A bighorn sheep killed in a highway collision in Alberta has the largest horns ever recorded for the species. Boone and Crockett Club measurers recently certified it as the new world record.
The horns’ final score of 209 4/8 B&C edged out the previous record, another ram from Alberta that scored 208 3/8. That animal was shot by hunter Guinn Crousen in 2000.
The new #1 ram was hit by a vehicle on a highway west of Longview, Alberta. A local rancher who knew of the ram and found the animal on his property obtained a possession permit from Alberta Fish & Wildlife.
He said, “This ram and a younger ram had lived on the ranch where I worked since 2009. The older ram would go down to the highway a couple times a month, but the younger ram would rarely follow. We always wondered if one of these trips to the highway would be his last.”
Bighorns are unquestionably one of the most magnificent animals on Earth. We encountered and filmed two nice rams on a mule deer hunt in Oregon last fall. It’s cool and unique footage for a new episode of #bigdeertv to air later this year.
Start applying now. Ya never get younger. Shoot straight.
Haha my body reminds me daily of not getting younger. This is my first year to put in for them..a good friend of mine and outfitter out here got drawn last year after 31 years of putting in for them.
I agree Mack there is something special about them. I’d never seen one until I moved here to AZ and encountered a Desert Bighorn sheep and boy was it neat. I was amazed at the country this ram was traversing..stuff that a hunter wouldn’t dare bc of how steep and rugged it was. I hope to one day get a chance at hunting these majestic animals, but with it being a once in a lifetime and very limited tag here in AZ I’ll need a LOT of luck!
What a monster. Looks like the right side was a full and a quarter and broke or was broomed off. Left side intact too would have been a true monster. There is something about the high dwellers- all the sheep and goats are truly special.