Realistically most people won't draw sheep tags in their lifetime, unfortunately. I got lucky and drew in Washington after only 12 years. If a guy really wants to hunt sheep apply in as many states as you can afford and save money for a dall hunt. I shot my dall this past August on a hunt I booked 2.5 years ahead of time giving me time to save up the money, it's a great way to go. So now I've killed two rams, if you had asked me five years ago I doubted I would ever get to hunt sheep, you just never know how things can turn out.
+1 very true, one must keep one's options open for the future.
I have 15+ points in about every good sheep state except Wyoming where their system told me to get out, and I never count on drawing. However, over the years I've drawn some tags with 1% draw odds so you never know. Just beware some places are not worth it after you crunch the numbers (like WY). And understand you can buy into one state and they can and do change the rules and extort you after you are hooked for 5 or 10 years. Refused to do so In WY and got out.
I'd just save your money and go to Canada and shoot a sheep, Moose as well.
I'd also search these forums as this topic has come up numerous times. Lots of good info here.
I think Idaho probably has the best odds for drawing a tag. With no points system anyone could draw and the way they setup their draw it spreads out the applicants somewhat. In Nevada everyone has some chance of drawing even if it is comparable to winning the lottery. I have been thinking about the Montana unlimited hunts but as others have said its tough hunting at best.
Originally Posted by Musket Man
If you are a bowhunter and want a crazy challenge, consider some of Colorado's archery-only tags. Some of those units have pretty good draw odds. You have to apply for 3 years though before your name even goes into the hat.
Many good points already made, so hopefully I don't repeat.
5-10yrs? Good luck!
NM, ID, and I think OR or WA don't have points, ie, everyone has the same chance at drawing, that's the only way I see you drawing in 5-10yrs, if you get lucky.
Totally agree with Zim about WY, not worth it for a Non-res, and probably not worth it even as a res either.
Some states have Desert sheep, some rocky mtn, some california, some have both or even all 3.
other states, I'd apply wherever really, start building points, and go from there, probably the 1st 10yrs or more you apply you may consider applying for the best odds units, vs the best trophy quality units.
Wa has the same point system as Nevada.
WY was worth a shot until they started charging $100 nonrefundable/year. Then it just became a bad investment, unless you already had 15 points.
I dont think WA squares your points like NV does. I think you just get your name put in the hat another time for every point you have.
Originally Posted by Ridgerunner