I drew a Desert Bighorn tag for Utah's San Rafael Swell area. I've been down scouting a few times, and it will be a tough hunt. I've yet to see a sheep, But everybody tells me not to worry too much about that until Mid October when it cools off and as they start to Rut in Early November. It's still pretty warm down there now. Labor day weekend it was 98* and today it got up into the 80s
I think I'm getting into the area where they are. I'm finding prints around whats left of the water holes. Needs some more thunder storm sto refill the potholes in the canyon floor.
I'm trying to get as high as possible. But it's tough with the cliff faces. Often times I get up on top and it ledges out and retreat back the way I came.
Lots of pockets up in the cliff faces.
I am finding tracks going up and down the canyon floor as they travel to water. But I'm also finding tracks up on the ledges. They seem to favor feeding on those shelfs in the canyon walls. Like the green line you can see up high on the right side. Steep hillside, then a small flat on the rim rock and the cliff faces.
Hunt opens next Saturday. I don't know whether to go hunt sheep or wait for it to cool off and go hunt elk for a week or two and come back to the sheep later. I'll probably spend every possible chance down in the desert trying to figure out these sheep.