A Nebraska man has bagged a bighorn sheep in far northwestern Nebraska.
Jack Nemeth of Chadron shot and killed a 7 ½ year old ram with a rifle at 275 yards Thursday afternoon near Ft. Robinson State Park’s Cheyenne Buttes. He was the second successful hunter in the state’s limited bighorn sheep season.
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials say Nemeth told them he was not looking for the “biggest, baddest ram,” but rather a memorable experience with his son, Riley, and his friend B.J. Dunn. Game and Parks staff helped in the hunt.
“I can’t say enough good about the program and the whole experience we had,” Nemeth said in a written statement released by Game and Parks. “It was an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime deal that any hunter would be thrilled to have. The fact that it happened right here in my back yard, and that I was able to share it with my son and my friend, makes it so special to me.”
Nemeth won the hunting permit by lottery.
Proceeds from the bighorn sheep hunts help fund management and reintroduction efforts for the species in the state. This marked the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s 23rd bighorn sheep hunt since the first one in 1998.
A California man won the first permit by auction at the Wild Sheep Foundation convention in January. Jason Bruce of Lockeford, California killed his sheep in the Wildcat Hills near Gering using a bow and arrow. The ram taken December 2nd has tentatively set the record as the largest ram taken during Nebraska’s bighorn sheep seasons. It might earn a spot on national to 10 lists.