North American Sheep

YUKON HORSEBACK DALLS 10 DAYS ONLY $18,500

Last fall this outfitter hosted 11 sheep hunters and 9 took home rams, including a 41 inch plus ram and one just shy of 40. One unsuccessful hunter was a repeat hunter that had taken a ram here previously and ended up passing looking for a trophy ram. The other unsuccessful hunter was an older gentleman that saw 16 rams, but was unable to hike to them.

This Yukon Territory private concession has a very high density dall sheep population and is one of the least physically demanding when it comes to the terrain, don’t get us wrong it is still sheep hunting, but just not as rugged as most sheep areas.

2015 regular sheep season saw 12 hunters tag 11 rams, with the unsuccessful hunter on a mid- September hunt passing early on a legal full curl ram then 12 inches of snow dumped on the area and he did not get another opportunity. Best ram taken was just shy of 40 inches.

2014 went 12 for 12, with the best ram going 40 inches.

2013 went 12 for 12, with the best ram going 41 inches.

Rams typically average 36 to 37 inches and 10 1/2 years in age. All horseback 12 days,

10 actual hunting days, with more than 6 rustic cabin accommodations with wood heat scattered throughout the area. Cabins are mostly located from 3200 feet to 4000-foot elevations and the highest mountain in the area is at 7000 feet. They typically take 3 sheep hunters per hunt starting August 1 to mid-September for a total of 12 per year.

$18,500 guided 1×1 and gure an additional $2,500 to cover charter flight (about $1,000), license, tags, government royalties, tax and hunter preservation fund. Most hunters take their sheep horns and cape with them on the ight home as long as they get checked in town by Fish and Game. 2017 is booked full and 3 or 4 openings remain for 2018 at press time. Hunt DS393.  DS393 Hunt Photos.

 

YUKON DALL SHEEP HORSEBACK HUNT CHARTER/LICENSES/ROYALTIES/TAX ALL INCLUSIVE $24,000

Last fall this outfit took 7 rams, including a real nice heavy 40 incher. One hunter missed a 40 inch ram and went home empty. Two hunters just weren’t prepared for a sheep hunt. Three more rams were seen that would go 40 inches during the season.

HCU’s Cliff Graham took a ram here in 1997 and a couple years later the area was closed to non-residents for well over a decade. It reopened in 2014 with a new, young outfitter taking 15 rams for 17 hunters, both unsuccessful hunters missed rams. 3 grizzlies were taken, including HCU’s Craig Green’s B&C grizzly.

In 2015 they went 10 for 13 on dalls, including an all time Boone and Crockett record book 42 inch ram, taken by HCU’s Jim Elker. Of the 3 unsuccessful hunters 2 missed and 1 passed then the weather changed with an early snow and he never had another opportunity.

All inclusive horseback hunts are priced at $24,000 for 2018. Sheep are booked full for 2017. 10 actual hunting days INCLUDING round trip charter from Whitehorse, licenses, government royalties and tax. Sheep hunts will run from August 1 into October.

On the later hunts moose can be added on a $10,000 trophy fee and male grizzly for $10,000. 2017 horseback moose hunts are $21,000 all inclusive for 8 hunting days starting mid September into October. Next sheep opening is in 2018. Hunt DS135.  DS135 Hunt Photos.

 

NORTHWEST TERRITORY DALLS HUNTERS HELICOPTER TO AREA

Sheep hunting is sheep hunting, but here is a hunt that some older hunters can do since they utilize helicopters to access remote areas.

This outfit has exclusive guiding rights to over 8,000 square miles. 2016 continued the traditional high success dall sheep hunt as past years. In 2015 they took 33 sheep hunters and everyone took home a ram. In 2014 all 31 hunters tagged a ram, with the exception of one hunter who injured his ankle and could not continue his hunt.

Hunters are flown into scouted areas by helicopter with their guide and hunt out of spike camp. Strictly a backpack hunt, but typically their camp does not move.

Sheep hunts are priced at $24,000 and INCLUDE helicopter flight, taxes, tags and royalties. July hunts are 8 days and August hunts are 9 days, August hunts are $25,000. Hunters charter from Whitehorse at $2,300 round trip for the 2 hour trip. Very limited openings for 2017. Hunt DS399.  DS399 Hunt Photos.

 

N.W.T. SHEEP/MOOSE/CARIBOU HORSEBACK AND BACKPACK HUNTS

Last fall for dall sheep this out t ran 22 rifle hunters and they killed 21 rams. One archer never scored and he also took 2 repeat trophy hunters only wanting book rams and both passed on lesser sheep.

In 2015 the 20 hunters killed 18 rams, one older hunter was just out of shape and couldn’t go and the other unsuccessful hunter had an illness.

In 2014 they had 21 hunters tag 19 rams, including 2 archers and one took the new #4 archery dall sheep all time for Pope and Young. One archer and one rifle hunter were unsuccessful.

This is a small family operation that has exclusive guiding rights to over 7,000 square miles. The outfitter rotates his sheep camps to prevent over hunting pressure and this provides more mature full curl rams. There has never been any resident pressure of any kind in this area. He also has an elaborate base camp including a hydroelectric plant that produces power for all the comforts of home along with email. Most hunters tag out early and upon return to base camp enjoy some fantastic lake trout and grayling fishing just outside the cabin door.

Hunts start July 15 and run to early September. 10 day backpack hunts guided 1×1 are $24,000 and 12 day horseback hunts are $25,500 plus licenses, preservation fund of $100 and 2 1/2 percent taxes. Mountain caribou can be taken for a $5,000 trophy fee and last fall success was again 100 percent.

He also offers a 12 day backpack combination hunt with a base price of $13,500 and trophy fees of $11,500 for sheep, $11,500 for moose and $5,000 for caribou on August 28 to September 8.

Hunters charter from Norman Wells for approximately $1,400 round trip. Next available openings are 2018. HCU’s Cliff Graham and Bob Wodzisz have hunted out of this camp. Hunt DS250.  DS250 Hunt Photos

 

NORTHWEST TERRITORY DALL SHEEP BACKPACK HUNT PAST 7 YEARS 177 RAMS 180 HUNTERS

In 2016 his 27 sheep hunters killed 26 rams, one archer scored while another did not. They took 3 rams over 40 inches.

In 2015 25 rams were taken for 26 hunters; the unsuccessful hunter was an archer, although 3 other bowhunters did score. 2 rams came in at the 40 inch mark.

Success was 100 percent both in 2014 and in 2013. Over the past 7 years this out tter has taken 180 hunters and 177 put their tag on a mature ram.

Rams have been averaging over 37 inches and just shy of 11 years old. This outfitter has an exclusive area encompassing 9,000 square miles and he is the only outfitter allowed here. This is one of the best dall sheep hunts in North America.

12 day backpack hunts are priced at $26,500 and some guides use pack dogs. Sheep hunts start July 15 and continue into early September. World class mountain caribou can be added for a $6,000 kill fee plus license and success has been near 100 percent. Round trip charter from Norman Wells is approximately $1,200. 2017 is booked and 2018 has limited openings. Hunt DS119.  DS119 Hunt Photos.

 

B.C. STONE SHEEP HORSEBACK HUNT PAST YEARS 100% OPPORTUNITY

Last fall he had 8 sheep hunters tag 8 rams, including an ALL TIME BOONE AND CROCKETT RAM scoring 171 and was 14 years old.

In 2015 his 8 sheep hunters killed 6 rams, including a 168 inch broomed ram. One rifle hunter hit and lost his ram. It was a big ram that they spent 8 days looking for him with no success. The other unsuccessful hunter was an archer that spent 6 days sitting on a good ram and wasn’t able to make it happen. One bowhunter did kill his ram.

2014 all 8 stone sheep hunters took home a ram including 2 bowhunters. Best ram went just over 164 inches and overall age was 10 1/2 years.

The hunt is 15 days with horses and the price is $42,500 and this INCLUDES tax and government royalty fees.

He offers 2 hunts in the month of August and additional animals can be taken on the second hunt for a $4,000 trophy fee. A sheep hunt consists of spike camps, guide, wrangler and 6 horses. Rams are typically quite dark in his area. Hunters pay for their charter ight from Ft. Nelson priced at $1,500, license and tags. Hunt SS483.  SS483 Hunt Photos.

 

TROPHY STONE SHEEP AREA NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA CONTINUES TO PRODUCE B&C RAMS

2016 produced 10 rams, of which, 2 should make the prestigious Boone and Crockett record book. 2 sheep hunters did not score, one was a bowhunter that missed rams at 4, 30 and 70 yards. The other hunter was in a wheelchair and spent most of his time watching a mineral lick with no luck.

2015 had some tough weather that hampered success with 11 hunters taking 7 rams, including 2 archers that were unsuccessful. Best ram taken gross scored 171 inches.

In 2014 his 14 sheep hunters took home 12 rams. One unsuccessful hunter missed and another passed while filming trying for better footage. Opportunity continued at 100 percent and the top 2 rams taken should make Boone and Crockett record book. This hunt is tops for success and big dark rams in the heart of northern British Columbia’s stone sheep area.

This longtime outfitter has exclusive guiding rights to over 5,000 square miles in one of the best stone sheep areas of northern B.C.. Additional animals can be taken on a $4,000 trophy fee and kids can hunt just for the price of trophy fees on moose, mountain caribou or goat as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult.

14 day horseback hunt is $42,000. Additional costs are $1,000 air transportation, license, tags, gov’t royalties and HST tax. Hunters are picked up at Ft. Nelson. Hunt SS728.  SS728 Hunt Photos.

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA CALIFORNIA BIGHORNS PAST 2 YEARS 100 PERCENT

In 2016 this outfitter only had 2 bighorn tags left for his 5 year quota and both hunters tagged out. Best ram scored in the 160’s. This outfitter has been taking out the female mountain lions in his sheep area and it is showing higher sheep numbers.

In 2015 all 4 sheep hunters killed rams, including a 10 year old ram scoring 162. Plenty of rams were seen and all the hunts combined were done in 10 days.

Rams normally score from 150 to 170, with some full curl rams in the 10 to 12 year old class. 7 day hunt during the month of October is priced at $60,000. Hunters are picked up in Penticton. Bighorn hunts are not getting any cheaper and it pays to go with a proven out tter as you don’t want to pay for it twice. Hunt BS292.  BS292 Hunt Photos.

 

WEST TEXAS AOUDAD ONLY $5000 70,000 FREE RANGE PRIVATE ACRES TYPICALLY 100 PERCENT SUCCESS

This outfitter picked up a new ranch in 2016 adding about 30,000 private acres to his existing 40,000 acres. This gave him the ability to run about 24 aoudad hunters in 2016 and at press time everyone had taken a good ram.

2015 was another great year for all the aoudad hunters that went with this outfitter. 21 kills for all 21 hunters, with the best ram going 33 inches and 3 more over 30 inches. He has 3 ranches south of Marfa in west Texas in mountainous country with elevations up to 6,000 feet. Most rams taken are in the 28 to 30 inch bracket, with average shots from 150 to 400 yards.

2014 was also 100 percent success on rams mostly in the 28 to 33 inch category.

Not every year is going to be 100 percent success, but he has always had 100 percent opportunity with a very high success rate. He has been hunting rams in West Texas for over 30 years and manages his country for trophy rams being careful to only take a few of the most mature every year. All hunts are 4 full days of hunting, ranch/ bunkhouse accommodations, includes meals, 2×1 guiding at $5,000. Texas non-resident license is only $48. Hunts begin just after Thanksgiving and go to mid April.

Hunters need to be in shape and prepared for long distance shooting, as some shots are across canyons and fairly open at land. Spot and stalk, using pickups and quads to traverse the country is the method of hunting. Hunters can y to Midland or El Paso and rent a car for the 3 hour drive to the ranch. Next available opening is mid March of 2017. Hunt AU11.  AU11 Hunt Photos.

 

SEPT/OCT RUT AOUDAD HUNTS OR JAN/FEB/MARCH OPENINGS ONLY $3500 2X1 3 DAYS 2016 – 13 HUNTERS 13 RAMS

This outfitter is both cheap and successful. This past fall he took a total of 13 hunters in October and they killed 13 rams. Typically the rams average 28 inches and they take some over 30. His main ranch is 16,000 free range acres and he has another 3 ranches ranging in size from 7,000 to 14,000 acres. The main ranch has a rustic cabin with electricity, satellite TV, bunks, kitchen and a cook. He really likes the September/October dates due to the rut and the sheep being so active. He figures the main ranch has about 400 ewes on it and the rams really get chasing. He also schedules sheep hunts in January, February and possibly March. These are true sheep hunts and hunters have to be physically prepared and willing to take long shots if necessary.

3 day hunts guided 2×1 are $3,500 and he can take up to 6 hunters at a time. Single hunters pay for a 1×1 hunt at $4,000 and you will be put in a camp with other hunters. It doesn’t pay to only take one hunter at a time. Breakfast, lunch and dinners are included. The ranch also has wild free ranging Corsican sheep and they can be taken on an $885 trophy fee. The guide is also an accomplished predator hunter and some night hunting can be added to a sheep hunt.

Hunters fly into San Antonio and rent a car for the 3 hour drive to Comstock where they are met and then drive another hour to the ranch. Hunters check in at 3:00 in the afternoon their rst day and hunt that evening, hunt 2 full days and the last day up to 3:00 if needed before leaving. 5 day license is only $48. Hunt AU648.