Is the hunt guided or not? Do you know the area and where the sheep are or are you going in blind without any scouting? If you have done your homework and scouting and know the area I think that 3 to 5 days should be enough. But if you don't know where the sheep are at you can figure at least 2 to 4 days to find them and a few days to get one. If I was planning a sheep hunt I think that I would figure on at least a full week if not a few days more.
Three questions. (1) How often do you think you will get a sheep tag? (2) How long is the season. (3) How many days will your better half &/or boss let you take off?
If you can take as much of the season as you possibly can. Unless you're very lucky or very rich you won't have that many oportunities to hunt sheep so give yourself as much time as possible. I killed a sheep on opening day. I also hunted for 19 days & never popped a cap (if anyone out there has a good recipe for tag stew let me know. That unfilled tag is REAL hard to chew!) Hope for the best but plan for the worst.
I’m hoping for at least a week, I’m going with a hunter host so we have to get our days off at the same time but he will be hunting in the area for weeks before I even get there so he will have the opportunity to do some scouting. My tag is good for 21 days so if I have to make 2 trips it wont break my heart….LOL!
What type of sheep are you hunting? I'm guessing Rocky Mtn not that it matters. Let your spotting scope do your walking & enjoy every minute. When you put your hands on those horns you'll realize that all the nonsense you've read about how special sheep hunting is' true.
Being a bowhunting I've always been fanatical about scent control. Whether it's sprays, carbon clothing etc. I've tried it. The best thing that I have found for eliminating human scent is Betadine. It's been used in hospitals and homes for decades as a defense against infections on minor scrapes and burns. It can typically be found near the pharmacy in any of the major "one stop shop" stores, and a bottle will last multiple hunting seasons.
Before every hunt possible I...