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.
Understanding wind currents and thermals in hilly, broken terrain can often be incredibly frustrating. I've found that collecting and storing milkweed seed pods during the late summer has made me a better hunter in the bluff country that I hunt. These little feather like seed dispersers will float on the lightest of air currents and will show you what the wind is not only doing right at you're location but more importantly down range. I like to use the off season to float them...