Many thanks to AoudadShooter1975 for his advice on field judging and areas to hunt. My .300 Win Mag and 215 grain Berger Hybrid Target connected on a 78 yard shot and he didn't take a step. Got the shot on video as well. The Ram measured 33 6/8". Fun Trip to West TX.
It's a mixed bag. Some say it is fine in burger, stew, etc. Some say it is tough as leather. My experience is the latter.
Guided and Private... And in my case, I'm sure it had a lot to do with the exceptional quality of the Rams we saw. I enjoy DIY hunts as much as the next guy, but I'm also not opposed to going guided when I find good ones.Great looking ram. Bucket list for sure. So tell us about the hunt. Private or public land? Guided or DIY?
Did you add any form of fat to the sausage? Seems like that might help.Great Ram! No doubt a monster!
Table fair: I shot quite a few and the ewe's are very good. But the big rams can be tough, but there are still ways to put the meat on the table. You can either make Summer Sausage or Smoked Link Sausage.
Either way the meat is ground to help with it being tough. The taste is like deer, not like a true sheep so your real challenge is it being tough. Both processes take care of the meat being tough!
My last big Ram came off State Natural Area here in Texas and it was fine to leave them where they fell. I recovered all of mine but it was a heck of a job. Because it's a "Natural Area" the state has let the roads go back to nature so you had to pack everything out of the pastures I had to hunt.
I was alone so it took three days to get the head and cape out. But that just made the hunt more memorable!
A buddy of mine told me the same thing. He said that his dog wouldn't even eat it. I have never hard of such a thing, but he swears that it's true. What's up with that ? Are they just really tough, or is there a bad taste to the meat ?
You've got a good point there. This guy feeds his dog better than most guy's feed their kids, so maybe the dog has gotten to be pretty fussy.When negotiating on one of these private land guided hunts, always hit them up for a free ewe or kid or two for meat. With how much most are asking for a trophy ram, and how fast they reproduce you will be surprised how many will agree.
On our leased land they are regarded as pests by the ranch and are a free shot year round. Hard on feeders and tend to dominate food sources. We don’t see many lol.
His dog just isn’t hungry enough yet Lol.