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Dall Sheep

HOME RANGE: The Dall sheep’s range is in most of Alaska's mountains, the extreme northwestern corner of British Columbia, the northern and western Yukon Territory, and the Mackenzie Mountains in the Northwest Territories.

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Dall Sheep

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ANIMAL SUMMARY: Dall sheep rams vary in body weight dramatically over their range and even within the same population. “Dwarf rams” have been taken by many hunters, and though not common, could not be considered as uncommon. These mature “dwarf rams” can weigh as little as 125 pounds, but most other Dall rams weigh much more, up to and even over 200 pounds. Females (ewes) are much smaller. The Dall sheep is usually almost all white. Dall sheep having a siginicant amount of dark hairs in the "saddle" region and on the legs are sometimes referred to as a Fannin sheep.  The Dall sheep horns are slimmer than in other North American sheep, more triangular in cross section and are usually longer on average than their bighorn cousins. Horn conformation varies with the region, some ranges featuring sheep with tight curls, others with more flare; however, the typical mature Dall ram has horns that flare outward at the tips after making a full curl. Females have short, slender horns.

Super Ten®/Super Slam®: For Grand Slam Club/Ovis’s Grand Slam®, as well as the Super Ten®/Super Slam®, sheep predominantly white should naturally be entered as Dall sheep. When there is enough dark hair to show a distinct “saddle,” as well as dark hair down the legs, a hunter should enter that ram as a Fannin/Stone. GSCO is quite lenient with this rule, and allows the member/hunter to make the determination within reason, using the aforementioned criteria. GSCO has stated for many years in its GRAND SLAM publication that within two or three more decades, it may become nearly impossible to find an all-white Dall sheep except in isolated pockets of Alaska. Information found here contains excerpts from the on-line and printed version of Safari Club International (SCI) Record Book of Trophy Animals and is used by permission. Visit www.scirecordbook.org.

Dall Sheep Species Map

Dall Sheep Range in North America: The map above is used by permission from the on-line Safari Club International (SCI) Record Book of Trophy Animals. Visit www.scirecordbook.org.