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.
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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.
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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?
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.”
B H Sheep Draw Tag Trophy Fully Outft'd 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 2021 31 Dec 2021
2021 Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep Hunt Canada
The rocky mountain bighorn sheep is one of the most challenging hunts and highly coveted big game trophies in the world. Our sheep population is one of the best in our region. Full curl minimum standard provides a trophy hunt. Our sheep guides have many years experience.. The bighorn sheep hunt is either an early or late season hunt and must be booked well in advance.... hunt dates are Sept 10-21, and Oct 14-25.This is a very physically demanding hunt that involves plenty of backpacking over some very rugged rocky mountain terrain. All prices are subject to change. Each hunt includes picking up the hunters and returning them to the local airport providing the hunter arrives at the scheduled date and time. Each hunt normally includes one day in for arrival and one day out for departure. Your hunt will not be considered booked until a 30% deposit has been received. All hunts must be paid in full by June 1 of the hunt year Non hunting companion $250/day US
Trip duration: 12 days
Hunting season: 10 Sep 2021 25 Oct 2021
Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep 10 Day '21 Canada
Hunting Bighorns is not for the faint hearted. Rugged terrain and limited number of legal rams spread over a large area make this a challenging hunt. To increase your chances, two guides are employed to help cover the country and spot your ram. Be patient, you will spend hours glassing the mountains. Be in shape, your success depends on it. Get well acquainted with your back-pack, you'll be using it. Season Dates Sept 10- Oct 25. This is a 10 or 14 day hunt with 2 guides per hunter.
Trip duration: 10 days
Hunting season: 10 Sep 2021 25 Oct 2021
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