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Sheep in AB

I was talking with an outfitter in AB last night about an elk hunt. Asked if he did sheep hunts- had 8 tags.-He said his huters average age was 62-i said cause of price- then he floored me-- 30K this fall and 32 next-- prices are hi now in AB because of oil boom BUT 32K-When i lived in AK we sold combo moose/bear for 6K and sheep were 8K. not too many can afford those prices EH?

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30K is a ton of cash but at least you're guaranteed a tag and guide to assist you. One thing to keep in mind is most of us wait for decades to draw a tag in the lower 48 and some never draw a ram tag in their lifetime. I know quite a few hunters who didn't get the sheep bug until later on in life and unfortunately they might not have 10-15 years to wait to draw a sheep tag before they run out of time and health. There's guy on another forum who won the NM lottery BH tag, which is transferable, and he decided he wants to sell it and purchase a couple of different sheep hunts and buy his wife something special and says he has a offer of 75,000 so far.

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That kind of crapola is as bad as States selling tags to raise $$ just pushes the limits for guys who might otherwise get to hunt--Me I've hunted sheep many times-Dall's but would never pay that kind of rip off- even if I win the lottery--bit with the sheep bug late in life or have an empty place on wall???

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Widux wrote:
That kind of crapola is as bad as States selling tags to raise $$ just pushes the limits for guys who might otherwise get to hunt--Me I've hunted sheep many times-Dall's but would never pay that kind of rip off- even if I win the lottery--bit with the sheep bug late in life or have an empty place on wall???

I understand what you're saying. Were you a AK resident when you went on all of those Dall hunts?

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Yes I was-- they were still not as cheap as say a deer hunt in Wisc as we had to fly in and Super cub time was expensive even in the 70's- 80's $ 90's--usuall cost of hunt was $1500-$2000 then i had a buddy who owned a small scedule air service/ air taxi and did some work for him in return for flying time--last sheep hunt in 95 cost me about $50 for food. What a deal.

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Widux wrote:
Yes I was-- they were still not as cheap as say a deer hunt in Wisc as we had to fly in and Super cub time was expensive even in the 70's- 80's $ 90's--usuall cost of hunt was $1500-$2000 then i had a buddy who owned a small scedule air service/ air taxi and did some work for him in return for flying time--last sheep hunt in 95 cost me about $50 for food. What a deal.

That sounds like the ticket, one of the benefits of living in the last frontier. Yes

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Yes it was-- things have changes since the Pipeline Days and there are many more folks there--it ain't for everybody--winters in fairbanls etc can be trying to say the least.-But I loved it.

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the saddest part of the whole equations, is that, hunting is becoming so expensive because we (hunters) place such a high value on the lifestyle.

hunting is a luxury, and our society puts a price tag on luxury.

i'm now 23 years old, and i'm trying as hard as i can to kill all the species of north american big game. (with a bow). but i think that sheep hunting is where i may fall short of my goal. ( and polar bear)

i don't know if anyone has the super slam yet solely with traditional gear, but that's what i want to do. this year i will have 5 species down (assuiming i get lucky on an antelope) in the next 4 years, i'll have most of alaskan big game.

i hope i can do it.

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the bow is do able maybe not for sheep though
and as for polar bear...i geuss its actualy very doable with a bow

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Poor Guess me thinks-- unless ,of course, you reply on backup with 416rem or similar rifle.

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What most folks don,t realize is what it costs us as Outfitters to do a sheep hunt & the cost to buy the allocations in the first place

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