Originally Posted by phorwath
I like sheep hunting more than goat hunting. I like sheep country better than goat country. The weather is often nicer and the terrain isn't as scary. Plus Dall sheep meat is much better than goat meat. If you shoot a goat, plan on grinding the entire thing into burger or you'll need dentures by the time you're done chewing on it. Plus the horns are more impressive.
100% perfect post.
Despite the fact that some of the most impressive sights I have ever seen anywhere at any time were on my goat hunt (mid November 09), it was kind of anticlimactic walking up to a billy goat with horns just under 10" with bases slightly over 6" after killing rams with horn nearing 40" with over 14" bases. That coupled with the fact that (like Paul said) you will be grinding every ounce, including the tenderlion. Even after aging the meat. There is a reason I have killed 7 dall rams and only 1 goat. I could care less to ever shoot another goat.
So what do you want out of a hunt? Goats are more challenging due to the terrain, weather, ice etc....
Sheep are less challenging but seem to offer a longer adventure in a warm green environment. Warm, relatively speaking. You typically see more game and more of a variety of game on a sheep hunt. On my goat hunt I saw goats and small game. On sheep hunts I have seen sheep, goats, wolves, black bears, grizzly bears, moose, caribou, wolverines, with a variety of small game, falcons, eagles and hawks.
On both hunts, the better shape you are in, the higher the quality the experience.
Let us know what you decide.