Ram horns have to be measured by a certified Boone and Crockett measurer and score at least 175 inches after the drying period to qualify for the club’s awards book. North Dakota’s previous state record bighorn, taken last year, measured 174½, just shy of Boone and Crockett, Wiedmann said

Based in Missoula, Mont., the Boone and Crockett Club is the official record keeper of trophy big game animals taken with a firearm.

Wiedmann, who keeps close tabs on North Dakota’s bighorn herd and knows the whereabouts of most of the largest, oldest rams, said the new record sheep spent most of its time in an area that’s part of Unit B4 but strayed south into B3 during the rut.

He plans to get a wall pedestal mount of the trophy ram, he said.

“I just really wanted to be able to make the record book,” Seamands said. “(The hunt) was a blast. I drew my elk tag in 2010 for North Dakota, and I’ve been out to Montana on a cow elk hunt, but this was, by far, the best hunt I’ve ever had. It was exciting.”

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