Brett Roberg of Holdrege, Neb., was given, perhaps, the hunting opportunity of his life and he made the most of it.
Roberg was the only Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s bighorn sheep hunting permit holder this year.
Monday afternoon, he was successful in bringing in a Rocky Mountain bighorn ram at Fort Robinson State Park.
The ram is estimated to be 10 years old and unofficially scored 166 on the Boone and Crockett Club’s system, which is derived from measurements of the horns’ length, their spread and four points of circumference for each.
Roberg was one of 2,539 entrants in the NGPC lottery for a bighorn sheep hunt.
The lottery raised $63,475 for the conservation program and sheep reintroduction efforts.
The Commission plans to have another lottery next year as well as auction off one permit.