Guided Hunts - Barbary Sheep -  Howell Wildlife Outfitters

 

2011 / 2012 FULLY GUIDED / OUTFITTED
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ARBARY SHEEP

New Mexico Barbary Sheep / Aoudad

Barbary Sheep, natives of north Africa, had been introduced in to the Roswell area when they escaped from a private enclosure in the 1950s.  The sheep have thrived in the barren, dry country of eastern New Mexico. These are free-range animals, able to jump stock fences as easily as the local mule deer.  As we were to find out, they are spooky and hard to hunt, much harder to approach than the mule deer on the ranch.

Aoudad have an exotic appearance. They have long, blocky faces, with a much longer snout than native North American sheep.  Their ears are long and relatively pointed, more like a mountain goat than a sheep.  Their copper-colored bodies are big and blocky, a build that offers an indicator of how tough they are to kill.

Their horns do not curl like those of native sheep do, but rather sweep out, back, and down, each forming a sort of crescent shape.   Like other sheep, both sexes have horns, but the ewes are considerably smaller.  Mature rams will have a horn length from 27 inches up to maybe 35 inches, although realistic expectations for a trophy are in the 27 to 30 inch range.

An equally compelling part of the trophy are the chaps and beard of a ram — long, flowing blond hair that cascades from the front of the ram’s neck and from his front legs all the way down to the knee.

Barbary/Aoudad Sheep, which are native in northern Africa, were released along the Canadian River by the Game and Fish Department beginning in 1950. By 1967 the herd was estimated to be between 175 and 225 animals. Numbers have grown and pockets of the herds are spread throughout Southern New Mexico.

During our two day 2011 Barbary Sheep Hunt we saw over 50 Barbary Sheep in just two days of hunting! WOW... to say the least we were blessed!

The very next weekend Kevin took his wife out and she harvested a great 24" Barbary Ram!!!!

Whether you call them Barbary Sheep or Aoudads the professionals at Howell Wildlife Outfitters are prepared to take you on a "Free Ranging New Mexico Barbary Sheep Dream Hunt Come True"!

Barbary Sheep, which are native in northern Africa, were released along the Canadian River by the Game and Fish Department beginning in 1950. By 1967 the herd was estimated to be between 175 and 225 animals. An unauthorized release was made in 1956 in the Largo Canyon area of San Juan County, and a small herd is known to exist in the Hondo Valley southwest of Roswell (Burt and Lee 1967) (Findley, 1975)*01*.

Records of occurrence: Specimens examined (total 4): HARDING: Canadian River
, 2 (1 MSB, 1 USNM); 2-3 mi. N Roy, 1 (MSB). HARDING and MORA: county line, Canadian River, 1 (MSB). Not mapped (Findley, 1975)*01*.

Barbary sheep populations exist in the northwest region of Texas, and live not far from the Texas/New Mexico border (Jones, et al., 1987)*12*.

1996:
Barbary sheep are rare within the White Sands Missile Range. This exotic is occasionally reported on WSMR, primarily in precipitous mountainous regions (Burkett and Kamees, 1996) *20*.

2002: Most
Barbary sheep are observed around Mt. Taylor. A few are also observed in the Laguna Mountains (Schull, 2002) *30*.

The Professional Guide Team at HWO has been successfully hunting these 'Truly Wild Free Ranging New Mexico Barbary Sheep' in the wild - steep and deep terrain of New Mexico's South West! We have been 100% successful in 2010 and 2011. In February of 2011 the HWO Team filmed a great 26" Ram being harvested! (VIDEO FOOTAGE is soon to be available on this site in 2011!)

 

Whether you call them Barbary Sheep or Aoudads the professionals at Howell Wildlife Outfitters are prepared to take you on a Dream Hunt Come True!

CALL GOOSE TODAY and he will gladly discuss the areas you should be applying into, to hunt these awesome Barbary Sheep - in the steep and deep!!!

Thank you for your time in reviewing this info!

Respectfully,

"Goose"

 

928-526-6833

 

We limit the amount of clients that we take Trophy Barbary Sheep Hunting, so that we may provide the Professional attention that will make your hunt special. Please book early, as availability is limited and "ALLEN" books out early.

A 50% deposit is required to reserve your hunt. With the remaining balance due in full 30 days prior to the hunt start date

CALL "Goose" with HWO TODAY!!! We thank you for your time, and we look forward to the opportunity to help you with your quest for a Trophy  Barbary Sheep

 
 


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