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Trophy European Mouflon Sheep

Postby patmax » Tue Dec 21, 2004 9:15 pm

I have raised Mouflon Sheep since 1988. Some of you may enjoy seeing some of the rams I have produced. The large ram below measured 38"R and 38"L with a 9-1/2" base at six years of age. To my knowledge the world record is 41". If you don't own a national park - sheep are impossible to raise without fences due to predation. I have lost over a 100 sheep including lambs to dogs and coyotes over the past 17 years. Without captive breeding, the Mouflon will not survive. Care must be taken not to locate them near wild bighorn herds or they will inbreed. The Mouflon is a true wild breed. I plan to have my herd dna tested to determine whether they can be used for record book trophies as European Mouflon. There is only one place in North America that they are currently available, Mauna Loa, Hawaii. See the following taken from the Grand Slam Club/Ovis. Please note, generally I sell breeders not shooters. However, hunting and the Mouflon run hand in hand. They were imported to Austria in 1740 from Corsica to provide hunting in the deer parks where they had been eliminated by over hunting. Hybrid Mouflon may be hunted from Buenos Aries to France, and Hawaii to Texas.


Common Name: Mouflon
Scientific Name: Ovis gmelini musimon
Location: Europe, Hawaii
The mouflon (many prefer “European mouflon”) is a most controversial species. Just because one of these sheep is found in Europe does not necessarily mean it is purebred. The burden will probably lie on the hunter to decide if a particular trophy is in fact a purebred, free range mouflon if taken in Europe. The Ovis World Slam does not accept mouflons from the United States except those taken on Mauna Loa Mtn., Hawaii. The Mauna Loa herd is without a doubt free range and transplanted as a pure animal some 40 years ago. Because of these factors, and considering that the European herds were probably transplants, the Mauna Loa, Hawaii, sheep will be accepted for an Ovis World Slam. The ranch where these sheep are found (Kahuku) was purchased by the U.S. Park Service in 2003, and hunting was halted. Extermination efforts are now in place by the Park Service, so this resource will probably disappear in the near future. The mouflon is a beautiful and spectacular trophy animal. Some consider the mouflon to be the most beautiful of all the world’s wild sheep, especially in their fall mating colors.
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Postby TAC » Tue Dec 21, 2004 9:17 pm

Very odd antlers! You wouldn't think that they'd be of much use for fighting.
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Postby patmax » Tue Dec 21, 2004 9:22 pm

Note: The sheep shown here are in their summer coat. In the winter they add a bright white saddle or kidney patch.
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Antlers/Horns for fighting

Postby patmax » Tue Dec 21, 2004 9:37 pm

TAC,

The Mouflon Ram uses his horns just like you see the Rocky Mountain Ram use his on the Dodge Ram commercials. Think about having a 120 pound Ram run at you from 40 feet away and lauch himself into your nose while you do the same only you intended to take the blow on your horns. What do you get? A broken nose, of course. Thus all the mature Rams have Roman Noses. The Rams develope a grissle behind their horns that serves as a shock absorber. After making their charge and their horns meet the impact causes their rear legs to come off the ground; this and the shock absorber keeps them from breaking their back when sparing.

What is the difference in an antler and a horn? Antlers are shed horns are not.

What is the one exception to the above statement? Pronghorn Antelope

Is the Pronghorn Antelope a true Antelope? No

If it is not an antelope what is it? The only surviving member of a prehistoric species.
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Re: Antlers/Horns for fighting

Postby Woody Williams » Tue Dec 21, 2004 9:43 pm

patmax wrote:
Is the Pronghorn Antelope a true Antelope? No

If it is not an antelope what is it? The only surviving member of a prehistoric species.


...and they sure are fun to bowhunt.. :D



Very nice looking rams.

Do you just breed them or do you sell hunts too?
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Postby wildwindom » Tue Dec 21, 2004 10:08 pm

Cool pics.
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Postby GREY OWL » Tue Dec 21, 2004 10:45 pm

Awsomely, beautiful animals Patmax. They rank right up there with Elk. Have you taken one with a Xbow yet ? Or do you even hunt them ?

Thanks for the pictures.

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Postby patmax » Tue Dec 21, 2004 11:17 pm

Grey Owl,

I just raise Mouflon I don't hunt them. Mainly due to the attachment. It is difficult to want to hunt something you raise. I feel that way about the deer "Friendly" that stays close to my shop apartment. I have never offered hunts because the place I had near Dallas in North Texas was to small (25 acres) and would not provide fair chase even for bow hunting due to lack of cover. The place I have now has more cover but is still too small (28 acres) even with my son's adjoining 30 acres. Most of my sheep go as breeders to large ranches or other breeders. The rams are sometimes used to improve the horns of hybrid sheep call Corsican (barbado-X-mouflon) Some are hunted and thats good, it gives us the ability to keep the species going. Without hunting the Mouflon would be gone. They are the smallest of all the wild sheep and generally only produce one lamb per year; therefore, they lack the ability to compete with domestic livestock.

My sheep are wild and very high strung. In some ways they are wilder than the deer and I have raised everyone of them.

I am having a mount done on one of my breeder rams that died last year. I just could not see the mount go to waste, so I took it to the Taxidermist. He had 34" curls. I should get it back soon and I will post a picture of it when I do.
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Postby Sandman » Tue Dec 21, 2004 11:29 pm

Nice pics!

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Postby Cousneddy » Wed Dec 22, 2004 9:48 am

Those are some great pics! I am currently hunting a small farm (40 acres) of a friend on mine that used to raise them. He sold them off and started raising boar goats. He had to put up a hot wire on the outside of his fence about 6 inchs off the ground to keep the coyotes out! He was at a goat auction a couple of weeks back and someone there had some mouflon for sale. They are indeed a beautiful animal.

Why is the park service in Hawaii trying to get rid of them?
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Postby GREY OWL » Wed Dec 22, 2004 11:13 am

Good idea Patmax, I'd love to see a picture of it mounted.

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Postby MiB » Wed Dec 22, 2004 2:01 pm

Patmax,
I love Mouflon, I have hunted them in a couple of places in Europe. Beautiful animals, tough to hunt in the few areas of europe were they are still available. We don't see many of wild Mouflon with complete horns like those shown in your picture, normally the horns are worn back from the points. They make fantastic head/shoulder mounts due to the "beard" running down the rams throat, and it's contrast to the rest of the hide.
Good on you for helping to keep them going as a species, good news is that hunting interest in Europe now means they are carefully managed and monitored.
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Postby patmax » Wed Dec 22, 2004 8:14 pm

Mib,
My Rams have sharp tips on the horn because where I raised them there were no bolders (rocks) for them to broom their horns on. If they had been raised in more rugged terrain their horns would not have reache their length so fast. My new property does not have brooming rock either. The Rams will broom against trees, tractors, trailers, you name it but it takes sandstone,limestone or granite to doo real damate to the horn - like sand paper. The biggest loss my Rams have is due to damage from sparring (fighting).

Thanks for your comments.. As you can tell, I love to talk sheep.

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Why is the Park Service in Hawaii trying to get rid Mouflon

Postby patmax » Wed Dec 22, 2004 8:32 pm

Cousneddy,

As I understand it, the Park Service wants to get rid of the Mouflon in Hawaii because they are not an indiginous animal and like ferral goats they are damaging rare plants that are indiginous only to Hawaii. I can understand the reasoning. I just can't understand why they are planning to eleminate them without offering them to the general public. I feel that they should be offered at auction just like the "Mustang" and the "Wild Burros".


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