Hunt Report On Barbary Sheep Hunting In Spain


Published: March - 2010

In 2006 we reported on a hunt in Spain for free-range Barbary sheep. A population of these animals exists on the southeast coast in the provinces of Murcia and Almeira. We warned that the trophy quality is not particularly good, with a 25-inch ram considered large, and that the trophy fee is a bit pricey. The opportunity, we advised, is strictly for the person who is already hunting Spain and wants to collect a free-ranging aoudad outside of Texas, where you can find much larger trophies at a better price. The Spanish hunt is also a restricted opportunity with only a few permits issued for this species each season.

This long reminder serves as an introduction to a report we've received from subscriber Don Wall. He hunted in Spain this past October with Espacaza, booking agent Jack Atcheson and Sons and reports taking one of these Barbary sheep in Murcia. He says he was in Spain to hunt European mouflon, and he decided to add a Barbary sheep while he was there to put toward his OVIS World Slam. He also ended up hunting some management red deer and fallow deer. Of all the hunts, he said the Barbary sheep was the most strenuous. The hunt took place in the mountains of southeast Spain where he says it was close to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Although the mountains were not high, topping out at maybe 1,000 feet, Wall says they were steep and very rocky. The area was also quite arid with sparse vegetation. In spite of that, Wall says it was not a difficult hunt, but warns it is easy to become dehydrated there and that hunters should take plenty of water with them on the stalks.

The actual hunting involved driving around spotting sheep and following up on foot. Wall says they saw several bands and decided to stalk one that had bedded down. By the time they reached the place where they had seen the sheep, the animals had left without being detected. Wall says he and his guide returned to the truck where they spied two good........(continued)

 
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