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don

I hear ya on just lookin at the sheep. When i lived in alaska, i lived right below a dall sheep preserve. Pretty cool to see them all the time. I was up in the dall sheep preserve one winter and found a winter kill. 7\8 curl, one horn measured 36 inches the other 37 inches.

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I grew up in Las Vegas and drew a desert bighorn tag when I was 17. I shot a really nice ~13 year old ram that the guys at the DWR office were in awe of. That thing was old! They said I did it a favor by killing it because it probably would have died that winter anyway. I wish I had a pic to post. It's hanging on the wall in my parents house.

I hope to be able to get a Rocky Mountain bighorn before I leave Colorado. The other species will have to wait awhile so I can save up the cash.

Sheep hunting is definitely challenging! Maybe that's why I love it so much.

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Don, those sheep, by Idaho Springs-Georgetown will winter right along I-70 in the winter and usually a few big rams will be in there.
WFG, If you have a photo of your ram, we'd love to see it. I have my wife, daughter and I all applying for Colorado sheep and goat, hopefully we'll draw soon.

I took this photo of a slam in Gardiner a couple of weeks ago. This big ram was beautiful.

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Got this Desert Sheep in Texas in 2004

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Absolutely FABULOUS!

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Rondo, Welcome aboard. I didn't know Texas had any sheep. How hard is it to get a tag?

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Don Fischer wrote:
Rondo, Welcome aboard. I didn't know Texas had any sheep. How hard is it to get a tag?

20 were brought in the 80's to restock. There just under a 1000 now. There are only a half dozen tags offered each year. (Slowly increasing) They issue some to the land owners to do what they want with them and a couple are auctioned off for fund raising for increasing the herd. Last tag went for I believe $104,000
http://www.texasbighornsociety.org/
I won my hunt through Texas Parks and Wildlife.
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/hunt/public/btth/

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WOW! 104,000 dollars! some years ago they auctioned off a desert tag in Nevada and some guy from Utah bought it for over 90k. I don't know if all this is a good thing or not. While I understand it brings in a great amount of revenue for the state, it also places a very high value on the animals. I would guess that if states got together and set a price of say 25k on a sheep tag, they'd sell them all.

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unit 501 in montana has unlimited rocky mountain sheep tags. all OTC. but there's a quota. so the season is closed once the quota in reached.

you could do the hunt there for under $1000. take a good FM radio to check for season updates.

as long as you're organized, it might be an easy hunt. i have been to that unit and seen sheep before, a successfull hunter would be wise to go out 2 days before the season starts with a spotting scope, and geared up to make a spike camp some where, find the sheep, follow them around until the season starts, then wake up at sun up, and hunt one down. remember though, pack dry foods, nothing you'd have to make a fire to cook.

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Yes, I am keeping my eye on those Montana Unlimited Hunts.

Sound tough - that's what makes them sound exciting.

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