Boone & Crockett Announces Bighorn Sheep World Record

Photo courtesy of Boone & Crockett Club.

If you want the chance at a world record bighorn sheep, Alberta seems to be the place to go.

Last Friday, the Boone & Crockett Club certified a new world record bighorn sheep with a score of 209-4/8 inches. The ram edged out the previous record of 208-3/8 inches taken in 2000 near Luscar Mountain, Alberta.

The new record ram was hit by a vehicle near Longview, Alberta in 2010 and picked up by Todd Snodgrass, a local ranch manager, after obtaining a possession permit from Alberta Fish & Game. Initial unofficial measurements in 2010 gave the horns a green score of 207-4/8 inches, which would have made them the third largest on record. Because official panel judges are located in the U.S., Snodgrass didn't want to deal with the hassle of taking the horns over the border to have them officially scored.

It wasn't until this past weekend in Red Deer, Alberta, that Snodgrass had the horns officially panel scored.

Photo courtesy of Boone & Crockett Club.

"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," Snodgrass said.

With this latest record, five of the Top 10 bighorn sheep in the Boone & Crockett records have been taken from Alberta. "Efforts to restore bighorn sheep populations are an amazing success story. The fact that these efforts are today producing some of the largest specimens ever recorded is worth reflecting on just how far these conservation efforts have come," said Richard Hale, chairman of Boone & Crockett's Big Game Records Committee. The record ram was estimated to be 14 years old at the time it was killed.

Other "pick up" world records include non-typical whitetail deer, tule elk, black bear, grizzly bear and Pacific walrus.

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