Looking for incredible trophy Stone Sheep hunting in Canada? Our Stone Sheep hunts in British Columbia are absolutely outstanding and are among the best anywhere in the world.
What is a Stone Sheep? The Stone Sheep is a medium sized species of sheep that is found in the mountains of northern British Columbia and the Yukon Territory. Our hunting area in northern British Columbia is right in the heart of their range and we have some of the best Stone Sheep hunting in the world.
Adult Stone Sheep rams usually weigh between 150 and 250 pounds and stand between 3 and 4 feet tall at the shoulder. Stone Sheep display a considerable amount of variation in their color ranging from nearly white to grey to brown. They have beautiful thick, curling, golden colored horns.
Stone Sheep eat a number of different plants, grass and moss. They are particularly fond of mineral licks and it is not unusual for them to travel considerable distances to eat at a reliable source of minerals.
How do you distinguish males from females when Stone Sheep hunting? Even though male (ram) and female (ewe) Stone Sheep both have horns, they aren’t too difficult to tell apart when Stone Sheep hunting. The primary difference between the two sexes is that rams have much thicker horns that are more deeply curled than ewes.
What is the best rifle caliber for Stone Sheep hunting? Pound for pound, Stone Sheep aren’t incredibly tough animals and do not require particularly high powered, heavy, or well constructed bullets to take them cleanly. Since many shots on Stone Sheep are often taken at longer range, flat shooting cartridges are the best choices for Stone Sheep hunting. With this in mind, the .270 Winchester, 7mm Remington Magnum, and .300 Winchester Magnum, using regular soft point bullets, are all excellent Stone Sheep hunting cartridges.
That being said, we would rather you bring a smaller cartridge that you are familiar with and can shoot accurately rather one that you are afraid of. As always, accuracy and good shot placement are the two most important things when Stone Sheep hunting. Also, don’t forget that you’ll need to be carrying your rifle over some pretty rough terrain. A lightweight rifle is much easier to carry, but much less fun to shoot, especially when chambered in a heavy recoiling cartridge.
What is the best set up for bow hunting Stone Sheep?
Those who desire to bow hunt Stone Sheep with us should use a heavy (at least 500 grains) arrow with a sharp, fixed blade broad head shot from a bow with at least a 65 pound draw weight, though a heavier draw weight is recommended.
What is the best recommended Stone Sheep shot placement? Though they aren’t extremely tough animals, a poorly hit Stone Sheep can still travel quite a distance and there is a good chance it will end up in a place where it is impossible to safely recover. To avoid this, you’ve got to place your shots properly. When the Stone Sheep is standing broadside, aim at the rear edge of the shoulder, between one third and half way up the body (this goes for both rifle and bow hunters). A shot placed as indicated will hit the heart and/or lungs.
Since Stone Sheep hunting usually occurs in extremely rough terrain, it is not uncommon for shots on Stone Sheep to be taken at a significant angle upwards or downwards. Be sure you are familiar with how to adjust your aiming point when shooting uphill or downhill.
Also, remember to adjust your aiming point accordingly if the Stone Sheep is quartering towards or away from you (aim slightly forward if it is quartering towards you and slightly to the rear if it is quartering away). The shot placement for a bow on a Stone Sheep that is quartering away is the same as for a rifle hunter. I do not recommend taking a shot on a Stone Sheep quartering towards you with a bow.
Additionally, make sure that the sheep is located in a place where it is possible (and safe) to recover the animal after the shot. Because of the extremely rough terrain that they inhabit, it may be necessary to pass up a shot on a Stone Sheep because it is located in an area where it is impractical to recover after the shot.
What is the average shot distance when Stone Sheep hunting in Canada? Since they are often encountered in open areas at high elevation, shots taken when Stone Sheep hunting are often at moderate range: 150-350 yards. However, some situations require longer range shots, so hunters should be prepared to take shots out to 400 yards when Stone Sheep hunting with us.
What methods do you use when Stone Sheep hunting? Our Stone Sheep hunts are conducted via spot and stalk on foot. We use horses to travel throughout the hunting area and hunt on foot in the areas that the horses cannot access.
Keep in mind that even though horses are used on our Stone Sheep hunts, a significant portion of the hunt is conducted on foot. Physical fitness is extremely important when Stone Sheep hunting. All hunters should be capable of walking several miles a day over very rough terrain for the duration of the hunt in order to be successful on one of our Stone Sheep hunts.
What other animals may be combined with a Stone Sheep hunt? Depending on availability in the exact hunting area, our Stone Sheep hunts can be combined with Caribou, Mountain Goat, and Wolf. Combination hunts for Stone Sheep and Mountain Goats are quite popular and we have a good track record of success on these hunts.
What is the best time of year for Stone Sheep hunting in Canada? We hunt stone sheep from 30 July through 28 August. All of our Stone Sheep hunting trips are booked for 14 hunting days (plus 2 travel days).
What is your average trophy size of Stone Sheep taken in Canada when hunting with you? Since we have a strict quota on the number of sheep we may take in a given year, we can offer fantastic trophy quality during our sheep hunts. Our average sheep is 10 ¼ years old and has horns measuring 38” long. It is not unusual for one of our hunters to take a Stone Sheep breaking the magical 40” mark.
What is the cost of a Stone Sheep hunt in Canada? For the 2017 hunting season, our horseback Stone Sheep hunts go for $47,500. Check out our price list for all of the details involved in our Stone Sheep hunts.