MOUNTAIN BARBARY BIGHORN SHEEP HUNTS
FREE RANGE-FAIR CHASE
Bubba Glosson – Southwest Trophy Hunts
Grand Slam/Ovis Life – NRA Life – FNAWS Life Member
Our Aoudad (Barbary Sheep) hunts take place in the mountains of West Texas. This area has some of the largest parcels of uninhabited land left in the lower 48 states. The total amount of private land that we hunt is about 415,000 acres. We are hunting 6 different private ranches. We only take 1-3 rams per year from each ranch. This is why the quality of SWTH is unmatched, as you can see on our website. In the last 2 seasons our hunters have taken 8 rams that score from 148 SCI – 156 6/8 SCI in the free range category–TOP 20 of All-Time!!! We currently have 3 of the top 10 Aoudad in the latest SCI record book. Our goal is to harvest the World Record Free Range Fair Chase Aoudad Ram.
All of these ranches are a sheep hunter’s delight. They are rough and rocky and have the typical desert habitat. I have taken 2 Stone rams, 1 Bighorn, and 1 Dall ram myself and would rate these Aoudad hunts very close indeed to the other sheep hunts that I have been on. Please note: This is true mountain hunting at it’s finest!
Taking quality rams is no accident. You have to be hunting where the gene pool is excellent and on large properties that have had little hunting pressure. When hunting with SWTH, you are not confined to one property. We hunt many large ranches and take few rams every year from each ranch. Barbary Rams are the only species of animals that we hunt. Thus all our time and effort are spent on this magnificent animal. Here at SWTH we have nearly 28 years of time invested in these amazing animals. Consider this info prior to booking your next barbary sheep hunt.
These are great ranches for the serious sheep hunter to collect a trophy ram. You will see good numbers of sheep on these hunts. It is not uncommon to see 100-150 total and 4-6 trophy rams. It is also very important to note that these sheep have been wild and free ranging since the mid-1940s. We at SWTH consider the Barbary Bighorn to be a native species as they have been roaming the Southwest mountains for over 60 years.
These ranches have low rolling hills to steep mountainous terrain. It will help to be in shape, because half of this hunt will be on foot in the mountains. The elevations range from 4500-7000 feet. I will place you on one of my ranches to fit your physical needs. We know how to get you in and out of steep mountainous terrain at your own pace safely.
The gear that you need to bring is your rifle, binoculars, day bag or light backpack, and personal gear (call for equipment list). We will stay in ranch houses, motels, or tents depending on the site we are hunting. A good light rifle in calibers from 270-300 mag will do fine. A well broken in pair of leather boots with a good vibram sole is a must. I will provide my own custom rifles (7mm mag) at no additional charge if the hunter does not wish to travel with his rifle.
Last season we took 1 ram over 36“, 4 over 32“, 6 more over 30”, and the rest were over 28” (19 rams total). All of these rams were over 10 years of age.
These hunts are 4 days in length and are fully guided with two hunters to one guide. You can fly into El Paso, Texas or Midland/Odessa, Texas the day before your hunt and rent a car, then you can drive to Marfa or Alpine, Texas where we will meet you (3 hour drive). Plan on being at one of these two locations no later than 5pm central time. Non-hunting companions are welcome for a fee of $250 per day.
Temperatures will range from 20-85 degrees.
mid-September through March (Call for Schedule)
Myself and the guides that I hire are not just guides, we are mountain sheep guides. We know how to locate and stalk big mature rams. We use the highest quality optics (Leica) to locate and evaluate trophy rams before we attempt a stalk. We can tell from 1+ miles away the difference between a big mature ram (10+ years) vs a lesser ram. Once we locate a trophy ram, we know how to get you into position and finish the deal. In February of 2012, I personally guided my 250th barbary sheep hunt since 1984.
All Fully Inclusive Pricing:
1 hunter with 2 guides: $8000
2 hunters with 2 guides: $7000 per hunter
Carmen Mountain Whitetail (close relative to Coues deer) can be combined on November and December Hunt for an additional trophy fee.
Javelinas may also be taken on this hunt if time permits, at an additional charge.
Make plans to be hunting sheep with us mid-September through March.
This is the best value for a free-range trophy sheep hunt in North America.
At the 2008 SCI convention, SWTH client Dave Connor received the number 1 award for the largest free range aoudad taken the last two years.
At the 2010 Grand Slam/Ovis convention, SWTH client Brett Smith received the #1 award for the largest free range ram taken that year.
At the 2012 Grand Slam/Ovis convention, SWTH client Dan Schilling received the #1 award for the largest free range ram taken the prior year.
WARNING: Mountain Sheep hunting is the the most addictive hunting sport in the world for the true hunter!!!