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Old Dec 20th 2015, 10:15 AM   #1
 Jack's Avatar
 
  Apr 2009
  Vaughn, MT 59487

Cervid: mule deer,whitetail,elk,goats,bighorn & stone sheep


This is off topic from whitetail but I wanted to share one of my favorite hybrid bighorn rams with you guys.* This ram will be three this April.* The hybrid vigor we get in horn growth is amazing.* This ram weighs 250 pounds and has 14 plus inch bases.* He is the second picture.* Now that I look at the picture I think I feed them too much.* LOL


Here are also pictures of two other rams that will be two this April and some ewes.* These rams are harvestable at three years old.* Harvest facilities that have the right kind of clients have a use for animals like this and they sell very well for me.* The ones I sold this year had 14 plus inch bases and were from 40 to 42 inch's long in horn.
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Old Dec 21st 2015, 05:36 AM   #2
 
  Jul 2010
  Grand Rapids, MI


They look fat and sassy Jack, you obviously take good care of them.*
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Old Dec 21st 2015, 07:33 AM   #3
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  Apr 2009
  Vaughn, MT 59487

Cervid: mule deer,whitetail,elk,goats,bighorn & stone sheep


Johnny,


The coming three year old is very sassy.* When he was a long yearling he would meet me at the gate and slam his head into it.* I have a hip replacement from a bighorn that hit me.* So the truth is when they do this it scares the crap out of me.* As we no longer have harvest facilities in Montana as that is where I would have gone with him I tried something new.* I put a dog shock collar on him and when he hit the gate I hit the shock button.* He came back to the gate and did it again and I hit the shock button again.* I then went in and chased him around and every time he let me get close I hit the shock button.* So for a year he thought I was God and kept away from me till just the other day.


Well last week I went in to look at his girl friends as I was checking for blue marks on their back as I had put blue on his chest so when he bred them it would leave a mark.* He felt I was to interested in his girl friends and raised up on his hind legs and ran toward me.* I screamed at him (not really like a girl scream really) and he dropped to his feet.* As I backed out he did it again and again I gave a real manly scream which got Scott's attention and when we were both there he quite the aggression.


I looked up the shock collar and charged it up.* I was ready to train him again.* It didn't work because his coat is so long the pins didn't get to his skin so no shock.* We are going to catch him up and shave his neck area as I need him to believe I'm in charge.* For now I just stay out of his pen.
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Old Dec 21st 2015, 10:03 AM   #4
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  May 2009
  St. Ignace, Northern Michigan

Cervid: deer breeder


Very interesting Jack,Do you bottle feed the little ones.He sure has a lot of body fat on.* Must be expecting a hard winter. What is their diet.
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Old Dec 21st 2015, 11:17 AM   #5
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  Apr 2009
  Vaughn, MT 59487

Cervid: mule deer,whitetail,elk,goats,bighorn & stone sheep


Deer Whisperer,


No we don't bottle feed sheep just every now and then one rams does this.* As far as feed this time of year they just get alfalfa grass hay.* They are lots easier to feed than deer or should I say cheaper.* Winter here has been very easy so far with it only going to zero* for a few days.* We are almost snow free and day temps are 32 to 40 so not bad.
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Old Dec 21st 2015, 04:32 PM   #6
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  Jul 2009
  Deer Park, Alabama

Cervid: whitetails
That is neat!
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Old Dec 22nd 2015, 03:58 AM   #7
 
  Jun 2014
  United States


its pretty cool that the hybrids can reproduce so well for you!
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Old Dec 22nd 2015, 06:00 AM   #8
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  Apr 2009
  Vaughn, MT 59487

Cervid: mule deer,whitetail,elk,goats,bighorn & stone sheep


Lewis,


When we started using LAP AI we were at 10% conception.* Over the years we have been able to work out a schedule on sheep that will give very reasonable results.* Last year we averaged 75% conception.*
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Old Dec 22nd 2015, 08:23 PM   #9
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  May 2011
  Linesville, PA


Very cool Jack.* Be careful in those pens.* I know how easy it is to forget they can be dangerous.* I'm lucky my breeder, Lake Effect, still likes treats more than he would like to kill me.* He was fighting through the fence with one of my two year olds, ear back, walking sideways, etc.* I walked up (from the other side of the fence) and he took a time out to eat his treat then he went right back to fighting!
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