Aoudad can be hunted year round. Aoudad are are one of several animals that are elusive and challenging to hunt. They have a keen sense of smell, incredible hearing, and a sandy-brown coat and a slightly lighter under belly that doubles as camouflage in the south Texas brush. Their coat is brown and darkens as they age. As you can see in the picture, they have nice shaggy hair that starts as a beard and extends through their chest to their legs. Their horns grow wide out and curve down. They can get up to 300 pounds.
Aoudad can be hunted with a spot and stalk, blind or safari style.
Santa Cruz Ranch has a good population of axis deer. They can be hunted year round. They have a pretty reddish coat with white spots, a black line on their back and white underbelly and neck. Axis bucks shed their antlers on their own time, yearly. We have summer and winter bucks available in hard horn. They typically have 3 points on each side. However, growing more than just a 3x3 (six points) isn't uncommon. Axis males can weigh up to 250 pounds. Axis venison is known to be one of the best tasting. It has a very low percentage of fat almost making it fat free.
The blackbuck is one of the smaller antelopes. They have spiral V shaped horns. The dominate males will have a two-tone coat being a black upper body coat and a white under belly. They typically travel in herds which can make them challenging to hunt due to the wondering eyes of the herd and their speed when spooked.
Eland is an antelope from Africa. It is the second largest antelope in the world. Their horns grow in a spiral shape and they can weigh up to 2200 pounds.
Trophy Fee: $7,500
Like the buffalo, elk is also an old American traditional hunt. They are part of the deer family. They roam the thick brush and open spaces of the ranch feeding on native protein, deer pellets and our food plots. Their large antlers and pretty coat will make a nice trophy mount. However, don't forget about their dark red, low in fat, flavorful meat.
Fallow deer vary in color. From a light white colored spotted coat to a dark non spotted chocolate color. The common fallow deer has a spotted brownish colored coat that varies depending the season. Although they can be hunted year round, they do shed their antlers. Typically they start shedding late March to early April. Just like other types of exotic animals, the meat is absolutely delicious.
Trophy Fee: $3500 +
Gemsbok have a beautiful tan grayish coat with white and black on their face and lower body. Both males and females have horns. The bull will have thicker horns while the cow will have skinny but longer horns.
Trophy Fee: $8,500
Mouflon hunting at Santa Cruz Ranch can be challenging and exciting all at once. These animals travel in herds and most of the time don't really give you a clear shot. Luck and patience are definitely important when trying to harvest your trophy. Although you can hunt from a blind, they are typically hunted from a safari type hunt. They make for a pretty full mount with heart shaped horns, reddish coat and a white patch on their torso sides.
Trophy Fee: $2500 +
Nilgai, also known as blue bull origins from Asia. They were introduced to Texas in the 1920's. Nilgai can be very challenging to hunt. Bring your "A" game for this exciting trophy hunt.
Trophy Fee: $3,000
Scimitar Horned Oryx has a white face with a rusty brown color that leads to its neck and chest. Their horns curve back. Both males and females have horns. When hunting, it's important to be able to tell the difference between the two. At Santa Cruz Ranch, you will see multiple herds from calves to cows, young and trophy bulls. On occasion, we do offer meat from this antelope. Like other exotic animals, they can be hunted year round.
Trophy Fee: $3,800