In 2017 there are few changes in sheep management for the State of Utah. A few sheep hunts have been discontinued on the Stansbury and Pilot Mountain units. Sheep in Utah is a success story given the fact that the first sheep hunts for bighorn occurred in 1991. Before 1973, when some of the first wild sheep were transplanted, there were hardly any sheep in the state. In 2014, populations of Rocky Mountain, desert, and California bighorn were estimated to total around 4,500 animals. It is one of only a few places that a hunter can pursue the desert bighorn and the Rocky Mountain bighorn. Although Utah is not a heavy hitter for huge rams, it does offer a hunt of a lifetime and draw odds similar to that of any highly coveted permit in the West.