Idaho Bighorn Sheep Hunt #OI-IWC3

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.


Idaho Frank Church Wilderness Bighorn Sheep Hunt

The Frank Church is an incredible wilderness area, this outfitter is amazing, and the sheep hunting is really good. To top it all off, it’s not crazy hard to draw this tag. These Idaho bighorn sheep hunts are the real thing… the unmatched landscapes of the Frank Church Wilderness Area, pack in on horseback, camping out, spot-and-stalk hunting, experienced guides, outstanding meals and much more.

Idaho Sheep Hunting Units 26, 26L, 27L and 20A.

If you have drawn in one of these units and you’ll looking for a great outfitter, get ahold of us.

  • Very remote.
  • Fly-in, horseback hunts
  • Rams range in size from 160″ to 180″+. Some true monsters have been taken on this hunt over the years.
  • Drawing odds for these units are some of the best for any sheep hunt, anywhere.
  • This sheep hunt is in the heart of the rutting and wintering area.
  • A sheep tag in these units is fairly easy to draw.
  • This Outfitter is also a great choice for hunters who buy the Idaho Auction Tag.

Bighorn sheep and tag numbers are on the increase which is good news all around.

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 very special hunt and should be considered by anyone who calls himself a hunter, at least once before you retire the boots and rifle.

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I love every aspect of the sheep hunt. The terrain, camaraderie, the camping, the rocks. I love the “rocks”.
Drawing odds for these units are some of the best for any sheep hunt, anywhere.

There are three different ways to acquire a Bighorn Sheep tag in Idaho.

  1. You can apply through the annual Idaho Fish & Game lottery. You must buy a hunting license and apply during the month of April.
  2. Each winter Idaho auctions off a statewide sheep tag at the national Wild Sheep Foundation convention. It usually sells between $30,000 & $120,000. (Unit 11, considered the best sheep tag in Idaho, is excluded every other year.)
  3. Idaho offers an annual raffle for a statewide sheep tag administered through the Idaho Wild Sheep Foundation. (Unit 11 is excluded every other year.)

All are wilderness fly-in hunts.  The application numbers can change annually so be sure to check the Idaho Fish & Game website, 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 (208) 318-8289‬.

Since 1963, Middle Fork Lodge has been providing professionally guided hunts in the Frank Church Wilderness.

Dates and Pricing

Please note that your hunt dates are NOT locked in until a full deposit is received. Also, outfitters reserve the right to change pricing at any time, and that is out of our hands. If you are serious about this hunt, send in your deposit asap! If you haven’t already received pricing, please request it here, and be sure to reference the trip number at the top of this page.

Trip Includes:

  • Professional Hunting Guide.
  • Tent camp with sleep tents (two hunters in each), and “kitchen” tent.
  • All meals.
  • Pickup with horses and mules at the backcountry airstrip.
  • Field dressing and pack-out of your animal.
  • Professional caping if the animal is to be mounted.

Not Included:

Glassing for Animals
As with all sheep hunts, be prepared to do a lot of glassing.

All accommodations will be taken care of by the outfitter and include tent camping as this is a true wilderness hunt. Meals range from homestyle-type cooking if you’re down in basecamp, to Mountain House if you’re spiking out. You won’t go hungry.

This outfitter absolutely loves sheep hunting!

He says that this is one of his favorite animals to hunt! You will be well taken care of as sheep hunting is this outfitters passion. Guiding is done either 2 guides per hunter or 1:1 depending on your option. You will spend a lot of time glassing. Camp may move a few times during your hunt while you search for a good ram.

Prior to the fire of 2000 our camp was located on a State Land lease about a ten minute walk from Big Creek. This site lost all of its charm in the fire. So we went searching for a new location for our fishing camp. The result was “Fish Camp“, maybe the most perfect setting for a wilderness, fly in, horseback, fishing camp.

Travel Information

If you plan to fly commercially to Idaho, we recommend that you arrive in Salt Lake, Utah. You will arrive in Salt Lake and then drive a rental to either Challis or McCall for your flights into camp. You will be met by the outfitter at a wilderness airstrip with horses and mules to pack you into camp. *There are services available to assist in these arrangements, and the outfitter is available to discuss options on a case-by-case basis.

Air Taxis

  • Salmon Air Taxi – (208) 756-6211
  • Middle Fork Aviation – (208) 879-5728

Car Rental

  • Practical Rent-A-Car – (800) 437-7136
  • The larger car rental companies are also available from the Boise airport.
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