The bighorn sheep offers a great hunt. The sheep is a sure thing for a trophy, but they are not always easy to find. If you are interested in this hunt one key thing is to get permission before hunting on a private ranch. Hunting this sheep is not difficult, but it does require patience and the right tactics.
The best time to hunt for bighorn sheep is in the winter months when their coats are fattened up during the fall season. The bighorn sheep has excellent eyesight so when looking for them be sure to be downwind from them or have a good scent blocker.
What is a bighorn sheep?
The bighorn sheep is a hoofed animal and is a member of the family Ovidae. The bighorn sheep has an interesting physical appearance, with its long horns, a white rump and back, shaggy brown hair with lighter neck and belly. It also has a set of horns that range in size from forty to seventy inches long. With these mighty horns the ram uses them for head butting as well as defense against its predators.
Where do bighorn sheep live?
The bighorn sheep is native to North and South America as well as Eurasia. They live in the mountain ranges of these areas, where they find shelter from predators. They usually find themselves in areas that have steep rocky cliffs and canyons that border a creek or river as well as sandy ledges with sparse vegetation for food.
In the US they can be found in the Rocky Mountains, the southwestern states as well as the Pacific Northwest.
What are their habits?
Bighorn sheep have a few different habits when it comes to mating, feeding and socializing. The rams are the only ones with horns and they use them for sparring with other males as well as fighting off predators such as coyotes. When it comes to mating season it is usually best for the younger rams to avoid the older ones who will keep them away from mating with the ewes. The ewes will mate in a group and even switch mates if necessary until she finds a ram she likes.
Generally the sheep eat a lot of shrubs and plants, so they may need to move to a new place if there is not much forage around. They can also swim if they need to cross a river or creek, so finding them in the water is something that you should keep in mind.
How do you hunt for them?
In order to hunt for bighorn sheep, it is important to know something about their habitat and feeding habits. You should find an area that is familiar to the sheep and try and find a few of their tracks in the mud or snow. You can also set up a game camera in the area in order to get an idea of when they go in and out of the canyon. The sheep are not known for being active during daylight hours, so you will need to be patient while waiting at a location.
If you do not have the right equipment for an archery hunt you should consider a rifle or a muzzleloader. The sheep are usually in groups so make sure that you are using a scope or really good binoculars to see everything around you.
At what time of year is it best to hunt them?
If possible, it is best to go bighorn hunting in the winter because that is when they put on their heaviest coats and are fattened up from eating during the fall season. You can hunt for them from November through February.
Tips for hunting them:
· Get the permission of the land owner before hunting on his land.
· Try and hunt bighorn sheep in places that they are familiar with.
· Find out if there is a game trail in the area you want to hunt.
· Use scent blockers or be downwind from them.
· Look for tracks in the mud and snow as well as droppings.
· Watch for grasses and bushes that have been uprooted or damaged from rubbing.
· Use binoculars to look at your surroundings at all times, especially when moving through an area that is known for sheep to be present.
The bighorn sheep offers a difficult hunt that requires patience and the right equipment. You should always be on the lookout for tracks and signs of a presence of these animals as well as watch for them to come out in the daylight.