Where to hunt Bighorn Sheep
Bighorn sheep is an all-American species. Two main varieties are recognized: desert bighorn and Rocky Mountains bighorn. The desert bighorn inhabits mountain ranges in the southwestern US, including Utah Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, as well as in Mexico. Rocky Mountain bighorn is a little bigger and dwells a bit to the north, in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. Bighorn sheep can also be hunted as exotic species in countries like Uruguay.
Bighorn sheep hunts in the USA are priced between $5,000 and $10,000, but please note that all bighorn hunting offers in the USA cover only the outfitter’s services, and do not include a tag, which must be obtained by the hunter (and that’s the hardest part of bighorn hunting - see below). Hunts in Mexico and British Columbia, by contrast, typically come with tags included, but will set you back $30,000 and up.
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When to hunt Bighorn Sheep?
Bighorn seasons are typically generous. They may begin in early or late August and run all the way to October and November; in Mexico, bighorn sheep hunts continue to March 31. September and October are usually considered the prime time for a bighorn sheep hunt. Introduced bighorn sheep in exotic countries can often be hunted a year round.
Hunting methods All hunting methods (4)
Most bighorn sheep hunts are outfitted and guided; hunters usually don’t want to take any chances with a tag that cost a small fortune or was a once-in-a-lifetime draw. Like most mountain game hunts, Bighorn Sheep hunts are typically spot-and-stalk. It’s hard to say which part of this equation is more difficult. Bighorn sheep’s protective coloring makes them next to invisible on the mountain slopes, and their keen senses and always-on-the-alert attitude makes them difficult to approach. Hunters will usually have to cover a lot of ground on foot, as few sheep habitats allow the use of horses, to say nothing of motor vehicles. With desert bighorn, an additional challenge is shortage of water. A good spotting scope and high-quality binoculars are essential, and so is an accurate, lightweight rifle, that you are comfortable to take long shots with.
Why hunt Bighorn Sheep? All hunts (19)
Habitat loss, disease carried by domestic sheep, and uncontrolled hunting in the late XIX-early XX centuries greatly reduced its range and numbers, making it one of the most desirable and difficult to get mountain hunting trophy. Mountain game hunting is often considered to be the ultimate big-game hunt. Very few corners can be cut here: the hunter must earn his or her trophy by covering many miles over challenging mountain terrain, be as wary and conscious of the environment as the sheep themselves, show patience and endurance. But the reward is much greater than a pair of full curl, thick, tight curled horns. To quote the sheep hunting legend Jack O’Connor, “the old bighorn will lead the hunter into the most beautiful country he’s ever seen. He’ll wear him out, give him buck fever, and break his heart; but if the hunter is the type that’s susceptible to sheep fever he’ll never be completely happy hunting anything else.”
Big Horn Sheep Draw Tag Fully Outfitted United States
Arizona Desert Big Horn Sheep hunting is the most coveted tag in north America and is a once in a lifetime experience. Our Guides are very knowledgeable and experienced in locating, hunting, and judging bighorn sheep. We spend most of the year observing sheep and keeping tabs on the best rams in a number of units. Our Guides are dedicated to your success and goals our hunts are typically 10 days and rarely ever go more than 7 but we have the option to go longer if need be. Since desert sheep hunting is on a random draw basis, hunters that are interested in booking a sheep hunt will be emailed instructions on how to apply and which hunt numbers to use. The application period for sheep is in late May. Once a tag is drawn, we will book the hunt. The Arizona hunting license fee is $160.00 and tag fee is $1,815.00 (Non-Resident) or $313.00 (Resident). If applying online during the draw, your credit card will be charged for the full hunting license fee, since a license is required in order to apply. But Don’t worry you can use that license to apply for other AZ hunts or hunt OTC tags like archery deer. If you are lucky enough to draw the Sheep Tag that fee will be charged at a later date. Arizona has a bonus point system which increases your odds of drawing a tag. Each time you apply and are not drawn for a particular species, you receive a bonus point. For each bonus point you have for sheep, your name goes into the drawing an additional time, slightly increasing your odds. Draw applications accepted online starting late May. The Arizona Big Game Super Raffle tag for desert bighorn sheep is another option. The lucky winner of this tag has a 365-day season to harvest a ram utilizing several areas (units 9-16). Raffle tickets are only $25 each and you can buy as many as you can afford! They can be purchased online via the AZ Big Game Super Raffle website
Trip duration: 10 days
Hunting season: 1 Dec 2020 31 Dec 2020
Free Range Big Horn Hunt Mexico
This is a free range Desert Big Horn Sheep hunt. We accept maximum of 1 hunter in camp for all our sheep hunts (unless you request otherwise) so full privacy and hunt concentration is guaranteed. Observers are welcome at $250 per person per day.
Trip duration: 10 days
Hunting season: 1 Dec 2019 31 Mar 2020
15 Day Desert Sheep Hunt Free Range Mexico
Consider this your personal invitation to come hunt with us in Mexico. Our goal is to provide you and your hunting party with an incredible hunt, unbeatable service and accommodation and unforgettable memories. We're confident once you experience our hospitality and hunting that you will want to come back time and time again. This hunt is for a ram over 165" SCI Mule Deer can be added onto the hunt after the sheep is killed for $7500 No trophy fee.
Trip duration: 15 days
Hunting season: 1 Dec 2019 24 Mar 2021
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