CRAWFORD, Neb. — Nebraska’s restricted bighorn sheep season wrapped up Thursday afternoon when the second of two allow holders harvested a ram close to Fort Robinson State Park’s Cheyenne Buttes.
Jack Nemeth of close by Chadron, who received the allow by lottery, stated he was not on the lookout for the “greatest, baddest ram” within the state, however quite a memorable expertise together with his son Riley, good friend B.J. Dunn and Nebraska Sport and Parks Fee workers. Nemeth, who positioned a profitable shot on the mature ram with a rifle at 275 yards, stated all of his targets had been met and exceeded briefly order.
“I can’t say sufficient good about this system and the entire expertise we had,” Nemeth stated. “It was an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime deal that any hunter could be thrilled to have. The truth that it occurred proper right here in my again yard, and that I used to be capable of share it with my son and my good friend, makes it so particular to me.”
Todd Nordeen, who manages the bighorn sheep program for the Fee and accompanied Nemeth on the hunt, stated the ram with horns in full curl was 7 ½ years previous.
Along with the hunt, Nemeth and his searching companions had been handled to meals and lodging at Fort Robinson.
Proceeds from the bighorn sheep hunts assist fund administration and reintroduction efforts for the species within the state. This marked the Nebraska Sport and Parks Fee’s 23rd bighorn sheep hunt for the reason that first one in 1998.
This yr’s different allow holder, Jason Bruce of Lockeford, California, received his allow by public sale on the Wild Sheep Basis conference in January. On Saturday, Dec. 2, he harvested a ram by archery within the Wildcat Hills close to Gering. That specimen has tentatively set the document as the most important ram harvested throughout Nebraska’s bighorn sheep seasons and will earn a spot on nationwide high 10 lists.
The Audubon’s subspecies of bighorn sheep was native to the butte nation of the Nebraska Panhandle however was extirpated from the state due to illness, unregulated searching and habitat loss within the early 1900s. The subspecies grew to become extinct in 1925.
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep from Custer State Park in South Dakota had been reintroduced to Nebraska in an enclosure at Fort Robinson State Park in 1981. These sheep had been launched to the wild in 1988 and 1993 and extra launch efforts of sheep from Montana, Canada and Colorado in 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2012 have resulted in about 300 sheep that reside in areas of the Pine Ridge between Harrison and Chadron, and the Wildcat Hills south of Gering and east to McGrew.