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ISSUE 159

Wyoming MRS: Sheep

The sheep herds in Wyoming’s core sheep areas (Areas 1-5) have continued to recede, leaving hunters with fewer rams to choose from and applicants with fewer hunting opportunities and decreasing draw odds. Although the core sheep areas seem to be suffering at the moment, the Game and Fish Department was in fact able to increase the overall sheep tag quota for 2016 by eight ram tags versus 2015. Based on this data, we can only hope that the bottom has been reached and we are now headed in the right direction for the future. Most of the increased tags have come from nontraditional sheep areas such as Areas 12, 17 and 18. The winter has been pretty rough so far and we could see some winter die-off in the core sheep hunt units around Cody, Meeteetse and Jackson. Time will tell, but either way, with six blue chip sheep areas to choose from, Wyoming still offers up some very solid sheep hunting for good rams.