A ram shot in California’s San Bernadino Mountains — measuring 180 7/8 inches — could set new Pope & Young record for desert big horn sheep.
<h2></h2>Bret Scott is a hunter's hunter. An avid 51-year-old archery hunter from Riverside, Calif., Scott arrowed a giant ram in the wilderness of the <a href="http://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/!ut/p/c4/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gjAwhwtDDw9_AI8zPwhQoY6BdkOyoCAPkATlA!/?ss=110512&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&cid=FSE_003853&navid=091000000000000&pnavid=null&position=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&ttype=main&pname=San%2520Bernardino%2520National%2520Forest-%2520Home" target="_new">San Bernardino National Forest</a> in Southern California on Tuesday, Dec. 20, just four days after the season opened. <p> The ram green-scored 180 7/8-inches on the <a href="http://www.pope-young.org/default.asp" target="_new">Pope & Young</a> measuring system, and depending on shrinkage after the 60-day drying period, it could become the new world record for desert bighorn sheep taken by an archer. The <a href="http://www.pope-young.org/world-records_details.asp?wr=34" target="_new">current record</a> is 178 6/8 inches, taken by Jim Hens in New Mexico. And with just five rams taken in California by archers, it's about 18-inches bigger than the nearest archery ram taken in California and certain to be the California record.