It has been said that of all the world’s sheep, the Rocky Mountain bighorn-especially one with horns of trophy proportions-is by far the most difficult to collect. Surveys indicate that bighorn hunts have the lowest success ratios of all sheep hunts. There are compensations, however. To quote the late Jack O’Connor, “..the pursuit of the brown bighorn is the cream of mountain hunting. The old bighorn will lead the hunter into the most beautiful country he’s ever seen. He’ll wear him out, give him buck fever and break his heart; but if the hunter is the type that’s susceptible to sheep fever he’ll never be completely happy hunting anything else.”
Here are the top Rocky Mountain Bighorn from the SCI Record Book!
David Onerheim is in at #9 with this ram taken in 1987 in Cross River, B.C. with Lance McLean and Chuck Christanson. It measures 202 5/8″.
Patrick White scored the #7 Rocky Mountain bighorn ram in 2009 in Fergus County, Montana. It measures 203 2/8″.
Matt Rippentrop bagged the #6 ram in 2010 in Chouteau County, Montana. It measures 204 6/8″.
James Brogan holds the #5 spot with this beautiful ram taken in Blane County, Montana in 2011 with the help of John Barker of Chase Hill Outfitters. It measures 205 2/8″.
Sherwin Scott’s #4 ram was taken in 1999 near Cadomin, Alberta with guides Gordon Utrl and Skip Selk. It measures 205 5/8″.
Gary Hansen holds the #2 spot with this bighorn ram taken in Alberta in 1995 with guide Randy Babala. It measures 206 2/8″.
Rob Seelye scored the #13 Rocky Mountain bighorn in 2004 in Fergus County, Montana. It measures 199 4/8″.
Greg White took this #11 Ram in Fergus County Montana with Matt Wickens of Dog Creek Outfitters. It measures 201 4/8″.
James Hens holds the #10 spot with this bighorn ram taken in 2012 with the help of Chris Faber of Bear Paw Outfitters. It measures 202 4/8″.
The SCI Record Book #1 Rocky Mountain bighorn belongs to Guinn Crousen. Taken in 2000 in the Luscar Mtns of Alberta with guide Randy Babala, it measures 210 3/8″
Eugene Knight took the #12 Rocky Mountain bighorn in 1991 in the Missouri Breaks of Montana. It measures 200 7/8″.