The Sheep License Application
To apply for any of the Montana bighorn tags, you must start early. Typically, the application deadline is around May 1, and the drawing is generally held about the third week of June. Of course, those dates are subject to change.
In order to apply, you must first purchase a conservation license, which costs $8 for residents ($10 for nonresidents). There is also a non-refundable $10 application fee for residents ($50 for nonresidents) due with your application. If you’re successful and draw a permit, the license fee is $125 for residents ($1,250 for nonresidents).
When applying, it’s possible to apply for a ram tag as your first choice, then a ewe tag as a second choice. Generally, though, your odds of drawing a ewe license are better if you simply apply for the ewe tag as your first choice. And there is also the possibility of using the department’s point system, which increases your odds of success in subsequent years if you fail to draw a license.
“Like most sheep habitat, many of the rock faces are closer to vertical than horizontal, and are plagued by shell rock that makes staying upright challenging.”