It was, indeed, a record.
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials have confirmed the bighorn sheep ram bagged by Terry Bogle of Lincoln in December set a new state record.
Bogle shot and killed the second bighorn sheep taken during an authorized hunt, the 20th bighorn sheep taken in Nebraska.
Bogle took the ram on private property in site of the Crow Butte and Little Crow Butte in Nebraska’s Pine Ridge region.
Game and Parks reports the final net score for the ram’s horns is 190 5/8 on the Boone and Crockett Club scale, a bit more than the 189 it measured prior to a mandatory drying period. The previous record of 185 7/8 was set in 1998, the first year of the Commission’s bighorn hunt.
Bogle won the right to hunt bighorn through a drawing of approximately 2,300 entries.
A lottery will be held this year with one permit awarded. Hunters can apply between April 18th and August 5th. There is a $25 non-refundable fee. The drawing will be held on August 18th. The season will run from November 29th through December 22nd.
The ram was estimated to be 9-years-old. It was the offspring of sheep from the Missouri River Breaks region of Montana released at the Bighorn Wildlife Management Area southeast of Crawford in 2005.
Though native to the Panhandle, bighorn sheep disappeared from the butte country early in the 20th Century due to disease, unregulated hunting, and loss of habitat.
Game and Parks says a herd was reintroduced to Ft. Robinson in 1981, where it was released after several years of captivity. Releases were also made in 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2012. It is estimated there are around 360 bighorn sheep in the Pine Ridge region between Harrison and Chadron, and the Wildcat Hills south of Gering and east to McGrew.