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1/18/2012 10:30:00 AM
Region III sheep hunts end with multiple scores
CourtesyThis 8-year-old ram was taken by 69-year-old Glenn Adamson on the tenth day of his hunt in Unit 15D. Looking on are Dale Reynolds (left) and guide Don Martin.
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This 8-year-old ram was taken by 69-year-old Glenn Adamson on the tenth day of his hunt in Unit 15D. Looking on are Dale Reynolds (left) and guide Don Martin.

The 2011 Arizona desert bighorn sheep hunt ended on Dec. 31 and according to Erin Butler, the Region III Game Specialist for the Arizona Game & Fish Department, all of the hunters in 2011 in this region took a ram.

There were 21 sheep tags this year, including the raffle tag winner, who hunted for desert rams in Mohave County.

The highest scoring ram this year in the region was taken by Glendale resident Scott Strickler whose 11-year-old ram was scored at 170 4/8 Boone & Crockett points. That ram was taken in Unit 15D.

The second highest scoring ram in the region was taken by Kingman resident Kenneth Robison who took a 7-year-old ram in Units 9-10 that scored 169 B&C.

Josh Robinson from Scottsdale took an 8 year-old ram in Unit 15D that scored 168 1/8.

The raffle winner for this region took a 9-year-old ram that scored 166 4/8 B&C.

Only one Kingman resident drew a sheep tag this year. Lamont Wolsey drew a 15C North tag and took an 8-year-old long-horned ram that was scored at 156 2/8 B&C. It is a great looking ram and the taxidermy work is being done by wildlife artist Henry Aguilar.

All the measurements listed were taken by the Arizona Game & Fish Department and are unofficial.

The lowest scoring ram in the region was taken in Units 15A-B East. The ram was a 2-year-old ram taken by a lady hunter from Queen Creek, AZ. That ram scored the lowest of any two-horned ram ever checked in from this unit. The ram scored just 93 B&C points.

The season for sheep hunting is a month long. This gives hunters the opportunity to be very selective on the rams they take if they want to.

The Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society, which has raised several million dollars to improve the sheep herds in Arizona, encourages hunters to take the older age class rams out of the herd. These older rams, which are in their declining years, are not as productive to the herd as the younger rams are.

Mohave County continues to be the place where literally thousands of sportsmen apply annually to hunt one of North America's greatest trophies, the desert bighorn sheep.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2012
Article comment by: joker wilde

Better watch out, Martin. Someday the constution may provide the right to arm bears.

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012
Article comment by: Timothy Ryan

I took a beautiful Dall's sheep and it was the best meat I've ever had. The article states a two year old ram was taken that scored low, isn't there an age/ size limit?

Posted: Friday, January 20, 2012
Article comment by: SLIM JIM

Most states REQUIRE that there is no waste of meat from big-game harvested through legal hunting. The hunters that pursue these magnificent animals spend millions of dollars and thousands of hours to promote and protect them and their environment. Just because we hunt them, doesn't mean we don't love them.

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Article comment by: lol lol

ya you can eat it smart guy


Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Article comment by: Butch Meriwether

Poor sheep. I echo the question, "Do they eat the meat or is this a trophy kill so someone can hang the poor animals head on their wall at home?" To the sheep, "God speed and may your next life in the great rocky terrain of Heaven be good for you."

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Article comment by: Bart Simpson

Do people eat desert bighorn sheep? If not, why would they kill them?



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