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    A colleague of mine claims he can tell which Alaska mountain range a sheep is from based on the shape/color of the horns. So are there others out there who claim to be able to do this too? If so, how would you describe the differences in horn characteristics between mountain ranges?

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    I don't make that claim, but I have often guessed correctly when looking at rams from the Wrangells and the Chugach mountains. Lucky guesses, perhaps, but at least those two ranges seem to have some distinct features to my eye.

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    I believe it somewhat, not in every case.
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    The ones I've taken from the Wrangells have really wide flares.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ERL View Post
    A colleague of mine claims he can tell which Alaska mountain range a sheep is from based on the shape/color of the horns.
    Ask him if he would have said he thought the big ram in my avatar (39" x 14.5" bases) came from the Kenai...???
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    When I'm in the mountains glassing a ram, I can definitely tell which range it came from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kay9Cop View Post
    The ones I've taken from the Wrangells have really wide flares.
    Pretty sure that is why it is called "the Wrangell flare"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fullcurl View Post
    When I'm in the mountains glassing a ram, I can definitely tell which range it came from.
    Really? I could have swore I seen a brooks ram in the kenai mtns last year
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    I agree that i certainly could not tell a range by the horns. There are drainages that have characteristics but some rams and drainages will surprise you. Adfg used to publish ram harvest by drainage which contributed to overharvest as it was easy to find out where any ram came from. Thankfully they no longer publish this data.
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    from what I've heard there are some differences but not a guarantee. heard brooks range has smaller bases and chugach has bigger bases.

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    I'd have to say I've pretty much seen it all on the Kenai...... small bases, big bases, small, tight 33" curls, long drop down 40" curls, real wide flairs, some almost straight up and over....

    High highly doubt horn characteristics are exclusively indicative to certain mt. ranges. Rams may "tend" to be a certain way from certain areas. But I'm sure there will always be a few of them that will make a liar out of you......
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    I recall Joe Want talking about sheep horn characteristics being localized or even individualized. He's seen a lot of sheep and if pretty attentive. I wouldn't argue that some areas have general horn shapes/character, but any given ram in any range can have totally different characteristics.

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