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Afghan Urial Hunt

The Afghan Urial (Ovis vignei cycloceros) is native to mountain areas in parts of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Afghan Urial are found mostly on private ranches in Texas now.

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The Afghan Urial's overall color varies from reddish to yellowish-brown, with rump and under-belly white and face can be a bluish-gray. The Afghan Urial Rams have a white bib and long black ruff on front of their neck.

The Afghan Urial horns are homonymous, triangular in cross section, and strongly wrinkled, curling outwards from the top of their skull turning inwards ending behind the head. Trophy Afghan Urial will have horn lengths in the upper 27 inch range and up. The World Record Afghan Urial, taken in 1909, measured 41 1/2 inches. Female Afghan Urial have small, straight horns.

In their native habitat, mating season begins in September, where Afghan Urial Rams will select 4-5 ewes, who will give birth to one or two lambs after 5 months of gestation.