Hunting Bighorn Sheep In North Dakota


Published: March - 2004

Ever heard of hunting bighorn sheep in North Dakota? Well, that's exactly what subscriber Jerry Rubenstein says he did last September. Turns out the state of North Dakota issues four bighorn sheep licenses a year. Three are issued through the lottery, of which one may go to a nonresident. As sheep permits go, the odds of drawing are quite low, with many hunters applying for the better part of 20 years before getting lucky. The fourth license has been auctioned every year by FNAWS, the last several years at the Minnesota-Wisconsin Chapter's annual banquet and fundraiser, where it typically sells anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000.

Rubenstein got his license through this auction last March. He says it was expensive, but he just didn't want to wait another 20 years on a draw.

So, where do you find bighorns in North Dakota? Rubenstein says the hunt took place in the rugged badlands around Dickinson, in southwestern North Dakota. He says the terrain here is made up of many rough canyons, requiring lots of walking and climbing. He reports hunting with Brian Kadrmas (701-323-0537), who also operates a taxidermy shop in Bismarck and has numerous contacts in the Dickinson area. He says Kadrmas had men scouting for him several days before the hunt. They hunted both public and private land, on a ranch Kadrmas had access to. Rubenstein reports making numerous unsuccessful stalks on rams here, but he finally took his sheep on only the second day of the hunt. He does not give a score or measurement for his ram, but he says it was "the one that counts - a beautiful ram."

If you are interested in this permit, by the way, North Dakota has been auctioning it since 1986 to fund sheep projects in the state. It has raised more than $500,000 during that time. This year's auction takes place March 20, 2004. Interested hunters should contact Auction Chairman John Coulter.

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