Idaho Wilderness Company specializes in fully guided Big Horn Sheep hunts in Idaho!
We’ve been doing so for over 30 years.
Applications are due the month of April.
Hi, my name is Steve Zettel and I love to hunt elk.
Guiding hunts, floats, and fishing are all very special ways for me to earn a living.
Sheep hunting, on the other hand, is something that “I have to do!”
For me, there is no other place that I have found, and no other experience that compares.
I am sure there are many rams taken each year beside the road, on the trail, or next to the river, and those have nothing to do with what I am speaking of. In the 80’s and 90’s I guided countless Bighorn and Dall sheep hunts. We would drop a hunter off at the airstrip (successful or not) sometimes on the proverbial verge of death, only to gather up the next victim and head out again. Those experiences never grew tiring, in fact they were just the opposite.
“Exhilarating” would be more appropriate.
I love every aspect of the sheep hunt. The terrain, camaraderie, the camping, the rocks. I love the “rocks”.
Bighorn sheep tags became more difficult to acquire through the 90’s and on into the new millennium.
Sheep and tag numbers are now on the increase which is good news all around.
We had 2 sheep hunters utilize our services in 2015. Both were well prepared and successful with two very nice rams. And me? I got to play in the rocks, this makes me happy. If you wish to sheep hunt let us know now and we will in turn provide you with a reminder and information when the drawing time draws near.
This is a very special hunt and should be considered by anyone who calls himself a hunter, at least once before you retire the boots and rifle.
There are three different ways to acquire a BigHorn Sheep tag in Idaho.
- You can apply through the annual Idaho Fish & Game lottery. You must buy a hunting license and apply during the month of April.
- Each winter Idaho auctions off a statewide sheep tag. It usually sells between $30,000 & $120,000. Unit 11 is excluded every other year
- Idaho offers an annual raffle for a statewide sheep tag. Unit 11 is excluded every other year
Where We Hunt
With the necessary paperwork completed, we can guide you in many of the sheep hunts around the state of Idaho.
We are licensed to float the Middle Fork of the Salmon River and can provide a range of services from float support to fully guided float hunts.
We have 3 different units that are in our licensed operating area: Units 26, (27L for Sheep only). & 20A (5026, 5027 & 5020A). All are wilderness fly-in hunts. The application numbers can change annually so be sure to check the Idaho Fish & Game web site, for the current 4-digit unit number. You must apply during the month of April. Sheep hunts vary from the time of year you can hunt, the toughness of terrain, access, drawing odds and more. Give us a call so we can plan a Sheep hunt that is right for you. 800-581-0856.
Hunts and Cost
Hunt duration, hunt location, number of guides and associated services can all effect the cost of your hunt. We generally offer 2 types of guided hunts. We also offer custom services such as float assist, drops, etc.
2 guides, 10 days, this hunt could include roving camp, back packing, wall tent camp, horses and mules, fly in, what ever it take to make you successful. If you are not successful in your first ten days and there is still some season left for you to hunt, we will assist you to fill your tag if our resources allow, at no additional charge. As with most of our excursion, your personal airfare to and from the back country is not included. $10,450.00 plus 6% sales tax.
This hunt is similar to Hunt #1 except the hunt is 1 guide, 7 days, and no additional time in the field. Additional days @ $1000.00/day if our schedule allows. $8,250.00 plus 6% sales tax.
We are licensed by the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board
We are bonded and operate on the Payette, Boise, and Challis/Salmon National Forests.