Alberta Bighorn Sheep Hunting Seasons

BIGHORN SHEEP HUNTING SEASONS

The non-resident Alberta Bighorn season runs from September 1st until October 15th and we have 4 bighorn allocations each year in our management area 445.

You can go to the AB Wildlife website and see the map and area boundaries. These tags cannot be transferred to another hunter or to another year, so it’s in our best interest to have successful hunters and hunters who are willing to hunt hard and not quit early. The tags are a “use it or lose it allocation”, like all of the different specie allocations in AB.

We offer three main hunt dates, Sept 1-15th, Sept. 16-30th and Oct. 1-15th but because we take a small number of hunters, we can be flexible on dates slightly. The first hunt is good for people not wanting to hunt in colder weather and also it’s the first time the rams have been hunted since the previous October, but if the weather is hot, the rams will be in the timber longer each day and will require a lot of patience and hard glassing. Historically, few days are lost to “bad” weather on this hunt.

The 2nd hunt in September is a bit colder and there is always a good chance for snow, which is good for getting the rams to move and come out of the timber more frequently. The last hunt is normally reserved for a hunter who can’t make the September dates or for a hunter who had to leave early or didn’t find a ram in September. They can return, Oct. 1st and stay until Oct. 15th if needed.

We want our clients to shoot rams, but often time and perseverance is needed, so the longer you can plan to hunt, the higher the success rate. The area doesn’t have much resident hunting pressure compared to other regions. Usually, only 1-2 AB residents shoot rams each year. Many AB hunters use horses and they prefer the Wilmore and more central and southern areas, which are closer to Calgary and Edmonton. It is nice not to be in a foot race with residents, which is what can happen in many of the southern AB and BC areas, where several hunters are sitting, waiting like wolves, for the sheep to make a mistake.

The hunting in our area is a cross between Stone Sheep and typical Bighorn hunting. The terrain is less bushy and cliffy than many of the southern areas and few places are treacherous.