My wife and I were fortunate enough to win three drawing permits this year. After connecting on two caribou on two consecutive Saturdays, it seemed as though our luck was running high this year. Alas, such streaks must eventually come to an end. As luck would have it, this was not to be our year to get our first goat.
We flew in on Saturday morning with Scenic Mountain Air out of Trail Lake. We were supposed to fly in Friday evening, but the good folks at Scenic Mountain were kind enough to call us just before we left home to tell us that the clouds were low and there was almost no way we would make it into our intended destination that night. We weren't thrilled with the news, of course, but appreciated the heads-up and got a restful night sleep instead. We were there at 8:30 the next morning and they got us in under some low ceilings to our hunting area. This was only my fourth fly-in hunt, and only my 2nd if you don't count deer on Kodiak. I was excited, but for my wife on her first fly-in, she was practically ecstatic as we unloaded our gear onto the beach.
Within an hour and a half we had hiked the 1/2 mile to some high ground and got camp set up. With a generous weight limit, we decided to test out our 4 person 4-season tent for the first time. Used to sharing a tiny 2-man mountain tent, we were loving the comfort of this mountain mansion.
The clouds stayed low most of that first day. We did spot five goats on a distant mountainside that looked to be in stalkable terrain, but due to the prohibition on hunting on the same day as flying, we spent our day down low getting familiar with the area and spotting. At about 5pm we saw another two goats come skirting across a mountainside closer to camp. These two were clearly billies, and better yet, they were on a mountain that was more tame by goat standards. They were in a big hurry, though. Goats tend to move less than sheep in my experience, but these two were only visible for about 30 minutes as they crossed nearly two miles of mountainside and disappeared into the next valley.