My son-in-law bagged this Aoudad on a hunt yesterday. It was a last minute sort of thing. Someone who had paid to hunt dropped out and Gene’s brother invited Gene to take his place.
The Aoudad, or Barbary Sheep, is a native of north Africa. They were first imported to Texas in the late 1940s when soldiers who had fought in north Africa had them sent to Texas ranches that offer hunts for exotics. The Aoudad adapted well in central and west Texas, and with a population now estimated at more than 25,000, there may be more of them in Texas than there are in the wild in their native Africa.