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Best state for a non-resident sheep tag?

I am a hunter from Washington state. I live right in the middle of the best sheep herd in our state. The sci record was taken not 30 miles from my house last fall. The deal is in WA.....I'm never going to draw the tag!

My buddy and I want to hunt (a) sheep in the worst way. My question is what state has the best chance of drawing a california, rocky mt. or desert bighorn being a non-resident? Any help would be great so starting next year we can start the point build up proccess. Thanks for the help! Eric F.

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Sheep

I would say that your odds really suck in any State, except for AK, if you really want to hunt Sheep, i would be looking at BC or someplace like that. jmo

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I agree with you. Sheep odds

I agree with you. Sheep odds are terrible everywhere! And the BC and Alaska hunts are Expensive as hell!

I see BIG rams every day and just have to grit my teeth, knowing I'll never get drawn here in WA. 

Oh well, maybe I'll just have to settle for good pictures for now.

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hunt okanagon   you just have

hunt okanagon

 

you just have to apply in all states.  and it will cost you alot of money.  Case in pt.  new mexico charges your credit card up front and if you don't get drawn they refund your money.  There is no easy tags to get and if they are easy they are costly.  canada, mexico and alaska you just pay and you go hunt.  i think the starting dall rate is $10,000.

 

you can alwasy look at the unlimited sheep hunt in montana.  Easy to draw and very hard to hunt.  to succesfully hunt alot of sheep, you need to have a large bank account.

tim

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I've never used them, but...

They only way I could justify using one of those application services was if I lived in a state where I thought I'd never draw a sheep tag.  Here in Colorado, I "only" have to front $250 before it's refunded.  I don't apply for sheep tags out of state.  A nonresident has to front something like $1800 here.  So, if I wanted to apply to Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, NM, AZ, CA, NV, Oregon, Washington, etc I'd use those application services.  Yes it'll cost me $100 per state per species, but I wouldn't have to front $10,000 and wring my hands until it gets refunded.  If I could afford to I would, but I can't right now.  Maybe one of these days, but I still can't justify sending off $1100 with no return to an application service like Huntin Fool or Cabelas TAGS.

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I've been looking into it

I've been looking into it too, and the prospects for us financial mortals seem dim.  All of the states seem to have bad odds.  I know residents in CO who have been putting in for over 15 years and still haven't drawn.  I will start putting in next year, and hopefully draw a tag before I'm 50.

Like the other poster mentioned, Montana does have an unlimited OTC sheep tag.  Everything I've read says the country is difficult and there are very few legal rams.  There is also a quota that once hit, the season ends with a 48? hour grace period.

It is a chance to see Montana, and a slight chance of shooting a ram, but I can't talk anybody into going with me (not going alone in grizzly country).

 

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expect to wait most of your life

I met a guy who waited 34 years to draw a sheep tag last year at the sheep and goat hunter orientation.  It seems mountain goat is way easier to draw, it took my buddy only four years to pull his.  If you're willing to archery hunt, you're odds are 10 times better.  Also met a 75 year old guy who's drawn 5 tags here in Colorado.  I think he only killed two rams, so he was able to apply again the following years after unfilled tags.

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I'm somewhere over 15 years

I'm somewhere over 15 years now here in Colorado for sheep. My friend drew in 5 but was unable to fill his tag after a very hard hunt. He is now about 10 years into trying again.

I drew my goat tag after about 15 years but talked to several other hunters that drew from 5 to 7 years.

I didn't get a goat after scouting and watching them all summer but just couldn't connect when it mattered. Two other guys I know killed theirs in the same area in previous years on openiing day and never saw another hunter. I saw multiple guys every day, poor planning based on my friends hunts helped contribute to my failure but I had a great time anyway.

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the easiest state to get a

the easiest state to get a bighorn tag is probably idaho or montana, desert sheep- utah, alaska- OTC dall tags (with a guide only) but alberta is the best place to get a bighorn.

 

alberta is sweet for bighorns i hear. just awesome.

 

if you're going to do it in the lower 48. try montana or wyoming.

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There's  a chance to draw in

There's  a chance to draw in some of the states that have random draws without all of the tags going strictly to those with the highest Preference Points, but to me it's not worth wasting the money because almost all tags take so many years to draw that by the time you get the tag you may not even be able to physically make the hunt.  If I wanted to hunt sheep, I would save as much money as possible in the next few years and go out of the country to get one.

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