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    Default Legal sheep?

    While getting some exercise this weekend we ran into these guys. Would you shoot any of these Rams in August?


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    Hard to tell from pictures sometimes. First picture the ram on the left looks to be full curl. Second picture the one on the right is definitely full curl but the shortest horn length. I can't really tell about the one with the flared out horns. Three rams, three definite horn configurations!

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    The bottom sheep in the second picture sure looks legal to me but he has a very tight curl which is neat. That other sheep with the wide horns are something else!

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    I wouldn't,,but then again that's just my opinion.

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    nope sure wouldnt... at least not from those angles. Looking from below make horns appear differently and sometimes look full when they are not. Also horns appear oblong and not a circle.. To hard to see age but all look young...

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    The first ram in the middle is definitely full curl, from the front, his tips come way above his bases. But I wouldn't shoot him as that is a very un-desirable ram to me. You know how they say to look for a ram that has horns that drop below his jaw? His barely drop below his bases! LOL!

    The ram on the left looks really close but tough to tell due to the angle. I'm guessing he's a shooter but would need another look.

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    Here is another look.

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    I saved the pics and zoomed in on them. Out of the 3 IMHO one may be legal, I would sure look harder at them. The crazy wide one I would guess at 6 or so maybe 7, once he gets another year or two and drops he would be a fine Ram. The photos just don't have enough resolution to really tell and as said they look better from below. Still a great photo.

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    All "look" close if not legal. The one on the right in the second picture is legal. It looks like the wide one is too. I wouldn't shoot any of them even if legal unless on the last day of season and wanted to get those genetics out of the gene pool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chano View Post
    Here is another look.
    In this pic, I can count 7 rings on the middle one and out of the 3, I would believe him to be the oldest. I believe the other two are younger than him. Up and comers for sure!!!! Still no shooting for me based on these pics. I would like to see that middle one through some high quality glass and I would like to see old wide sides in a few years.
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    Here is a better shot of the middle one

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    This might change your perspective on the Ram on the left

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    Tough call. The one on the left is the best one that is for sure. The middle one is still full curl. Previous picture shows past full curl on left horn and close on right horn. Almost looks like the left has a broken horn on the right and worn on the left horn. Not enough to call broomed. I would surely watch them some more to be sure. One of the reasons I don't put in for Delta is the lack of real trophy rams. Lots of light horned rams even though there have been some nice ones pulled out of there, but typically light horned.

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    wow it pretty interesting the difference in opinion some say go for it others "don't shoot". the pics definately change the perspective on some of them. very nice pics regardless. i think i would spend some time watching them a little harder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stid2677 View Post
    In this pic, I can count 7 rings on the middle one and out of the 3, I would believe him to be the oldest.
    Not me.....I believe the oldest to be the ram with the broken/broomed right horn. Even his left horn, in the first pic, rubbed as it is, looks just to be tipping back beyond straight up. And he has the lowest drop towards the jaw. The tight curl ram is full of course, but to me not as mature. Now it gets interesting with the flared ram. At first look he does not look legal having those fine lamb tips, but note that both tips are actually tipping outward. Rarely do the horn tips start to tip outward when they are not full curl. His tips tip out quite a bit. Also....look at the flared ram in the first pic and put a straight edge across from tip to tip. That line is above the front of his bases. I would look quite hard for sure, but I'd have to go with northway on this and say all 3 "look" to be full curl. BtW....I killed a ram that was 8 years old that wasn't full curl...and NOT because his horns were broomed.

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    i think the one on the left is legal, based soley on two broken/broomed horns.
    He's the only one i think thats even close...i'm going with 7 years old on the oldest MAYBE 8, but i'd need my swaro on him for a while first. and 6 on the others...tight curl, no drop, small bases that don't carry very far.
    but i'd sure look them over for a while before i made a decision...worth a couple hours of staring in my opinion....i like the flare on the wide sheep. widest we've taken was 32" be fun to beat that...

    crud, after looking at my own pics, i'd say the wide one would make full curl as well.....

    heres a 8 year old 32" wide, 36.5" ram for comparison...


    and a 6 year old ram we passed on this fall.....
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    Nothin a horn stretcher can't fix.
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    All three deserve a very, very close look with regards to legality. With my work and family schedule as it is, I'm not one who is inclined to pass up a legal ram in favor of better trophy quality. I've no doubt that at least one of these is legal, and it appears that all three might be. Like LuJon, I'd be sitting and watching for a couple of hours on this one. I can't say that I understand the folks who suggest that any of these rams aren't at least close.

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    Good place for an optics mounted camera to get a solid view to study
    We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it. We get it rough enough at home; in towns and cities; in shops, offices, stores, banks anywhere that we may be placed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian M View Post
    With my work and family schedule as it is, I'm not one who is inclined to pass up a legal ram in favor of better trophy quality. .
    Agreed......although we all would like a nice ram, I like sheep meat even better......

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