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    Default Deer....goat...and....bear in 3 days

    Man where to start. I have never mountain hunted before. I grew up in the midwest, shooting whitetails out of trees or ground blinds. Sure I have hiked a little alpine chasing blacktails but nothing more. Over the winter I started ready about some different hunts I could do here and mountain goat sparked my interest. Started reading, asking pesky questions to anyone I could find. This summer while one of my buddies from Washington was up here fishing, I told him I wanted to go chase a goat and asked if he wanted to join. Without hesitation he was in (I just had to fly him up here). The plan was to just go after a goat, picked a date, started planning, buying gear, and arranged a pilot to drop us off on a lake. After thousands of squats, deadlifts, and a bunch of tune up hikes, the day came. The idea was to fly in Friday the 16th. My buddy flew in, poor weather but Monday looked doable. Ok lets change plans. Packed the boat, got some deer tags, rented a cabin and set out. Cruised around, shot some deer, got some shrimp, and headed back to town. It was a pretty typical deer hunt. Low tide...cruise...glass...drop a guy off on the beach. Rinse and repeat. Hoped to maybe see a bear but there is zero salmon in the rivers here, so that was a bust.

    Got back Sunday night, repacked our gear and bagged up the meat. Monday morning got here, decided to go chase some trout and dollies before our flight. Ended up C&Ring a bunch of fish then headed back town. Had a few hours to kill, headed to the PBar, ate some Chinese food then headed to see Ken and fly out. We got on the plane about 430 and landed on a lake about 5. Set up camp and broke out the scopes. Saw a bunch of goats all around us. There was a group of five (three adults and two kids- Remember this, it comes back later in the story) that was actually heading closer and closer to camp. Man....hope they don't spoke.

    Had dinner, a Rouge Double Chocolate stout and a couple vodka waters with lime...then hit the bags.

    Woke up at 545 (Ok I woke up at 12, 1, 215, 3...ok you get the point)

    Started out at 630 and started working our way up the hill. Came up a couple sketchy spots but thank god for trekking poles. Climbed out of pretty nasty section and dang...there is a bear...ok hold up. Can we go around...no...not going back down....ok lets wait. Took the scope out...4 or 5 year old male. Great hide...no rubs, pretty bear. Range 205 yards....4 inches high....squeeze... 180 grain swift A Frame through the shoulder. Bear turns and starts heading at me. Bolt jams...***! Can't get it to go....bear stops and starts huffing and puffing. Scope cap release was blocking the bolt...ugh. Ok new round in. Squeeze...spinal, done. Bear fell out of view.

    After some searching we found the bear, sadly it had fallen and shattered it's lower jaw. Got the hide off and salvaged the meat. This bear smelled like it was one giant blueberry. (Tastes amazing by the way).

    On 9AM lets go. Working our way up we were only 10 feet apart from each other but as we headed up I went a slightly different way. Ended up in a rock shoot...not going down...can't go over...must go up. I WILL NEVER EVER climb one of those again. I came very close to dying. I reached the top and there were some huge rocks. I checked every rock on the way up to make sure it was secure. Got to the top...ok if I can get over these big rocks I am golden. Had some good hand holds, no problem. Part way over...rocks shift oh F***! Ok, need to launch my self to the side and cling to this hill...one shot. Stuck the landing and climbed up as the boulders crashed below me. Heart was cranking...adrenaline is just pouring into my veins. Took a sec to calm down. Looked down my buddy decided to try that route. Told him to turn his ass around. Had to give up some elevation but found a better route. Ok, at the top, lets start working the the groups. Nannie...kids...nannie...kids. Every lone goat we saw flying in or glassed that night before turned out to be a nannie or nannie and kids. It was an any sex hunt, but I could live without a goat. Hike all over the place...but more nannies and more kids. **** I am tired. Mentally and physically I have about had it. 2 O'clock comes and we decide to start working back. Started seeing a lot of bear sign, scope put away, rifle in hand, lets make a little more noise. Saw four goats (Same group that was close to camp last night) take off and run over the hill. Man...wonder if a bear spoked them. Talking about....whatever two guys talk about while heading back to camp...something catches my eye. OMG its a freaking billy 30 feet below us. Get in position, scope was zoomed all the way in...can only see hair. Zoom out, goat bolts. Missed the first shot. It stopped about 50 yards away....off and..breath...squeeze. Double shoulder and crushed the lungs. Goat skidded to a stop on a ledge 100 yards below us. Got to it and broke down in tears. That was such a wild hunt. Hardest thing I have ever done . We got the goat boned out, hide in a game bag...bag in pack lets go. **** that hide is heavy... need to get back up hill and still need to get the bear. After some super sketchy hiking and using the phrase "Controlled Slide" many times we got to the bear. Got all the meat into my buddies pack and my pack. **** this hide is heavy. Ok no one wants to walk down and back up. Ok get my tarp out. Wrapped the bear in the type "Bearachute" and slide it down in front of us, carried it over rocks. Hit the camp around 515, camped packed and on the plane at 6.

    It was the hardest hunt I have ever done. I am humbled and happy was can be. A little sore right now but worth it.

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    awesome story and pics.... that made my legs and back sore just from reading... goats are the toughest hunt I have been on....congrats!

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    Great story!
    Indeed! Goat hunting can get a little hairy!


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    Great story and photos!

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    Great story! Did I miss the deer in there somewhere?
    I've had a lot of "I'll never do that again" goat hunting. And most of it ends up being normal
    Goat hunting. Lol goats can be extremely intense mtn hunts, with an intensity I've never seen matched by anywhere I've sheep hunted.
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    How did I miss this the first time around? EPIC! Congrats. Sounds like you were in typical goat country! lol
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    We shot a few does. Nothing really picture worthy. =)

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    You packed a ton of excitement into 3 days!

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