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Bowhunting Dall Sheep in Alaska

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Dall's are often referred to as "thin horned" sheep, along with their cousins the Stone Sheep. They tend to flair away from the base more than the Big Horn and Desert Big Horn. Dall's are found in the Yukon, MacKenzie Mts. of the NWT's, and throughout much of Alaska. BSC has carefully selected a couple of outfitters for these species. Hunts in the best bowhunting locations are often booked up 2 and 3 years in advance. P & Y minimum is 120.

General description of sheep

Sheep are classified into four categories for the purposes of Pope and Young. Only a few bowhunters have ever completed the grand slam of sheep, let alone the super slam of all 29 North American big game species. Sheep provide the bowhunter with a truly significant challenge in several ways. The P & Y club recognizes Dall, Stone, Big Horn, and Desert Big Horn classifications. Other record keeping organizations also recognize Fannin and California Big Horn sheep as well.

Some things to keep in mind when considering sheep hunting:

  1. Bowhunting for sheep can be tough physically, and in many cases, in the high country where sheep are often found, the topography is wide open, taking stalking to an all new level, not to mention excellent vision the sheep possess.
  2. Bowhunting for sheep requires outfitters to get into hard to reach places. Bush planes, helicopters, horses, jet boats - all are expensive to charter, own, fix or feed! Hard to reach places, coupled with tough physical conditions, and longer duration's all add up to more money. Sheep hunting isn't out of reach to everyone, but you've got to be committed to bowhunting a tough to harvest trophy.
  3. Getting permits can be a life long challenge for drawing a desert sheep permit, and some at auctions have cone for several hundreds thousand dollars - just for the permit! Drawing a big horn tag in the Lower 48 can also takes years, if not decades to accomplish. There are always the auctioned permits that also are available for those who can afford it. It is worthy of noting that literally millions of dollars have been raised to put wild game on more mountains through the generous donations from sportsman at auctions around North America. When you consider bowhunting for sheep, there are three things to remember - Physical condition & skill, Cost, and Time.

Mark Buehrer
North American Consultant
mark@bowhuntingsafari.com

Jay Osting
North American Consultant
jay@bowhuntingsafari.com