Bighorn Sheep Hunting

 
Hunting / Hunting Guide / Bighorn Sheep Hunting

Harvest success for bighorn sheep is forecasted to be exceptional in most areas throughout Wyoming, with some good rams, too.

Since inception of a hunting season in Area 20 in the Casper region, hunters have experienced 100% success, and most harvested rams from Area 20 have met minimum Boone and Crockett scoring requirements.

“Given hunter success over the past decade, good sheep distribution on public lands, and a very high mature trophy-class ram ratio, those lucky enough to draw a license should have a chance to harvest a nice mature ram,” said Casper Regional Wildlife Coordinator Justin Binfet.     
  
In the Absaroka Mountains, sheep area managers predict good opportunity to harvest a mature ram. In 2017, the average age of harvested rams was a little over 7 years old, with many older age class rams checked. The nearby Devils Canyon herd historical harvest reflects similar ages at 6-8 years old.
The Targhee sheep herd in the Jackson region is small, and hunter success is limited by the difficult terrain, low sheep numbers, and movements into Grand Teton National Park. The Jackson sheep herd has rebounded in recent years; 48 rams were observed with > ¾ curl horns during the 2016-17 survey, but hunters had a hard time finding them in 2017 and success dropped to 67%. So, if you can find them, it will be worth the trek.

The Lander region Whiskey Mountain bighorn sheep population was once again alarmingly low at 8/100 in 2017 and lamb production continues to be a grave concern. The nearby Darby Mountains also saw population declines.

“While population growth is impacted by reduced lamb recruitment, there are still rams available for harvest,” said Daryl Lutz, Lander regional wildlife coordinator. “So, hunter success in 2018 shouldn’t be impacted. Hunters should expect to see fewer rams than in the past, but should experience high success depending on their expectations.”

Dubois Badlands will once again be open for hunting any ram in 2018.  Four licenses will be valid to hunt in Area 22 from September 1-30. After September 30, these licenses will also be valid in Hunt Area 5. The Ferris/Seminoe Mountains, Bennett Mountains offer excellent opportunity to harvest a ram.
Bighorn sheep hunting in the Laramie Peak herd promises to be exceptional. Public access can be difficult, but some public land opportunity does exist.

“The future looks bright for this herd and hunters can expect an opportunity to find a trophy ram this fall,” said Regional Wildlife Supervisor Rick King.

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