Customer satisfaction is our top priority at Desert Safaris. Please read some recent feedback on our operation or contact us for current references and an unbiased opinion on our services from past clientele.
I just finished the best aoudad sheep hunt I've ever been on - Hunter Ross showed me more sheep than I've ever seen and we took the best ram I have ever harvested. This is saying a lot- I've got a thing for aoudad hunting! Having hunted them free range in Spain, South Africa, several ranges in West Texas and native range in Chad. I personally saw over 300 sheep during our short hunt with Desert Safaris with ten rams in 30” class or better. Until now my best ram was with Hunter several years ago, but this grand old warrior will be hard to beat. Of course, we'll have to try! Great hunt, great country, great camp and super outfitter. Well done Desert Safaris...you have outdone yourselves again.
— Craig Boddington (World Renowned Outdoor Personality and Author)
I've hunted with many outfitters , in many parts of the world, for many species of animals and there are very few times when the outfitter is capable and organized as Hunter Ross and Desert Safaris. The scenery was breathtaking and almost never have I seen as many trophy class animals as I saw hunting with Hunter and his crew. In two words, Hunter Ross and his outfitting areas are first class! I'll be back!
— Jim Shockey (Professional Hunter and Big Game Outfitter)
My dream of hunting in Old Mexico became a reality after booking with Desert Safaris and taking this great 180” class desert buck. The hunting was amazing and correlated with great people and first class accommodations made this a trip of a lifetime South of the border. No doubt I’ll be back and thanks again to Hunter Ross and his staff.
— Brad Miller (Retired NBA superstar for the Chicago Bulls)
If your looking for the best free range aoudad hunting in North America then look no farther. Hunter and his guys have this game figured out with some of the best sheep hunting to be found anywhere with giant rams on their properties. The scenery, game and camaraderie was second to none and exceeded my expectations. I can’t say enough about Desert Safaris and his crew.
— Stephen West (Sportsman Channel Host “West of Texas” TV & International Hunter)
Good outfitters are tough to find, yet Hunter Ross is one of the best guides I have hunted with and has some of the best areas to be found anywhere. Thanks again and I look forward to the next one with Desert Safaris.
— Greg Ritz (Outdoor TV Personality and Professional Hunter)
Aoudad. Spelling it is easy enough; the rugged reaches of Texas where these sheep live demand more effort! But Desert Safaris makes a free-range aoudad hunt as exciting as an expedition for desert bighorns -- at far less cost. The spectacular terrain holds plenty of sharp-eyed rams. My shot came late in the hunt, tumbling a beautiful aoudad. But we saw many every day. We relaxed with comfortable bunks and hot showers. This is one of the most overlooked hunts in the U.S., true field sport. Even if you can afford hunts in Alaska and the Cassiars, you'll want to add a trip for heavy-horned aoudad with Desert Safaris to your bucket list!
— Wayne van Zwoll (world recognized outdoor author/ hunter)
Thanks to you and your staff we had a great time in west Tx! It amazed me at how organized your operation was and the top notch caliber of people you have working for you, now I know why Jenny had such a good time last year. Jenny and I both understand how hard it is to make things all work together during hunting season. You and everyone that works for you obviously have the outfitting business figured out.
— Robert & Jenny Sanders (Temple Ranch Managers & Texas Lone Star Land Steward Recipients 2010)
After 15 years of hunting aoudad sheep, I shot my best-ever ram with Hunter Ross in October 2010.
The ram was a monster with 35-inch horns. I'll never kill one bigger. My hunt lasted one day, but it was far from easy. Hunter and I hiked through scenic, treacherous cliffs to find a huge herd of sheep. From there, we set-up a 285 yard shot from the lip of a broad canyon at the herd master on the ridge below us. What a memorable day. I'll never kill a bigger ram, but I look forward to hunting with Hunter again any time he'll have me back. Not only is the hunting top-notch, but Hunter is just plain fun to spend time with. The older I get, the more I appreciate good company as much as good hunting. I'll be back!
— Brandon Ray (Texas outdoor writer/photographer)
I have hunted with Desert Safaris in both the US and Mexico, and Hunter and his crew always sent me home with great trophies. Hunter is a detail oriented outfitter that has "been there and done that", and he knows how a hunting operation should be run. From quality properties and animals, to equipment and staff, Desert Safaris is absolutely one of the best outfits I have ever hunted with.
— Tim Herald, Host (Nosler's Magnum TV~Outdoor Channel & The Zone~Sportsman Channel)
Abundant game correlated with spectacular scenery and great camaraderie made my aoudad sheep hunt more than memorable with Desert Safaris. Thanks again.
— Guy Eastman (Editor, Eastman's Hunting Journal)
Just a note of thanks for my desert bighorn hunt in Sonora. I had a blast with Doyle and staff with first rate accommodations, meals and game quality. My taking of a 168 BC sheep along with a 180 class mule deer made this the hunt of a lifetime. Looking forward to hunting aoudad with you soon and I appreciate all the effort.
— John Teeter (Vice President, Pepsi-Cola Corporation)
Thanks again to Desert Safaris for another hunt that was over the top with excellent hunting, first class food and great camaraderie. My dream is now a reality of taking another unreal 200"+ BC class Texas Mule Deer. See you next season for another "monster muley".
— Rick Merritt (CEO Outback Wildlife Feeders)
Just a note to say "Thank You" for an outstanding hunt as both my Aoudad Sheep and Javelina were incredible! I am amazed at the size of the Aoudad, as he is just a monster and a top hunt for me. Keep up the good work and I look forward to hunting with you in the near future!
— Bill Gorman (Product and Media Advisor / LL Bean Inc.)
Hunter Ross and his staff at Desert Safaris run a top-notch operation and the hunting is unbelievable in the high desert of West Texas. These ranches are full of Aoudad Sheep, Mule Deer, Javelina and other species as well. If you want a great hunt with impeccable service you have to come here to experience a hunt with Hunter and his crew....you won't regret it!
— Mike Powell (VP Marketing / Primos Hunting Calls)
Thanks again for one of the best hunting trips I have ever been on in Texas. Your guides and game quality is unsurpassed and exceeded my expectations. The most unbelievable property for trophy Mule deer I have even seen or experienced in my hunting career. Looking forward to doing it again next season and I appreciate everything.
— Lonnie McCurry (CEO/ Skyjacker Suspensions)
Desert Safaris and Hunter Ross provide all of the elements for a grand adventure: 1st class Lodging and amenities and excellent guides with the knowledge and desire to put you on your trophy. The abundance and quality of Mule Deer is unbelievable. Mix in the beautiful high desert vistas and you have the experience of a lifetime.
— Gerry "Moon" Mullins (Ex Pittsburg Steeler — 4 time NFL superbowl champion)
I just wanted to let you know that the Aoudad/Pronghorn/Javelina hunt this past year was awesome. My brother and I could have not asked for a better hunt. Each year we think "it can't get any better than this" and you outdo yourself again. My family and I wanted to thank you for the many excellent hunts and were looking forward to our next adventure with you again.
— Kevin, Brian, Chris & Ryan Piltz (Geller & Co. New York)
Great ranches, accommodations and quality game has made all my trips more than memorable with Hunter Ross and Desert Safaris. The guides are knowledgeable of the areas and they go the extra mile to make sure that all aspects of the hunt is properly handled. I've returned 3 times in consecutive years and trust me it won't be my last time. Thanks again.
— Craig Boddington ( Intermedia Outdoors)
One of the best hunts I have been on, even though it was short and sweet because of a little luck and a long shot. It was the landscape, ranch, environment, and of course the trophy ram that made this the hunt of a lifetime.
— Mike Cuypers (BijouCreekGunsmithing) Colorado
Please give my best to Chef Pat, Martin and all the Desert Safaris team. It was a real pleasure sharing Pronghorn camp with you guys and I hope my article reflects my overall experience.
— Tim Martin (Buckmasters Magazine) Alabama
I wanted to thank you for your help and guiding while taping our Aoudad hunt. Your location was beautiful, the animals abundant and the food was excellent…….overall an excellent experience. We really enjoyed working with you and think your slogan “come as client, leave as a friend” is accurate.
— Conrad Evarts (Peterson's Hunting Television)
I've had great ranches, outstanding guides, and world-class hunting on all four of my successful hunts with Desert Safaris. I'll definitely be back.
— Greg Rodriquez (Contributing Editor, Intermedia Outdoors)
I have hunted with Hunter Ross and Desert Safaris on several occasions now and have to say that all aspects of the hunts have met and exceeded my expectations. The guides have been super to hunt with, know the areas we have hunted well, and are excellent judges of the game animals. The facilities and food are outstanding. The mule deer hunt is in the most spectacular high desert area one could hope to see. But don't forget the deer. I have hunted mule deer for a number of years and had expectations of seeing a few deer each day, those expectations were blown away by seeing an astonishing number of deer each trip out. I always tried to keep count but would get excited by seeing more and more deer and lose count. We saw at least 10 to 20 bucks per day and someday more. Hunter's protein feeing program is producing some outstanding animals, and it sure makes me look forward to next season. On all my hunts I have felt like a member of a hunting party hunting with a group of old friends, not a client : that makes Desert Safaris special.
— Les McLaughlin (Densimix, Houston Texas)
I was referred to Desert Safaris and Hunter Ross from a good friend of mine and had my first hunt with him in 2005. Based on this very successful hunt I have subsequently booked with Hunter for Desert Mule deer, Pronghorn Antelope, Aoudad Sheep, and Axis deer and have had 100% fill rate with better game taken each year compared with the year before. The accommodations are top notch and the guides are always hard working and willing to go the extra mile to ensure that you harvest a good trophy animal.
Desert Safaris has kept me and my family and friends coming back and my guess is that once you complete a hunt with them that it will be the first of many.
— Barry Pullin (Sunscource-Houston, Texas)
My son Wade and I have hunted in all six continents. In the course of making these journeys, we have taken some outstanding trophies, had some fantastic experiences, and made some wonderful friends. Among the most memorable hunts we have had are those with Desert Safaris and Hunter Ross. That's why we keep coming back year after year. Not only are the hunts successful, they produce great trophies and are just flat out fun. Hunter started out as our outfitter and quickly became our friend. I highly recommend Hunter Ross to anyone wishing to book a hunt. His hunts are outstanding and his integrity is impeccable.
— Mike Renfro & Wade Renfro (Renfros Alaskan Adventures, Bethel Alaska)
I had the pleasure of meeting Hunter Ross 2 years ago at the western hunting expo in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was a pleasure swapping hunting stories with him at the convention, and shortly after we met I was planning my trip to Texas. Hunter was easy to deal with always kept me well informed of our plans. Once I arrived in Texas all of Hunter's talk was turned into action and I had a great trip. I saw some of the neatest country and Hunter put me on trophy class animals right out of the gate. Hunter runs a quality operation and the pictures speak for themselves. This is a trip I will certainly do again and Hunter and his crew have not seen the last of me.
— Russell McClenahan (The Bluffs Resort, Colorado)
As an outfitter myself, I understand what it takes to offer quality hunts to its clients. In some of the most physically challenging country that exist, Hunter and his staff worked diligently to insure that our hunt was a success. I took a 34 inch Aoudad in West Texas and a Mountain Lion which was an unbelievable bonus to the hunt! Desert Safaris truly offers quality satisfaction to a level that far exceeded my expectations.
— Quentin Smith (QRS Outdoors & Outfitters, Colorado)
"Hunter Ross and his team combined a phenomenal Aoudad hunt with spectacular service both in the field and at the lodge. True professionals who took the time to tailor our hunt to our desires... in the end Desert Safaris surpassed all our expectations…
Hunter as his team understand how to "work hard" and take care of business! We came to the ranch as Hunter's clients... we left the ranch as good friends! See you in November for Muley's!"
— Chris Taft (CEO Preferred Mutual Insurance)
"The adventure and accommodating nature provided by Desert Safaris has exceeded expectations each time My wife and I have booked a trip. We have booked several very successful hunting trips with Hunter Ross and Desert Safaris. However, I was most impressed when Hunter Ross and Desert Safaris were able to accommodate my 12 year old daughter on a recent Mule deer hunt when my wife was unable to go at the last minute- The professional atmosphere and high moral attitude of Hunter and his staff made the trip an experience of a lifetime, and a unforgettable memory for My daughter and I."
— Christopher W. Stevens (Texas Diesel Service)
"Just wanted to drop you a note and tell you how much my son Clay and I enjoyed hunting with you again this year.It took all of 5 minutes after we got there to "drop our guard" and relax among friends, as if we've hunted together for a long time. Everyone in camp was an old friend. For us, it has to be about more than getting our deer, and again the camp, food, and scenery was beyond compare. Seeing all of those big bucks doesn't hurt either.
See you again next year, and best of luck to you and your family.
— Tom Visentine (Specialty Oilfield Services, Inc.)
"Hunter Ross runs a professional outfit in Desert Safaris that has served us well over years of hosting group hunts. Mr. Ross and his guides have always been courteous and professional, and they are knowledgeable, informative and experienced guides in the field. We have always had safe and successful hunts with Desert Safaris, but most importantly, we've had a great time packed full of good stories and memories."
— Van Holmes (Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.)
"Desert Safaris is a top-shelf hunting outfit. The facilities are over the top, the guides are excellent and the game is plentiful. Hunter Ross runs the best operations that I have experienced and he under-promises and over-delivers and goes the extra mile for his clients. I have hunted and worked with Desert Safaris for years and I know of no other operation on his level. If you are looking for the hunt of a lifetime and want to meet great people, look no further than Desert Safaris."
— Macy Ledbetter (Wildlife Biologist, Spring Creek Outdoors)
"I have known Hunter and his wife for more than 7 years. He is a man of fine character and unquestioned integrity. He is redefining mule deer hunting in the U.S. through his high protein feeding program for these deer. Soon they will rival mule deer from Sonora. It is all on a low fence 100,000 acre ranch of unbelievable beauty. I have taken a 33 inch aoudad and a 17 inch pronghorn with Hunter also. I have heard Craig Boddington recommend him on his television shows, but I know the man personally and I could not recommend any outfitter higher. "
— Terrell McCombs (Red McCombs Enterprises Texas)
"Awesome! I've been on two hunts with Hunter Ross & Desert Safaris and couldn't be more pleased...I have two more trips booked as I write. This is a top notch-world class operation in all aspects...expect to be impressed!"
— James C. "Chris" Walters (Wells Fargo Securities/First Vice-President)
"Hunter: Just wanted to reiterate my appreciation for the pleasure of hunting with your outfit. The totality of the experience, (outfitter, guides, ranch, deer, facilities, cook), is outstanding. You run an exceptional operation in an ethical manner for which you can be justly proud. I will always look forward to our next hunt together."
— Richard Brice (Retired, Nacogdoches ISD)
"When I decided on a Texas Aoudad hunt, I spent a couple months studying the web and making phone calls to outfitters and so called outfitters. But after looking at Desert Safaris web site with client testimonials from plenty of big name professionals who can afford to hunt wherever and with whomever they choose, plus plenty of photos of large Aoudad. I decided to give Hunter Ross a call. His down to earth demeanor and professionalism sold me and I booked a march Aoudad hunt. I arrived on his lease south of Marfa and was pleased to find I was the only hunter in camp, and the terrain reminded me of some of my favorite country in western Colorado. Big mesa and canyon country, with isolated mountain ranges all around. Classic rugged high desert. We went out for a few hours that evening to glass and it wasn't long before 'Mr Aoudad' spotted a smoking' ram probably 32or 33 inch with a beautiful beard and chaps about two miles away. We put him to bed and returned to the ranch with anticipation running high for the mornings hunt. We found his group in the morning on an island mesa, unapproachable from any angle and Mr big wasn't showing himself. We watched them for four hours and they made no move that helped our cause. Hunter said 'ya know he's not the only big ram out here' so with that we were off to an area called the high spot. On the drive out 'ol eagle eye Ross spotted a group probably five miles or more away about thirty seconds before they disappeared in the terrain. We were able to drive within a mile of them adding a little more "West Texas pin striping" to the side of Hunters truck. He then stalked us into a 160 yd shot. There were two good rams in the bunch, I just tried to not look at their horns, but it was tough with Hunter in my ear, 'the one on the right is a giant! shoot him! He's a monster! shoot him! Despite that and my heart pounding a hole in my rib cage I managed to do my job. Even then, with two mortal hits, he chose to run a hundred yards and bail off a 70 foot cliff to find a death more fitting to an old battle hardened Aoudad ram, than bleeding to death. Turns out Mr. Ross was right he was a toad, 33.5 inch, ten year old with over a 30 inch outside spread. Exceeding my expectations by a country mile. My initial hunch about Hunter was right, Guide, camp cook, host and a true pro. And now a friend. Yea I'm hooked, dollar for dollar, pound for pound, these Aoudad's are one of the finest big game trophy's on the continent, and Hunter Ross has the biggest and best out there. I may never kill a bigger one but I know I'll be back to try. And I know who I'm going hunting with. Hunter 'Mr Aoudad' Ross, and Desert Safaris."
— Matt Laggis (General Contractor, Colorado)
"I was fortunate enough to be able to book an Aoudad hunt with Desert Safaris and Hunter Ross. In addition to experiencing a first class hunt, the accommodations, meals and camaraderie that were experienced during our time together pushed this hunt over the top. In fact I was so happy with the first hunt, I went ahead and booked a second hunt for Axis deer which was equally impressive on all accounts. To emphasize how much I enjoy using the Services of Hunter Ross and Desert Safaris, I have since booked a third hunt for Mule Deer and look forward to repeating the process all over again. Thanks again Hunter. "
— Mike LeClair (President & CEO Babcock Power, Louisville, KY)
"When you have a passion for hunting, and you're looking for an experience of a lifetime, give Desert Safaris a call. Since I started hunting with Hunter Ross in 2008, I've harvested aoudad, multiple mule deer and pronghorn antelope. With the help of Desert Safaris, and Hunter, I have accomplished two Texas Grand Slams. Hunter Ross and staff deliver the complete package. The focus is the hunt, but the accommodations, food and make it complete. When I leave, I know I will be back and I'm never disappointed."
— Tim Bienski (CEO A+Glass Glass & Mirror, Bryan, TX)
"Enjoyed a great axis deer hunt with Hunter Ross in the Texas hill country. Even though we hunted on the full moon, we saw lots of deer and many quality bucks with both my partner and I took great mature, heavy antlered bucks. Hunter really knows how to hunt this country and these animals. Nice accommodations, great food and very friendly people. This is a real sleeper hunt!"
— John Zent (Editorial Director, NRA publications)
"I didn't know what to expect before leaving for Texas to hunt with Desert Safaris. I have been very impressed with Hunter Ross and his Axis deer hunting operation. His ranches are loaded with deer and large bucks. Despite tough hunting conditions he was still able to put us on multiple monsters. Each encounter was unique and the trip was filled with memories I'll never forget. The food was great correlated with unmatched Texas hospitality."
— Chuck Whar (EVP Sales & Marketing, Trijicon Optics)
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