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    Zion Desert Bighorn Sheep

    Any Zion desert bighorn hunters on board? I've applied. I have a lot of bonus points. I'm hoping that luck sends a tag my way.

    Has anyone hunted this unit? I've done some research. It seems to be one of the top tier desert bighorn units. I have talked to a dude who resides off of Hwy 12. He's an accomplished hunter. He has told me that he's seen book-size rams in Zion. Other than that dude, I haven't talked to anyone who's actually seen Zion rams.

    I do have an outfitted dialed in. But if you guys have had great experiences with sheep guides, I'd really appreciate it were you to provide recommendations. A back-up guide is good to know. I'd hate to lose a once-in-a-lifetime hunt were my primary guide become unavailable.

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    I'm not familiar with the unit, but good luck to you and make sure to take lots of pictures to show us if you draw!
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    Roughly 1 in 5,000 draw odds. I like the confidence here!
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    The Zion unit seems to account for the majority of the Desert rams in the Utah record book. As a resident I never apply there because my math tells me that I won't live long enough to draw the tag. Currently with 14 points I am projecting that I could draw a lesser unit in about 30 years if tag numbers and hunter attrition rate hold steady. With only 1 NR tag though, even max points don't mean much, just one more ticket in the hat. All that said, someone has to be the lucky one, might as well be you.

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    I am in the draw for Zion with max points. For a nonresident in the max point pool the odds are still astronomical...as in 0.1% or 1 in 1000. I wouldn't worry to much about lining up an outfitter because that is 20 lifetimes of hunting, applying 50 years per lifetime.

    Since no Utah nonresident desert units have 2 tags, which would allocate one to a max point holder, having max points really doesn't help a lot.

    If you really want a ram, move to Utah, but you better plan to stay. A well known hunter moved there with max points, established residency, drew the desert tag and moved back out of state. Ended up costing him big time.

    Here is a link to determine your odds based on your point level.

    https://www.toprut.com/hunt/utah-desert-sheep/
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    Quote Originally Posted by SansSouci View Post
    I do have an outfitted dialed in. But if you guys have had great experiences with sheep guides, I'd really appreciate it were you to provide recommendations.
    I hope Adam Bronson is at the top of your list. Best sheep guide in the business, imho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grizzly View Post
    I hope Adam Bronson is at the top of your list. Best sheep guide in the business, imho.

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    Beautiful ram Grizzly! Is that your's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Umpqua Hunter View Post
    Beautiful ram Grizzly! Is that your's?
    Its actually my wife's. She got lucky and pulled a random tag last year in an area that has historically been a tough unit. We backpacked in and she was able to put it together. I couldn't possibly recommend Bronson more than I do, they were great.
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    That is just a beautiful animal, Grizzly. I think I'd give up hunting for the rest of my days, just for the opportunity to hunt one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grizzly View Post
    Its actually my wife's. She got lucky and pulled a random tag last year in an area that has historically been a tough unit. We backpacked in and she was able to put it together. I couldn't possibly recommend Bronson more than I do, they were great.
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    Congratulations to your wife! My wife took an Oregon ram in 2012 and I would have to say it was probably my most memorable hunting experience.

    I have known Adam Bronson for several years starting when he was at Huntin Fool. From what I know of him, I am sure he'd be a great guide to hunt with.

 

 
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