|JJR Aoudad Hunters||Aoudad on the JJR||Nature|
in the scenic, steep and rocky “Juno Hills”
Aoudad hunting is a thrilling & rewarding big game hunting experience. The Jarrett Juno Ranch offers a limited number of quality guided hunts 12 months out of the year that provide the rewarding trophy and the geographical location certain to rejuvenate your soul.
Indigenous to the Atlas Mountains and Barbary Coast of Northern Africa, aoudad sheep, commonly referred to as Barbary sheep (Ammotragus lervia), were introduced into the Northern Panhandle and Trans-Pecos mountain regions of Texas in the late 1950's (as well New Mexico during this same time). Mature rams can weigh up to 350 lbs. with horns exceeding 30” inches in length. The more common male horn length is between 26" to 32" (range of 14" to 36"). Female horns can sometimes be larger than the males! the female size range is 12" to 27" . Males can measure in height from 36" to 39" . Aoudad have exceptional eyesight and a heightened sense of smell that makes them one of the most challenging big game animals in North America. The aoudad evenly bridge the biological distance between sheep (50% of their blood) and goat (%50 of their blood) and have traits of both sheep & goat but are not a hybrid.
The Jarrett Juno Ranch offers the ultimate Aoudad hunting experience through a limited number of hunts throughout the year and at a great value! You will be hunting and staying on private low fence ranch land with over 9000 acres of the perfect Aoudad habitat. Our hunting combines safari style (from a vehicle) with spot and stalk hunting techniques. Expect to hunt the seemingly limitless canyons that span the property, glassing for groups of aoudad from ridge tops or from the road system, which can be accessed by your guide and his vehicle. Once a good ram is spotted, hunters should expect to approach by foot, with typical shot distances of 200–300 yards. Rifles in the .30 caliber range are recommended plus good optics. Visiting hunters will experience a tenured working family ranch that is located in some of the most scenic land Texas has to offer and has been under the same family ownership for almost 100 years. Our ' Juno Hills' with changes in elevation of over 650' make these hunts a true sheep hunters delight and possibly one of the best sheep hunting values found on the hunting market today. With other aoudad hunts charging for trophy fees plus base packages starting at over $5,000 dollars we welcome you to a value hunt with us.
The Jarrett Juno Ranch generally offers up to 8 or 10 trophy Aoudad rams each year. The Jarrett Juno Ranch / JJR is not a high fenced large scale hunting game ranch. The JJR is a low fence diversified working family ranch. We seek to host quality out-door men & women in the pursuit of a successful big game hunting experience on a family owned Texas ranch. Your hunting guide has been associated with this specific ranch for many years. We perform an aerial survey of our aoudad herd numbers (in addition to other surveys of other animals) in order to set our maximum number of harvested trophy rams. Aoudad are on the ranch because they love our country (the “Juno Hills”) and our herd is large throughout the ranch. JJR hosts all 3 of the distinctive sub species; Moroccan (90% of the ones hunted), Algerian and the darker Egyptian (which until recently was thought to be extinct). Aoudad have 2 sets of horn styles and we host animals carrying both; the long sweeping "turning back horn" and the most common big "curvey" / 'half moon' with end point of horn going down (which can rub calluses on their shoulder blade). It takes the ram 10 years to reach 30” and they continously grow both their horn and ''chaps''. Whether you are looking for the characteristic high measuring horns, the huge horn bases or the impressive neck mane and chaps you have found the right ranch to book your aoudad hunt.
A Man may not care for golf and still be human, but the man who does not like to see or hunt or photograph or otherwise outwit birds or animals is hardly normal. He is super civilized, and I for one do not know how to deal with him (Aldo Leopold, 1922)
Although aoudad may be hunted year round in Texas (no set open season, you will need a hunting state hunting license), the primary season will range from the late September rut through April of each year. Fall hunts in Texas can be hot and humid, with temperatures in the mid 80s. Winter hunts have cooler the weather and more wind which are more ideal conditions to hunt Aoudad. Hunters of all physical abilities can hunt effectively here. However, it is advisable to be in relatively good shape, as it may be necessary to do some hiking in rough terrain to pursue the best opportunities. With over 50 miles of interior private ranch roads you can be assured 'hiking' is not the only option. If you are taking medications and or under the care of doctor(s) please provide your doctor with all the details of your hunt and alert us of your conditions including allergies of any kind.
Your lodging will be at our ranching headquarters which include bench mark water quality for the state of Texas off of water wells, full plumbing, satellite televisions, A/C, heat, full baths with hot showers, bedrooms & towels/linens with either bunk or single beds, and full kitchens plus wifi. We will work to set up a meal plan so your travels can be as simple as possible. If you are interested in other Texas Destinations before or after your visit to the ranch we can help with that too.
We do not do trophy fees nor surprise you with up charges after you have harvested your trophy. We want you to get the biggest ram and have the best hunt!
Give us a call or email! Reserve one of the best sheep hunting trips available. Contact us for a current reference list or to consult with us about physical preparation and limitations for this trip. Experience the free-range hunting difference - 100% fair chase aoudad sheep hunting on the Jarrett Juno Ranch.
2 to 4 days hunting
1 to 5 nights lodging
3 meals daily *see meal plan for choices
2x1 guide or 1x1 guide depending on numbers
Field care of trophies
All guiding services
Accommodations during the hunt
No "up charges" / surprise fees for high scoring or high measuring trophy rams
Texas Hunting License, Personal "gear", snacks & drinks, your adult beverage of choice
Gratuities, tip for your guide
Expediting of trophies to taxidermists
Driving directions will be provided after booking. Vehicles with 4WD are not necessary
Non Hunting Activities offered on the ranch
Flying, Air Travel
Hunting clients that arrive by private aircraft might be able to land on the ranch or chose either Sonora,Tx. (1 hour) or Del Rio, Tx. (1 hour) or Junction,Tx.(2 hours).
Hunting clients that arrive by commercial airline could fly into either San Antonio,Tx (2.5 hours), Del Rio, Tx (1 hour)., Midland,Tx. (3 hours) or even Austin,Tx (4 hours) depending on the interests and other goals of the hunter who could be visiting Texas.
Hours posted after city represents drive time from airport to ranch.
A hunting license is required of any person, regardless of age, who hunts any animal, bird, frog or turtle in this state (except furbearers, if the hunter possesses a trapper's license). Confirm with current, updated research that No license is required for nuisance fur-bearing animals, depredating hogs or coyotes (see below). Non-residents under 17 years of age may purchase and hunt with the Youth Hunting License (Type 169).
Gun, Pistol, Muzzleloader, Bow
The Jarrett Juno Ranch requires minimum 'fire power' of .270. If you are interesting in hunting with us and using your pistol, muzzleloader or bow contact us for more information and details!
Texas Gun Stores and Gun Stores "on line"
1. McBrides in Austin,Tx.
2. Harold Skaggs in Central Texas
3. Hill Country Rifles in New Braunfels, Tx.
Link for Other Hunting Possibilities when visiting the Jarrett Juno Ranch
Link for Fishing Options when visiting the Jarrett Juno Ranch
Link for Non Hunting Guests accompanying a Hunter
Link for Food & Meal Plan Options
Link for Frequently Asked Questions of State Game Warden
Texas Big Game Award Regions
winners announced at State Wide Convention every July
1 – Trans Pecos
2 – Panhandle
3 – Cross Timbers
4 – Edwards Plateau
5 – Post Oak Savannah
6 – Pineywoods
7 – Coastal Prairies
8 – South Texas