The Stone Sheep is considered a thin horn species, under the scientific name Ovis Dalli. The stone sheep in the Indian River area average 35 – 39 inches in horn length with an average of 14 inch bases.
The sheep you will see in the Cassiar Mountains have a wide variety of colors, from white, grey, brown, to nearly black. Stone Sheep (and Mountain Goat) season runs from August 1st to the middle of September.
Stone sheep are known for their raspy bleating. They range across northern British Columbia and southern Yukon Territory, living on a diet of forbs and grasses. Stone sheep typically live up to 12 years old, with a shoulder height of 38 inches, and weighing up to 225 pounds. The Boone & Crockett record stone sheep was taken in 1936, scoring in at 196 6/8.
Much like when hunting other species in this mountain terrain, you need to bring your patience on a sheep hunt. Top quality hunting optics are critical. Make sure you bring with a good pair of binoculars or spotting scope, as you’ll be spending hours scanning the mountains.
You should be in excellent physical shape to go on stone sheep hunts. While you will use horses to do most of the hard work, it’s a guarantee that you’ll be doing some walking yourself through the rocky terrain.