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Ram Bighorn Sheep Hunting in Utah

Hunting ram desert bighorn sheep and ram Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in Utah is a prestigious endeavor, regulated by Utah Admin. Rule R657-5-39. Here's what you need to know about these once-in-a-lifetime hunts:

Permit Requirements

  • To hunt a ram desert bighorn sheep or a ram Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, you must possess a permit for the specific species you wish to hunt.
  • For example, you need a ram desert bighorn sheep permit to hunt desert bighorn sheep and a ram Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep permit to hunt Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep.

Separate Once-in-a-Lifetime Hunts

  • Ram desert bighorn sheep hunts and ram Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep hunts are considered separate once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
  • If you obtain a ram desert bighorn sheep permit and have never obtained a ram Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep permit before, you can continue applying for a ram Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep permit.

Permit Limitations

  • A hunter may obtain a maximum of one ram Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep permit and one ram desert bighorn sheep permit in the same year.
  • Both permits may not be obtained through the big game drawing.

Taking a Ram

  • A ram bighorn sheep permit allows you to use the weapon type listed on your permit to take one ram within the area and the season specified on your permit.
  • You have the option to apply for and hunt ewe and ram bighorn sheep in the same year.

Post-Hunt Requirements

  • After successfully taking your ram, you must bring its horns to a Division office within 72 hours of leaving your hunting area.
  • At the office, a Division staff member will permanently affix a numbered plug to the horn, certifying that the sheep was legally harvested.
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