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Searching for the hunt of a lifetime?  Enter the Nebraska Bighorn Sheep Lottery

The winner of this lottery will have a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to harvest one of the west’s most iconic species.  In addition to the tag, the lottery also includes up to four days of guide service from Nebraska Game and Parks staff, as well as meals and lodging at Fort Robinson State Park.  The memory of the this hunt will last a lifetime. 

Open to Nebraska residents only, Nebraska hunters can enter the bighorn lottery until August 7.  Only one $25 entry may be submitted.

Complete details can be found in the Lottery Application form.

Big Horn CaptureBighorn Sheep Reintroductions

Check out the March 22, 2011 - Afield and Afloat Blog Article
"Catching Bighorns" by Bob Grier.

View the Panhandle Photos Collection on our Facebook Page for fantastic photos of bighorn sheep in Western Nebraska.

Read articles on Omaha.com bighorns bound for Nebraska | Omaha.com on the recent bighorn sheep relocation effort. Watch the video below (video is preceded by advertising)

Follow Alyssa Schukar's Photo Blog from the trip | Read Eric Fowlers Blog on the Trip

Before the 1900s, Audubon bighorn sheep inhabited parts of western Nebraska including the Wildcat Hills, the Pine Ridge, along the North Platte River to eastern Lincoln County, and along the Niobrara River. It is thought that the Audubon bighorn probably became extinct in the early 1900s with its last stronghold being the South Dakota badlands.

In 1981, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, with the help of the North American Wild Sheep Foundation and the Nebraska Chapter of Safari Club International, began a bighorn sheep introduction project in the Pine Ridge. A dozen bighorns were released into a 500 acre enclosure at Fort Robinson State Park near Crawford where they could be viewed by visitors.

In December 1988, 21 sheep were released from the pen and in January 1993, the remaining 23 sheep were released. A few sheep, mostly rams, have ranged from the Fort Robinson complex as far east as the Bordeaux Creek drainage southeast of Chadron, south near Belmont, west near the Gilbert-Baker Wildlife Management Area and north in the Oglala grasslands.

In March 2001, 22 sheep from Colorado were released in the Wildcat Hills south of Gering, on Cedar Canyon WMA. This population has had excellent lamb production and survival and is estimated to be 41 animals. To date, this translocation to establish Nebraska's second bighorn populatin appears to be successful.

In January 2005, 49 sheep from Montana were released in the Pine Ridge east of Crawford on Bighorn WMA. We expect that these sheep will add genetic diversity to the Pine Ridge population and speed colonization of unused sheep habitat. The death of 9 adult ewes and survival of 17 lambs leave us with a current population of 57.

In January 2007, 51 bighorn sheep from Montana were released in the Wildcat Hills south of McGrew. This release allows bighorns to occupy habitat in the Eastern Wildcat Hills.

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