North American Sheep

YUKON HORSEBACK DALL SHEEP
10 DAYS ONLY $22,000
ALL INCLUSIVE PLUS 5% TAX

This private concession has one of the highest density dall sheep populations in the Yukon Territory and is one of the least physically demanding when it comes to sheep terrain. Add horses, scattered remote cabin accommodations and an all inclusive price of only $22,000 plus 5% HST tax makes this sheep hunt super attractive.

2018 produced 9 rams for 11 hunters; the 2 unsuccessful hunters missed a few rams with gun problems. The top 2 rams went 40 inches and one grossed 166 inches, two 13 year old rams were also taken. One mountain caribou was also taken on a late hunt.

In 2017 his 13 hunters tagged 11 rams, includ- ing 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.

In 2016 this outfitter hosted 11 sheep huntersand 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 went 11 for 12, unsuccessful hunter passed on a ram.

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 can be added on a trophy fee basis of $8,000 for moose and $7,000 for caribou.

$21,000 all inclusive plus 5% HST tax guided 1×1 and this is a $2,500 savings to cover charter flight (about $1,000), license, tags, government royalties 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 saving shipping costs. 2019 has 1 opening at press time and 2020 has several openings priced at $22,500 plus tax. Hunt DS393.  DS393 Hunt Photos.

 

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

This Yukon concession was closed to non residents for 15 years before being reopened in 2014with this young outfitter. HCU’s Cliff Graham hunted this area before its closure and was impressed with the amount of rams seen during his hunt and the gentleness of the terrain.

In 2018 this outfit went 8 for 9 on rams, with the top rams going 39 inches and a real old heavy broomed 38 incher (2 sheep hunters rebook this hunt yearly only wanting book rams, they did not score). On the last sheep hunt a good 60 inch moose was added on a trophy fee and he had one straight grizzly hunter on this same hunt and took a good 8 foot 2 inch boar.

In 2017 his 12 hunters tagged 12 mature rams, with the best one passing the 40 inch mark. They also took 2 old rams 14 and 13 years in age.

In 2016 this outfit took 7 rams, including a realnice heavy 40 incher. One hunter missed a 40 inch ram and went home empty. Three more rams were seen that would go 40 inches during the season.

All inclusive horseback hunts are priced at $24,000. 12 days with 10 actual hunting days IN-CLUDING ROUND TRIP CHARTER FROM WHITEHORSE, LICENSE, GOVERNMENT ROYALTIES AND TAX. Sheep hunts will runfrom August 1 into October.

On the September sheep hunts moose can be added on a $10,000 trophy fee and male grizzly for $10,000. 2020 or 2021 horseback moose hunts are $24,000 all inclusive for 8 hunting days starting mid September into October. 2019 sheep and moose season is full, book now for 2020 or 2021.Hunt DS135.  DS135 Hunt Photos.

 

NORTHWEST TERRITORY DALL SHEEP
HORSEBACK 12 DAYS $27,500
BACKPACK 10 DAYS $26,000
NEXT OPENINGS 2020

This is a top shelf family operation that has exclusive guiding rights to over 7,000 square miles.The outfitter rotates his sheep camps to maintain good mature ram numbers and there has never been any resident pressure in this concession. The main base camp has hydroelectric power for all the cab- ins along with email. Once your ram is taken mosthunters fly back to the main base camp for relaxation and some fun lake trout and grayling fishingjust outside your cabin door.

In 2018 they had 21 sheep hunters tag 19 rams and both unsuccessful hunters rebooked for sheep. The best ram went 40 inches and 2 more were taken at 39 1/2 inches. They did their normal average of 36 to 37 inch rams with 10 plus years in age. They had a husband and wife on the combo hunt and both took nice rams and mountain caribou, but they decided to spend their last days at base camp relax- ing and not chasing moose. On a positive note the lamb crop appeared to have been very good the last  2 years and sheep numbers have been increasing.

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. 4 of the 5 unsuccessful hunters 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 was unsuccessful.

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. In 2020, 10 day backpack/raft hunts guided 1×1 are $26,000 and 12 day horseback hunts are $27,500 plus licenses, preservation fund of $100 and 5 per- cent HST tax. Mountain caribou can be taken for a $5,000 trophy fee.

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

Hunters charter from Norman Wells for approxi- mately $1,500 round trip. Next available openingsare 2020. HCU’s Cliff Graham and Bob Wodzisz have hunted out of this camp. Hunt DS250.  DS250 Hunt Photos

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA STONE SHEEP
15 DAY HORSEBACK HUNT $42,500
2018 – 8 HUNTERS 5 RAMS
2017 – 6 HUNTERS 6 RAMS
2016 – 8 HUNTERS 8 RAMS

This family run outfit is located in northeastern British Columbia about 100 air miles out of Fort Nelson. The area has good sheep numbers with a very high success rate on dark colored rams.

In 2018 they hosted 8 hunters tagging 5 rams, the top ram grossed 167 with 15 1/2 inch bases. Two of the unsuccessful hunters passed on several legal rams looking for something special and the other unsuccessful hunter was an archer that had 3very close calls, but no luck. In August forest fires made glassing very difficult in the smoke and when September started so did snow and extremely tough weather conditions.

In 2017 all 6 hunters took home a ram, including one successful archer and another bowhunter had a couple misses and then scored with the rifle.

In 2016 he had 8 sheep hunters tag 8 rams, including an ALL TIME BOONE AND CROCKETTRAM scoring 171 that was 14 years old.

In 2015 his 8 sheep hunters killed 6 rams, including a 168 inch broomed ram and an archery ram. One rifle hunter hit and lost his ram. The other unsuccessful hunter was an archer that spent 6 days sitting on a good ram and wasn’t able to make it happen.

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 or do a $27,000 base price with a $20,000 kill fee and includes government royalty fee and NRHPF.

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 typical sheep hunt consists of spike camps, guide, wrangler and 6 horses.Hunters pay for their charter flight from Ft. Nelson priced at about $1,500, license, tax and tags. HCU’sBob Wodzisz has been on this hunt. Hunt SS483.  SS483 Hunt Photos.

 

NORTHCENTRAL BRITISH COLUMBIA
CASSIAR’S HORSEBACK STONE SHEEP
$47,500 INCLUDES GOAT/MOOSE/ELK

This outfitter has a large 4,500 square mile areain northcentral British Columbia that he purchased in 1992 and has managed it ever since.

Last fall his 12 sheep hunters tagged 10 rams, with the top ram taken by HCU hunter, Hurley Blankeship, 40 inches with 14 1/2 inch bases. All the rams taken in 2018 were real nice including several old broomed rams with great mass. Thetwo unsuccessful hunters just weren’t up for whatit took to get it done.

The first sheep hunt is sheep only priced at$43,500 and includes 14 hunting days, August 1 to 15.

In 2017 his 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 killed 11 rams, including a 42 incher and several 11 and 12 year old sheep. The 2 unsuccessful hunters were foreigners that were out of shape and couldn’t physically hunt.

This is a 14 day horseback hunt in the CassiarMountains. The first sheep hunt August 1 to 15 is$43,500. Later hunts running from August 15 to October 15 are priced at $47,500 and you can take a sheep, moose, mountain goat, caribou, black bear and wolf. This sheep hunt allows you to take additional species at no extra charge.

The Cassiar Mountains in his area run up to 6,500 feet and timberline is at 4,500. The valleyfloor is about 3,000 to 3,500 feet above sea level. Hunters arrive and overnight in Whitehorse. Driveto Watson Lake and round trip charter to camp for a total of $2,500 plus licenses, 5 percent HST tax and $200 hunter preservation fund. 2019 has onesheep opening August 1 to 15. HCU’s Bob Wodziszand Cliff Graham have taken stone sheep with thisoutfitter. Hunt SS491.

 

SOUTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA
CALIFORNIA BIGHORNS
LAST 4 YEARS 12 HUNTERS
10 RAMS

This outfitter grew up in his conces- sion when it was owned by his father. He learned to hunt and trap this area since he was a youngster over 40 years ago. All of this knowledge of the area is a major factor to his high success on all the species he hunts here, including shiras moose, mountain goats, mule deer, elk, bears, cougar, lynx and bighorn sheep.

2018 produced 2 rams for 3 hunters and the unsuccessful hunter arrived at camp 3 days late due to work commitments, leaving him only 4 days to hunt.  They spotted rams daily, but bad luck prevented him from scoring.

In 2017 this hunt was severely hampered byforest fires causing an excessive amount of smokecausing 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 tagsleft 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 ramswere seen and all the hunts combined were done in 10 days.

Rams normally score from 150 to 175, with some full curl rams in the 10 to 12 year old class. 7 day hunts starting August 25 and continue through- out September are priced at $60,000. Hunters arepicked up in Penticton. Hunt BS292.  BS292 Hunt Photos.

 

WEST TEXAS AOUDAD ONLY $5250
FREE RANGE PRIVATE RANCHES
TYPICALLY 100 PERCENT SUCCESS

This longtime outfitter has some of the bestfree 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. He has 3 ranches consisting of 300,000 acres, 40,000 acres and 30,000 acres, all top quality withlots of sheep. HCU has never had an aoudad sheep hunter go home without a ram with this outfitter.

2017/2018 winter he had 40 aoudad hunters kill 40 rams with the top 3 rams going 34, 33 and 32 inches. Overall average would probably be a solid 28 inches.

2016/2017 winter he had 24 hunters kill 24 rams with several going over 30 inches.

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.

These ranches are located 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 isthe method of hunting. Hunters can fly to Midland or El Paso and rent a car for the 3 hour drive to oneof the ranches. Hunt AU11.  AU11 Hunt Photos.

 

HUNT THE PALO DURO CANYON
2ND LARGEST CANYON IN THE U.S.
FOR TROPHY CLASS AOUDAD
$3500 PLUS $3000 TROPHY FEE

The average ram taken on this hunt the pastseveral years has been an amazing 30 INCHES! 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 goodroad system and they access it with Polaris Rangerside by sides.

2018 winter produced 7 rams for 9 hunters. One hunter passed on several mature rams looking for a 35 incher and he went home empty. The other unsuccessful hunter missed 3 rams and crippled a ram. Top 2 rams taken were just shy of 33 inches.

2017 season ended with 5 of the 6 hunters taking mature rams averaging over 30 inches and the best went 33! The unsuccessful hunter missed a ramand crippled another.

2016 produced 7 rams for 8 hunters and in 2015 all 6 hunters killed rams averaging 30 inches along with the previous 3 years.

4 day hunts from mid February to mid March are priced at $3,500 with a $3,000 kill fee and includes super lodge accommodations with excellent meals. Once you tag out on your sheep you can fill the time by hunting hogs and predators. Hunters flyinto Amarillo and rent a car for the 45 minute drive to the lodge. They also offer separate 3 day hog/ predator hunts for $1,500.   Hunt AU565.