Hunting for Aoudad is similar, if not harder than hunting for a needle in a haystack – just ask Steven Rinella, host of MeatEater on Sportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor TV for the American Sportsman. This episode features some of the toughest hunting in America as MeatEater travels to the inhospitable terrain of Southwest Texas in search of Texas Aoudad Sheep. Don’t miss the ups and downs as Rinella maneuvers extreme rim rock cliffs to locate a large pack of Aoudad. Tune in for this memorable journey on March 11 at 9:00 p.m. EST.
Aoudad sheep seek out the steepest and most unruly terrain for browsing and rarely need to drink water. Traversing the redrock canyons and searching out one of the most elusive animals in North America has Rinella’s blood pumping. After a full morning of glassing, the hunt yielded nothing – not even a visual of a sheep. The exhausting hunt took a minor lunch break as Rinella takes advantage of the quail in the area. After a few minutes of successful hunting, a tasty quail was cooked over the camp fire. The late afternoon offers an opportunity to spot a pack of Aoudad’s, however, darkness eventually spoils any chance for a harvest.
“In my opinion, The Big Bend region of Texas is some of the most rugged and remote terrain anywhere in the country,” said Steven Rinella, Host of MeatEater. “The Aoudad makes you feel lucky to just catch a fleeting glimpse of them against the rim rocks as they bolt out of range.”
After more rigorous hunting through the treacherous habitat, Rinella locates a loner Aoudad on day two. Fighting his way through the strong winds and ridged canyons, the cagey Aoudad joins a pack and eventually runs out of range – thus ending an exhaustive hunt.
“I always say that hunting isn’t only about success or failure – it’s also about the journey”, added Rinella.