Field judging Aoudad Rams

Discussion in 'Sheep Hunting' started by Elkeater, Nov 8, 2019 at 8:20 PM.

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  1. Elkeater

    Elkeater Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2017
    Ok so three of us including @shooter7 are headed down to Texas in mid January to hunt aoudad sheep. The question has come up about judging these rams. For those of you who have hunted these things does anyone have any good advice on judging them in the field prior to pulling the trigger?
  2. snox801

    snox801 Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2012
    Yes never Jugde them walking away. Lol
    Also the amount of hair between the base of the horns. That helps determine how big around the bases are. Then take a look at his side if it looks like he has rubbed some hair off with the tips of his horns it’s good size ram.
    This was all passed to me by my guide last year when I went. Others better than me may chime in
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  3. 26Reload

    26Reload Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2016
    Look at his chaps.......really good goats have awesome chaps...
    And look at his horns.....definitely circumference on those critters...its all about the mass then the lenght......
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  4. squeezenhope

    squeezenhope Well-Known Member

    Feb 5, 2012
    Be sure you get a look from either straight on or straight away. That is about the only way you can judge the amount of hook to the horns. Aoudad grow their horns pretty fast, but when those rams get about eight or nine years old they start looking more like a buffalo in body configuration. I agree with prior post in that I have never seen a great ram that did not have good chaps.
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  5. Plinker147

    Plinker147 Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2015
    The thick deep fronts end on the old rams bodies is noticeable. They look like a bulldog. They start getting full chaps around 25-26 in. Look for wide rams, width translates to length. When the horns tips turn and look like the hooking/ going parallel with a wide frame your looking at around 30in. And the rub marks on the shoulders from horns is a good indication with that.

    The big 30in plus you will know real quick it’s a shooter. The 26-29 are the harder ones to separate.

    In NM 27” is the start of what I call a mature trophies. In TX they seem to grow faster with the better habitat so 27 might not be as mature as where I’m at.
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