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Bighorn Ram’s Record Score Confirmed

Terry Bogle with ram
Terry Bogle poses with the bighorn sheep he harvested on private property southeast of Crawford. Bogle harvested the trophy ram after winning the permit lottery. In the background are landmarks Crow Butte, at left, and Little Crow Butte. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has confirmed that the bighorn sheep ram harvested by Lincoln hunter Terry Bogle in December 2015 is a new state record.

The final net score for the ram’s horns is 190 5/8 on the Boone and Crockett Club scale – just over the 189 it measured prior to a mandatory drying period. The previous record of 185 7/8 was set in 1998, the first year of the Commission’s bighorn hunt.

The ram, one of two harvested in the 2015 season, was taken on private property near Crow Butte southeast of Crawford. It marked the 20th ram taken since the Commission began its bighorn hunt as part of its reintroduction efforts. Bogle won the opportunity when his name was drawn from about 2,300 entries.

This year, one permit will be awarded in Nebraska to a state resident by lottery. Hunters have from April 18-Aug. 5 to apply for the permit with a non-refundable $25 fee. The drawing will be Aug. 18 and the season will be Nov. 29-Dec. 22.

About Justin Haag

Justin Haag has served the Commission as a public information officer in the Panhandle since 2013. His duties include serving as regional editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. Haag was raised in southwestern Nebraska, where he developed a love for fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chadron State College in 1996, he worked four years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Chadron and McCook. Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, he worked 12 years as a communicator at Chadron State, serving as the institution’s media and public relations coordinator the last five. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Chadron, and have two children.

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