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Montana college student harvests record ram

Justin Sheedy record Montana ram

Photo credit: Bozeman Daily Chronicle/Ted Sheedy 

Justin Sheedy is a pretty lucky guy. Not only did he draw a rare once-in-a-lifetime bighorn sheep tag in Montana in 2017, but the 20-year-old Montana State University student filled that tag—with a record-breaking ram within only 20 days of hunting (and five trips to the Missouri River Breaks). According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the ram, which was part of a herd roaming the Missouri River Breaks, scored 208 3/8, tying it for the “largest hunter-killed ram in the world.”

Justin Sheedy's record ram (top) compared to replica of the previous U.S. Record

Justin Sheedy's record ram (top) compared to a replica of the previous U.S. Record. Photo Credit: Bozeman Daily Chronicle/ Ted Sheedy

“We knew he was spectacular, but we measured three times thinking the numbers had to be off,” said Justin.

His hunting team included his dad, Ted Sheedy, and longtime Montana hunter John Lewton, who knew a thing or two about locating bighorn sheep. Lewton has pursued bighorn sheep during about 290 different hunts; however, it’s never been to fill his own tag. He told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle that he’s tried for one for the past 30 years and has never been that lucky. Instead, he tracks them for a different reason: to create bronze sculptures and take stunning photographs.

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“Everybody does it for a different reason, being in high places up in the mountains where the sheep live is captivating,” said Lewton. “They’re typically elusive animals; they get smart once (they) realize someone is pursuing it.”

“This hunting isn’t just about meat, it’s the pursuit,” he continued. “That’s why I’m satisfied doing it without shooting. I get 95 percent of the thrill most people only get once.”

Fortunately, for Justin, he was able to use Lewton’s know how to harvest an amazing trophy. Now, he waits for the finalized scoring, which will occur before a Boone and Crockett Club panel in Missouri.

“I like the adventure of hunting, working hard to get into places people don’t normally go, where the animals hang out,” Justin said. “The goal was to work hard to harvest a respectable ram and have another great experience together. We did that.”


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Brady J. Miller
Brady M. - posted 1 year ago on 01-18-2019 04:20:52 pm
Las Vegas, NV
goHUNT Team

Hey everyone. INSIDERs and nonINSIDERs can comment on general articles that are open up to everyone. Like News, Skills and Life articles. Non-INSIDERs can create an account to comment on these, as we allow the open discussion in hopes that they are in fact a hunter or maybe even don't hunt but still support hunting and would like to have a discussion about it. It is unfortunate that non-hunters can't have an honest and open discussion without going off the deep end. If they can't play nice, we remove them and we have just banned those users and I cleaned up the comments. The comments by all of you INSIDERs have been spot on! If they want to openly ask questions so we can have a nice discussion, that will be tolerated. But calling all hunters bad names... that isn't allowed. Note: please refrain from the use of harsh language when responding to back to them.

Marc M. - posted 1 year ago on 01-18-2019 08:55:39 am

Hunters especially appreciate the beauty of animals when they are alive. Hunters and their $ have done much more toward conservation of these animals than any whack job anti hunting group. Bighorn sheep are also great table fare. Don't let it get to you Gary. These morons are the same folks that can not understand that a wall on our Southern border will increase national security.

Jason K. - posted 1 year ago on 01-17-2019 10:31:10 am
Westminster, MD

Man joined this site so I didn't have to read crap like this, I agree Insiders only on comments. Great story and great ram. Congrats to Justin I'm sure he worked his tail off to get it.

Marc M. - posted 1 year ago on 01-17-2019 08:57:59 am

Justin and his father are both avid outdoorsman, hunters, and all around great folks. I am very happy the young man had the opportunity and "killed" a beautiful ram.

Andrew S. - posted 1 year ago on 01-16-2019 09:49:26 pm

Devin I think you've missed the point on hunting. It's not about the kill if hunters just liked to kill things they would pay to go kill domestic cows that they need to harvest. It's about the journey, perseverance and a whole slew of different reasons. Why don't you actually read the article and you'll see that John Lewton has been on 290 different sheep hunts and hasn't killed one.

Zach H. - posted 1 year ago on 01-16-2019 06:57:48 pm

Hey Devin, quit comparing animals to people you’ll be happier.

Gerald O. - posted 1 year ago on 01-16-2019 02:00:07 pm

Why do I have to read comments from uneducated anti-hunters on a site I pay money for? Granted this is the first comment of its kind I have seen but maybe keep the comments limited to INSIDER members.

Drew M. - posted 1 year ago on 01-16-2019 11:33:47 am

Good for Justin! All of us are on this site because we are building points and chasing an opportunity at a hunt like this. He drew the tag at 20 years old... I am a little envious.

Ben L. - posted 1 year ago on 01-15-2019 01:15:34 pm

Read about this ram earlier. Can't wait for my chance at a ram. Happy to see they still grow'em that big still. Glad he could share the hunt with others. Been on a few once-in-a-lifetime hunts, never the tag holder, but the memories are worth it.