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Is there a --yr minimum before chance at draw?

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Unread 01-29-2010, 11:47 PM
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Re: Is there a --yr minimum before chance at draw?

arthurj, I have 10 preference points for sheep in Wyoming. It costs me 100 bucks a year for a preference point. I am still at least 3 to 4 years away from drawing a good sheep tag and by that time I may have to add another year or two. Wyoming allocates a 75/25 split with sheep tags between residents & nonresidents which is better than most states for nonresidents and they will issue maybe 50 or 60 tags this year to nonresidents. The killer is the 13 or 14 year wait and for someone who has 0 preference points the chances are slim. In wilderness areas, if you are a nonresident, you have to hire a guide. The guides I have talked to range from 7,500 to 9,500. Add that to the sheep tag license and you are talking 10,000 minimum. Idaho, Oregon and New Mexico don't have a point system for sheep so you are the same odds as everyone else. If you shop you can hunt Dall sheep in Alaska for about the same money as a hunt in Wyoming. If you can afford it start building preference points in different states and start putting money away for your first Dall sheep hunt up north. IF YOU DON'T APPLY YOU CAN'T DRAW. If you draw a tag in Oregon, let me know, I'm a sucker for a sheep hunt. Good luck and keep applying. Walt
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Unread 01-30-2010, 08:45 AM
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Re: Is there a --yr minimum before chance at draw?

I am on year 36 here in Montana, no sheep tag yet. 8 or 9 points whatever the max is and really no more chance of drawing than 36 years ago.
Bud Martin
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Unread 02-06-2010, 09:15 PM
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Re: Is there a --yr minimum before chance at draw?

I decided after applying for a rifle tag for 5 years as a resident of Colorado, that I would go for an archery tag. Drew it in 2000 and got a great 8 year old ram. Now I am back in the draw and going for archery again. Spending time on a sheep mountain with a tag in your pocket is a great dream. Consider archery hunts if it can increase your odds.
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Unread 02-07-2010, 07:51 AM
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Re: Is there a --yr minimum before chance at draw?

azsugarbear, very informative writeup, a real eye opener. 70 tags annually and I'm assuming 1 sheep per tag...is that correct? Also just curious any figure on the total sheep population in your state?
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