Thats a nice ram, and I believe it scores 183 (if its on the net its gotta be true) but it sure doesn't look 183. The tag deal is a little weird, but there are instances where you can draw a tag for a certain area and for a certain ram in that area. If you see his cousin, fire away Moosie!
Usually that means they've been transplanted , they can run around the hills for years with those tags . The dept. of wildlife can tell him when and where it was tagged and all that stuff , e-mail the guy and find out Moosie , maybe when he gets back down to earth he'll share the story with us .
That is a gorgeous ram !
I'm goin scoutin for desserts this weekend , can't wait to glass some big rams , there's just something about big rams that gets under your skin !
Magnificent animals .
One thing is for sure it's going to shrink a little. They said P&Y scored it but it still needs to dry for 60 days. I have heard that it will shrink around 2-3" in that time frame. So it may not stay around 4th in the world.
I have seen a few sheep with tags in their ears. I also believe it has to do with the transplants or some type of study on the sheep.
This ram was most likely killed in unit 34 here in CO, which is right outside of Colorado Springs. (I can tell why I think this, but it is a long story)
The ram was probably tagged as a lamb, so the DOW can keep track of it. There are other sheep in the Rampart Range herd (unit 34) with ear tags too.
The sheep I took in 2000' had an ear tag and a radio collar. No, I didn't track him by his collar, it was dead. My sheep had been tagged as a lamb and had migrated about 40 miles from where he was tagged to where I shot him.
Ear tags are very, very common on sheep in many of the Colorado units. Transplanted sheep, inoculated sheep or any study sheep have tags. Doesnt quite look like a 183 sheep but I believe it was officially prescored so it probably is