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 Post subject: Big Game, TEXAS style.
 Post Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 11:39 pm 
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One of the hunts I do every year is hunt Aoudad sheep in West Texas. I love the cap rock just South of Post, TX. It's rough and rugged country. And, the beauty is breath taking. The ranch I hunt has some AWESOME aoudad hunting. This big ram was taken back in 2005. I had my family with me on this hunt. We were on two atv's, the five of us, momma, me and the three kids. We spotted a group of aoudad at about 500yrds. We positioned ourselves where the kids and momma could watch me make the stalk. I got within about 150yrds. I picked out the big ram, and put a shot into his shoulder. He dropped at the shot, DRT.

I have no idea what he weighted. But, he was durn heavy. The wife and I couldn't lift him onto the atv, even after field dressing. I had to use my winch to winch him up onto the atv's back rack. The ram was larger body wise than any hog I had taken.

His horns were right at 30" in length, and had 14" bases. He was a very nice ram.

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 Post Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:28 am 
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Lucky you and very nice.


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 Post Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:46 pm 
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That's awesome Marty.

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 Post Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 8:07 pm 
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I didn't realize they got that big.
Would like to try it myself.

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 Post Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 8:58 pm 
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HabitatMan wrote:
I didn't realize they got that big.
Would like to try it myself.


The rams get pretty big. The last large ram I got was a tad larger than the one pictured. I made the mistake of shooting him on the side of the caprock, about a mile from the road. My hunting partner and I were able to get a Honda 250 Recon up to the base of the caprock. We loaded the ram, and it was so large it covered up the rack, the seat, and the head was up against the handle bars. We nearly flipped the atv several times getting it back to the road. I didn't have a scale on that one. But, we were guessing in the 300lb range, after field dressing. It was a big ole ram. The horns were slightly larger too, by about an inch in length and diameter each side. It was a nice ram.

The ewe's can be fairly big too. But, not nearly as big as the rams. Most ewe's that I shoot are in the 150-175lb range. The largest ewe I ever shot was pushing 200, and had some nice horns. I actually thought it was a ram, until I got up to it. Luckily I dropped it close to a jeep trail, and it was a bit easier to get out.

You gotta be real careful about where, and I mean geographical location, that you shoot one of these things. Some of that country is so rugged that if you shoot one and don't drop it DRT it could get down into some really nasty terrain. And, the rule on the ranch is that if you shoot it, you WILL recover it, no matter how hard it is or how long it takes. A family friend had to take in horses on one recovery, and it took us all day long to get it out. He shot it on the top of the caprock, and it ran clean off the edge down into a nasty canyon. With about 300ft of rope, the horses, and a lot of sweat, we finally got that rascal out of the canyon and to a place we could get a horse to it. It made for quite an adventure.

We started using mule tape out on the ranch for recovery, and other purposes, due to it's strength and ease of use. I usually carry two or three 100ft rolls with me whenever I go. Just in case.

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 Post Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 7:15 am 
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I did not realize those things got that big, man you could put a saddle on it, I am sure that is a great hunt to go on sure wish I could do that, never hunted ram before.
just awesome !!


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