According to both the Pope and Young and the Boone and Crockett Clubs, a bighorn ram killed in Pennington County on October 30th has broken the previous world record for largest hunter-killed bighorn sheep, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The previous record had held for 20 years.
Clayton Miller drew the first and only Bighorn Sheep permit in the Badlands Unit of South Dakota. Pope and Young records only archery kills while Boone and Crockett records largest animals killed by a variety of weapons, as well as found antler shed and skulls. With a final score of 209 1/8”, Miller’s bighorn passed the previous word record held by a Rocky Mountain ram shot by Todd Kirk in 1998.
Miller’s ram will be displayed at the Pope and Young Club Convention in Omaha, Nebraska, this spring.
Find more information about sports and recreation in the region in the Black Hills Knowledge Network news archive.