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#7061814 - 02/01/18 12:26 PM Ever seen an aoudad like this?
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This young ram is the darkest colored aoudad I've ever seen. Anyone see something like this before? I hope it's genetic...




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#7061815 - 02/01/18 12:28 PM Re: Ever seen an aoudad like this? [Re: utcb]
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Neat looking for sure!

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#7061816 - 02/01/18 12:28 PM Re: Ever seen an aoudad like this? [Re: utcb]
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Never have but that's pretty cool...
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#7061822 - 02/01/18 12:30 PM Re: Ever seen an aoudad like this? [Re: utcb]
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I have seen a lot of Aoudad but none like that. That is really unusual. up
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#7061823 - 02/01/18 12:33 PM Re: Ever seen an aoudad like this? [Re: utcb]
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He is just dark from wallowing in the mud. We see a lot like that after rains or wet conditions. Big old Rams though tend to be darker in color.
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#7061825 - 02/01/18 12:37 PM Re: Ever seen an aoudad like this? [Re: mulie_mike]
utcb Offline
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Originally Posted By: mulie_mike
He is just dark from wallowing in the mud. We see a lot like that after rains or wet conditions. Big old Rams though tend to be darker in color.


I'm not sure its mud. I've seen him at other times on the trail cam. This was just the best picture of him.

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#7061889 - 02/01/18 01:34 PM Re: Ever seen an aoudad like this? [Re: utcb]
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Looks like melanism to me. If so, very cool trophy when he grows up.

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#7062008 - 02/01/18 03:03 PM Re: Ever seen an aoudad like this? [Re: utcb]
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Never knew there was Affirmative Action for Aoudad herds

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#7062021 - 02/01/18 03:09 PM Re: Ever seen an aoudad like this? [Re: utcb]
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The dark actually just looks like a color phase from a recessive gene
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#7062027 - 02/01/18 03:12 PM Re: Ever seen an aoudad like this? [Re: utcb]
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I would imagine hes an older one of the herd also.... his chaps are long and stained and his bone structure trumps the young one behind him.. look at the feet


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#7062054 - 02/01/18 03:33 PM Re: Ever seen an aoudad like this? [Re: utcb]
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He’s not old....still immature.


But his coloring is amazing.


Only thing I was thinking was he was rolling around in a burn pile
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#7062060 - 02/01/18 03:37 PM Re: Ever seen an aoudad like this? [Re: utcb]
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We have shot many like that over the years his hide is stained from wallowing. If you shoot him get him mounted his hide will be washed and come out to be the same color as the rest in the picture. Pretty normal site right there nothing wrong with him.
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#7062163 - 02/01/18 05:02 PM Re: Ever seen an aoudad like this? [Re: utcb]
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I wish this kind of picture would show up on [/i]my[i] trailcams. lol

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#7062270 - 02/01/18 06:16 PM Re: Ever seen an aoudad like this? [Re: txtrophy85]
utcb Offline
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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
He’s not old....still immature.


But his coloring is amazing.


Only thing I was thinking was he was rolling around in a burn pile


I knew when I posted the picture that people would think it was mud or dirt. I have seen pictures of that and if you zoom in you can normally see a mud clot or two in the long hair (in my experience). I see none of that on this guy. Plus, the hair on his back, face and chaps seems to be a shade darker than the rest of his body. If he were rolling around in something, wouldn't he be more uniform in color?

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#7062412 - 02/01/18 07:48 PM Re: Ever seen an aoudad like this? [Re: utcb]
Techbubz Offline
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Registered: 01/28/18
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Loc: Texas
Looks like mud/dirt to me, look at the eyes and behind the front legs. Behind the kegs where friction has rubbed it off. The chaps hold most of the mud and stay darker. To me, looks like mud between the horns as well. I am no expert though.

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