Bowhunter Jim Hens took this massive Stone sheep, which scored 179 1/8 inches, last November.
Last year Hens bought the British Columbia Stone Sheep Minister's tag (the equivalent of a governor's tag here in the U.S.), which allowed him the unique opportunity to hunt sheep in the rut. Hunting rams in the rut is a little like hunting rutting whitetails, Hens said. The need to breed draws the dominant males out of hiding and it distracts their survival instincts just enough to allow you to slip into bow range.
Knowing this was his best chance at killing a record Stone, Hens booked his hunt with Dustin Roe, an up-and-coming guide who has made a name for himself by leading clients to mammoth sheep in the mountains of BC on down to Mexico. Roe hooked up with outfitter Barry Tompkins of Big Nine Outfitters, which is run out of northern BC in the Northern Rocky Mountains Provincial Park. The unit was absolutely full of trophy rams.