The 20th bighorn sheep taken by a hunter who won a permit lottery in Nebraska is probably a state record, according to state game officials.
Terry Bogle of Lincoln harvested the ram on Dec. 9 on private property near Crawford in northwestern Nebraska, according to a release from the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission.
After a mandatory 60-day drying period, the Boone and Crockett Club score is estimated to climb to about 189 points, which would top the 185 7/8 score of a ram taken in 1998, the first year Nebraska held its lottery hunt.
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Bogle won the permit in a lottery of 2,300 entries; he was one of two permits allowed, the other going to a New York woman who also harvested a ram in the Wildcat Hills area of Nebraska.
Bogle's ram, estimated to be nine years old, is the offspring of bighorn sheep from Montana that were released in Nebraska as part of a bighorn reintroduction program in 2005. An estimated 360 bighorns now reside in the Pine Ridge area of Nebraska, the commission said.