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Peak viewing of bighorn rut begins in November

Nov 4, 2012 - From staff reports

Dubois is the home of one of the largest native herds of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, and visitors can encounter herds of them close-up in their winter habitat, just outside of the town.

A 10-mile scenic drive will take visitors to the trailhead and past the basin at the base of Whiskey Mountain (named for an early resident's still and cache of whiskey).

There is a wildlife viewing area with a public spotting scope 2.5 miles from the highway.

Antelope, elk and mule deer might also be spotted in addition to the bighorn sheep. Peak viewing of the bighorn sheep rut is in November and early December.

The National Bighorn Sheep Center, 907 W. Ramshorn St. Dubois, conducts tours during November and December.

The center also offers self-guided information, hands on exhibits, and latest sightings of bighorns, plus a wonderful gift shop.

For more information, call 455-3429.

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