Wyoming Bighorn in Winter
A great location for wildlife photography in early November is near Cody, Wyoming. That’s when the bighorn sheep come down from deep snows in the Absaroka Mountains to graze in the Wapiti Valley. Unless you want to drive snow-covered roads, you’ll need to fly into Cody and rent a car at the airport, preferably a 4x4. There is a good selection of motels, hotels, and restaurants in Cody.
To the west of Cody, along the Shoshone River, you’ll see herds of ewes grazing with their lambs. Off in the distance, you’ll spot the rams, watching for predators. Both ewes and rams have large horns. Lambs are born with short stubs. Lambs are born in late spring, high in the mountains. November is breeding season. You will do most of your shooting here with a 300mm lens. A tripod is very useful for the long waits while the herds move slowly in your direction.
You’ll find a map and a lot more info in my Photograph America Newsletter on Wyoming Bighorn in Winter #108.
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Notes and images from Bob Hitchman.