As we evaluated the 2015 Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Hunting Units, we wanted to break it down into the 2 sub-species, so we would be comparing apples-to-apples. Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep are classified into Mexicana and Nelsoni sub-species. Typically, Mexicana rams don’t flare out wide, but tend to hold their mass throughout their horns and on average score better. Nelsoni rams tend to be all over the map with regards to horn structure, but they are most known for being wide, long and flared out.
With out taking Arizona bonus points into consideration, here are our Top 5 Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep (Nelsoni) Units for 2015 with the 2 year average score & age class:
- Unit 15DN (163″ 8 years)
- Unit 15DS (160″ 6.85 years)
- Unit 16A (165.5″ 8.35 years)
- Unit 15CS (165″ 7.25 years)
- Unit 13BN (160.5″ 7.25 years)
honorable mentions: 15CN & 15BW
As we broke down the Southern & Central Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Units, we discussed it with our good friend Jay Scott at Colburn & Scott Outfitters. Jay knows many of these units extremely well and after talking with him and analyzing the Arizona Game & Fish Department’s desert bighorn sheep reports, here is our Top 5 Arizona (Mexicana) Desert Bighorn Sheep Units for 2015 with the 2 year average score & age class:
- Unit 22 (178″ 8.55 years)
- Unit 24BS (182″ 8.75 years)
- Unit 24BN (174.5″ 8.25 years)
- Unit 37A (167″ 8.25 years)
- Unit 28S (167″ 6.5 years)
honorable mention: 44BN & 37B
Listen to Episode #29 of the Jay Scott Outdoors Podcast as we discuss the Best Units for Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Hunting in 2015.