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Bowhunting Bighorn Sheep in Canada

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, Bighorn, and Desert Bighorn classifications. Other record keeping organizations also recognize Fannin and California Bighorn 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 difficult to harvest trophy.
  3. Getting permits can be a life long challenge for drawing a desert sheep permit, and some at actions have gone for nearly $500,000 recently - just for the permit! Drawing a bighorn 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 at sportsman at auctions around North America. Three items to remember - Physical condition & skill, Cost, and Time.

Rocky Mountain Bighorns

Bighorns can be found in the Rocky Mountains of Idaho, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, as well as Alberta, and southern British Columbia. They also are found in portions of California, New Mexico, and Colorado. Desert Bighorns are also found in portions of these three states. While BSC will assist any bowhunter who is fortunate enough to get drawn in the lower 48 with finding a reputable guide, we concentrate our efforts in Alberta where there are 8 permits a year available to non-residents of Canada. Hunts are normally booked 2 to 3 years out. P&Y minimum is 140.

Mark Buehrer
North American Consultant
mark@bowhuntingsafari.com

Jay Osting
North American Consultant
jay@bowhuntingsafari.com