I'm starting the process of accumulating preference points for sheep this year.I realize it will be several years before I have a realistic chance in the draw.However, just in case of a fluke, I would appreciate any recommendations as to which gmu's I should apply.I plan on applying in all states that offer sheep tags.Any help would be very welcome.
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Wed, 2006-02-01 11:05
Wed, 2006-02-01 12:24#1
Are you going to go guided, or do-it-yourself? Idaho has both, or perhaps I should say either, and everything in between.
Wed, 2006-02-01 13:03#2
No matter what I am chasing, I have always preferred to do it myself. However, I have enough sense to know I'm not ready to tackle something this big by myself at this stage.In a few more years, with more research and prep work, I would absolutely want to do it unguided.In Idaho will this make a difference in how I apply?
Wed, 2006-02-01 18:48#3
For sheep the individual hunters need to apply. Idaho right now is NOT on a point system (for sheep) - but it may be coming soon.
Fri, 2006-02-10 08:17#4
I heard that sheep will not likely be part of the new PP program. Have you heard differently?
Snowman, Good luck in the draws. The following states have a PP or BP program:
WA, MT, WY, UT, CO, AZ, NV and CA. OR, ID and NM do not.
To find good sheep units requires very little research as there are few units generally. You might want to subscribe to the Huntin Fool if you don't want to do the research.
Fri, 2006-02-10 09:03#5
... haven't heard anything lately. What I heard earlier was that the PP system was a possibility, with some possibility as early as 06.
Fri, 2006-02-10 09:07#6
I'll keep my fingers crossed
Fri, 2006-02-10 10:14#7
The thing I have liked about Idaho (no PP system) is that you can wake up one morning and decide to try for sheep - and be on equal footing draw odds with everyone else.
Fri, 2006-02-10 13:15#8
I understand exactly. As a young guy that got into the game late, some of those states with PP I simply wrote off.
However, ID is great because they make you choose one species. I think a BP or PP program would work better there than anywhere else. I know I'd pick sheep! If they only do it for deer and elk, I won't play. If they include sheep, moose or mtn goat, I'm in for sure!
Sun, 2006-02-12 06:45#9
If you are interested in Desert Bighorn Sheep in Arizona go to http://www.azgfd.com and click on hunting. There is a lot of information in there, including where to go, species info, history, and more. If you go to the individual #units it gets pretty detailed on roads etc.
They set aside 15% of permits for Sheep to non-residents. They also auction off one or two a year to raise money for habitat improvement etc. BIG BUCKS ($) though.
Hope this helps you a little in making your choices.
Mon, 2006-02-13 08:10#10
Thanks for the tips,I really appreciate all the help.With applications due in so many states and so much info to wade through,it can get overwhelming. ,)