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Bighorn Sheep Seasons

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Additional Regulations

  • A person may draw only one controlled bighorn sheep ram tag in a lifetime, excluding ewe hunts.
  • A Ewe is defined as a female bighorn sheep.
  • No party applications are allowed.
  • All hunters are required to arrange check out through the local ODFW office within three business days (Mon. – Fri., 8 – 5) of completion of their hunt.
  • Orientation class is required for Ewe hunts.

Hunt Area

Entire Wildlife Management Unit unless indicated with an asterisk(*). See Bighorn Sheep Hunt Descriptions for controlled hunt boundary descriptions.

Bag Limit

  • One Bighorn Ram
  • One Bighorn ewe (For hunts 543D1 and 543D2 ONLY)

Tag Sale Deadline

The day before the hunt begins.

Any Legal Weapon Controlled California Bighorn Sheep Hunts

Hunt #

Hunt Name

Open Season

2021 Resident Tags

2021 Nonresident Tags

2020 Resident Applications

2020 Nonresident Applications

543A1 John Day Rvr No. 1* Oct. 16 – Oct. 24 7 2,659 N/A
543A2 John Day Rvr No. 2* Oct. 30 – Nov. 7 4 2 772 1,814
543A3 John Day Rvr No. 3* Nov. 13 – Nov. 21 6 1,240 N/A
543B1 E Deschutes Rvr No. 1* Sept. 11 – Sept. 19 2 470 N/A
543B2 E Deschutes Rvr No. 2* Oct. 16 – Oct. 24 2 394 N/A
543B3 E Deschutes Rvr No. 3* Oct. 30 – Nov. 7 2 204 N/A
543C1 W Deschutes Rvr No. 1* Sept. 11 – Sept. 19 3 474 N/A
543C2 W Deschutes Rvr No. 2* Oct. 16 – Oct. 24 3 366 N/A
543C3 W Deschutes Rvr No. 3* Oct. 30 – Nov. 7 3 381 N/A
543D1 John Day Rvr Ewe* Sept. 20 – Oct. 15 5 New N/A
543D2 Deschutes Rvr Ewe* Sept. 20 – Oct. 15 4 1 New N/A
546A Aldrich* Aug. 15 – Oct. 31 3 1,196 N/A
546B McClellan* Aug. 15 – Oct. 31 2 435 N/A
548 Heppner Unit (Potamus) Aug. 15 – Oct. 31 1 683 N/A
551 Sumpter Unit (Burnt Rvr Canyon) Aug. 15 – Sept. 14 1 596 N/A
566A Riverside* Aug. 15 – Sept. 14 1 New N/A
568A1 Sheepshead Mtns No. 1* Aug. 15 – Sept. 14 1 398 N/A
568A2 Sheepshead Mtns No. 2* Sept. 15 – Oct. 14 2 343 N/A
568B1 E Whitehorse No. 1* Aug. 15 – Sept. 14 2 567 N/A
568B2 E Whitehorse No. 2* Sept. 15 – Oct. 14 2 545 N/A
569A1 Steens Mtn No. 1* Aug. 15 – Sept. 14 3 2,187 N/A
569A2 Steens Mtn No. 2* Sept. 15 – Oct. 14 2 562 N/A
569B N Catlow Rim* Aug. 15 – Sept. 14 1 250 N/A
570B1 E Beatys Butte/
Alvord Peaks No. 1*
Aug. 15 – Sept. 14 2 938 N/A
570B2 E Beatys Butte/
Alvord Peaks No. 2*
Sept. 15 – Oct. 14 1 1 244 561
570C Coleman – E Guano* Aug. 15 – Sept. 14 2 397 N/A
574 Warner Unit Aug. 15 – Sept. 14 3 1,443 N/A
575A1 S Central No. 1* Aug. 15 – Sept. 14 2 1 664 463
575A2 S Central No. 2* Sept. 15 – Oct. 14 3 526 N/A

Private lands will limit access for highlighted hunts. Do not apply unless you have access to a place to hunt.

Any Legal Weapon Controlled Rocky Mtn Bighorn Sheep Hunts

Hunt #

Hunt Name

Open Season

2021 Resident Tags

2021 Nonresident Tags

2020 Resident Applications

2020 Nonresident Applications

559A1 N Snake Rvr* Aug. 15 – Oct. 31 2 1,431 N/A
559A2 S Snake Rvr* Aug. 15 – Oct. 31 1 636 N/A
560B Bear Creek* Aug. 15 – Oct. 31 1 1 493 4