With the official panel of judges located in the United States, taking the massive set of horns over the international border and back was just too big a hassle, and so Snodgrass accepted an unofficial measure of 2074/8 inches — enough to place the horns as third largest ever collected.
In a community that counts both hunted and collected trophies, anything over 200 inches comes with serious bragging rights, and Snodgrass might have rested on his laurels.
I passed through Cadomin, but there was enough of interest within sight that I knew I’d be stopping on the way back.
“The older ram would go down to the highway a couple times a month, but the younger ram would rarely follow.
We always wondered if one of these trips to the highway would be his last.” This was back in 2010 — but it wasn’t until this past weekend that Snodgrass and the rest of the sheep-hunting world found out just how tremendous the old salt-licker really was.
This property was opened in 1921 by Luscar Collieries, and the company town of Luscar, which was at the far left of this photo, peaked at a population of 724 in 1941.
The mine mostly supplied Canadian National Railway with fuel for their steam locomotives, and closed in 1956 when the railway’s conversion to diesel was complete.