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mz
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Non-guided sheep hunt

I want to sheep hunt, but I don't want to be guided. I am from Minnesota, but I hunt regularly in Alaska, except you need a guide their. I was wondering what states you don't need a guide in? Also I know that Montana has an unlimited license, is that the only state? Thanks.

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Welcome to BGH.

I've never hunted sheep, one of the great mistakes of my life. Let me tell you a short story. When Oregon first opened sheep hunting I think it was only three or four tags were issued the first draw, once in a lifetime. My cousin drew one of those tags but went without a guide. H was the only hunter that didn't get one, he didn't even see one. I'm not sure what a Montana tag costs anymore but most sheep hunts are very expensive. With travel expenses, lodging, packing in ect,ect ect. Seems the cost of at least an outfitter would be reasonable.

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mz you will find that anywhere there is an unlimited licence it is because the area is extremely difficult to access and hunt or the curl restrictions are such that very few sheep in the area will meet the criteria. The best areas in Montana for a good ram are on draw.

As Don mentioned, sheep hunts are expensive. But, having said that, guided sheep hunts in areas where you have to draw first are probably the most reasonably priced sheep hunts out there. This is because the outfitter is not using a very expensive outfitter sheep allocation.

If you want to go unguided in an unlimited area then you had best plan to invest a great deal of time in it. You will have to do a lot of research into the area you plan to hunt and then you will need to go there on scouting trips to familiarize yourself with the area and where to look for sheep. Not such an easy thing to do when you live in Minnesota.

I know you have hunted in Alaska, but hunting bighorns in rugged country where they spend half of their time hiding in the timber, combined with the hunting pressure that is often associated with open areas, and you have a hunt that is a lot more difficult than hunting dall sheep.

I am not saying you can't pull it off, just that it won't be easy. But you probably already know that.

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I am looking into the Montana Unlimited Hunts ... and I am told they are quite difficult - confirming what is said in the posts above.

All the Idaho hunts are on draw, with a couple additional tags via lottery and auction.

But Idaho does NOT have a point system - so everyone starts on the same footing every year (for sheep, goat, moose).

Units with brutally difficult draw odds - give the best bet of harvesting a nice ram.

Units with much better odds at drawing - brutally difficult to get a ram.

If you want to hunt sheep (have a great adventure but be willing to come back empty) - try an unlimited unit or ones with good draw odds. If you want to kill a sheep, spend $$$$$ and go with a good outfitter and guide.

Oh, and the units that are brutally difficult to get a sheep in - it's not just the sheep - it's the terrain. You will be brutalized even if you don't get one.

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I left Montana in 1974 maybe 75 and as I recall then there was an area around Thompsion Falls that was an across the counter sheep tag. Absolutely beautiful country. absolutely rugged and remote; winter sets in early.Seems there was another place too but I forget where.

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outside of alaska or canada, any of the states you draw a tag in allows you to hunt without a guide. Wyoming i believe you need a guide for nonresidents hunting in the designated wilderness areas.

I would get a tag an than worry about guided or unguided.

tim

mz
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Yea, I think I’m going to start applying. Although I might go on a scouting mission out to one of the no draw areas. Anyways what kind of shelters do you guys use? I need a light 1 man maybe 2 person. Good and waterproof is very important.

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MZ, look up Tarptents by Henry Shires. Great ultralight shelter for a reasonable price. If you are expecting a lot of snow I would go with a hilleburg instead. I have also thought about the unlimited hunts in MT. Just got to go scout it out one year. Good Luck

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as far as tents go i just ordered a kirafu 4 man tepee with the small woodstove. Tent and stove around 6lbs. Should be great for the backpack hunts in late october and november and also for the early season river running.

tim

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