My hunt for an aoudad took place on the Indianhead Ranch near Del Rio. Located along the Texas-Mexico border and sitting on the shores Lake Amistad, the ranch boasts more than 10,000 acres of high mesas, deep canyons, and rock-strewn hills dotted with every kind of thorn-bearing plant one can think of.
It’s also home to aoudad.
Lots and lots of them.
But all with some of the best eyes in the animal world and the ability to climb near vertical surfaces with grace and ease.
My guide Darren Carr and I drove, traipsed, crawled, and climbed after the free-ranging mountain climbers looking for one that would measure over thirty inches…
And allow us to get within shooting range.