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World Record Bighorn Found in Alberta

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The horns and skull of a giant bighorn sheep found this spring at a coal mine in Alberta, Canada could be the largest ever found.

Boone and Crockett — North America’s foremost big game record keeping organization — scored the horns last week at 209-1/8 inches net, according to the Wild Sheep Foundation’s Facebook page.

The current world record bighorn scored 208-3/8 inches and was also discovered in Alberta.

Boone & Crockett announced on Saturday that they will convene a special panel in the coming weeks to re-score the skull to confirm the world’s record.

Image via Boone & Crockett/Facebook
Image via Boone & Crockett/Facebook

Ram horns are scored with four circumference measurements and one length measurement. The recently discovered horns had three radial measurements over 15 inches, with the third quarter measuring 11-7/8 inches.

Alberta wildlife officials discovered the massive horns at the Candomin Mine in Alberta earlier this spring. Biologists believe the bighorn was 10 years old when it died from either natural causes or a grizzly bear attack in the summer of 2013.

The Candomin Mine is a hotspot for large bighorns. The Albertan government issues a limited number of tags to hunt bighorn on the land around the mine.

We’ll keep you informed of the record status of the horns when an official decision is made in the coming weeks.

Have you hunted for bighorn? What was your biggest trophy? 

 

Featured image via Outdoor Life

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World Record Bighorn Found in Alberta