Mouflon sheep

Axis | Mouflon Sheep | Fallow | Japanese Sika Deer | Corsican Sheep
Texas Dall Sheep | Blackbuck Antelope | Pere Davids Deer

Much like the fallow, the origins of the mouflon are questionable since they have been transported throughout Europe, but various subspecies of Mouflon are present from the islands of Corsica and Sardinia eastward to the mountains of Armenia and Iran. Transplanted populations of mouflon can be found from Spain to the Czech Republic (where some of the largest specimens are taken), and in Argentina, Hawaii, and Texas. 

Mouflon rams make an impressive trophy with heavy horns of 26 to 30 inches pinching in at the tips to terminate close to the eye or lower jaw, a long black mane, and beautiful white saddle patch set on a reddish brown coat, white belly, and white stockings on the legs. Mouflon are extremely wary, and will flee upon seeing a man at more than 400 yards. 

Unlike many species of sheep, mouflon are adapted to life in forested areas with open parkland. On the ranch, you will find them feeding on the open hilltops and valley floors in mid afternoon and mid morning, but they retreat to the heavily timbered areas of old-growth cedar at the first sign of danger and to bed. Mouflon rut in the fall, and from late August to January, you will find large herds of females accompanied by one dominate male. The remainder of the year, the males seperate from the herds to form bachelor groups. 

Because all sheep interbreed freely, and Corsican or Barbado sheep are a common fixture on Texas ranches, it is very rare to find pure mouflon in Texas even though they are often sold as such. It's also important that the hunter know what to look for in a pure mouflon as there is often a significant difference in price between pure and mixed breed animals. Besides the color pattern mentioned above, pure mouflon rams will rarely exceed 90 lbs in weight, should have a tail no longer than 6 inches, and have horns with tips that do not turn outward until they reach the plane of the eye. All of these are traits you will find in our rams on the Dietert pasture of Kent Creek Ranch. 




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