I hunted area 2 this year. Had a friend hunt area 5 and another in area 3. Area 5 is likely the best in the state. You always have the chance of a great ran in any area you hunt. Probably percentage wise more big ones from 5. Having said that the best of the 3 above was from area 3. He went DYI for 13 days and got a great ram. I spent 10 days hunting with John Porter and got mine on the last day of the hunt. They filmed my hunt and it will be on the Best of the West next year. Whatever you do get in good shape. John hunts areas 5, 2, and 1. I'll be glad to answere any question I might be able to help with. Bruce
Are you a resident aor not? Are you hiring an outfitter or not? 5 has a lot more non-wilderness for the nonresident than 3. If you are going to hire an outfitter I think it matters who you hire than the difference in those 2 areas. I have a lot of time in 5 with 12 sheep hunts and several elk trips but only 2nd hand knowledge of 3. Call Kevin Hurley at the wild sheep foundation in cody. He is the retired head of the whole WY sheep dept. Great guy and really loves to work for sheep. I had 3 buddies draw 5 this year and we took 3 quality rams. I always see sheep in this unit and trully think a 170 ram is doable for the hunter with the time and knowlege to hold out and keep looking. If you are going guided cal Meade Dominic with 7D ranch. He will bust his butt for you and he knows sheep.
I had 15 points when I drew. I'm a resident. To figure the draw odds and which areas you might be able to draw go to the Wy G@F website. Go to the hunting opening page. On the right hand side in blue it says demand index draw odds. It breaks it down for the last few years. You can then see how many points it takes to draw any particular unit. Remember that 25% are random and not max points. The hunter before me in Johns camp was a young lady about 20 yrs old. John thought it was the first year she had applied.......
John will guide in areas 1,2, and 5. Area 2 is where his main camp is. I had a great experience in area 2 and got a nice 10 1/2 yr old ram that is in the 164-165 class. In area 5 with a little time you can get a 170+ ram. Area 2 is hard to hunt without a guide.... Hope this helps a little. Bruce
I am a resident with 1 less point than max. I can draw 3 now but it may be 1-3 years for area 5. I guess I have waited 17 years now so maybe I will just hold out until my lucky draw comes up for area 5. I will most likely go DIY so area 5 may be the best way to go. I was thinking if 3 was as good as 5 then go now but it sounds like 5 is a notch above the rest in terms of quantity. Quality can be found in most NW Wyoming units, ie they are found in all units. I hear areas 1-2 are migration dependent and that is risky, especially with a Once in a Lifetime tag. Any recommendations for decent binoculars for a working man or any other tips for hunting are very helpful? I have a good Nikon spotting scope but my old leupold 7X binoculars could be updated. Is area 5 best early or late?
If I was going to hunt area 5 DIY I'd talk to as many people as I could about where they hunted. I'd try to spend the 3-4 days just before it opened scouting and the first 4 days of the opener up there with a backup to go later.
I've been using the Zeiss Conquest binocs. I really like them . Good glass for the $. Get the best optics you can. I spent some days with my binocs to my eyes for 8 hours. You can't kill what you can't see. John Porter often spots sheep 2 to even 3 miles away. Assesses w/ the spotting scope and then moves closer if warranted. Try and get a friend or two to go w/ you. Horses are a big help. Good luck. Bruce
I had an Area 2 tag in 2011. Shot a nice 8.5 yr old ram. Scored around 160. It's a hard area to hunt. My guide said it is the hardest. Shot my ram on day 6. Left at 4am from camp, got back at 3am. Had a great time. I've been told you can do day hunts on the north east side of the unit.