Gary Sublett killed the largest bighorn sheep ever in Idaho, but his name is not going into the states record book. However, the Boone and Crockett Club chose to recognize the ram and is entering it into their record books as the 26th largest ever taken. I am sure a lot of readers are like me and find this rather odd, but each side has its reasons.
According to the Caspar Star Tribune, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game will not recognize a bighorn sheep that was killed in 2016 by a Nez Perce Tribe member as the state record, because the ram was shot in violation of state hunting regulations. However, those regulations do not apply to tribe members hunting on ancestral lands.
“We’re not going to call it an illegal kill,” said Idaho Fish and Game spokesman Roger Phillips. “But for our state records, they have to be in accordance with our fish and game laws.”
That sentiment was contrasted by the Boone and Crockett Club.
“It is the largest that we have recorded from Idaho,” said Justin Spring, director of Boone and Crockett Club’s Big Game Records. “From what we’ve seen, there were no reasons why we wouldn’t accept that entry.”
B&C decided to recognize the sheep because it was legally killed under the treaty and because the tribe has a management plan in place for sustainable hunting.
I can see both sides of the argument and am not sure what side I come down on. What are your thoughts?