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Stinker 12-Mar-21
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Kurt 12-Mar-21
Bowboy 12-Mar-21
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Nick Muche 12-Mar-21
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Rupe 14-Mar-21
From: Stinker
12-Mar-21

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Picked up my Lion mount from my taxidermist and he had the largest Bighorn I've ever seen. Not sure where it came from. His shop is SW of Denver near Conifer. Also had a huge lion.

From: Stinker
12-Mar-21

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From: Stinker
12-Mar-21

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From: Bowhunter
12-Mar-21
Holy smokes!!!

From: tkjwonta
12-Mar-21
WOW, what a ram!

From: Slate
12-Mar-21
Beautiful

From: kscowboy
12-Mar-21
Toad! I'd love to hear more about that ram. Share if you got it, please. If it's a Colorado ram, probably Chancellor Ranch or S79 near Florence is my guess.

From: Treeline
12-Mar-21
Stud! Agree, either the River Ranch down by Florence or down in SE CO

From: Paul@thefort
12-Mar-21

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I am not saying this is the ram you are posting but interesting story about another Colorado ram: Colorado Bighorn Sheep Ram Among the Largest Ever Recorded Bighorn SheepMajestic Ram Dies of Natural Causes 2005

A world-class bighorn sheep ram that lived along the Arkansas River was found dead in late November. Over the past few years, the ram was spotted in a small herd of sheep that lived on private property west of Pueblo Reservoir.

Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) biologists estimate the ram was between 12 and 13 years old and was driven from the herd by younger males. At that point, he traveled north onto property owned by Fort Carson where it died of old age. A necropsy indicated heart and lung problems along with arthritis and a chest infection.

“This old guy is one for the record books,” said Allen Vitt, a terrestrial biologist from Pueblo. “Based on the initial measurements, the ram will score among the largest in the world.”

Colorado Bighorn Sheep

The current Boone & Crocket world record ram is 208 and three-eighths. Scoring is done by taking a series of standardized measurements. Boone & Crocket requires that horns dry for at least 60 days before measuring, so a final score will not be calculated until February.

One thing that might prevent this sheep from becoming a new world record is that fact that one of its horns was broken off at the tip. “Brooming” is the name for the chipping and fraying of the horns. It is usually caused by fighting.

Regardless of the final score, the ram was one of the most majestic bighorn sheep recorded in Colorado.

One of the reasons this ram’s horns grew to such massive proportions is because he lived a long time in relative seclusion. There is no public access to the portion of the Arkansas River where it lived. The rocky cliffs adjacent to the river provided ample protection from predators and there was good access to forage and water.

Fort Carson military and wildlife officials discovered the ram on the southern end of their property in late August and kept a close eye on it to ensure its safety. The ram was showing signs of old age including decreased muscle mass, fatigue, and had become seemingly unafraid of humans. “We were very fortunate that personnel at Fort Carson found the ram,” said Shaun Deeney, an area wildlife manager from Colorado Springs. “Due to their vigilance, we will be able to preserve this majestic animal for future generations.” The DOW plans to have the ram mounted to use in an educational display.

“Our records indicate that bighorn sheep were first documented along the Arkansas River between Pueblo and Cañon City in the early 1990’s, said Bob Davies, a senior biologist with the DOW. “We believe the sheep migrated into the rugged cliffs along the river after transplant operations along Hardscrabble Creek in 1988.”

Bighorn sheep are the official state mammal in Colorado. They are an extremely popular animal both for hunting and for wildlife viewing. Many areas of the state have developed wildlife viewing areas specifically for bighorns including Georgetown west of Denver and along the Arkansas River west of Cañon City. At the time of the arrival of European settlers, bighorn sheep were very common throughout Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West. By the end of the 19th century, however, populations of bighorn sheep declined.

Although the exact cause of the decline is not fully understood, wildlife biologists believe that parasites and diseases, such as lungworm and pneumonia, may have been key factors. Other reasons included market-hunting to feed a growing population in the gold mining camps.

Over the past 50 years, the Colorado DOW has taken a proactive role in sheep management and today there are approximately 8,000 sheep roaming the mountainsides and canyon lands in the state. “Intensive management efforts began in the 1970”s and bighorn sheep populations have been on the rise ever since,” said Davies.

In 1962, there were at least 52 known herds of bighorn sheep in Colorado ranging from the Continental Divide to Mesa Verde National Park. Today the number of herds in Colorado has more than doubled.

From: Kurt
12-Mar-21
WOW!!!! Giant old ram! Unbelievable for CO! Thanks to Paul and the OP for the posts.

Note there is a typo in the DOW press release. The B&C world record is 216 3/8"...ram that also died of natural causes but was only 9 years old. It came from Wild Horse Island in MT three years ago.

From: Bowboy
12-Mar-21
Holy cow that is a toad!

From: JohnMC
12-Mar-21
Lets see your lion. You did not ask the guy where it came from?

From: Rob in VT
12-Mar-21
What a beauty!

From: Nick Muche
12-Mar-21
The photo from behind, showing the back of the horns, is the most impressive. What a beauty!

12-Mar-21

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Sorry not the best pic but the comparison makes the point!
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Sorry not the best pic but the comparison makes the point!
Big rams are almost cartoonish to me. So much mass!

I saw this one at the taxidermist a while ago and like how it’s next to a “normal” legal ram. Shows you how much difference there really is in a real big ram!

From: MathewsMan
12-Mar-21

From: kscowboy
12-Mar-21
Jeff would've done a full body mount and used Brush Country Taxidermy.

From: Jaeger63
12-Mar-21
My guess would be either a Missouri breaks Montana ram or Alberta

From: tobywon
12-Mar-21
Impressive animal!!

Now let’s see your lion, is it that one in the background?

From: Stinker
12-Mar-21

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From: LBshooter
12-Mar-21
That's impressive!!

From: tobywon
13-Mar-21
Great mount!!

From: Scrappy
13-Mar-21
Love that pose on your cat.

From: BULELK1
13-Mar-21
What a dandy Ram!

Your Lion mount turned out Great!

Good luck, Robb

From: Bou'bound
13-Mar-21
Cougar looks magnificent

From: 1Longbow
14-Mar-21
Thats a dang nice cat pose!

14-Mar-21
Id like to know where the ram was from...any chance on asking the taxi?

From: Rupe
14-Mar-21
God’s amazing creation.

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