South Dakota bighorn ram is a world record
CHATFIELD, Minn. — Last year, bowhunter Clayton Miller’s name was drawn for the “first and only bighorn sheep unit in the Badlands of South Dakota.”
He made the opportunity count.
A bighorn ram harvested by Miller is now the largest hunter-killed bighorn sheep with both Pope and Young Club and Boone and Crockett Club, according to a special panel of judges convened by Pope and Young on Jan. 24 in Sioux Falls, S.D.
The ram was shot in South Dakota’s Pennington County on Oct. 30, 2018. With a final score of 209-1/8 inches, it surpassed the previous world record Rocky Mountain ram shot by Todd Kirk in 1998 by almost 10 inches. The ram will be on display at the Pope and Young Club Convention in Omaha, Neb., in April.
“I have been dreaming of the opportunity to draw a tag like this since I started applying religiously at the age of 12,” Miller said. “I went into this hunt knowing that there were some spectacular animals in the area, but it was beyond my wildest dream that I would be after the new Pope and Young Club world record. Thank you to everyone that helped along the way, mostly to my wife Becca for taking care of the family while I made dozens of scouting trips. What an honor and a privilege it was for me to be able to watch these incredible animals all year long a short road trip from my backyard.”