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Old 04-14-2022, 11:19 AM   #1
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Thumbs up New state record big horn

Bobby Theis recently harvested what will likely become the new Texas state record desert bighorn sheep while hunting south of Alpine on the Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area. The ram scored 185 5/8 inches and is undergoing a 60 day drying period before officially earning the title,

It blows my mind that some outdoor writer named tony mandile is saying it was a canned hunting because it’s shot in Texas
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Old 04-14-2022, 11:21 AM   #2
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Wow! Amazing ram! Thanks for posting.
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Old 04-14-2022, 11:23 AM   #3
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That's awesome! I saw a BRUISER bighorn when I hunted the Sierra Diablo WMA for mule deer back in 2011. I didn't kill a deer, but I'm a wild sheep nut so just seeing that ram was worth the trip.

Obviously, the writer hasn't seen west Texas before. Ain't nothing canned about that hunt.
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Old 04-14-2022, 11:24 AM   #4
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Thats a beast. Do you have a link to his article regarding the canned hunt comments?

It looks like pretty wild, open country to me.
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Old 04-14-2022, 11:29 AM   #5
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Thats a beast. Do you have a link to his article regarding the canned hunt comments?

It looks like pretty wild, open country to me.
https://www.monstermuleys.info/xf/th...ighorn.195435/

It’s farther down in the post threads where he makes that canned claim
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Old 04-14-2022, 11:31 AM   #6
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That is a monster! That area is no joke with some crazy terrain!
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Old 04-14-2022, 11:35 AM   #7
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It blows my mind that some outdoor writer named tony mandile is saying it was a canned hunting because it’s shot in Texas
He's an idiot. I've been to the top of that thing, and it is NO JOKE.
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Old 04-14-2022, 11:39 AM   #8
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Amazing animal and a tribute to conservation in Texas.
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Old 04-14-2022, 11:40 AM   #9
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Awesome trophy. I wouldn’t really give a rats patooty what some pencil pusher said about it. Congrats to that man.
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Old 04-14-2022, 11:42 AM   #10
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Incredible sheep! Congrats to the hunter
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Old 04-14-2022, 11:43 AM   #11
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Wow heck of a ram
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Old 04-14-2022, 11:50 AM   #12
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Incredible animal. Jealousy is a stinky cologne.
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Old 04-14-2022, 11:52 AM   #13
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Congrats to him
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Old 04-14-2022, 11:53 AM   #14
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Wow
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Old 04-14-2022, 11:57 AM   #15
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Dream animal. What a monster
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Old 04-14-2022, 12:00 PM   #16
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Very cool critter!!!!

Congrats to the hunter.

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Old 04-14-2022, 12:00 PM   #17
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NICE!!! Congrats
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Old 04-14-2022, 12:09 PM   #18
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Wowzers!
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Old 04-14-2022, 12:22 PM   #19
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Wow! Bucket list for sure!
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Old 04-14-2022, 12:42 PM   #20
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That is a big ram. Congrats to the hunter and thanks for sharing.
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Old 04-14-2022, 12:54 PM   #21
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He's an idiot. I've been to the top of that thing, and it is NO JOKE.
I agree. I climbed that **** hill for three days looking for mine.
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Old 04-14-2022, 01:07 PM   #22
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Holy cow! What a ram!

And that OutdoorWriter dude is clueless - and jealous.
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Old 04-14-2022, 01:12 PM   #23
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That's a giant.
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Old 04-14-2022, 01:12 PM   #24
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Why would they call it canned hunting? Is it easier to hunt them in Texas vs other places?

That is a stud, I am sure the writer was jealous.
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Old 04-14-2022, 01:23 PM   #25
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Incredible ram!

Here's Tony with his tiny desert.

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Old 04-14-2022, 01:23 PM   #26
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That's about as uncanned as it gets right there....
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Old 04-14-2022, 01:31 PM   #27
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I saw a picture of this sheep a while back and thought it was off private land… so he was the winner of the draw permit this past year?
EDIT* read the article and it was an auction tag and I saw it on WTO’s instagram

Truly an amazing animal and would give my left nut to hunt sheep in TX, congrats to the hunter. Now, if we could just get TPWD on board with whipping out aoudad and putting more bighorns in TX we might be getting somewhere!

The comment by the writer isn’t surprising one bit, read forums on hunting the west. They talk out their rears so much about hunting in Texas cause they saw it on a hunting show

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Old 04-14-2022, 01:40 PM   #28
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that is a slammer ram!
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Old 04-14-2022, 01:45 PM   #29
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Holy cow! What a ram!

And that OutdoorWriter dude is clueless - and jealous.
Nice reply in the comment section

The OP on there reminds me of a few groupies in WY on rokslide.
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Old 04-14-2022, 01:46 PM   #30
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He's an idiot. I've been to the top of that thing, and it is NO JOKE.
Same here, it’s some rough country for sure.
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Old 04-14-2022, 02:02 PM   #31
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“”if we could just get TPWD on board with whipping out aoudad and putting more bighorns in TX we might be getting somewhere!””

I really wish TP&W would add some trophy Aoudad hunts in the permits draw win win all around
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Old 04-14-2022, 02:04 PM   #32
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Nice reply in the comment section

The OP on there reminds me of a few groupies in WY on rokslide.
He's an outdoor writer though, so I'm sure he's an expert on everything - especially hunting in Texas.
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Old 04-14-2022, 02:08 PM   #33
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There’s nothing canned about that country I promise you.
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Old 04-14-2022, 02:10 PM   #34
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trophy of a lifetime there.

and this sheep was killed in a wildlife management area? LOL, I don't think there are many fences in that part of the state.
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Old 04-14-2022, 02:28 PM   #35
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Nice reply in the comment section
Nothing quite like a first hand experience and 3 pics including an LDP to shut up the naysayers.
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Old 04-14-2022, 03:25 PM   #36
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That is awesome.
Maybe I missed it. Did he get drawn for a TXPWD draw hunt?
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Old 04-14-2022, 03:48 PM   #37
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Congrats to him, Awesome animal.
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Old 04-14-2022, 04:05 PM   #38
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“”if we could just get TPWD on board with whipping out aoudad and putting more bighorns in TX we might be getting somewhere!””

I really wish TP&W would add some trophy Aoudad hunts in the permits draw win win all around
The only problem is they’re only in BB state park as far as I know, but yes it would be nice for them to put an aoudad only draw in there.

I would like to see them work with more landowners though in eradicating aoudad to be replaced with bighorns on their property. I could see it being more lucrative for outfitters and landowners than it is for those dang exotic sheep.
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Old 04-14-2022, 04:10 PM   #39
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I really wish TP&W would add some trophy Aoudad hunts in the permits draw win win all around
I wish they would increase/offer unlimited hunting opportunities for aoudad across the state. It would do wonders for the native habitat for mule deer, bighorns, whitetail, elk etc. I know, I'm not supposed to consider elk native but...
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Old 04-14-2022, 04:11 PM   #40
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That's a stud!! I dream of that hunt and an old bruiser ram like that.

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Old 04-14-2022, 04:13 PM   #41
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The only problem is they’re only in BB state park as far as I know, but yes it would be nice for them to put an aoudad only draw in there.

I would like to see them work with more landowners though in eradicating aoudad to be replaced with bighorns on their property. I could see it being more lucrative for outfitters and landowners than it is for those dang exotic sheep.
That's an excellent idea. There are also aoudad in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park as well as on thousands of acres of land owned by the University of Texas that is leased out to ranchers. I wish there was someone out there actually working to open these lands up to public hunters.
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Old 04-14-2022, 04:21 PM   #42
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Great ram!

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Old 04-14-2022, 04:30 PM   #43
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Old 04-14-2022, 04:34 PM   #44
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What a sheep!
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Old 04-14-2022, 04:36 PM   #45
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i love the big horn and kudos to this hunter for an epic hunt.
nothing easy about that in any land.

i also love the aoudad and have hunted them regularly in the hill country and recently on a draw hunt at Palo Duro. also not an easy place to hunt

I agree that the state needs to open up more hunts for aoudad in the big horn sheep areas and even consider trapping them.

the challenge with adding more bighorns is that they are so darn susceptible to disease as compared to the aoudad. the bighorns seem to pick up disease from domestic sheep as well as some other critters, which makes them constantly at risk. where the aoudad are like my mother in law... nearly indestructible
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Old 04-14-2022, 04:41 PM   #46
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Those Westies sure do love talking down on anyone else in the game, especially when we Texas boys kill bigger stuff! I dream of chasing all sorts of game in those mountains since my first mule deer hunt out there, an incredible harvest and a rewarding display for those folks at TPWD.
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Old 04-14-2022, 05:06 PM   #47
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pretty good ram right there
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Old 04-14-2022, 05:13 PM   #48
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Dream hunt. That animal is majestic!
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Old 04-14-2022, 05:52 PM   #49
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What a Majestic Ram! I have been on two hunts at Elephant Mountain and two at Big Bend Ranch State Park. Anyone that thinks those are canned hunts is nuts.
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Old 04-14-2022, 09:39 PM   #50
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