The Bighorn Sheep Access Program (BSAP) was initiated in 2015 with the intent of improving public access for bighorn sheep hunting on private lands in Colorado through the formation, or continuation of partnerships with private landowners. Similar partnerships like these have proven effective in the Ranching for Wildlife (RFW) program for a variety of species, as well.
Bighorn sheep licenses are limited in number, but in high demand. The BSAP program helps to increase hunting opportunities for bighorn sheep in Colorado and provides residents a unique opportunity to hunt on private ranch land normally closed to the public. Additionally, this program has supported the establishment of three, new, herds of bighorn sheep through the translocation of bighorn sheep from current BSAP herds into new habitats. Ranches work to maintain habitat for wild sheep and monitor populations and herd health through annual, coordinated counts and ongoing observation. Through this program, hunters can play an important role in assisting CPW and landowners in managing bighorn sheep populations on private lands.
Eight ranches currently participate in the BSAP program, although, public licenses are not available on every ranch each year. When available, public licenses are available through the CPW draw process. The number of licenses on each ranch is determined by negotiations and a contract between the landowner and CPW. See Seasons with Quotas.
Bighorn Sheep Access Program licenses are open to Colorado residents only. Licenses are only for the season and ranch on the license.
For more information, see the Colorado Sheep and Goat brochure.
Hunters: Contact your ranch directly to
coordinate your hunt.