I realize that we've gone over this topic a lot since I've been here, but I just have to wonder if we, as sheep hunters, should try and put an end to it by demanding that the F&G reevaluate this ancient means of determining "full curl" status. If a group of LEOs and biologists sitting around a table looking at a particular set of sheep horns, end up coming up with a group of different answers, then something's wrong. There is too much at stake (for us) for them to not have a full proof system in place to easily determine a full curl ram.
This "idea" that a ram isn't full curl until the tips extend beyond a horizontal line across the bases is total BS. It has been proven over and over again that this just does not hold up. Why?.....because a ram's horns can drop quite low and then start back up again, then eventually tip out and grow past 360 degrees BEFORE they cross a plane inline with the bases. I've seen it time and time again. Go back and look at pictures of what was determined full curl rams here on this form, get a straight edge out and you'll see for yourself as well. There must be a reason why other states and countries have different ways of determining a full curl ram.
All I'm getting at is that there needs to be a more definitive way, or should I say an EXACT way, to determine a full curl ram without a person, or persons, having to take half a day to do so. I mean really, it shouldn't be that hard. But with the F&G putting the fear of God into sheep hunters that they better not screw up, and this idiotic way that THEY try and tell us to go about determining a full curl ram.....well let's just say that a first time, or even a more seasoned sheep hunter, needn't be required to put this unnecessary stress level upon themselves just to want to put some sheep meat in the freezer. Again....too much goes into a sheep hunt to have to deal with this....imo.
And please don't come on here and say that if it's too close to tell then move on. Some people live by the idea that "you can't eat the horns". Yes, we all like the horns, but a lot of us aren't trophy hunters. But I'd have to say that most of us do salivate at just the thought of grilled sheep back strap on their dinner plate. All these folks want is a great time in the mountains, a legal ram, and the gift of being able to enjoy it's fine table fare. And I can't blame anybody for wanting to take home the first legal ram they see.
So what say you guys? Should we start the process that needs to be set in place to get the powers that be to start thinking about this? Or are most of you satisfied with the F&G's full curl determination as it stands...???