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Name: Arapawa Ram

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This breed of wild sheep were introduced in 1867 to Arapawa Island at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. 

The Arapawa Ram is the descendant of a flock of domesticated sheep that were introduced to Arapawa Island over 200 years ago as a food source for whalers. They are a wild, hardy sheep that is totally unique to the country and a great sheep hunt addition to your New Zealand guided hunting trip.

They reverted to survival characteristics and evolved extensively into this unique breed on the small Arapawa Island in the Marlborough Sounds, hence their name. They are usually dark brown and black in colour with white markings.

Usually, the average ram will possess 1-1.5 curls on either side, however, it’s not unheard of to hunt a trophy possessing two full curls.

Sheep hunting the classic Arapawa Ram trophy has an impressive set of double-curled horns, dark brown or black wool and a white blaze down it’s nose. The rams inhabit steep hill country, are hard-running and make for a trophy well worth the effort.



Weighing in at around 200 lbs their wool grows long and matted giving them a rasta appearance. Hunting is spot and stalk with shots from 30 - 200 yards, ideal for bow hunting New Zealand hunting guides judge them on mass of horn and number of curls.

Their most common colouring is all black with a depth of blackness which is particularly striking in the lambs, but Arapawas may often have white points, and on very rare occasions be pure white. 

The most strikingly colored are those which are spotted with white over the whole body, and which are often referred to as 'cocktail' Arapawas.

The Ram makes an attractive trophy and is a perfect way to end a big game hunt. Many of our hunters spot the animals while out stalking their stag, and decide to take them in the last days of their hunt. A great way to mount your trophy sheep is either shoulder mount or to have the taxidermist turn him into a full body rug and European the skull on horns. 

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