An Aoudad Opportunity


Published: November - 1999

Hunters looking for a bargain in exotic big game hunts should check out the More or Less Game Ranch, about 25 miles south of Abilene, Texas. Abilene businessman Ron Clark bought the 1,280-acre property in July. The ranch is high fenced and has been stocked with a variety of exotics for several years. Clark is interested in developing the native white-tailed deer herd and wants to thin out the exotics. In particular, he has a lot of aoudad sheep, also called barbary sheep. Clark's standard price for a ram with 28-inch or longer horns is $1,250 - about the going rate for a trophy aoudad on a game ranch.

Aoudads are native to Africa. They are wary and tough. While 1,280 acres may not sound like a big area, the More or Less Game Ranch appears much bigger than it is once you start hunting it. The ranch is covered with brush and interspersed by rough canyons. The sheep can easily escape in the thick cover or by using the natural contours of the land. The More or Less Game Ranch has produced a number of Safari Club International record book aoudads. While rams here don't grow impressively long horns, they tend to have good mass, which adds to the score. Hunting is done safari-style, from a vehicle. Once game is spotted, you may also get out of the vehicle and stalk close enough for a shot. This is rock and cactus country, so wear stout boots. As previously mentioned, aoudads are tough. Calibers of at least .270 and well-constructed bullets of at least 130 grains are recommended.

Hunters pay a $150 per day guide-fee. They can stay in the ranch's comfortable, rustic lodge for $50 per day per person. Excellent home cooked meals also are available for an additional $50 per day. Other game bargains on Clark's current price list include blackbuck antelope. His trophy animals, measuring 20 inches or bigger, cost $1,500, but those measuring 18 inches are only $800. Blackbucks 17 inches and under cost only $600. Mouflon sheep less than 27 inches are $500. Sika........(continued)

 
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