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#7051179 - 01/24/18 10:31 AM Palo Duro Exotic Aoudad Hunt Information
Corey J Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 08/17/17
Posts: 4

This year I was lucky enough to draw a Aoudad Hunt at Palo Duro Canyon. Prior to the hunt I tried to do as much research as possible to make good hunting decisions when the day came. I struggled to find any real information except how hard the hunt was (which I already knew - I live 80 miles south of the canyon and have hunted Aoudad several times previously). So I am going to post all of the information I gathered this year in the hopes that it will help someone else down the road. Good luck if you draw this hunt, it is an incredible experience!

I don't want to bore everyone with the exact details of our hunt, but I might have some helpful information for you. We hunted compartment 5 this year (and come to find out so did several of the other hunters without permission). The hike down to the bottom of 5 is pretty tough no matter which way you decide to drop in.It is about a 550-600ft elevation descend. I found this year that it is easier to drop in on an old dozer cut through compartment 1 and walk the river into 5 as opposed to using the old washed out ranch road in compartment 4. There is a large rock slide about 3/4 of a mile down the road in 4 that makes passing more difficult. If you choose this road to drop in, follow the blue markers (t-shirt ribbons wrapped on trees) to get around the lake close to the bottom. GO EARLY and take plenty of water with you. Our days began about 27-30 degrees and peaked about 75-80 degrees daily.

Most of the shots this year were VERY long distance shots. I know of three that were 872 965 and 1000 yard shots. 6.5 Creedmoor seems to be the gun of choice for this hunt, or at least that's what most that I spoke with were using, including all three in my group.

I hope this information will serve some use for those of you entering for it or those who are lucky enough to draw for it. We stayed in the bunkhouse and it was absolutely awesome!! The apartments are also incredible. Quite possibly the nicest hunt cabin anywhere around!

Below is the hunt map for all compartments. There is a slanted shaded zone that used to be a "no shoot" zone. However that "no shoot" zone no longer exists. If you take the angled line of the SW border of five and continue that line to compartment 2, that is the new compartment 5 border. That new border line includes the mesa shown on the map below into compartment 5.



I also have a .pdf of each of the compartments I would be glad to email to anyone who could use them. I also have links to the hunt zone for google earth and would share those on request.

Here is the harvest total information listed by compartments for the last several years.

Compartment 1
2014 - Aoudad 1 --- Pigs 1
2015 - Aoudad 0 --- Pigs 3
2016 - Aoudad 5 --- Pigs 5
2017 - Aoudad 0 --- Pigs 6
2018 - Aoudad 9 --- Pigs 6

Compartment 2
2013 - Aoudad 2 --- Pigs 10 --- Elk 1 (4x4)
2014 - Aoudad 4 --- Pigs 1
2015 - Aoudad 0 --- Pigs 0
2016 - Aoudad 2 --- Pigs 0
2017 - Aoudad 0 --- Pigs 0
2018 - Aoudad 0 --- Pigs 4

Compartment 3
2013 - Aoudad 0 --- Pigs 1
2014 - Aoudad 1 --- Pigs 5
2015 - Aoudad 2 --- Pigs 0
2016 - Aoudad 3 --- Pigs 7
2017 - Aoudad 4 --- Pigs 0
2018 - Aoudad 4 --- Pigs 0

Compartment 4
2013 - Aoudad 4 --- Pigs 0
2014 - Aoudad 6 --- Pigs 0
2015 - Aoudad 3 --- Pigs 0
2016 - Aoudad 4 --- Pigs 0
2017 - Aoudad 5 --- Pigs 0
2018 - Aoudad 0 --- Pigs 0

Compartment 5
2013 - Aoudad 10 --- Pigs 0
2014 - Aoudad 2 --- Pigs 0
2015 - Aoudad 0 --- Pigs 0
2016 - Aoudad 2 --- Pigs 5
2017 - Aoudad 5 --- Pigs 0
2018 - Aoudad 23 --- Pigs 0

GOOD LUCK!!

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#7051185 - 01/24/18 10:34 AM Re: Palo Duro Exotic Aoudad Hunt Information [Re: Corey J]
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decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 43960
Loc: Metroplex
Way cool need to make for future reference, thank you

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#7051238 - 01/24/18 11:00 AM Re: Palo Duro Exotic Aoudad Hunt Information [Re: Corey J]
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Woodsman

Registered: 09/20/10
Posts: 231
Loc: Idaho Falls, Idaho
Like I told several people who inquired about our hunt there, it is a real sheep hunt and the difficulties should not be ignored. It was fun, challenging, and I will do it again if we can ever get drawn again! Compartment 5 is the bomb!!!

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#7051345 - 01/24/18 12:08 PM Re: Palo Duro Exotic Aoudad Hunt Information [Re: Corey J]
NDN98 Offline
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Registered: 09/07/09
Posts: 11577
Loc: McKinney, TX
Thanks for the info Corey J. I am marking this thread in case I ever get drawn for this hunt. Since you were in compartment 5, it looks like your party was very successful.

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#7051350 - 01/24/18 12:12 PM Re: Palo Duro Exotic Aoudad Hunt Information [Re: Corey J]
D6Ranch Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 11/13/15
Posts: 256
Loc: San Saba
Thank you for this. I'm going to start putting in for this again next year along with other similar hunts in hopes to get some practice for this type hunt before I go west.

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#7051353 - 01/24/18 12:17 PM Re: Palo Duro Exotic Aoudad Hunt Information [Re: Corey J]
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Registered: 03/09/09
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Are the tags issued through the TPWD draw system?

As much as I like a 6.5 CM or 260, it seems anemic for a 1,000 yard shot on an Auodad.

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#7051368 - 01/24/18 12:31 PM Re: Palo Duro Exotic Aoudad Hunt Information [Re: jeffbird]
Sneaky Offline
The "Grouch"

Registered: 10/22/12
Posts: 19044
Loc: Winters
Originally Posted By: jeffbird
Are the tags issued through the TPWD draw system?

As much as I like a 6.5 CM or 260, it seems anemic for a 1,000 yard shot on an Auodad.



Yes it does.
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#7051376 - 01/24/18 12:39 PM Re: Palo Duro Exotic Aoudad Hunt Information [Re: Sneaky]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 10/25/04
Posts: 28457
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: Sneaky
Originally Posted By: jeffbird
Are the tags issued through the TPWD draw system?

As much as I like a 6.5 CM or 260, it seems anemic for a 1,000 yard shot on an Auodad.



Yes it does.


Wonder if there is any correlation between the length of the shot taken and most people carrying the most popular fad of long range caliber? I'm sure some people were just seeing how far they could shoot.
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#7051571 - 01/24/18 02:56 PM Re: Palo Duro Exotic Aoudad Hunt Information [Re: Corey J]
Sneaky Offline
The "Grouch"

Registered: 10/22/12
Posts: 19044
Loc: Winters
I would imagine there’s a strong correlation. In fact, that was my first thought.
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#7051587 - 01/24/18 03:03 PM Re: Palo Duro Exotic Aoudad Hunt Information [Re: Sneaky]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 10/25/04
Posts: 28457
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: Sneaky
I would imagine there’s a strong correlation. In fact, that was my first thought.


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#7051861 - 01/24/18 06:05 PM Re: Palo Duro Exotic Aoudad Hunt Information [Re: Corey J]
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Registered: 05/14/09
Posts: 18950
Loc: Denton/Argyle
Corey J. 36 Aoudad this year is a huge jump from years past! Any pic's you'd care to share? How many did you tag?

I manage the hunting operation on the ranch immediately south and west of these units. You drove through it to get to the Canon Ceta gate. Did you see any quality mule deer bucks on the park side of the property during your hunt? PM me if you have time for a phone call.
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#7052089 - 01/24/18 09:35 PM Re: Palo Duro Exotic Aoudad Hunt Information [Re: Corey J]
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I would hesitate to shoot a aoudad at 300 yards with a .260 or 6.5 creedmoor let alone 600 or better

How many were shot and not recovered?
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#7052237 - 01/25/18 05:51 AM Re: Palo Duro Exotic Aoudad Hunt Information [Re: Corey J]
pigplinker Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 08/07/11
Posts: 2084
Loc: Ben Wheeler,Tx
I have been putting in on this hunt as well as the Caprocks. I appreciate the info given and will continue applying. up

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#7052448 - 01/25/18 09:29 AM Re: Palo Duro Exotic Aoudad Hunt Information [Re: Corey J]
Corey J Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 08/17/17
Posts: 4
I did not post this to spark a debate over who's caliber size is the "correct" size or to debate over the distance of shots be correlated to "who can shoot the furthest" or the current fads in calibers. I simply posted this to provide information about a hunt that has very little available information online to assist hunters in making good choices if you are lucky enough to draw this hunt.
I did not pull the trigger once this year. As I stated in the first paragraph, I have hunted Aoudad several times before and harvested in Caprock Canyons in previous years. I did not go on this hunt to increase the number of Aoudad in my repertoire, I went to enjoy the fellowship of my friends (one of which had never hunted Aoudad before) and maybe find him that one that we all look for. We gave permission for a father and his young son to hunt our compartment on the last day and they both harvested 26" and 28" rams. We saw three really nice Rams on top of the mesa on day one but they were not in our comfort zone so we passed on them. We were the third hunt in three weeks and the sheep were pretty scattered.
Again, I am willing to share any information that I have including all of my maps and where we saw sheep and helpful information I have along to anyone interested.

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#7052472 - 01/25/18 09:46 AM Re: Palo Duro Exotic Aoudad Hunt Information [Re: Corey J]
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I put in for that hunt last year. Looks like a fun hunt
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