Are Rams and Bighorn Sheep the Same Thing?

You’ve probably heard people talk about hunting rams before. You’ve probably also heard them discuss hunting bighorn sheep. However, what you may not have realized is that rams and bighorn sheep are essentially one and the same. Rams are male bighorn sheep, which means you can use those terms interchangeably when you’re speaking to someone about hunting them. Do you want to learn some other interesting facts about rams/bighorn sheep? Continue reading to find out more about them.

Rams—and their horns!—are a lot bigger than you might think.

Generally speaking, rams are very large animals. They are usually about five to six feet long from their heads to their tails. They also tend to weigh anywhere from 260 pounds all the way up to 300 pounds or more. But it’s their horns that really steal the show. Some Rocky Mountain Rams have horns that weigh more than all of their bones combined. A single set of horns can weigh upwards of 30 pounds in some cases.

Rams have their horns for a reason.

The set of horns that you’ll see on rams aren’t just there for decoration. Rams use their horns to engage in fights with their fellow rams. When settling some kind of argument between them, rams will often ram into one another with their horns over and over again. Their horns are strong enough to stand up to this kind of behavior without sustaining any damage.

Rams prefer to live in areas with rocky and rough terrains.

Most of the Rocky Mountain Rams found in this country are located in states like Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. That’s partly because rams do just fine living in rocky areas. They’re known to use their hooves to balance their bodies on boulders and can move up and down mountains quickly without a care in the world. They’re also able to jump great distances and have incredible eyesight, which allows them to steer clear of potential predators and other dangerous situations.

Rams are herbivores that feast on grass, seeds, and more.

Judging by how large they are, you might be under the impression that rams must eat lots of meat. But they’re actually herbivores that eat things like grass, seeds, and plants. They also have a complicated digestive process that involves them regurgitating their food and eating it a second time after they’ve already eaten it once.

Although most Rocky Mountain Rams live out in the middle of the country, Tioga Boar Hunting can provide you with an opportunity to hunt rams right here in Pennsylvania. We can teach you more about hunting rams and increase your chances of having a successful hunt when you go on a guided hunt with us. Call us at 570-835-5341 to schedule a Rocky Mountain Ram hunting trip.