Three lucky hunters will be able to go after bighorn sheep this year.
State Game and Fish says they are allowing three licenses for bighorn sheep this year, two fewer than 2017.
One license will be in Unit B3, the other in Unit B4. The third license was already auctioned off by the Midwest Chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation this past Spring.
The low number of licenses has to do with population. Game and Fish conducted a summer population survey to determine how many bighorn sheep licenses they could allow. They found a total of 77 rams, 12 fewer than 2017 and 27 fewer than 2016.
Game and Fish big game management biologist Brett Wiedmann attributes the 13% decline in ram numbers to an ongoing bacterial pneumonia outbreak that was first detected in 2014.
The bighorn sheep drawing has already been conducted and hunters who received these once-in-a-lifetime licenses have already been notified.