Bighorn Sheep


  • Bighorn ram running

    Moose, sheep and goat controlled hunt application deadline approaching

    Hunters, anglers and trappers are also reminded they will see new prices starting May 1 with an additional $5 Access/Depredation fee for resident adults and $10 for nonresident adults when they buy their first annual license.

  • Bighorn sheep on rockslide

    Another bighorn euthanized after contacting domestic sheep near Challis

    A one-year-old bighorn sheep ram that mingled with domestic sheep near Challis was euthanized Friday, April 14, to prevent the sheep from potentially carrying disease back to the wild herd. This is the third bighorn sheep removed from the same area on the edge of Challis since March 30.

    Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials euthanized the yearling ram after receiving reports that it was observed inside a pen on private property with a small flock of domestic sheep.

  • Bull moose in yellow grass

    Apply now for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat hunts

    The application period for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat controlled hunts is now open. Hunters have through April 30 to apply.

    Hunters can apply at any Fish and Game office, license vendor, or use a credit card by telephone or over the Internet. Telephone applications may be made at 1-800-554-8685. Internet users may apply through Fish and Game's website at Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than April 30.

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    Bighorns euthanized after contacting domestic sheep in Challis

    Two bighorn sheep rams that were in immediate proximity to domestic sheep near Challis were euthanized Thursday, March 30, to prevent the sheep from potentially carrying disease back to the wild herd. One ram was a five-years-old and the other a six-year old.

  • Bighorn Sheep / Photo by Gary Powers

    Moose, sheep and goat rules available soon

    Idaho's 2017 and 2018 moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat seasons and rules booklet arrived from the printer and should be available at Fish and Game offices and license vendors later this week.

    They are available online now at

  • Super Bowl Sunday Bighorn Sheep Capture in Hells Canyon

    Low flying helicopters deploy net guns to capture bighorn sheep in Hells Canyon on Sunday. Sheep are transported to processing site where researchers measure overall sheep body condition and take samples to test for disease. Animals are marked with a collar and ear tag to monitor movement and survival rates.



  • Redbird Ram

    Hells Canyon Bighorn Sheep Capture Underway

    The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife plan to capture 100 bighorn sheep in five Hells Canyon herds February 2nd –14th as part of the ongoing Hells Canyon Initiative to restore bighorn sheep populations. 

    Bighorn sheep will be captured by net gunning from a helicopter and brought to a processing site near the capture location. Biologists will take health samples, radio collar the sheep, and release them on site. 

  • Moose, southwest region, near McCall

    Here's a sneak peak at the new moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat rules

    Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Jan. 26 adopted new rules and seasons for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat for the 2017-18 hunting seasons. 

  • Public meeting for moose, sheep, and mountain goat season proposals (Lewison)

    Idaho Fish and Game wants to hear from hunters on proposed changes to moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat seasons for 2017 and 2018.

    Fish and Game will host open houses where those interested can visit with local wildlife biologists about the proposals and provided their comments. 

  • IDFG Scoping For 2017-2018 Moose, Goat And Sheep Hunting Seasons

    IDAHO FALLS – The Idaho Department of Fish & Game (IDFG) is in the process of scoping the public as they undertake setting seasons for trophy species (moose, mountain goat, and bighorn sheep) for 2017- 2018.  The public will have the opportunity to discuss with biologists their season suggestions at an open house scheduled for Monday, December 19th from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Bighorn Sheep

Ovis canadensis

IDAPA Classification: Big Game
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