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Bighorn Sheep Special Permits

Application Submission Period: April 19-midnight on May 19, 2022

  • These hunts are for special permit holders only. See Special Permit Application Instructions for instructions on how to apply.
  • You may purchase and submit one permit application for each hunt category, for which you qualify.
  • Hunting licenses for mountain goat, moose, or bighorn sheep do not have to be purchased unless you are selected for a special hunt permit. If selected, you must send a check or money order for the appropriate fee, to WDFW's Headquarters office by the deadline established by the Department (15 day minimum) or the permit will become void and will be offered to an alternate. You may also purchase using a credit card by calling (866) 246-9453.

Who May Apply:

Any Ram Category:

Anyone, except those who have previously harvested a bighorn sheep ram in Washington State under an "Any Ram" permit. An individual may only harvest one bighorn sheep ram under the "Any Ram" category during his or her lifetime.

Adult Ewe Category:

Anyone may apply, every year, regardless of prior harvest(s).

Youth and Hunters with Disabilities Categories:

Anyone may apply that meets the requirements for the particular category, every year, regardless of prior harvest(s).

Raffle and Auction Permits:

Anyone may apply every year.

Bag Limit:

One (1) bighorn sheep except where otherwise permitted by department rule, even if permits are drawn for more than one bighorn sheep hunt category.

Weapon Restrictions:

Permit holders may use any legal weapon.

Hunt Choices:

Up to 4 hunt choices may be selected per category.

Horn Marking Requirements:

A hunter who kills or possesses a bighorn sheep ram taken in Washington must present the horns for inspection and marking within 10 days to a WDFW Regional or District Office or a location designated by a department representative. Call a WDFW Regional or District Office to schedule an appointment with a biologist for horn marking. A WDFW employee will permanently mark an identification number on one of the horns. Inspection and marking does NOT substitute for Mandatory Hunter Reporting (see Mandatory Hunter Reporting). For bighorn sheep, both are required.

Bighorn Sheep Special Permit Hunts

In addition to the mandatory inspection and marking of your harvested bighorn sheep, you will owe one hunting activity report for EACH special permit awarded.

Hunt Choice

Hunt Name

Hunt Notes

Permit

Season

Permit Hunt

Boundary Description

Special

Restrictions

Permits

2021 Apps/Avg Pts

Any Ram

5001

Selah Butte

Oct. 1-31

Sheep Unit 4

Any Legal Weapon

2

4711/14

5002

Umtanum


Oct. 1-31

Sheep Unit 5

Any Legal Weapon

2

6292/14

5003

Cleman Mountain


Oct. 1-31

Sheep Unit 7

Any Legal Weapon

3

5949/25

5004

Lincoln Cliffs


Sept. 15-Oct. 10

Sheep Unit 12

Any Legal Weapon

2

2045/12

5005

Quilomene


Oct. 1-31

Sheep Unit 13

Any Legal Weapon

3

4983/14

5006

Swakane


Sept. 15-Oct. 10

Sheep Unit 14

Any Legal Weapon

2

6666/15

5007

Manson


Nov. 9-30

Sheep Unit 16

Any Legal Weapon

2

2262/16

5008

Chelan Butte A

E

Sept. 15-Oct. 10

Sheep Unit 18

Any Legal Weapon

2

5106/15

5009

Chelan Butte B

E

Oct. 11-Nov. 15

Sheep Unit 18

Any Legal Weapon

2

4026/18

5010

Wenaha


Sept. 15-Oct. 10

GMU 169

Any Legal Weapon

1

2063/23

5011

Mountain View - Black Butte


Sept. 15-Oct. 10

GMU 172, portions of GMU 181, GMU 186

Any Legal Weapon

1

2002/25

Adult Ewe

5018

Cleman Mountain A


Oct. 10-31

Sheep Unit 7

Adult ewe only; Any Legal Weapon

10

1797/17

5019

Cleman Mountain B


Nov. 7-27

Sheep Unit 7

Adult ewe only; Any Legal Weapon

8

1458/17

5020

Lincoln Cliffs Whitestone Unit


Oct. 1-10

Sheep Unit 12 west of Mount View Rd

Adult ewe only; Any Legal Weapon

1

571/18

5021

Chelan Butte

E

Sept. 15-Oct. 10

Sheep Unit 18

Adult ewe only; Any Legal Weapon

4

1506/9

Youth

5026

Cleman Mountain


Nov. 7-27

Sheep Unit 7

Adult ewe only; Any Legal Weapon

2

1311/3

Hunters with Disabilities-Adult ewe only (Female)

5027

Chelan Butte A

E

Oct. 11-31

Sheep Unit 18

Adult ewe only; Any Legal Weapon

3

219/4

Hunters with Disabilities-Juvenile ram only (Male)

5028

Chelan Butte B

C, D, E

Oct. 11-31

Sheep Unit 18

Juvenile ram only; Any Legal Weapon

2

278/5

Bighorn Sheep Hunt Notes

C

A juvenile ram is defined as a male bighorn sheep having at least one "unbroomed" horn that does not extend past an imaginary line beginning at the point on the animal's forehead where the front of the horn base adjoins the skull, and continuing downwards and in a posterior direction through the posterior edge of the eye. All reference points are based on viewing the ram directly from a ninety degree angle from which the head is facing. A "broomed" horn is defined as a sheep horn that has been broken, splintered, frayed or rubbed in the wild, thus shortening its length and disrupting its natural taper.

D

Hunters must present the head of harvested juvenile rams within 10 days to a WDFW Regional or District Office or a location designated by a department representative. Call a WDFW Regional or District Office to schedule an appointment with a biologist.

E

Hunters are requested to avoid harvesting animals wearing collars.