The Black Hawaiian Ram is of great interest to hunters for a number of reasons. From its origin to its breeding behaviors there’s more than meets the eye with this species.
What is a Black Hawaiian Ram?
When it comes to animals, the Black Hawaiian Ram is a bit of a mystery in that not everyone can agree on its origin. That’s what makes them rare and even more intriguing to hunters. If you ask some people they’ll tell you the Black Hawaiian Ram is a Barbados Ram that has a dilution of the red color gene. Others will tell you it’s a cross between a black hair sheep and a Mouflon. No matter which you choose to believe there is no denying they are a favorite for hunting.
Black Hawaiian Rams are usually black all over while some have a white muzzle. The horns are distinct in that they grow a particular way; up, back, down, forward, and up again before tipping out. Those horns are no laughing matter as they can grow upwards of 40 inches. When Black Hawaiian Rams are young their horns are jet black. As they get older they start to fade in color to a light brown. Females usually don’t have horns so it’s easy to tell the difference right away. Female Black Hawaiian Rams also usually weigh half of their male counterparts who can max out at about 150 pounds.
Black Hawaiian Rams have been around for so long because they are tough animals. They are extremely agile so no terrain is too difficult. Their thick coat also allows them to survive in just about any climate. A fun fact about the Black Hawaiian Ram is that it is has a natural resistance to worms. The ram’s slick hair also helps it to keep parasites away. The Black Hawaiian Ram will shed its coat in the summer months which also helps to keep parasites at bay. It also sheds its thick undercoat in the winter so it doesn’t need to be sheared like other sheep. Black Hawaiian Rams also do not require tail docking.
Where are Black Hawaiian Rams Found?
A large amount of Black Hawaiian Rams are found in Texas. They also call Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and even Hawaii home, among other locations. Hunting of Black Hawaiian Rams is also popular in those spots.
Eating Habits of the Black Hawaiian Rams
Black Hawaiian Rams like to typically eat weeds and brush. Once and a while they will also eat grass shoots but they do tend to prefer weeds. During the summer months they’ll drink water every day. But, during the winter they can go as long as three days without taking one sip!
Breeding Habits of the Black Hawaiian Ram
Black Hawaiian Rams are physical creatures who like to fight. This usually involves head butting to determine the winner. Black Hawaiian Rams usually breed during August and September. Lambing season typically starts in February and can last into March.
Hunting Black Hawaiian Rams
Due to their mysterious origins and unique appearance, Black Hawaiian Rams are often sought after by hunters. Their horns make an intriguing addition for many hunters who enjoy trophy hunting. In Texas, there are no seasonal restrictions on hunting Black Hawaiian Rams which is another reason why this animal is so popular among hunters. They can also be hunted by a variety of methods including rifles, cross bows and pistols, just to name a few. If you’re unsure of the method you’d like to use, let the experts at Squaw Mountain Ranch help. Hunting guides will help customize each hunter’s experience with their preference of technique and weapon. Long range shooting instructions are also available as well as help for those with physical disabilities.
Squaw Mountain Resort has a large Black Hawaiian Ram population and is known for its trophy hunts. Each Black Hawaiian Ram hunter will go home with a trophy they will be proud to hang in their trophy room. All of this comes at an affordable price that Squaw Mountain is known for throughout Texas.
Call Squaw Mountain Ranch at (830) 275-3277 today to find out more about hunting Black Hawaiian Rams.