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thump&dump
04-03-2011, 02:41 PM
Last year I was able to tag along with my brother-in-law on a sheep hunt. It was our first time ever hunting sheep we scouted alot and had a pretty good game plan when the opener came. We found this ram and he decided it was good enough for him. considering nobody had shot one in the unit for 8 years our expectations of shooting a huge ram were not to high. we just wanted a mature ram. needless to say it was hard work we loved every minute of it and I can't wait till I get lucky and draw a tag. with any luck it will be this year. but I am not holding my breath. anybody else have this sheep bug? or pics to share?
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6mm Remington
04-03-2011, 04:33 PM
Good luck with that sheep bug! I have it along with moose and goat. Have been putting in now for 33 years in a row without drawing a single one of them in Montana. It's way past time Montana goes to ONCE IN A LIFETIME for those three tags as there is just too many people looking for the opportunity and not enough tags to go around. Montana FWP needs to share the wealth and provide more opportunity for other folks to draw. I know and hear of people on their second moose, third sheep, well you get the point, every year and it needs to change. Good luck in the draws!

NDHunter
04-03-2011, 05:55 PM
Thats awesome. Cool pictures. I too would love to draw a sheep tag so hopefully someday that will happen.

6mm, that's quite discouraging to hear that! I hope that the reason you havent drawn is because you've been putting in for the top units all these years... Good luck this year!

Jerry
04-03-2011, 07:28 PM
6mm, I have been trying to draw an Oregon sheep/goat once in a lifetime tag for at least 20 years still with no luck! I can understand the frustration. I just hope that if I ever do draw, that I am still able to physically do the hunt. Years are starting to add up! Good Luck to thump and all trying to draw my most prized tag!

Firearrow
04-03-2011, 09:20 PM
I got to go with my budd on his goat hunt last year in the Galetin Range. LONG hike in, but it was worth every step. One of the goats that he passed on woud up walking with in 10 feet of me. I lost sight of him and started to spot for other goats, next thing I know I hear something panting next to me, I look up and there is a nice billy standing there. I will say this, there is nothing like being in goat/sheep country. Well high country deer is real close. He wound up taking a 9 inch billy on his third trip back in Nov with his bow.

Jerry
04-03-2011, 10:03 PM
I've been lucky enough to go on two successful goat hunts as a cook and wrangler. While it's great to be in the high country, and enjoying the hunters success with him and the guide, it is still not the same as taking your own!

Ridgerunner
04-04-2011, 09:44 AM
Sheep bug is bad, you really don't want to get bit by it, you all should be thankful you haven't drawn yet, once you do you will be addicted. While waiting to draw a tag in the lower 48 guys who are serious about sheep hunting should be saving their money and going after dalls, might be a guys best chance of actually going sheep hunting.

thump&dump
04-04-2011, 12:22 PM
Ridgerunner I think you are right. I decided that I need to start a hunting only fund. And dall sheep is on my high priority list.

Jerry
04-04-2011, 02:44 PM
My wife has agreed that if I don't draw by the time I'm 65, I can get serious about looking elsewhere, probably Alaska, for a sheep. only 5 years to go!

COhunter
04-04-2011, 08:49 PM
im here with you...i have the sheep bug myself...i shot a dall a few years ago...save the money and go...they aint getting any cheaper...iv been on 2 big horn hunts...and thats when it all got started...its aint good!!!! one of these days ill draw CO.

muleyhunter92
04-05-2011, 09:49 AM
Having the sheep bug is a love-hate relationship. Unless you have a lot of money or a lot of luck, it's a long road. I know a few people that are content with one, but most of us can't get enough. Thump & Bump what state did your brother n law kill that sheep in? Good luck to everyone in the draw.

nebowhunter
04-05-2011, 06:56 PM
I've never been. It's a dream of mine hope to draw a tag before I'm physically unable. 40 years old and counting.

thump&dump
04-05-2011, 11:00 PM
ridgerunner that is a beutiful ram in your pic. is that a montana?

thump&dump
04-05-2011, 11:01 PM
muleyhunter92 it was an ID ram

Ridgerunner
04-06-2011, 09:36 AM
It's a Washington California Bighorn.

*******
04-07-2011, 04:02 PM
I got a bad case of the sheep bug a few years ago. It is highly detrimental to finances and relationships. The plus side to being broke and single is of course, more time to hunt sheep. I get to chase bighorns, stones, and fannins every year. It is wonderful.

Maxhunter
04-10-2011, 09:53 AM
I here you! I went bowhunting for dall sheep in AK last year didn't get one but had a blast hunting them. I'll definitely be going again when I can draw another tag. I'm probably going to cash in my Wyoming points next year since I have 16 for sheep.

Nic
04-10-2011, 12:31 PM
I thought ya'll mite like these. Me and My brather took these to gether in 09.
It's a sweet bug to have.

muleyhunter92
04-11-2011, 09:09 AM
Great pictures! Thanks for fueling the fire!

thump&dump
04-11-2011, 09:36 PM
yes indeed nic, I do like those pics. i agree with muleyhunter the fire is burning hotter now. I was wondering for anybody out there that can answer this. What does a dall sheep hunt run? If that is the route I need to go I guess I need to know what the goal is. are stones cheaper or more expensive? I may need to post this question as a new thread.

Nic
04-12-2011, 06:32 AM
Last I new a dall hunt ran about 12 to 15000 hir in Alaska.

muleyhunter92
04-12-2011, 10:04 AM
Have done alot of research on this. Cheapest dall sheep hunts are 8500.00 in alaska, and go all the way up to 20000.00 plus in the Yukon and Northwest Territory.

COhunter
04-12-2011, 10:54 AM
i went to alaska in 09 and shot a 36" ram and a 57" moose for 11600.00.......it aint getten any cheaper then that....if you want more info of the hunt just send me a PM. it was a great hunt. shot my sheep on the first day and my moose on the first day of moose season. this was a 12 day hunt. there was three of us that went...3 sheep..all over 36" and two of us killed moose and the other guy could of he just dident see anything over 60" so thats why he dident shoot anything...i know one thing is for sure they will not get any cheaper. the sooner you can go the better off you are.

Ridgerunner
04-14-2011, 07:16 PM
Go now before prices get even more outragous, I locked in todays price with a good outfitter for a hunt in 2013, wish they weren't so expensive but they definately are not going to be getting any cheaper, that's for sure.

bighornram
04-14-2011, 07:42 PM
i was bitten 25 years ago when i went with a friend to help his teenage son here in WY. I went to alaska goat hunting dyi the next year. Since then 13 more sheep hunt a couple of moose and i ain't done yet! Three of the sheep are mine, wy bighorn and yukon stone with a bow and alaska dall with a rifle.Don't get bit it never quits itching.

Rob
04-15-2011, 09:51 PM
My hunting fund has enough in it now to cover a sheep hunt at the price they were when I started. The only problem is they are 2-3 times more now! I would really like to go after a dall sheep before I get too old.

Duk Dog
04-15-2011, 10:05 PM
My hunting fund has enough in it now to cover a sheep hunt at the price they were when I started. The only problem is they are 2-3 times more now! I would really like to go after a dall sheep before I get too old.

A good thing to remember is all the money isn't needed up front. ie if you booked a hunt now for say 2012 or 2013 you would likely have to put 1/3 down now, 1/3 in say June of the year of your hunt, and the final 1/3 upon arrival at camp. In a way that helps to spread the cost of the hunt out over a period of time.

Another option if you have the flexibility is to narrow down a short list of outfitters that you would consider hunting with and get added to their cancellation list. You may not get much advance notice, but you will likely save some money.

PA 5-0
03-25-2012, 08:07 PM
COhunter, looking at a Dall sheep hunt in AK. Saw ur post from last year offering info on an outfitter. I was wondering if I could get that info. Plz let me know if you or anyone u know would like to go in 2014. Looking for a hunt partner. Thx for the help.
Dan


i went to alaska in 09 and shot a 36" ram and a 57" moose for 11600.00.......it aint getten any cheaper then that....if you want more info of the hunt just send me a PM. it was a great hunt. shot my sheep on the first day and my moose on the first day of moose season. this was a 12 day hunt. there was three of us that went...3 sheep..all over 36" and two of us killed moose and the other guy could of he just dident see anything over 60" so thats why he dident shoot anything...i know one thing is for sure they will not get any cheaper. the sooner you can go the better off you are.

Edelweiss
03-29-2012, 07:24 PM
Some sheep options.

Ibex in Spain $7000-12000 per ibex, they have four (Sierra Nevada, Ronda, Al Baceite, and Gredos).

Ibex in New Mexico $1509 self guided, really tough hunt to draw. Or hunt the off-mountain areas and pray.

Aoudad in New Mexico over the counter small numbers, tough hunt. Self guided $500ish.

West Texas Aoudad 1800-5500 free range.

Mouflon sheep in Europe (the ones in Hawaii are not pure) $6500 for a granddaddy. $3000 for a nice ram.

Persian Ibex Turkey $9500 I did this self guided when I lived there, never took a billy but saw some nice ones miles away. Great place.

You can also hunt sheep in Iran, Pakistan and you can hunt Tur for $8500ish in the Caucus mountains of Russia, Georgia, or Ajerbaijan. (which is a goat, but counts as a sheep for Wild Sheep Foundation slams).

HuskyMusky
03-29-2012, 07:30 PM
Good luck with that sheep bug! I have it along with moose and goat. Have been putting in now for 33 years in a row without drawing a single one of them in Montana. It's way past time Montana goes to ONCE IN A LIFETIME for those three tags as there is just too many people looking for the opportunity and not enough tags to go around. Montana FWP needs to share the wealth and provide more opportunity for other folks to draw. I know and hear of people on their second moose, third sheep, well you get the point, every year and it needs to change. Good luck in the draws!

33 years for MT sheep and you have not drawn!?!? did you gain a point each of those years?

avoid 680 and 482 and I think you'd draw a sheep tag this year if you apply for any of the other sheep units.

Edelweiss
03-29-2012, 08:49 PM
I disagree on that once in a life time concept.

Montana has plenty of sheep and goats. What percentage do residents get?

I reckon the folks that live in Montana ought to get the lions share of those tags. I hope it is at least 60%.

Bitterroot Bulls
03-29-2012, 10:00 PM
33 years for MT sheep and you have not drawn!?!? did you gain a point each of those years?

avoid 680 and 482 and I think you'd draw a sheep tag this year if you apply for any of the other sheep units.

Husky, they have only been giving points out for the past 11 years. Until this year all a point did for you was put your name in the hat one more time. So ... if you had 5 points your name went in 5 times for your points and once for your name that year. It didn't really give you a tremendous advantage. However, starting this year, your ponts are SQUARED, giving you much better chance. So ... if you have 5 points this year, your name goes in 25 times for the points and once for your name this year.

hardstalk
03-30-2012, 10:13 AM
I've got it pretty bad myself. Helped a buddy guide for a nelson last year and game over after getting your hands on the mass and feeling the weight of those horns that have survived with little to nothing for years. There truly monarchs. My dad always raised Wierd animals growing up (ostriches,emus,turkeys,Barbados sheep,) so I haven't been overly intrigued to hunt sheep until now. Also. I went scouting for turkeys with a buddy this year and gobbling them in is quite a bug as well.

While archery deer hunting last season I had a billy goat come and check me out while I was glassing he came to about 10 yards and just Hung out for a few I gained a new respect for those guys also. There big bodied buggers! Needless to say ndow is getting a lot more money from me this year I'm literally in for every species nv offers.

HuskyMusky
03-30-2012, 10:42 AM
There's awesome sheep hunting in MT in units other than 680 and 482, I think most people should consider all sheep units when applying, esp non-res when they rotate certain units you can apply for each year.

I wonder currently how many people apply for the toughest/best units just to gain another point, ie hunters who want a point and not a sheep tag, which makes odds in those great units even worse!

MT really needs a points only option.
my suggestion be to require half the tag fee, so it's a win-win, ie if a guy has to front the full tag fee he may be inclined to just apply for a unit, as a chance/maybe, and at $0 required to build points, everyone and their mother would start applying. of course I'm speaking as a non-res $375/$750 every resident of MT could front the full sheep tag fee to just build a point...


btw I'm shocked max points in MT for sheep is 11, but that's awesome ;) I'll be sheep hunting MT within 10 years!

I remember reading an article stating that most/all of the breaks sheep genetics came from herds near Missoula, they even specified the unit or units.


I know personally I apply for moose with the hopes not to draw the tag, and rather than applying for the worst odds, I apply for the best unit with the worst odds.

Bitterroot Bulls
03-30-2012, 11:04 AM
Almost all sheep transplanted throughout MT, including the Breaks, originally came from the Sun River Herd, according to FWP. Subsequent supplemental plants have come from various places, including recent transplants from Wild Horse Island on Flathead Lake.

Husky, I could not agree more about the points only option. I also agree that there are practically no poor limited sheep units. There are big sheep throughout MT.

bigmoose
03-31-2012, 09:48 AM
I drew a tag for a California Bighorn in Nevada in 98. It felt like I had hit the lottery! I had a great self guided hunt with a good friend and took this 8 1/2 year old ram. I'm sure this will be my "once in a lifetime" sheep hunt. I had 17 points for Desert Bighorn and I drew this tag on my second try. Gave up on the Desert Bighorn tag when I moved to California. I still get the itch to go...

Moose:D