Bighorn Sheep Hunting News

North Dakota's Bighorn Sheep Population Resilient

While two consecutive severe winters played a significant role in reducing the state's bighorn sheep population, overall numbers are still strong, according to Brett Wiedmann, big game biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Dickinson.

A July-August survey in western North Dakota showed 289 bighorn sheep, down 20 from last year and 27 below 2008’s record summer survey. "Let's keep in mind we are comparing this year's count to record totals, so all things considered I am pleased with our current numbers," Wiedmann said.

Two Colorado Men Guilty of Poaching Bighorn Sheep

Two Arvada men have been fined more than $35,000 after their conviction on multiple charges for the poaching of a trophy bighorn ram above Georgetown in 2008.

Henry Butler, Jr., age 57, and his son, Brandon Butler, age 30, were sentenced two weeks ago in the 5th Judicial District Court in Georgetown for illegally killing the ram on September 28, 2008.  In addition to their sentences, they face a lengthy suspension of their right to hunt and fish in most of the United States.

Arizona GFD Seeks Public Help to Find Poacher

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking for the public's help in finding the individual or individuals responsible for the illegal killing of a Rocky Mountain bighorn ram in the Black River area, west of Alpine, during the July 4 weekend.

The wild sheep was illegally shot and killed in Game Management Unit 1 in eastern Arizona, adjacent to Forest Road 249.

New Mexico Game Commission to Discuss Elk & Bighorn Rules

The State Game Commission will consider establishing rules for the 2011-2014 hunting seasons for elk, bighorn sheep, exotic species and waterfowl seasons at its meeting July 8 in Silver City.

Montana SuperTag Deadline is July 1
Eight lucky SuperTag hunters will win the chance to hunt a moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, elk, deer, antelope, mountain lion and bison in any legal district open for that species.
Colorado Man Guilty of Bighorn Baiting
A La Plata County man pleaded guilty in May to putting out bait to attract Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in an area northeast of Vallecito Reservoir that is popular with hunters and wildlife watchers. Baiting big game wildlife in Colorado is illegal and can cause long-term problems for animal herds.
New Mexico Big Game Drawing Results Available June 9th
Hunters who applied for New Mexico 2010-2011 deer, elk, antelope, ibex, javelina, bighorn sheep and Barbary sheep licenses can see if they made the drawing "lucky list" Wednesday, June 9, on the Department of Game and Fish website.
Yukon Permit Applications Available Now
Environment Yukon now has applications available for Yukon residents who want to enter the permit hunt lottery for moose, caribou, sheep, goat, deer or elk in a permit area, Environment Minister John Edzerza announced.
New Mexico GC Considers Hunting Rule Changes June 3rd
The State Game Commission will consider establishing new rules for the 2011-2014 hunting seasons for turkey, upland game and javelina, and discuss proposals and public comments about the 2011-2014 elk, bighorn sheep, exotic species and waterfowl seasons at its meeting June 3 in Gallup.
New Mexico Desert Bighorn May be Delisted
Desert bighorn sheep, once one of New Mexico's most imperiled native wildlife species, have met the requirements for removal from the state endangered species list. The Department of Game and Fish has started an investigation into delisting the species and is accepting public comments before a proposal is submitted to the State Game Commission.