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Old 11-28-2022, 06:02 PM   #1
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Over the thanksgiving week I shot at and missed a big aoudad on my lease. Shot was somewhere between 3-400 yard off sticks on my knees. Anyway I canít stop thinking about these animals. I have wanted to kill one for a long time just never had the opportunity until now. Iím going to break out the magnum rifle and change to a bit heavier bullet more suited for these animals.

Is there any way to attract these things? We run a bunch of feeders on this property and have never had one on camera. The 3 I saw were actually 300 yards from the feeder I was hunting.

Walking and glassing canyons can take hours and get very little results especially when trying to cover 13k acres.

Any pointers would be appreciated. There has only been 3 killed in the past 3 years.


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Old 11-28-2022, 06:09 PM   #2
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Hunt them the right way, not over a feeder. Glassing up a big Aoudad and closing the distance to take him off sticks is one of the finest joys in life.

Get on a good vantage point and glass, locate the herd and form a stalk. Its been my experience if you can get on top of them you can get much closer than if they are above you....I've stalked to within 50 yards of a herd before by coming down on top of them while they were feeding in a flat.

X2 on the magnum rifle and if they are still standing keep shooting
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Old 11-28-2022, 06:12 PM   #3
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Salt blocks are the ticket. Create a mineral site away from your feeder. Once they find the mineral, they will always be back for it. Put it on top of a canyon where maybe two canyons merge together. You don't really want them to find your feeders. Once they do you might which they didn't. They can become very destructive on feeders. They will bash them trying to get the corn or protein out of them unless you have a good 4 leg feeder that can hold up. Plus, once the herd finds your feeders they might take over. Alfalfa always worked great also. If you're looking for a big ram. Glass the steepest and deepest canyons you have. They love steep jagged terrain. Good Luck
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Old 11-28-2022, 06:13 PM   #4
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Hunt them the right way, not over a feeder. Glassing up a big Aoudad and closing the distance to take him off sticks is one of the finest joys in life.

Get on a good vantage point and glass, locate the herd and form a stalk. Its been my experience if you can get on top of them you can get much closer than if they are above you....I've stalked to within 50 yards of a herd before by coming down on top of them while they were feeding in a flat.

X2 on the magnum rifle and if they are still standing keep shooting

I figured out just how good they can see when I was trying to sneak up to them.

The big one I saw is probably 32Ē ram. Awesome critter and canít wait to get another shot at one.


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Old 11-28-2022, 06:24 PM   #5
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Yes on the alfalfa and also get a bag of 3/8" range cubes. Just hope you don't have to pack it in too far. :-)
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Old 11-28-2022, 07:30 PM   #6
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I figured out just how good they can see when I was trying to sneak up to them.

The big one I saw is probably 32Ē ram. Awesome critter and canít wait to get another shot at one.


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Iíve had a herd spot me from 1500 yards away and take off.

Looking at them thru a spotting scope, they were looking at me. After a min or two they hauled arse over the ridge.

Great game animal to hunt
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Old 11-28-2022, 08:20 PM   #7
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Just keep glassing, alot of times just tough to see. And practice more at long distance, you we get you one.
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Old 11-28-2022, 08:27 PM   #8
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X2 on the salt block and alfalfa and protein. Keep them away from your feeders unless you like replacing them every year.
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Old 11-28-2022, 08:29 PM   #9
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What’s the water source situation on the ranch you hunt?
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Old 11-28-2022, 08:35 PM   #10
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Whatís the water source situation on the ranch you hunt?

Windmills with tanks and water troughs Ian. 10 water sites on this ranch.


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Old 11-28-2022, 08:42 PM   #11
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Glass, glass, glass. Wind in your face, and try to get between them and where they want to be. You could try putting some cameras up at water sources and see if you can pattern them, but they probably drink from small pools in the canyons that you donít even know exist. Super fun to hunt. Good luck and let us know how it goes.


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Old 11-28-2022, 08:42 PM   #12
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That’s a water source for every 1,300 acres depending on how it’s actually laid out obviously, but water sources can be an awesome way to shoot big mature rams. Especially in the summertime. It’s One of the best tactics when bow hunting them, or at least what I’ve had the most success with in the past. If you’re dead set on a rifle, I would start glassing the hills around these sites first and fan out from there. Should help you cut down on having to cover so much ground with glass.
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Old 11-28-2022, 08:45 PM   #13
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Best time to hunt them is January through March. They are much easier to spot when the trees are without leaves. Their eyesight is amazing. We had fantastic luck over bearded wheat hay bales in a hay feeder. They are always on the move, so if you get them on camera they may of may not be back. If you can find an area they like to move through stick a hay feeder in their way. Great Ben enough time you will beat one. They are my favorite big game to hunt
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Old 11-28-2022, 08:48 PM   #14
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Thatís a water source for every 1,300 acres depending on how itís actually laid out obviously, but water sources can be an awesome way to shoot big mature rams. Especially in the summertime. Itís One of the best tactics when bow hunting them, or at least what Iíve had the most success with in the past. If youíre dead set on a rifle, I would start glassing the hills around these sites first and fan out from there. Should help you cut down on having to cover so much ground with glass.

Iím going with the rifle to start with mainly cause I want one so bad.

If i could pattern them I would try with a bow.


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Old 11-29-2022, 08:38 AM   #15
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Every time I put out alfalfa cubes, the aoudad seem to show up for me. Mummies in Hondo carries the cubes.
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Old 11-29-2022, 08:45 AM   #16
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You don't really want them to find your feeders. Once they do you might which they didn't. They can become very destructive on feeders. They will bash them trying to get the corn or protein out of them unless you have a good 4 leg feeder that can hold up. Plus, once the herd finds your feeders they might take over.
I've heard this so many times before but out where we are, they come through randomly and don't stick around. I'm sure the reason they don't follow the rule is 'cause I want to shoot one with my bow.
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Old 11-29-2022, 09:06 AM   #17
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Sounds like some shooting practice is the first thing that should be on the list Nancy!
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Old 11-29-2022, 09:14 AM   #18
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Alfalfa or a giant pile of corn works good.
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Old 11-29-2022, 09:35 AM   #19
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Sounds like some shooting practice is the first thing that should be on the list Nancy!

This ainít no guided white slipper hunt here howdy doody.

I very rarely shoot a rifle anymore and both rifles I had with me arenít exactly aoudad guns. Yes they will do the trick but I would prefer a bigger bullet.


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Old 11-29-2022, 09:37 AM   #20
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I’d work on the accuracy before tweaking to much

Good luck as they are fun to chase and shot placement is key. Killed a couple rams with a 7mm-08 and one with a 22-250 no problem
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This ainít no guided white slipper hunt here howdy doody.

I very rarely shoot a rifle anymore and both rifles I had with me arenít exactly aoudad guns. Yes they will do the trick but I would prefer a bigger bullet.


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Erin said you donít shoot your bow much either!

Kidding. Good luck killing one! They are pretty dang smart critters
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Old 11-29-2022, 10:16 AM   #22
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Iíd work on the accuracy before tweaking to much

Good luck as they are fun to chase and shot placement is key. Killed a couple rams with a 7mm-08 and one with a 22-250 no problem

I was shooting a 7mm-08 that was sighted in dead on at 100 so there was some guess work on my part.


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Old 11-29-2022, 10:18 AM   #23
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Erin said you donít shoot your bow much either!

Kidding. Good luck killing one! They are pretty dang smart critters

Yes that may be true, but that all I shoot these days. I havenít killed a deer with a rifle in 5 years.

I did shoot a javelin off the side of the hill at 220 the other day to make sure I still could kinda shoot.

That was with a 25-06 though.


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Old 11-29-2022, 11:19 AM   #24
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This ain’t no guided white slipper hunt here howdy doody.

I very rarely shoot a rifle anymore and both rifles I had with me aren’t exactly aoudad guns. Yes they will do the trick but I would prefer a bigger bullet.


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Erin said you don’t shoot your bow much either!

Kidding. Good luck killing one! They are pretty dang smart critters
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Yes that may be true, but that all I shoot these days. I haven’t killed a deer with a rifle in 5 years.

I did shoot a javelin off the side of the hill at 220 the other day to make sure I still could kinda shoot.

That was with a 25-06 though.


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LMAO on both sides....
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Old 11-29-2022, 12:06 PM   #25
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You don't want them at your feeders. Like 300 lb coons with sledge hammers.

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Old 11-29-2022, 12:18 PM   #26
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We have a lot of them. I think weíve killed 6 or 7 over 30Ē in the last 2-3 years. Along with a bunch of ewes. Iíve killed two rams. Both heart shot with a .243. I wonít shoot another unless itís with my bow or some incredible 35Ē+ ram with insane mass.

You cannot pattern ours. They may be in a location for a day or two and not in the same spot again for a month. Several of ours have been shot at corn feeder or hay feeder locations. Some have also been shot glassing the canyons.

As far as attractants, they do eat our corn, but we get them to come out most to alfalfa. We donít put hunting pressure on water sources, but Iím sure that could be good too when really dry. All of our corn feeders are elevated and are anchored to the rock, so weíve been fortunate to not have any issues with them destroying them. I wonít run stand and fills out of fear of that. This year has been surprisingly wet where we hunt so our native browse has been really good. I suspect in a bad year where they need the feed we are supplementing they could really tear up some stuff.


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