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Since exotic animals are not native to the U.S., we can hunt these animals year-round at a very reasonable price. Most of the African “big game” do not lose their horns, so the spring or summer are a great time to keep your hunting skills at their peak level. Additionally, exotic hoofstock do not require a hunting license and may be hunted anytime of the year. Exotic trophy hunting on Vaquero Ranch includes three (3) basic styles of hunting:  blind hunting in a 9’x 5’ Atascosa Wildlife Supply corporate-size blind; stalking; or safari style in a customized “high rack” 4-wheel drive vehicle.

Upon your arrival to ranch headquarters, and before any hunting activities occur, you will be required to sign a general release and indemnity agreement.

PLEASE CHECK OUT THE PHOTO GALLERY FOR RESENT HARVEST.

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Prices For

TROPHY  EXOTIC  PACKAGES

(Rifle Only)

DEER

Axis Deer

$2,000

Elk

$5,000 and up

Fallow Deer

$2,250

Pere David

$3,000

Sika Deer

$1,600

Red Stag

$2,000 and up

 

 

ANTELOPE/SHEEP

Black Buck Antelope

$1,750

Aoudad

$2,900

Mouflon Sheep

$2,500

Gemsbok

$5,000

 

 

SPECIALTY HOOFSTOCK

Priced by Animal

 

Other species on request. Available animals represent “gold medal” levels.

    • Includes all meals and lodging.
    • Hunter is asked to bring a rifle chambered in no less than .243 caliber.
    • Guides will cape, skin and quarter animal for return home.
    • Guide gratuity is not included and would be appreciated.






aoudad AOUDAD (Barbary Sheep)

Habitat: Rocky arid mountains in isolated pockets throughout northern Africa

Food: Grasses, herbaceous plants and stunted bushes

Life Cycle: Weaning: At 3-4 months
Sexual Maturity: After 18 months
Life span: 20 years

Fun Facts: The Barbary sheep is the only wild sheep indigenous to Africa. It inhabits rough, rocky, barren and waterless tracts where it grazes on grasses, herbaceous plants and stunted bushes.

Distinct from all other wild sheep, the unique feature is the mane of long, soft hairs on the throat, chest and upper parts of the forelegs of the male. Both males and females have horns that sweep upward, backward and then inward. The horns are rather heavy, wrinkled and measure up to three feet in length.

Barbary sheep are tawny in color with white on the inside of their ears, chin and legs. Their shoulder height is about 36 - 40 inches and they can weigh between 110 - 250 pounds. Since they are too large to take cover behind most desert plants, the sheep freeze when threatened.

The breeding season always occurs in October and November and after a gestation period of 154 - 161 days one or two young are born.

Aoudad (pronounced "aOO-dad" or "OW-dad") is the name for this sheep used by the Berbers, a North African tribe.



axis Axis

Habitat: Secondary forest-lands; glades.

Food: Grasses, sedges in Spring. Browse species include live oak, Hackberry, and sumac.

Weight & Height: External measurements average: (males) total length, 5 1/2 ft.; tail, 8 in.; height at shoulder, 3 ft. Females are smaller and usually without antlers.

Weight: 70-170 lbs. in males; 55-100 lbs. in females.

Fun Facts: These animals are gregarious and usually are found in herds ranging from a few animals to 100 or more. In each herd the leader is usually an old, experienced doe. Unlike our native deer, adult male axis deer normally are found living with herds of young and old animals of both sexes. Anatomically, axis deer are more closely allied to the North American elk than to our native deer. Like our elk, rutting male axis deer emit bugle-like bellows, and both sexes have alarm calls or barks.

The reproductive pattern in axis deer is similar to that in domestic cattle. In the wild, bucks with hardened antlers and in rutting condition may be found throughout the year. Gravid females may be found throughout the year, but the major breeding season lasts from mid-May through August with a June-July peak in activity.

Normally, only one fawn is produced per pregnancy after a 210-238 day gestation period. Reflecting the summer peak in rutting activity, nearly 80% of Texas fawns are born in early January to mid-April, although fawns may arrive in all seasons.

Distribution In Texas: Native to India, where it is known as the "chital," the axis deer was introduced into Texas about 1932. In 1988, free-ranging herds were established in 27 counties of central and southern Texas. At this time, it also occurs as a confined animal on ranches in 67 other counties.

(Axis deer are the most abundant exotic ungulate in Texas.)

Description: A moderately large, spotted deer with three tines on each antler; the brow tine forms nearly a right angle with the beam and the front (or outer) tine of the terminal fork is much longer than the hind (or inner) tine; a gland-bearing cleft is present on the front of the pastern of the hind foot; upper parts yellowish brown to rufous brown, profusely dappled with white spots; abdomen, rump, throat, insides of legs and ears, and underside of tail white; dark stripe from nape to near tip of tail.

Fawns begin eating green forage by 5 weeks of age, but weaning is delayed until 4-6 months. Permanent dentition is acquired when 2-3 years of age and adult size is reached at 6 years for females and 4-5 years for males. Possibly, does may breed in the breeding season following birth, but most do not breed until the following season, when 14-17 months of age. Lifespan is 9-13 years, although zoo animals may reach 18-22 years of age.



black buck Black Buck

Habitat: Plains and grasslands

Food: Grass and shrubs

Range: Black Bucks are truly representative of Nepal and India. They evolved here and are extinct in the wild except for in limited areas of India and Nepal.

Fun Facts: Black Buck (The Indian Antelope), the sole species of its genus. This antelope, widely distributed in India, with the exception of Ceylon and the region east of the Bay of Bengal, stands about 32 in. high at the shoulder; the general hue is brown deepening with age to black; chest, belly and inner sides of limbs pure white, as are the muzzle and chin, and an area round the eyes. The horns are long, ringed, and form spirals with from three to five turns.

The keen eye-sight and fast speed of Black Buck are its main protection against predators. When alarmed, the herd moves off in a series of high leaps and bounds, then breaks off into a quick gallop. It is one of the fastest animals in the world. The record shows that they can run 50 miles per hour if necessary.

Reproduction: Mating season is August to October and March to April. Male buck performs proud heads-up displays (nose up and horns parallel to the back) to attract the attention of female does. The spiral shape of horns automatically locks the horns together so rarely do the animals get hurt.



gemsbok Gemsbok

Habitat: Dry Savannah woodland

Food: Herbivore

Reproduction: Single young born any time of the year. Gestation 15 months. Life expectancy 28 years.

Family: Antelope

Fun Facts: The Gemsbok is one of the most handsome antelope in Africa, with its long, rapier-like horns and striking markings. They can form herds of up to 20 - 30 animals. Gemsbok are grazers but will survive on browse in times of drought. With its long razor sharp horns it is a formidable adversary and has been known to back into a thorny bush to protect its rear when attacked by Lions and other predators, which it fights with its horns. When wounded they can be very dangerous animals to approach on foot.

Description: Gemsbok is the antelope of the Kalahari. Most recognizable by its long sharp tipped horns. Other features are a grayish brown coat, dark shaded markings on the legs and parts of the body.

Details:
  • Shoulder Height: Male 4 feet
  • Average Weight: Male 460 lbs.
  • S.C.I. Minimum Score: 88
  • S.C.I. Record Score: 111 5/8
  • Rowland Ward Minimum Length: 40"
  • Rowland Ward Record Length: 49 1/4"


ibex Ibex

Habitat: Alpine regions in the desert and elevations to 22,000 feet.

Food: Grasses, herbaceous plants and stunted bushes.

Range: Northern Africa

Status: Limited and endangered in Israel

Life Cycle: Gestation period is 5 months. Life span is 20 years.

Fun Facts: In the wild the Nubian Ibex has special grooming habits that include grackles. Flocks of grackles peck at the hides of the ibex. They peck for parasites and any other critters that may be harmful to the ibex. There is only one grackle per Ibex and the grackles often compete for each ibex.

There are two main predators of the Nubian Ibex, leopards and Arabian hunters.

Females and young live in herds of up to 20 individuals, while males spend much of the year in bachelor groups. Males frequently fight amongst themselves for hierarchy.

Both the male and female have very strong hind legs often used for defense. If they feel as if they are in danger, then they will rise up on their hind legs and point their horns towards their predator.

Description: Adults average 27 to 43 inches high at the shoulder and weigh approximately 200 pounds. The male's horns can grow up to 56 inches in length forming a semicircle over its back, whereas the female of this species has shorter horns that only grow up to 15 inches in length. They have very large ears, and older males have a long beard.



moflon Mouflon

Habitat: Mountains or grassy plains.

Food: Herbivore

Weight: Average 125lbs

Fun Facts: The Mouflon sheep lives on the islands of Sardinia, Corsica and Cyprus. On its native islands it is considered to be endangered. It is a mountain sheep and a grazer. The animal does have a voice and warns other sheep by "baaing" in different tones. It usually lives in groups of 20-30.

In the summer months, males live away from the females and the young. In late fall and early winter the males battle for possession of the females. The dominant males treat the defeated and lower ranking males as females. The gestation is 5-6 months and from 1-3 lambs are produced in the spring. The Mouflon stands about 27 in. tall at the shoulders. It is a reddish brown color, marked with a dark stripe down its neck and shoulders.

The Mouflon sheep uses its horns to protect itself from mountain lions and any other predators that might endanger it.



oryx Fringed Eared Oryx

Habitat: Semi-arid and arid bushland and Grasslands of Northeast and Southeast Africa.

Food: Oryx feed on grasses and shrubs, and go to streams and waterholes to drink. When free water is not available, they can obtain sufficient moister for lengthy periods from such sources as melons and succulent bulbs.

Range: Numbers have recently declined. They still flourish in areas of Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania where human populations are low.

Fun Facts: The Fringe Eared Oryx's are four feet in height and have long upright pointed horns (a little smaller than Beisa Oryx, though). A gray fur, black ear tufts, a white belly with a black stripe, a black stripe along its back and a white head with black markings distinguishes the fringe eared Oryx. They are mostly found in open plains, and are seen in small herds.

The Fringed-eared oryx (Oryx gazella cullotis) have horns in both sexes. The males are a little heavier with thicker necks and horns. They inhabit scrub country, but are most at home on level plains. They are mainly grazers, but will browse a little. Like the camel, they can allow body temperature to rise 9 degrees higher during the day before having to use nasal panting and sweating to cool themselves. At night their temperatures return to normal. They are nomadic and gregarious in mixed herds, which is unusual in antelopes. Also unusual is the lack of serious injury from those dangerous looking horns during ritual infighting.



pere david deer Pére David Deer

Habitat: Swampy, reed-covered marshlands (Critically Endangered); Origin is China

Food: Grasses and water plants

Weight: 350-600 pounds

Fun Facts: The Chinese called this deer "sze pu shiang" which means "none of the four" referring to this deer's supposed ownership of the neck of a camel, the hoofs of a cow, the tail of a donkey, and the antlers of a deer, though it is not like any one of these animals. Unlike most deer, the Pere David Deer swim well and will spend hours wading up to their shoulders.

Their life expectancy is about 20 years. Mating (rutting) takes place June through August, and after about a 250-day gestation one or two young are born.

Pére David's deer is a species that is specially adapted for life in marshy habitats, since its long, widely cloven hooves enable it to move about in muddy areas without sinking. It is also a good swimmer, and spends much of its time in the water. Its main food is grass, although if this becomes scarce it complements its diet with water plants.

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