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OutdoorNebraska.org | 35 BIGHORN SHEEP 2016 FORECAST Bighorn sheep herds inhabit the Pine Ridge and Wildcat Hills of western Nebraska, with a current population of approximately 325. Past bighorn sheep transplants have successfully established bighorns in some of their historic range. Research efforts continue to monitor herd health, movement and distribution along and evaluate future transplant locations. Lamb survival in the southern Panhandle remains high and populations are increasing. Lamb survival in the Pine Ridge populations was poor in 2015 and a significant loss of adults in the Sowbelly herd resulted in a population decline. Staff continue to minitor populations and herd health. BIGHORN SHEEP HUNTING AREA All of Banner, Box Butte, Dawes, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, and Sioux counties. The exact hunting location within Banner, Box Butte, Dawes, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan and Sioux counties will be determined by the Commission, depending on ram availability. PERMITS • One lottery permit is authorized for 2016. • Only residents may apply for the lottery permit. • The lottery application fee is a nonrefundable $25. • The application period is April 18 - Aug. 5, and the drawing will be Aug. 18. • Applications must be received at the Lincoln office of Nebraska Game and Parks by Aug. 5, 2016. LOTTERY AND AUCTION Proceeds from lottery entries and auctions have raised more than $1 million for the Bighorn Sheep Program. These proceeds are a critical revenue source for the program. APPLICATIONS AUCTION RESULTS Highest auction bid, with sponsoring organization: 1998 - $87,500, Safari Club International 2000 - $85,000, Foundation for North American Wild Sheep 2002 - $55,000, Safari Club International 2005 - $83,000, Grand Slam Club Ovis 2009 - $80,000, Foundation for North American Wild Sheep 2011 - $117,500, Grand Slam Club Ovis 2015 - $130,000, Foundation for North American Wild Sheep Year Total Year Total Year Total 1998 3,443 2004 1,585 2010 None 1999 1,996 2005 1,445 2011 1,762 2000 1,806 2006 None 2012 None 2001 886 2007 None 2013 None 2002 1,838 2008 1,357 2014 1,153 2003 1,595 2009 1,547 2015 2,307

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