A bighorn sheep killed in a highway collision in Alberta has the largest horns ever recorded for the species, according to the Boone and Crockett Club.
Boone and Crockett Club measurers certified the specimen as a new world’s record last Saturday. The horns’ final score of 209-4/8 B&C points edged out the previous world’s record, a ram taken near Luscar Mountain, Alberta, in 2000 that scored 208-3/8.
Big-game measurers determine the overall score by combining the length and four circumference measurements of each horn.
The new No. 1 ram was hit by a vehicle in 2010 on a highway west of Longview, Alberta. Longview is about 40 miles south of Calgary.
According to the Boone and Crockett Club, a local rancher, who was unidentified in the B & C news release, knew of the ram and found it on his property. He then 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.”
Remarkably, the new record ram was aged at 14 years!
Boone and Crockett accepts and records legally obtained “pick up” (found) trophies as part of a complete record of native North American big game species. Other “pick up” world’s records include the reigning No. 1 non-typical whitetail deer, tule elk, black bear, grizzly bear, and Pacific walrus.
“When your job is tracking conservation and wildlife management successes, a new world’s record is noteworthy – whether or not it was taken by a hunter,” said Richard Hale, chairman of the Club’s Big Game Records Committee. “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.”
Five of the Top 10 ranked bighorns in Boone and Crockett records are from Alberta. Hale offered congratulations to Alberta Fish and Game for programs that allow the province’s bighorns to grow to their fullest potential.
World’s Record- and Top 10-class specimens are panel-scored for verification. A panel convened March 7, 2015, in Red Deer, Alberta. Two teams of two panel-experienced official measurers each scored the ram and arrived at the ram’s final score.