ABOUT BIGHORN SHEEP
This area is a 4/5 curl area, which means that some 6.5 year olds and almost all 7.5 year old sheep will be “legal” to shoot. We try to shoot rams from 7.5-11.5 years of age. In full curl areas of southern AB and BC, many of the rams, if they broom off, from a young age, will never reach “legal” status, so it is an advantage to hunt an area, like ours, with a 4/5 regulation.
We often get asked the average size of the sheep. This is the most northern herd of Bighorn Sheep in North America. The sheep in this area move back and forth between the British Columbia border and sometimes cross into the Kakwa River and into the Wilmore Wilderness area. However, we don’t have any park or coal mine borders, so we don’t have to sit on the borders, waiting for rams to come into our area, like some other areas in southern Alberta or BC. The biggest ram every killed in the area was about 179, in the research we’ve done. The largest sheep the previous outfitter shot was in the low 170’s. He outfitted the area for 9 years. The typical ram scores in the low to mid-150s with some going into the 160’s. A 170 Class is possible, but we don’t sell this size of sheep.
The sheep are very handsome, but smaller and more compact than a southern bighorn, both in body and horn size. Even in early September, the capes are some of the best we’ve ever seen, both in color (quite dark) and hair quality. A Bighorn hunted, fair chase in an open area of Canada is a trophy well earned. It is not for people without patience, time and mental toughness. It is one of the hardest hunts in North America and one of the most sought after and cherished trophies.