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Giant archery ram — Nebraska!?
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Contributors to this thread:
writer 05-Dec-17
njbuck 05-Dec-17
Eagle_eye_Andy 05-Dec-17
Treeline 05-Dec-17
Kurt 05-Dec-17
writer 05-Dec-17
midwest 05-Dec-17
walking buffalo 05-Dec-17
Bake 05-Dec-17
TerryD 05-Dec-17
Ironbow 05-Dec-17
Beav 05-Dec-17
midwest 05-Dec-17
Bake 05-Dec-17
LKH 05-Dec-17
sticksender 05-Dec-17
Paul@thefort 05-Dec-17
Surfbow 05-Dec-17
Mad Trapper 05-Dec-17
Highllainsdrifter 05-Dec-17
BTM 05-Dec-17
NvaGvUp 05-Dec-17
midwest 05-Dec-17
ground hunter 05-Dec-17
trkyslr 05-Dec-17
Bigpizzaman 05-Dec-17
Pope125 05-Dec-17
t-roy 05-Dec-17
Michael 05-Dec-17
BK 05-Dec-17
Bowboy 05-Dec-17
Highllainsdrifter 06-Dec-17
Beav 06-Dec-17
NvaGvUp 06-Dec-17
TD 07-Dec-17
Badlands 07-Dec-17
NvaGvUp 07-Dec-17
Surfbow 07-Dec-17
Dikndirt 08-Dec-17
NvaGvUp 09-Dec-17
writer 10-Dec-17
swampokie 10-Dec-17
StickFlicker 10-Dec-17
wildwilderness 12-Dec-17
From: writer
05-Dec-17

writer's Link
Pretty impressive, and great anytime a bowhunter holds the overall state record, for any animal.

From: njbuck
05-Dec-17
Monster Ram.

05-Dec-17

Eagle_eye_Andy's Link
Two tags per year are given out I believe for Nebraska Big Horns. One is an auction tag and the other is a resident only lottery tag. This is a really cool thing for Nebraska and what a ram!!! See Link...

From: Treeline
05-Dec-17
Awesome ram! Congratulations to the hunter both for the funding provided to management of sheep in Nebraska and for closing the deal on a spectacular ram!

05-Dec-17
I did not even realize NE has sheep!

From: Kurt
05-Dec-17
Wonderful ram!!!!! Congrats to the hunter and his donation to Nebraska sheep! That part of Nebraska is neat country.....mini Blackhills area.

I do think the ram is 8 years old, not 10 as noted in the article.

From: writer
05-Dec-17
Nice to see support for someone who made such a donation, instead of the usual, “If I had that kinda money,” or “he bought it, he didn’t hunt it” sour grapes.

From: midwest
05-Dec-17
Yuge!

05-Dec-17
Beautiful ram!

But as Kurt noted, I can't see how this was aged at ten.

Heck, I don't see eight annuli.

Six?

From: Bake
05-Dec-17
I'd be curious to know where he killed it in the Wildcat hills, as I was there in early October antelope hunting, and was fortunate to see 3 rams one evening. One of them was a corker, and I sorta wonder whether this was him. . . .

Awesome ram for sure!

From: TerryD
05-Dec-17
As soon as I read auction tag, I quit reading.

From: Ironbow
05-Dec-17
Didn't even know NE had a bighorn season! Awesome ram.

From: Beav
05-Dec-17
We have had a population for a while now. They were relocated to a couple of different areas in the state. Hunters dollars from auction tags as well as application fees for the other tag are what have allowed a sheep population to exist here.

From: midwest
05-Dec-17
Western Nebraska is a pretty cool place.

From: Bake
05-Dec-17
I'd agree with Midwest, western Nebraska is pretty cool. I spent 3 days antelope hunting there this October, and it was a zoo. We saw tons of antelope. Saw several elk in or near the Wildcat hills (including an easy 320-330 ish bull bedding in a cornfield pivot with about a dozen cows), saw 3 bighorn rams, a ton of muleys, several whitetails, and some turkeys too.

I'd like to go back and spend some more time in those hills. . . . Fun place

From: LKH
05-Dec-17
It's hard to tell for sure, but the ram didn't appear to be more than 8 years old and was still putting on large annual growth. If I'm right about this, then Nebraska has some great future potential.

From: sticksender
05-Dec-17
Beautiful ram and how cool that he was taken by an archery hunter!

Agree with you Kurt & LKH....just from the one photo at least, he would appear to be 7.5.

From: Paul@thefort
05-Dec-17

Paul@thefort's embedded Photo
Paul@thefort's embedded Photo
Interesting country to hunt BH sheep in Nebraska.

From: Surfbow
05-Dec-17
"As soon as I read auction tag, I quit reading." Nice attitude TerryD, you should've kept reading. Do you understand that these tag auctions raise a whole lot of money to help those species?

From the article: "Proceeds help fund the state's bighorn sheep management and reintroduction efforts."

...Beautiful ram!

From: Mad Trapper
05-Dec-17
Does anybody know what organization usually auctions off the tag?

05-Dec-17
Sheep Foundation I would guess

From: BTM
05-Dec-17
Interesting. I thought Nebraska had a single topo line running through the whole state! :)

From: NvaGvUp
05-Dec-17
TerryD,

"As soon as I read auction tag, I quit reading."

Care to 'splain that one, Lucy?"

From: midwest
05-Dec-17
Lol @ BTM!

05-Dec-17
I understand the auction and the money raised, which is needed,,,, however how many tags, do the locals get a crack at, I was curious,,,, beautiful animal

From: trkyslr
05-Dec-17
Congrats to Jason the hunter on the ram. He’s a big contributor to the sheep foundation. I think it’s awesome!

From: Bigpizzaman
05-Dec-17
Wow! Majestic!!! Congrats to the hunter!!!

From: Pope125
05-Dec-17
Hunted with Jason in Africa back in 2012 , very nice guy . At the time had a TV show .

From: t-roy
05-Dec-17
Beautiful ram!

On the other tag allocated to a resident, is it a pure lottery drawing, or do you build points?

From: Michael
05-Dec-17

Michael's embedded Photo
Michael's embedded Photo
Great looking Ram. Congrats to the hunter.

There are Big horns in the Wildcat hills as well as soldier creek wilderness by Crawford.

I have never seen any rams there however I did come across some Ewes with a couple of lambs one day. I thought it was pretty remarkable considering the troubles they have with lambs surviving.

From: BK
05-Dec-17
t-roy Nebraska usually offers 2 Bighorn tags per year , one is for auction, the other is for Nebraska residents only which is by lottery, no points or point creep, just have to have your non refundable money in by the deadline each year. The G & P looks at the herd quality each year in determining tags. There were some years in the past where both tags might not have been available that year.

From: Bowboy
05-Dec-17
What a toad. congrats to the hunter!

06-Dec-17
I am wondering if the sheep that were relocated to there have any original Missouri Breaks Montana genes ? Or are they from Colorado or somewhere else ?

From: Beav
06-Dec-17
I know that sheep were relocated from Montana and Alberta to Nebraska.

From: NvaGvUp
06-Dec-17
And now we all know that 'TerryD' doesn't want to respond to the question I asked him re. fundraising tags.

From: TD
07-Dec-17
I was just happy to see it taken with sharp sticks! Congrats to the hunter on a dandy.

From: Badlands
07-Dec-17
I'm a NE resident and keep putting in. Whoever draws the tag gets personally guided by NE F&G. They strictly manage this herd and it seems like they walk you up to the sheep they want taken. Would be a fun opportunity one day.

From: NvaGvUp
07-Dec-17
Badlands,

No one simply 'walks up to a wild sheep' in the wild.

No one.

From: Surfbow
07-Dec-17
^Ha, go for a walk up Waterton Canyon in Denver.

From: Dikndirt
08-Dec-17
Nva, I have driven by the sheep near Crawford NE in bow range and they never lifted their head from grazing....

From: NvaGvUp
09-Dec-17
James,

I do not question that.

Animals of all species can become comfortable with living in close proximity to humans.

Witness Boulder City, NV and Palm Desert, CA.

But in the wilds of Nebraska? Not so much.

From: writer
10-Dec-17
Something tells me the residents who've drawn their Nebraska sheep permit are pretty appreciative of the auction hunter's who've donated so much. Several times I've had to defend a friend who has purchased five Kansas elk permits via auction tags. Ed started with nothing, built it up through hard work and intelligence. Lost most of it in a divorce and then made it all over again. Totally self-made man. My response is now, "If you can't afford an auction permit to support game management, that's your fault, not his."

From: swampokie
10-Dec-17
I guess it’s the word donation that seems not To fit. Maybe investment would better apply. When I give a donation I generally don’t expect or receive anything in return. With and investment some return is expected.

From: StickFlicker
10-Dec-17
"If you can't afford an auction permit to support game management, that's your fault, not his."

Just because one person can afford it, and another can't (or can and doesn't want to buy the tag), does not provide justification for the existence of auction tags. You are assuming that all that are opposed to such tags are suffering from sour grapes, which is just not the case. There are certainly both positives and negatives from allowing such auction tags.

12-Dec-17

wildwilderness's embedded Photo
From the paper
wildwilderness's embedded Photo
From the paper
Very nice ram

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