Exotic Bow Hunting in East Texas

Aoudad Hunts

Aoudad Hunts

The 4P Hunting Ranch offers the best aoudad hunts in East Texas. We strive to deliver the most thrilling and memorable hunting experience. Aoudad Hunting has become popular with hunters in Texas since the 1950’s. We have had our fair share of aoudads, including several aoudad attacks that we have captured on video (See above to watch this entertaining aoudad attack video). Aoudads, or barbary sheep where introduced into the panhandle region and West Texas to establish a new big game hunting opportunity. They have flourished in that region and have a population of over 25,000. 4P Hunting ranch has brought the aoudad to East Texas, to give everyone the opportunity to experience this awesome hunt. There is no reason to drive across the vast state of Texas, you can enjoy Aoudad hunts right here in East Texas!

Aoudad hunts in East Texas 4P Bow Hunting RanchDescription and Origin

The Aoudad (aka Barbary Sheep) are native to the rocky mountains of North Africa, but have been introduced to North America and Europe. They stand 2.6 to 3.3 ft tall at the shoulder and can weigh 88 to 309 lbs. They are a sandy brown color that darkens with age with a slightly lighter underbelly and a dark line along the back. Some have shaggy hair at the throat and a sparse mane. Their horns have a triangular cross section. Both males and females have horns. Their horns are made of keratin (same as our hair) and will grow throughout their lives. A new growth ring is made each winter.
Aoudads have been introduced to areas of Texas and New Mexico. Its adaptability has enabled them to colonize quickly and have become well established in those states.

Auodad HuntBehavior

Aoudads can be found in mountainous areas where they graze and browse grasses, bushes and lichens. They are able to obtain all their moisture from the food, but they will drink liquid water when it is available. They are most active in the early morning and late afternoon, preferring to rest during the heat of the day. They are agile and can jump as high 7 feet. Aoudads are quick to take off at the first sight of danger. When threatened, they seek higher ground and bounce to elude predators.  Aoudads don’t like to stay in one place long and will travel constantly.

Breeding and Lifespan

Aoudads have a gestation period of 160 days and typically have a litter of one. They can breed at any time of the year but peek season is September to November. They can live as long as 20 years.

Social Life

They live in small family groups and usually have one dominant male for a group of females.

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