Nubian ibex hunt

Discussion in 'Sheep Hunting' started by Texas Republic, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. Texas Republic

    Texas Republic Well-Known Member

    Aug 27, 2009
    I recently had a pretty difficult hunt with a free range nubian ibex on my familys place so i thought i would share my mistakes and strategies. It's not technically a sheep, but there isn't much difference in the hunt. These usually aren't hunted on free range, but many exotics in Texas escape fences one way or another and set up shop where it suits them. Axis deer and black buck antelope are becoming fairly common in many areas now.

    I have been trying to hunt this ibex in a 3000 acre pasture that is
    all mountains. I have tried getting him to come into a feeder, but he
    only climbs down once every 2 weeks it seems. So i decided it was time
    to do some mountain climbing and laced up my boots tight and grabbed
    my back pack. But there is only one ibex in a 3000 acre pasture. There
    are three ridge lines in pasture and he travels with a small group of
    Spanish goats. There are two Angora/Spanish goats he is always with on
    the game camera. The white color of his traveling companions was what
    I decided to spot for since his own color blended in really well. I
    also know they use the trails on top of mountains to travel. I would
    normally have a difficult time determining where in the pasture to
    spot for him, but a norther came in each weekend I hunted. Goats and sheep
    usually always travel against the wind. If the wind changes, so do
    they. This factor narrowed it down to the North end of the pasture.
    Plan of attack was simple. Hike up the tallest mountain that commands
    a view of the Northern side of the pasture. Spot the white Angora
    goats that he travels with and hike within 500 yards for a shot.

    On the first attempt, I finally spotted the white angora goats around 3 pm on a
    mountain ledge 1600 yards away. I didn’t see him, but figured he was
    there somewhere. I walked within 450 yards and set up for a shot.
    I watched the group of goats for an hour but never saw
    him. I packed up my rifle and backpack and began to hike back the way
    I came rethinking my strategy. However, before I got very far I turned
    around to give them one last look and noticed a different spanish goat
    that wasn’t there earlier. I stopped in the middle of the trail and
    spotted again to see who else showed up. Sure enough, the Ibex suddenly
    appeared. I started scrambling for my rifle and range finder , however
    the place I was at didn’t have a clear shot once I placed my rifle on
    the ground. I grabbed my rifle and scrambled to some higher ground
    that gave me a shot. I had to hurry because they were traveling over
    the top of the mountain out of sight. Controlling my breathing was
    hard after climbing, etc. I placed the shot on his shoulder and fired,
    hitting a rock beside him. Astonished that it missed by that much, I
    waited for him to stop and fired again. Nothing. He just froze for a
    minute and then ran off..By this point they were gone. I hiked up
    there afterwards to look for blood, but didn’t see a trace of anything
    at all. I realized afterwards that I had forgotten to foul my barrel
    after cleaning the rifle. Without fouling the barrel, the first shot
    after a good cleaning will always be off by several inches at 100
    yards. At 450 yards, it would be a complete miss. I didn't know how I
    missed my second shot at the time.

    The next attempt was almost the exact same situation. After spotting
    for several hours, I found them again in the same area.. However, this
    time I drove in the mule to other side of the mountain behind them and
    hiked up the mountain next to them. I planned to shoot from one
    mountain to the other with the wind in my face, this way my shot would
    be more horizontal and not shooting up from below. However, the brush
    on top of the mountain concealed them and didn’t give me a shot
    either. So I hiked down the front of my mountain and wound up at the
    same exact place I was before where I missed. However, this time they
    made it over the top of the mountain before I could get a shot at
    them. I was determined to get him that day. I dropped my entire pack there,
    picked up my rifle and started stalking up the front of the
    mountain they were on. I was expecting a “close encounter” with him at
    this point. The wind was from my right to left, so I mainly had to
    worry about my sound. You can stalk up a mountain, but it’s a very
    slow process that requires a lot of balance so you don’t step on the
    wrong rocks that shift or make noise. I placed the rifle over my
    shoulders for balance and began the hike. Once on top, I listened for
    them running, but didn’t hear anything. I kept moving forward
    following the trail and keeping my ears open for any sign of them
    running down the right side of the side of the hill into the wind.
    That would be perfect in my case. After hiking on top for a quarter
    mile, it began to grow dark and I began thinking I missed them
    somewhere on the left side of the mountain. Mountain goats and sheep
    can move fast, but even they make noise on the rocks when they do. I
    never heard them run off the side, but there weren’t anywhere on top
    its seemed. I finally decided to start heading back and stalk the
    left side. I didn’t go 50 yards when I saw them on the side of the
    mountain on my way back. Luckily, they were 200 yards away and never
    knew I was there. My scent from on top must have blown over them since
    they were halfway down the mountain side.

    I quickly looked for a place to set my rifle up for a shot. I ended up
    raising my bipod all the way up and lying on a downhill slope in the
    middle of a sticker bush with my neck in an awkward angle, but I had a
    clear shot. As soon as I got the Ibex in my scope, I noticed a bullet
    wound in his left shoulder and I just smiled and pulled the trigger.
    He dropped where he stood and rolled down the mountain about ten feet.
    Once I was on him, I could see two bullet entry holes 3 inches apart
    on his left shoulder. I did not see any exit wounds. After
    caping him, I honestly don’t know how he survived the first shot. His
    insides were torn apart from my previous shot. He didn’t have many
    more days before he had died.
    I usually shoot a DPMS 308-LR. Hope this helps somehow.
  2. Capt Academy

    Capt Academy Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2006
    Very nice goat! What did you shoot him with, bullet and caliber, etc?
  3. Texas Republic

    Texas Republic Well-Known Member

    Aug 27, 2009
    DPMS LR308
    Federal 168 gr Match BTHP
  4. Capt Academy

    Capt Academy Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2006
    That's a great rifle, I have one.

    On another note, I shot an Aoudad using a 300 Win shooting 190 SMK and the same thing happened to me. I put 3 rounds perfect behind his left leg at 315 yards and I could not even tell he had been hit! I was lucky enough to have some 180 Nosler BT on my belt which I quickly put in my rifle and fired. When this bullet hit, it dumped him on the spot! When I skinned the goat I saw all 3 hits from the SMK's in a 3"circle right behind his leg, they looked like pencil holes in and out. The BT was another story, lots of damage. Needless to say I will never use SMK's in the 300.

    I have had great success using them in the big 338's though, but that's a 250-300 grn SMK!
  5. Texas Republic

    Texas Republic Well-Known Member

    Aug 27, 2009
    Just thought I would follow up with what the mount ended up looking like. The horns are a tiny bit larger than what the pic looks like, but a great hunt regardles..

  6. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

    May 2, 2001
    Please reduce size of signature image by one half. And align it to the left.

    Pretty cool though!
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2013
  7. BriggsRi

    BriggsRi Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Awesome Ibex, the mount turned out great!

    Did you ever measure out the horns?
  8. Capt Academy

    Capt Academy Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2006
    Very nice mount!