out and scout for animals have lunch and go back out for the evening hunt, followed by cocktails, fire, appetizers, and a full dinner.
- Continental Breakfast, morning hunt, followed by full breakfast, and then Departure.
- Range Finder
- Bow, Cross bow, or Rifle
- Rain gear
- Boots for muddy wet conditions or snake proof
Aoudad Sheep Hunt Packages
Trophy Aoudad Sheep Hunt: $3500
Aoudad Ewe Hunt: $500
$250 Per Day per Hunter will include:
- Home Cooked Meals
- One on One guiding with an experienced hunting guide with full transportation
- Cold Storage walk in cooler
- Complimentary Bass Fishing, Predator and Hog hunts
Deposit is 50% of the hunt. The balance of the hunt is due when departing the ranch. The deposit fee will apply to the trophy fee.
*If a non-hunter comes with a hunter there will be an additional fee of $250 per day.
- Prices are subject to change.
- Management hunts are available.
*If a wounded animal cannot be found, the full price for the trophy fee will be applied.