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Full curl score?

Does any one know off hand what a full curl bighorn ram would score ball park I mean and what is the B&C minimums

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Scoring Sheep

The minimum to be enterd in the B&C record book is 180.  The minimum score for entry into your State trophy program might be different (probably less).  Check out the Dept of Wildlife website for your state to find out.  Also check out the state record book for sheep taken in your hunting unit.  If that area rarely if ever produces B&C scores it's probably not a good idea to hold out for one.

Hard to say what a full curl ram will score.  A lot (most) depends on base diameter, diameter at the quarter measurements, amount of brooming.  A lot of sheep have damaged horns at the second quarter measurement that can drop a score out of B&C minimums (horns often damaged in fighting-head butting).  Also a long horn with less thickness will typically not score as well as a shorter horn with large mass. 

Hunt for a mature, older ram.  Depends on your point of view but a weathered old warrior 10+ years old with character & battle scars outshines a up & comming seven yr old in my book. 

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Thanks for the tips!

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Field Judging Sheep.

Groundhog, a few things to think about when evaluating a ram in the field.  Look for over all mass, both thickness at the base & how well that thickness is carried .  A long sharply tappered horn will score less (& be less attractive) that a shorter horn that is thick thru-out it's length.  At the bottom of the curl, the horns should drop below the jaw line when seen from the side.  If possible count the growth rings.  The first obvious rings closest to the tips are usually the three yr ring so start there & count back to the base.  These can be hard to figure - best bet is to visit a good taxidermist & put your hands on some horns.  Let it be known that you're shopping for a good taxidermist & he/she'll probably spend some quality time with you educating you on field eval.  Lastly, don't make you decision to shoot based only on how the ram looks from the back, ever !  They always look big from behind.   

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I have a full curl dall that

I have a full curl dall that scores 149.  a full curl stone that scores 159 and a 3\4 curl rocky that scores 156.  full curl doesn't dictate score.  thickness and length.  you can have a 32 inch long full curl or a 40 inch long full curl.

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tim wrote:

I have a full curl dall that scores 149.  a full curl stone that scores 159 and a 3\4 curl rocky that scores 156.  full curl doesn't dictate score.  thickness and length.  you can have a 32 inch long full curl or a 40 inch long full curl.

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