View and photograph some of the World’s largest Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep at Wild Horse Island.
Wild Horse Island (2,164 acres) is located in Flathead Lake (126,000 acres), the largest freshwater lake in Montana. It is only accessible by boat. The current world record Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep came from the island in 2018, scoring 216 3/8 BC. A replica is on display at the National Bighorn Center. Bighorns are often taken from the island and relocated to other suitable habitats.
Two people (additional folks may be possible) will be taken by boat to Wild Horse Island by Jim Weatherly, past President of the Montana Wild Sheep Foundation. You will be dropped off for a day of viewing and photographing these amazing Rocky Mountain bighorns and other wildlife on the island. Opportunities for viewing/photographing bighorns will likely be less than 100 yards.
Lodging – the winner will be awarded $500 cash for lodging compensation. You will have to arrange your own lodging/camping. Lodging fills quickly – Book Early! We encourage you to spend additional time enjoying the wildlife and scenery in the Flathead Lake area.
Trip Dates – you will need to book your trip between June 15 and October 1, 2023. Trip coordinator – Steve Kilpatrick (307) 413-7249. $2,250 value.
At the National Bighorn Sheep Center, our mission is to provide education and outreach for the national conservation of wild sheep, wildlife, and wild lands. Since 1993, we have opened our museum doors to teach the North American Model of conservation, the decline of wild sheep in North America and successful recovery programs, and the importance of the hunter and angler within wildlife recovery and management efforts. We host both youth programs and adult programs. We change “Conservation” from a concept to a value for nearly 20,000 individuals each year. In November each year, we host our annual Bighorn Bash for Dubois locals and national supporters. This fundraiser is responsible for providing roughly 30% of our yearly operating income. This is our first year after COVID-19 to host this live, in-person, and we expect the best outcome yet.