Last Minute Opportunity For Sheep Hunters


Published: October - 2005

E-mail Extra subscribers already know there was a last-minute opportunity in late August for sheep hunters to bid on some very desirable permits. They know because we issued an E-Mail bulletin August 25 telling them that the famed Alberta Minister's Permit in Canada had been returned to FNAWS by the buyer, and was to be re-auctioned by telephone on August 31, 2005. At the same time, two last-minute desert bighorn sheep permits were also auctioned, one allowing the possessor to hunt Tiburon Island and the other allowing the possessor to hunt Baja Sur (Biosphere). The three permits sold for $41,000 (Minister permit); $70,000 (Tiburon); and $55,000 (Baja).

The Minister's Permit, in case you haven't heard, was turned back in by the original buyer because he was not happy to hear that provincial authorities had issued nine permits for the important Cadomin area this season, some of them authorizing residents to hunt during the most desirable time. The permits were issued after the Minister's Permit had been sold.

The Alberta Minister's Permit, which once sold for as much as $405,000, sold this year for $150,000. In the past, it has allowed hunters to take some extraordinary sheep. Most noteworthy is Hunting Report subscriber Guinn Crousen's World Record 208 3/8-inch bighorn. Up to now, hunters who have bought the Minister's Permit have focused exclusively on the Cadomin area. But that may not be the case this year, given the new resident permits issued for that area. There is also some concern about the impact on the Cadomin area of hunting by Metis, or Indians of mixed heritage. As we have reported extensively, Metis have been granted rights to hunt pretty much wherever and whenever they want in the province of Alberta. There have been continuing reports that Metis shot sheep in the Cadomin area last season and plan to do so again this year.

What will be interesting to see this year is where the Minister's Permit holder decides to hunt and how good a sheep he takes. Importantly, the permit allows the possessor to hunt a........(continued)

 
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