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Elk Hunter
11-06-2012, 07:39 PM
I was hoping to see some sheep, but these were a lot closer than I expected. The rams looked really nice to me but unfortunately these were in Glacier National Park so no hunting opportunities here. I know these would be big enough to be legal, but being new to sheep hunting I was wondering, just how good are they as far as trophies go?

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mntnguide
11-06-2012, 08:22 PM
Any ram is a great ram when it comes to hunting in my opinion. . My personal ram was a small 4 year old not near any of those, yet still an awesome trophy from a tough hunt for me. Id say the largest of those rams goes somewhere around 165+- when it comes to score. Great photos.

jjenness
11-07-2012, 12:14 PM
The trophy is in the eye of the hunter. You have to remember that rams that live in the mountains won't tend to be as big, as say rams that live in the missouri breaks. Nice pics.

Edelweiss
11-07-2012, 02:07 PM
The trophy is in the eye of the hunter. You have to remember that rams that live in the mountains won't tend to be as big, as say rams that live in the missouri breaks. Nice pics.

I don't agree at all.

Rock Creek is one of Montana's top areas and it's on Mt Powell.

Cadomin Mine in Alberta is one of their top areas and it's not in the foothills either.

Kevin Root
11-07-2012, 02:15 PM
Glacier National Park makes them a bit hard to put on the ground like you mention but makes for some nice pictures Elk Hunter. Nice pictures.

jjenness
11-07-2012, 03:01 PM
I don't agree at all.

Rock Creek is one of Montana's top areas and it's on Mt Powell.

Cadomin Mine in Alberta is one of their top areas and it's not in the foothills either.


Edelweiss, thanks for your input, and you are right that big rams do come from all different ranges throughout North America. I would disagree a little however that Rock Creek is a "Top" area in MT. Here is a quick break down of the top Counties/Areas in MT for B&C Bighorn Sheep entries over 175", according to the MT FWP website. Blaine 55, Lewis & Clark 53, Deer Lodge 50, Missoula 44, Fergus 42, Granite 40, Teton 38, Ravalli 36, Sun River 30, Beaverhead 20, Silverbow 17, Choteau 4, Powell 4 and I will throw in Rock Creek just because you mentioned it, Rock Creek 2. Then there are a few area that only had 1 or 2 entries. So in part, I do stand corrected myself, as a very large portion of these entries are from Western MT which could be classed as mountain hunts. I guess with living in Central MT I was a little biased as to the sheep that are from around here.

http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/planahunt/records/recordsBySpecies.html?clubName=booneAndCrockett&speciesName=Bighorn%20Sheep

mntnguide
11-07-2012, 04:00 PM
Just to clarify the above...Granite county= Rock Creek rams. I have spent the past 6 summers living in granite and have done plenty of sheep hikes through Rock Creek. Its unfortunate that the pneumonia hit the area. My best day out was 3 years ago we counted 74 Rams in a single day of which 5 or so were unmistakably over 180. Awesome sheep country to walk around in.

Bitterroot Bulls
11-07-2012, 04:43 PM
Agreed.

Rock Creek (Lower and Upper) has historically produced many awesome rams including some of those at the top of the books. However, the cough has it really down right now. In a couple of years there should be some more dandies coming out of there again, and it will be giving the breaks a run for the money ... again.

Muleys 24/7
11-07-2012, 04:57 PM
Cool pics of some nice ones

BKC
11-07-2012, 08:31 PM
You must have a high dollar camera or lense to get a picture of the ram on the run in the last photo. Great picture!

6mm Remington
11-07-2012, 08:42 PM
Very nice pictures!

trkytrack2
11-07-2012, 08:49 PM
They all look like young rams except for the last one.

Edelweiss
11-07-2012, 09:09 PM
Edelweiss, thanks for your input, and you are right that big rams do come from all different ranges throughout North America. I would disagree a little however that Rock Creek is a "Top" area in MT. Here is a quick break down of the top Counties/Areas in MT for B&C Bighorn Sheep entries over 175", according to the MT FWP website. Blaine 55, Lewis & Clark 53, Deer Lodge 50, Missoula 44, Fergus 42, Granite 40, Teton 38, Ravalli 36, Sun River 30, Beaverhead 20, Silverbow 17, Choteau 4, Powell 4 and I will throw in Rock Creek just because you mentioned it, Rock Creek 2. Then there are a few area that only had 1 or 2 entries. So in part, I do stand corrected myself, as a very large portion of these entries are from Western MT which could be classed as mountain hunts. I guess with living in Central MT I was a little biased as to the sheep that are from around here.

http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/planahunt/records/recordsBySpecies.html?clubName=booneAndCrockett&speciesName=Bighorn%20Sheep

J, it's all good brother!

About 20 years ago Safari Video (long defunct hunting video company) shot some nice footage of rams in Montana and Alberta. They called them Montana and Alberta Argalis. They are collectivly the biggest rams in North America.

There are a couple rams that have been taken in Montana and Alberta that I consider to be a bigger deal than the Chadwick ram. I remember one ram that had his lamb tips and looked a lot like some of the Stones that were killed in the 1950s era that were over 47.

He didn't have the length, but his mass and beauty of curl brought melted my heart.

I wish I still had a copy of that VHS tape, it was wonderful. Looked a lot like a miniture Ovis Ammon ram from the 1990s. Too bad they don't get big rams in Mongolia anymore.

I reckon I'll get 4-5 bighorn sheep in my lifetime based on my points programs (total for all 3 species) and at least that many dalls once the kids get older we are moving back to Alaska.

I don't think I'll ever get a stone or any Mongolia ovis-ammon ram, as prices aren't for working class folks.

hvfd21walker
11-07-2012, 09:23 PM
Hey jjenness theres only small sheep in the breaks. All the bigger sheep are in other places. Get my drift. LOL!!

Elk Hunter
11-08-2012, 10:14 PM
Thank you everyone for your comments on the photos and for the information. I have been getting familiar with unit 501, trying to determine if it is worth the cost of a nonresident tag. From what I read and my own backpacking experience in the area its not going to be easy. Seeing sheep in the unit without to much problem, just no rams so far. Identifying a legal ram shouldn't be a problem, but I don't have a good feel for what a good ram would look like. These looked very good to me, just didn't know how good, and would perhaps be above average for unit 501.

For those interested I was using a Nikon D7000 with the 18-105mm lens.

Edelweiss
11-10-2012, 01:23 AM
It's crazy how much color difference there is between the rams in Montana and the rams in Wyoming.