South Dakota Hunter Has a Lot to be Thankful For

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Mitchell, South Dakota native Stuart Sullivan has been hunting since he was 12, and has been entering to get a bighorn sheep tag for the last 9 years. With conservation in mind, South Dakota only had 3 bighorn tags available this year. Sullivan wasn't expecting much when he put in for it, but ended up being one of the lucky ones that drew a tag this year.

South Dakota's bighorn sheep season runs from September 1- December 31st. Sullivan was on his 8th day stalking bighorn sheep which also fell on Thanksgiving. Sullivan headed out at sunrise, and at 11:30 am he successfully shot a bighorn ram from 177 yards, and shot 3 times with his .300 Winchester Magnum.

Sullivan said the GFP estimated his bighorn sheep at 165 points. Boone and Crockett, a nationally known club dedicated to keeping records of big game, recognizes an award-winning bighorn sheep at 175 points. The world record bighorn sheep is 208 3/8 points.

Since this is a once-in-a-lifetime tag, Sullivan is done with his bighorn sheep hunting in South Dakota. However he can apply in other states. Even if he had been unsuccessful he would not be able to draw a bighorn sheep tag again.

He is going to have the sheep mounted. Congratulations on your successful hunt. From The Daily Republic.


COMeatHunter's picture

Thanksgiving is one of my

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  And what a great way to spend the holiday, bagging a once in a lifetime trophy.  I'd be bummed about missing dinner with family and friends, but I can't think of too many better reasons to miss dinner.