Archive for the Bighorn Sheep Category

Marco Polo Sheep-the “Holy Grail” of Hunting

Posted in Big Game, Bighorn Sheep, Guides and Outfitters, guides and outfitters, International, International Hunting Adventures, World's Best with tags on January 22, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

Marco Polo Sheep are unquestionably one of the world’s most sought after big game trophies.  A subspecies of the Asian Argali, the horn length of the Marco Polo Sheep are unmatched .  The top of the world hunting experience in one of the most unique places on earth makes Marco Polo Sheep hunting a truly unmatched pursuit.  These sheep are huge in the body with mature rams weighing in at almost 300 lbs.  The longest recorded horn of any Marco Polo measured an almost inconceivable 6.2 feet and weighed 60 lbs.    It is not unusual for the typical hunter to harvest 50+ inch rams with multiple curls.  Thanks to Greg Rodriguez of Global Adventure Outfitters for use of the photo.  Contact Greg directly at http://www.mbogo.net/asia.html for more information on one of these fabulous hunts.

I found it interesting that of all of the Great White Hunter Posts, this is the first post of an Asian hunt.  The vast majority of Marco Polo Sheep are found in the Pamir Mountains adjacent the borders of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and China.   With the only hunt able populations being found in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.  I previously wrote about harvests by the “typical hunter,” however, these animals and these hunts are anything but typical.  One of the world’s great adventures, many Marco Polo hunts are conducted at elevations of 14,000 to 16,000 feet.  While horses and off road vehicles are helpful, great physical conditioning and a willingness to push oneself are critical to get in range of a mature ram.  Given the open country, long range shots of 350 to 500 plus yards are not uncommon.  Add to these difficulties the extensive travel, limited number of U.S. import permits and a price tag of $25,000 or more …it becomes clear why a Marco Polo ram is truly the hunt of a lifetime.  Add a beautiful and “inexpensive” Ibex, another of the high mountain horned giants, for perhaps the best combined hunt the world has to offer.

If you are lucky enough to book one of these hunts with Greg Rodriguez please let us know.  As a outdoor writer and an award-wining wildlife photographer, Greg literally hunts on a constant basis with the best guides and outfitters in the world. Greg has put together an impressive list of the world’s top hunt offerings through Global Adventure Outfitters.  Check out his website at http://www.mbogo.net/

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Montana Giant-largest ever in lower 48

Posted in Big Game, Bighorn Sheep, North America on October 26, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

A friend forwarded me this photo with the following description:

Monster Ram From Montana Possibly Largest Ever!
> A lucky hunter with the one coveted non-resident tag in Montana ‘s Missouri River Breaks just harvested possibly the largest ram ever taken in the United States ! The ram green scored 205 with both horns stretching to 44 1/2″ with over 16″ bases and carries the mass throughout the horn length. The ram will be officially scored after the 60 day drying period. If the ram exceeds Jim Weatherly’s 204 7/8 ram taken in 1993 it will be the new Montana state record and will also be the largest ram ever taken in the United States . Pat White was assisted and filmed on the hunt by John Lewton of Whitehall , MT. The two men backpacked in over 10 miles, glassing as they went and found the ram. They shot the ram and carried it out on their backs the 10 miles back to the trailhead. Only gutting out a 20 mile foot march in 90+ degree heat resulted in the harvest of one of the largest rams ever taken.

2009 Montana Ram

Desert Sheep Revival

Posted in Big Game, Bighorn Sheep, North America on October 13, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

Desert Sheep are simply one of the most sought after big game animals on the planet.  Tags at auction go for upwards of $25-80k.  Money that goes back into habitat and herd restoration projects.  Fortunately, tags for these fabulous sheep are also available for the “common man” through lottery drawing systems.  I put in everyyear.  Maybe next year.  This amazing sheep was harvested by Kim Kutch from Oregon with guide Tom Hardee and Wade Lemon Hunting.  Kim congratulations on the harvest of a exceptional and mature ram.

Thanks to Wade Lemom for use of these fabulous photographs.  If you are lucky enough to land a Utah Desert Sheep tag, give Wade a call. http://www.wadelemonhunting.net/BighornSheep/tabid/61/Default.aspx

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Utah Bighorns-The Mailman Delivers

Posted in Big Game, Bighorn Sheep, North America on October 3, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

Thanks to Don Peay for this amazing photo of a state record book Bighorn harvested by future NBA hall of famer Karl Malone.  Karl and Don have been working for 20 years to turn around big game populations in the state of Utah.  Working with the Foundation for North American Wildsheep (FNAWS), Don and Karl transplanted the first bighorns into the unit where this mangnificent sheep was harvested.

Karl's State Record Sheep

It’s awesome Don and Karl could enjoy some of the fruits of their labors. You’ll probably never see this sheep in an official record book.  Karl has plenty of record book entries and it is not the reason he hunts.  Comendable for a guy who holds some of the NBA records that will hold for many years to come.

For more information on Utah Wildsheep, click on the photo above.