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Best State for a Sheep Tag?

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Unread 05-15-2008, 12:40 AM
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Best State for a Sheep Tag?

In what state would it be least difficult to draw a sheep tag? Do you simply have to apply in a bunch of states and wait for the numbers to fall into place? Is it better to just commit the bucks to an expensive Dall Sheep hunt in Alaska (or the Canadian Yukon)?

Just curious what members' experiences have been. Thanks for your thoughts!
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Unread 05-15-2008, 08:41 AM
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You might get lucky but I think it is about a 10 yr minimum for a sheep tag in the lower 48. I may be wrong on the number of years it will take to draw but I would consider the dall sheep hunt totally different than a Rocky Mtn Bighorn hunt. If you have the money, just go on the dall sheep hunt and buy preference pts for the RMS ever year.
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Unread 05-15-2008, 10:39 AM
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Originally Posted by DWK View Post
Do you simply have to apply in a bunch of states and wait for the numbers to fall into place?
Yes. Put the numbers in your favor as much as possible. As far as a Dall or Stone hunt, you're going to shell out a lot more coin on one of those than you will applying in multiple states, and those are a different type of hunt altogether. I've had to live vicariously through my old man, whose gone on a few of those, but it's definitely on my "to do before i die list". The Desert and Rocky I'm just building points.

Start applying, and good luck to you.
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Unread 05-15-2008, 06:19 PM
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Apply every where you can afford. I will say the odds are very long in Wyoming and California with you being so far behind in the current point system. In the case of those two states you are better off in my opinion buying raffle tickets for hunts as the odds are probably actually better. Take a close look at the odds and see where you money is better spent.

There are some pretty good deals in Alaska, especially if you can draw one of the special draw areas, like the TOK or the Chugach (sp?) Theses are typically in the $10 to $12 K price range wihcih is cheap for sheep hunt. Also if you can get your money together and be ready to go look at cancellation hunts, an excellent way to save soem money of you can leave quickly.

I did my Dall hunt last year in the NWT and the price went up $4k this year from last year. Mostly due to fuel. It took me years of saving and I am still paying for it, but I am also saving for a stone hunt and applying in every state in the west but California & Idaho.

Good Luck and have faith. It is a awesome experiance. You will dog tired and hurting so bad you cannot go to sleep from packing out your sheep and the whole time trying to figure out how you come up with the money to go again. That is what I was doing when we got back to camp at 1 a.m. from killing my Dall ram. Planning is half the fun !!!
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Unread 05-17-2008, 01:24 AM
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If you have the sheep bug and have the $; the least expensive hunt at the present is a Dall hunt in AK. Most areas offer tags over the counter with the exception of the TOK, Delta and Chugach Management Areas. Most are in the 10-12K range for a guided hunt. AK law requires non-residents to use a registered guide to hunt sheep.

Stone sheep prices have gone through the roof the last few years. It's not uncommon to see Stone hunts in British Columbia going for 25-30K. Of course the Fannin Sheep which reside in the areas of the Yukon will count as a Stone if you dream of collecting all four sheep towards a Grand Slam. The going rate for the Fannin is around 17K at the present.

The Rocky and Desert Bighorns found in most Western states are only a draw option, unless you decide to purchase an auction tag for several thousand $$$ at a banquet such as FNAWS annual auction. There are also many raffles through the various state chapters of FNAWS.

If you just must hunt a Rocky or Desert in the next year or so you can hunt Rocky's in Alberta for around 25k. Or if you just have to get a Desert you can hunt in Mexico for 50-60K.

Sheep hunting is expensive no matter how you look at it, and it's only going to keep going up. Try to put in for as many Western states as your pocket will allow and begin building preference points. Someone has to draw the tag!!! If you don't put in, you will never get a sheep tag.
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Unread 05-17-2008, 01:51 AM
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Great advice! Thanks a lot!

I'm leaning toward the AK Dall option.
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Unread 05-17-2008, 10:23 PM
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There are a couple of units in Montana that are over the counter for sheep, but the units are on a quota and are very rugged. Also the sheep are few and far between in those units, but they do get some good rams out of them. That's the cheapest way to hunt sheep, just buy the license and put in for the drawing but put in the units that have over the counter tags, and then after the drawing you just have to purchase the tag, and you are on your way.
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