North American Sheep

YUKON HORSEBACK DALL SHEEP
10 DAYS ONLY $18,500

Last fall 13 hunters tagged 11 rams, including 4 great old rams, with one over 14 years old. The best ram went over 40 inches and was less than an inch shy of Boone and Crockett. 2 more 39 inch rams were super heavy and they took a 38 inch ram that scored 166. One of the unsuccessful hunters was just in too bad of shape to do the hunt and the other never had a good opportunity. One moose and caribou were taken late in the season.

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.

In 2016 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.

2015 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 about 12 per year. On the last sheep hunt in mid September moose or caribou are offered on a trophy fee basis of $8,000.

$18,500 guided 1×1 and figure 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 flight home as long as they get checked in town by Fish and Game. 2018 has 2 openings at press time and 2019 has openings on each hunt. Hunt DS393.  DS393 Hunt Photos.

 

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

Last fall all 12 sheep hunters tagged a good mature ram, with the best one passing the 40 inch mark. They also took 2 old rams 14 and 13 years in age. Ram numbers are up due to not much hunting pressure, low wolf numbers in this area and easy winters the past several years.

In 2016 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.

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 and 2019. 12 days with 10 actual hunting days INCLUDING ROUND TRIP CHARTER FROM WHITEHORSE, LICENSE, GOVERNMENT ROYALTIES AND TAX. Sheep hunts will run from August 1 into October.

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 this 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.

He also offers a 12 day combo horseback hunt, 10 hunting days, for any 2 of the following: dall sheep, moose or grizzly for $30,000. This would be an early September hunt.

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

 

N.W.T. DALL SHEEP
HORSEBACK AND BACKPACK HUNTS
2019 PRICES AS 2018 IS BOOKED

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.

2017 sheep season was a slow start due to weather related problems. They ended up taking 16 rams for 21 hunters. 2 archers and 3 rifle hunters did not score. Only one hunter did not get a shot and the rest missed rams. The top rams went 39 plus inches and some heavy broomed 38’s.

2016 this outfit 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 legal rams.

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.

Hunts start July 15 and run to early September. 10 day backpack hunts guided 1×1 are $25,000 and 12 day horseback hunts are $26,500 plus licenses, preservation fund of $100 and 5 percent taxes. Mountain caribou can be taken for a $5,000 trophy fee.

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 2019. HCU’s Cliff Graham and Bob Wodzisz have hunted out of this camp. Hunt DS250.  DS250 Hunt Photos

 

B.C. STONE SHEEP HORSEBACK HUNT
2017 – 6 HUNTERS 6 RAMS
2016 – 8 HUNTERS 8 RAMS

Last fall all 6 hunters took home a stone ram, including one successful archer and another bowhunter had a couple misses and then scored with the rifle. No exceptional big rams were taken, just good mature rams averaging 9 1/2 years old. An abundance of young 6 and 7 year old rams were seen throughout the area, keeping all the guides very optimistic about the future.

In 2016 he had 8 sheep hunters tag 8 rams, including an ALL TIME BOONE AND CROCKETT RAM scoring 171 that 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.

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 flight from Ft. Nelson priced at $1,500, license and tags. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz has been on this hunt. Hunt SS483.  SS483 Hunt Photos.

 

NORTHCENTRAL BRITISH COLUMBIA
CASSIAR MOUNTAIN STONES

Last fall 13 sheep hunters tagged 11 rams, with the best one going over 40 inches and an overall average of 36 to 38. One unsuccessful hunter had to leave early due to a family illness and the other just did not get an opportunity.

In 2016 his 13 hunters took home 11 rams, including a 42 incher and several 11 and 12 year old sheep. The 2 unsuccessful hunters were foreigners that just could not hike and should not have taken a sheep hunt.

This is a 14 day horseback hunt in the Cassiar Mountains. The first sheep hunt August 1 to 14 is $35,000 with a $7,500 harvest fee. Later hunts running from August 15 to October 15 are priced at $45,000 and you can take a sheep, moose, mountain goat, caribou, black bear and wolf. This sheep hunt allows you to take more species at no additional charge.

The Cassiar Mountains in his area run up to 6,500 feet and timberline is at 4,500. The valley floor is about 3,000 to 3,500 feet above sea level. Hunters arrive and overnight in Whitehorse. Drive to Watson Lake and round trip charter to camp for a total of $1,800 plus licenses, 2.5 percent GST tax and $200 hunter preservation fund. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz and Cliff Graham have taken stone sheep with this outfitter. Hunt SS491.

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA
CALIFORNIA BIGHORNS

Last fall this hunt was severely hampered by forest fires causing an excessive amount of smoke making multiple problems during the hunt. In the end 2 of the 3 hunters took home bighorn rams.

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.

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 outfitter as you don’t want to pay for it twice. At press time there was one opening in 2018 or plan now for 2019. Hunt BS292.  BS292 Hunt Photos.

 

WEST TEXAS AOUDAD ONLY $5250
70,000 FREE RANGE PRIVATE ACRES
TYPICALLY 100 PERCENT SUCCESS

This longtime outfitter has some of the best free range aoudad ranches West Texas has to offer. Most rams taken will be in the 28 to 30 inch class and they have taken a few exceptional rams as big as 34 inches.

In 2016 this outfitter was able to pick up another top aoudad ranch of 30,000 acres with terrific accommodations. This along with his original ranch of 40,000 acres gave him the ability to run a few more hunters. He had a total of 24 hunters kill 24 rams over the course of the 2016/2017 season.

2015/2016 was a great year, 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. Rams typically average over 28 inches, with most shots ranging from 150 to 400 yards.

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 the most mature rams every year. All hunts are 4 full days of hunting, ranch/bunkhouse accommodations, includes meals, 2×1 guiding at $5,250. 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 flat land. Spot and stalk, using pickups and quads to traverse the country is the method of hunting. Hunters can fly to Midland or El Paso and rent a car for the 3 hour drive to the ranch. Hunt AU11.   AU11 Hunt Photos.

 

HUNT THE FAMOUS PALO DURO CANYON
2ND LARGEST CANYON IN THE U.S.
FOR TROPHY CLASS AOUDAD

This outfitter has 40,000 private acres in “the canyon” of the Texas panhandle where he hunts some of the most awesome looking country for big aoudad. It is rough country, but the ranch has a good road system and they access it with Polaris Ranger side by sides.

Success has always run high with 5 of the 6 hunters taking mature rams on last year’s mid February to mid March hunts. The rams taken averaged over 30 inches and the best went 33! The unsuccessful hunter missed a ram and crippled another. Once you tag out on this 4 day hunt you can fill the time by shooting large hogs and predators.

2016 produced 7 rams for 8 hunters and in 2015 all 6 hunters killed rams. The average ram taken the past 3 years has been an awesome 30 inches!

Priced right at only $3,500 with a $3,000 trophy fee and includes top notch lodge accommodations with excellent meals. Hunters fly into Amarillo and rent a car for the 45 minute drive to the lodge. They also offer 3 day hog/predator hunts for $1,500. Hunt AU565.