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WHJ Editor Travis Moncrief navigates the steep canyon with the payload on his back. to the sheep foundation. Pro- ceeds from the raffle tickets also go directly towards wild sheep management in Oregon. In 2017, the state sold 10,497 bighorn sheep raffle tags. A single raffle ticket costs $11.50. curred in 1939 when 23 Rocky Mountain bighorns from Mon- tana were released onto Hart Mountain, located in southeast Oregon. Despite the state’s ef- fort, the last sheep from that herd was observed in 1947. It was believed that because the Rocky Mountains were non-na- tive to southeast Oregon they did not survive. It wasn’t until 1954 when 20 California big- 56 WESTERN HUNTING JOURNAL horn sheep were transplanted from British Columbia and re- leased in Hart Mountain that the sheep population took hold. Those sheep were origi- nally contained within a 1,000 acre fence enclosure. The fence eventually deteriorated and the sheep became free ranging. Still today efforts are under way to ensure bighorn sheep continue to thrive. Wh