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    Default super fun goat hunt

    My brother and I have joined the crazy few who hunt mountain goats

    We were dropped off in Sunday Harbor and after a strenuous climb through the alders and devil's club, with routefinding and a little backtracking, fueled by huge blueberries, we made our way to the treeline. We cooked up some freeze dried calories, and layed around in the 75 degree temps glassing distant goats.

    The next day we awoke to 100' visibility and rain. We thought the fog would burn off and then we realized we were in the overcast layer...not morning fog. A wind gust made a hole in the clouds and we spotted a nice billy, so we went after him but he dissappeared into the fog. We climbed up and over and along the ridge hoping to see him just over the next rise, but to no avail, so we returned to camp to sleep off the weather.

    When we awoke, the rain had stopped and the ceiling had lifted a little so I climbed the ridge the other way and spotted a far off goat. As I was stalking him, I came over a ridge above two nice goats. I dropped my pack, and low crawled to the edge, set up in the prone for a 200 yard shot 45 degrees down to him and squeezed one off. Luckily he didn't move, I had anchored him and breathed a sigh of relief at that. Then, his back legs started kicking and he propelled himself the 15' to the edge and over.

    I made my way down to him and thankfully he hadn't damaged any meat, other than the two holes from my 375 he was fine. He was missing a horn, which landed in a very precarious spot on a cliff and after a few attempts to retrieve it on the wet rocks, I decided it was still a fantastic trophy, even with one horn.

    I dressed him out and pointed out a spot below us at the treeline to my brother, who would retrieve our camp and meet me there while I packed the goat down. A few hours later, at dark in the pouring rain, we had some spruce needle tea and crawled into a dripping tent.

    We took two trips to pack the goat and our gear down. We could have crammed it all on for one heavy load, but the way down was risky enough with a light load so we decided to play it safe. We called for a pickup on the iridium and waited in the pouring rain, chewing on a bag of jerky, watching spawning salmon and listening for the hum of the airplane.

    An hour later we were back in town eating fries and diet coke with the heater on full.

    Awesome trip.
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    Member Irish's Avatar
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    Eagle River


    Congrats! I feel your pain, but it feels pretty good.

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    awesome, congrats!

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    Default horn replacement

    A good taxidermist can probably make you a replica horn and slap it on the mount for you.

    My .2 cents.


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    Member Bighorse's Avatar
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    Ketchikan, Alaska

    Default Fuzzy wuzzy

    He's a stud. My wife loves the thickness.

    Welcome to the Mt. Unicorn club.

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    Member Roger45's Avatar
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    Palmer, AK


    Great trophy. Remember to get at least a 1/2 life or rug out of him! The fron legs are half the trophy IMHO Thank you Nimrod for not allowing me to leave that part behind!
    "...and then Jack chopped down the beanstock, adding murder and ecological vandalism to the theft, enticement and vandalism charges already mentioned, but he got away with it and lived happily ever after without so much as a guilty twinge about what he had done. Which proves that you can be excused just about anything if you're a hero, because no one asks the inconvenient questions." Terry Pratchett's The Hogfather

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    ha, that's funny, mountain unicorn

    I had him tanned into a throw for the back of the couch; super soft and wooly.

    The meat has been great, have a roast marinating right now and had some polish sausage for breakfast with taters and eggs....mmm...taters

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    Default Congrats on a successful hunt

    Awesome hunt and great photos. Those "seemingly dead goats" always have a way of kicking themselves off the mountainside.

    Congrats again.

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    Congrats on a GREAT hunt. I feel your pain on packing out a goat and camp off the mountain in one trip. I hope to have that problem to deal with here in a week when I am on Kodiak chasing the same quarry. Again congrats.

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    Member broncoformudv's Avatar
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    Anchorage, Alaska

    Thumbs up

    Congrats on a successful hunt and a great looking billy! I am constantly amazed at home they come back to life just long enough to make it off a cliff or drop off.

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    Member ACNDHO's Avatar
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    Default they come back to life

    The only way I could get them anchored for good was a neck or head shot, cuz I was meat hunting anyway. Other times we needed them to kick off so we could retrieve down below then it was a lung/heart shot.
    Even a jackass won't stumble on the same stone twice.

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    Member Cast&Blast's Avatar
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    Fricking Texas - temporary

    Default nice goat!

    Congrats, he sure has a beautiful, thick, coat! Way to go. Your weather looks too good....lucky!

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    Member tboehm's Avatar
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    Hubert NC

    Default congrats

    Wonderful story and congrats on a nice trophy. I'm sure that you could get a reproduction for the broken antler if you wanted it mounted.


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