This report was filed by NevadAdventureS, Field Editor, Jim.
CALIFORNIA BIGHORN: Re-introduction of the California Bighorn began in the summer of 1967 with the release of eight animals; two rams, three ewes, and three lambs. The animals came from the Hart Mt. National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon and were planted on the Charles Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge.
The first hunt came 16 years later in 1984, with the issue of three tags for the Hell Creek and Virgin Canyon areas.
The first reintroduction of California Bighorn into the Santa Rosa Range in Humboldt County came in 1978 with the release of 12 Sheep from the Penticton area of southern British Columbia. These animals obviously have the best genes, producing the BIGGEST horns.
Today there are twelve areas in the State of Nevada with a total of thirty-seven resident and three non-resident tags issued.
Odds of drawing a tag range from 85 to 1 -up to- 154 to 1, with a hunter success rate of 70%. The next ten years hold great promise for California BIGHORN. More populations will become established and hunting opportunities will increase.
The best advise I can give a person who wants to hunt Bighorn Sheep is not to wait until you draw a tag to learn your area. Bighorn sheep hunting is very demanding, both physically and mentally. They occupy some of the most rugged mountain ranges in the state.
I would advise anyone with the extra time off to go to an area during the hunting season WITHOUT a tag. Meet the parties with the tags, get and give any information possible. Offer your assistance. I have yet to meet a sheep hunter that would turn down any help with spotting and especially with help packing out his or her ram.