The Aoudad Sheep (Ammotragus lervia) is a bovine animal of the Caprid family, native to the rocky areas of the Sahara and Western North Africa. The names arruí and aoudad, as it is known in many European languages, come from the Berber language.
In our country, the Aoudad Sheep can be found in the Southeast mountains, from the Región de Murcia to the eastern side of Andalucía and the mountains of Sierra de María – Los Vélez (Almería) and Orce (Granada).
The Arrui (Ammotragus lervia) has very short hair, except for its tail and the shaggy “beard” which covers its throat and front legs. It has a reddish or sandy brown colour, slightly lighter on the underbelly. Both males and females have horns. Those of the females are much smaller and slimmer. The horns of the males grow out in a triangular cross section, are very wide at the base, and grow backwards in a circular shape; the horn is perennial and continues growing throughout the entire life.
A mountain species, it manages perfectly on crags and cliffs located in a dry, semi-desert climate. They live in more or less numerous groups made up of mixed herds, consisting of males of all ages, females and their young. The females are in charge of guiding the group. These are animals which adapt perfectly to any type of terrain.
The hunting area is situated in the Región of Murcia, on the southeast of Spain. The closest airports are Murcia – San Javier (45 minutes) and Alicante airport (1h15 minutes).
During your trip you can stay in the city of Lorca in the Parador de Lorca www.parador.es/es/paradores/parador-de-lorca Built on the site of Lorca Castle, this Parador de Turismo offers visitors the chance to embark on the journey through time, from the archaeological site locate under the hotel and completly integrated into the building, to the magnificient designer facilities, indoor swimming pool and modern spa. Remnants of the past include a 15th century synagogue, Muslim cistern, Almohads walls and castle citadel known as the Fortaleza del Sol (Fortress of the Sun), which has been converted into a themed cultural and entertainment space with exhibitions, living history reenactments, works hops, and more.
Lorca is a beautiful city, declared a historic and artistic site in 1964. Lorca is known as the ‘Baroque city’ thanks to the important Baroque monuments in its historic centre. This is a great destination if you like to travel with your family and to share your hunt with the family holidays.
The sun shines for more than 3,000 hours per year and the shores are bathed by the warm waters of two seas. In fact, on these shores known as the Costa Calida or Warm Coast you can find long beaches and tiny coves with many health, sport and leisure options. One of the more attractive areas is La Manga del Mar Menor, a place where you can relax while enjoying the sea and the activities at the Nautical Resort. Furthermore, you will come across extensive white beaches such as those of San Pedro del Pinatar; half wild beaches like those of Cartagena, curious landscapes like those of Mazarron or fishing towns such as Aguilas.
As a result of its intense historical tradition, with the superposition of cultures, as a frontier land, as a passage between the Plateau and the Andalusian lands, and its nature as a strategic Mediterranean enclave, the heritage of the Region of Murcia holds a multitude of testimonies of the past making it a meeting point between tradition and the concern for bringing it ever more into the viewpoint of the visitor. The numerous vestiges and archaeological sites tell us of paintings under the cover of caves, from the Iberian period, of the splendour of the Roman Empire and its town planning and its preference for theatrical events, of Visigoth cities, Arab medinas, castles, watch towers, temples and Christian churches, civil and military buildings… All of this cultural, historic, artistic and archaeological heritage is demonstrated in the diversity of opportunities to be seen and admired, through the thematic centres of the ample network of museums in the region, located in those places where these monuments were erected for use. The Region of Murcia has become a tightly woven fabric where the past is reflected, to be observed, in the form of palpable vestiges of this past made present.
The hunt will start early in the morning (7.00h). After a breakfast, we will drive to the hunting area, about 35 minutes from the hotel.
It is a mountain hunt in which the hunter and guides search, with the aid of binoculars and monocular for a suitable trophy according to the clients demands. The stalking should then be carried out in complete silence, with attention to the recommendations of the guide, who will demonstrate his knowledge and know-how in the terrain.
Shooting distances may be in the range of 150 – 250 meters. Recommended calibres for this hunt are 300 WM, 338 WM and 270 Watherby. In most cases you will have time to get a confortable rest for shooting, but sometimes you must be able to manage quicker shots.
In normal weather conditions we score a 100% of success in our hunts.