Squaw Mountain Ranch offers a variety of different hunts, and we even have Black Hawaiian hunts! Like many trophy hunting ranches around, we offer Black Hawaiian hunts, but we offer the opportunity for hunters of all experience levels to take part in the fun. Many people get the Black Hawaiian ram confused with another type of ram called the mouflon. Mouflons are wild sheep native to northern and eastern Iraq, but they are not the same as a Black Hawaiian. Though the mouflon and Black Hawaiian look similar, there are some distinct differences in their appearance and genealogy.
What Is a Black Hawaiian?
Black Hawaiian hunts can give you the experience you desire as a seasoned hunter or even a greenhorn. The Black Hawaiian is a ram that is actually native to Texas. You may have never seen a Black Hawaiian walking around outside your house, but that’s because Black Hawaiians are a special breed of ram. Skilled breeders created the Black Hawaiian ram by crossbreeding the mouflon and domestic black sheep. The results created three new types of ram species, one of which is the Black Hawaiian.
In Texas, Black Hawaiians need to meet certain criteria. Because they are a crossbred species, identifying a true Black Hawaiian is difficult, but it can be done with the right knowledge. Black Hawaiians need to have an all-black coat besides an occasional white or gray muzzle. Black Hawaiians who reach maturity need to be able to shed their coat. Black Hawaiians must also have a traceable lineage to either a mouflon or American black belly. Black Hawaiian horns can come in a variety of shapes and sizes. However, it’s more common to see Black Hawaiians with densely curled horns that are thick. Besides the size of their horns, Black Hawaiians must have a dark brown to black horn color.
What Disqualifies a Black Hawaiian in Black Hawaiian Hunts?
When people go on Black Hawaiian hunts, they want to know they’re getting what they pay for. Many other trophy hunting ranches will try to pass off suboptimal examples of Black Hawaiians but not SMR. We make sure all of our Black Hawaiians meet a specific standard. One thing that disqualifies a Black Hawaiian from being a true one is tails that are too long. Tails that reach past the hocks disqualify a Black Hawaiian.
Another thing that disqualifies a Black Hawaiian is an overbite or underbite. Black Hawaiians that exhibit floppy ears are also disqualified. Disqualification exists because they can make the Black Hawaiian’s life more difficult. We put these standards in place to ensure that our Black Hawaiians are not only healthy but also happy. We believe in upholding a certain standard for our patrons because we believe in providing the best experience possible.
The Habitat of the Black Hawaiian
Our Black Hawaiian hunts are great for hunters of all experience levels because of the habitat we provide our rams and ewes. Though black Hawaiians really don’t have a native home, they have the same preference in habitat as the mouflon and domestic sheep it has been crossbred with. Mouflons like slightly rocky and sparse forested areas and so does the Black Hawaiian. Lucky for them, our ranch offers a variety of terrain that they can live on!
Black Hawaiians, like the mouflon, like to graze on just about anything. While you can see them eating grass, they also enjoy eating the tender leaves of bushes and occasionally can be seen eating other types of shrubbery. Black Hawaiians also like to travel in herds as they move through fields. Because the Black Hawaiian is bred only in Texas, it’s hard to say if it has any natural predators.
What Do You Need to Look for During Black Hawaiian Hunts?
Many hunters want to participate in Black Hawaiian hunts because of their distinct features. The Black Hawaiian, compared to the mouflon you may be familiar with, has a darker coat and more corkscrewed horns. Because the Black Hawaiian ram is cross bred using the genetics of a mouflon, they are part of the Corsican ram family. The Black Hawaiian is a large animal. Ewes can weigh up to 150 pounds and rams can weigh up to 200 pounds. Males have large horns that can weigh up to 25 pounds and are 30 inches in length!
Ewes may have horns, but they are significantly shorter that ram horns. Ewe horns usually to not spiral like ram horn either. The only thing that breaks up their Black coat is an occasional white muzzle that can be seen in both males and females. Black Hawaiian ears are similar to the ears of other rams. However, their ears are parallel to the ground. Their ears vary from a dark brown to light amber, and their teeth are just like any other ram breed. In sticking with the all black theme, Black Hawaiian hooves are black as well. Their tails are short compared to other breeds and are usually flat at the end instead of rounded.
Why Squaw Mountain Ranch Is the Best Location for All Types of Trophy Hunts
Squaw Mountain Ranch seeks to provide the best experience for Black Hawaiian hunts as possible. Besides our strict standards, we keep the best care of our animals in order to ensure they live happy lives on our ranch. We also offer guided tours for anyone who is interested, for several types of animals. They include white-tailed deer, red stag, and elk. We also do exotic hunts for large game, such as water buffalo.
On a guided tour, we will pair hunters with a professional and skilled ranch member who will provide the knowledge to bag the best trophy animal. SMR prides itself on creating a friendly and inviting environment to hunters of all experience levels. We can even provide assistance to our patrons with disabilities. Whether you would like to hunt with bow and arrow or firearms, our guided tours set you up in the best position to take your shot. We also allow our patrons to hunt with a pistol and black powder. We believe hunters should be able to do it their way!