Originally Posted by MWScott72
Nope, it's a free for all. NR just pay NR tag fees. The hunts are on a quota and once the quota is met, the hunt shuts down. The rams are not big and the competition is fierce, but if you want to sheep hunt, you could do it every year on these MT hunts. As has been said, they are not for the faint of heart as the terrain is brutal.
Generally, odds of drawing bighorn tags are about as worse as they come. Interestingly enough, the absolute worst draw odds species in Utah is bull moose for quite some time now. With odds for Shiras tags being downright reasonable in some Idaho units, I'm not sure I understand that one, but people gonna people.
As for sheep, unless you can guarantee that you'll live and be physically able to sheep until a couple decades longer than all of the young teenagers that already have a point or two under their belts forget ever being guaranteed to draw a sheep tag anywhere in the L48. Pretty sure your odds of winning enough $ in a lottery to buy a sheep tag at auction might actually be better than getting the sheep tag in a draw starting at 0 points.
The MT unlimited hunts require the ram to be at least 3/4 curl, and while some sheep are taken most years it is not unusual for guys to spend the first 2-3 years hunting the unlimited areas before they even see a sheep--let alone a ram, or a legal ram.
Rocky Mountain Bighorn hunts (guided with tag) can be had in parts of Canada for $40-60k. You can occasionally find some of the less desirable bighorn tags on the auction block for a similar price, and then hire an outfitter for $5-10k on top of that.
Free range Desert Bighorn in Mexico can sometimes be found on a cancellation under $50k, but $60-70k is typical.
Stone Sheep hunt prices have about doubled over the past decade. Currently, reputable outfitters for Stone Sheep run $40-50k.
Dall Sheep can usually be found with a reputable
outfit (Alaska, Yukon, or NWT) right around $20k. Sometimes $15k on a cancellation. If it looks like a crazy good deal...well, think about the word "crazy" some more.
As for goats...well, that is a very different story. Routinely I come across offers from very reputable guides in good areas (BC and Alaska) where the hunt cost will be ~$6-8k. In the past 3 years I have seen three offers at or just below $5k for cancellation hunts or where a great guide is exploring a new area of his concession in BC (that hunter ended up killing one of the largest billies killed anywhere in 10 years). Of course, add licensing travel etc. beyond that and the ~$10k quote is probably pretty close. I actually think with COVID-19, there might be some really attractively priced offers for last minute short notice goat hunts (maybe dall sheep too) if you are willing to roll the dice. For example, I know of a baited interior grizzly hunt in AK with an excellent guide that just got offered and snatched up for under $6k (normally a $12k hunt)!
Or you move to Alaska, establish residency after 12 months, and can then hunt dall sheep and up to 2 goats each year OTC with almost all of the species' licenses included with your $60 hunting/fishing combo license.
Or there's another option: make friends with a sheep/goat outfitter and be a packer/grunt and get to do everything about a sheep/goat hunt except pull the trigger multiple times. You might get lucky and break even on your personal costs depending on tips.