Like all New Zealand big game animals Arapawa Rams introduced and in their situation we owe thanks to Captain James Cook who was employed by the British government in the 1700's to explore new lands for which the British could lay claim to and colonise. Rams were carried on board their ships for food and were liberated in New Zealand in 1773. Without predators they soon breed in their new environment. Arapawa Ram can be hunted both free range and on Estates. Rams carry large curled horns that are quite thick at the base and a trophy is considered with horns that are more than a full curl. They come in an array of dark brown and black colours and some have a white blaze on their foreheads. They make a very attractive trophy. The Arapawa Ram is accepted by the SCI and are included in the SCI South Pacific record books.
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