Just got back this evening from Kodiak. Went down Wednesday night late. Weather was terrible and ended up driving around all day with BRWNBR seeing all the sights and sounds that is the Kodiak road system.
We planned the hunt a while back as I was looking for any excuse to get to run up the mountains and learn from someone that actually knew how to hunt these things rather then just hope we see some and BRWNBR was looking to get a chance to do a personal hunt of his own as he was long overdue.
Friday morning was high overcast/semi-clear weather and zero wind....PERFECT for archery hunting. We beat feet to the campsite and spotted 3 billies and half a dozen nannies 1000 ft above the tent site skylined. We quick threw up the tent and made a plan for BRWNBR to walk a 1/2 mile up the valley and to the top of the skyline in front of where we thought the goats might head if they get 'bumped' by me. So I finished throwing up the tent and then started for where we last saw the billies go over the top of the ridgeline once BRWNBR was 3/4 of the way to the top of the ridgeline. Once I got the signal I worked my way up to the top and was soon 50 yrds from two 8" or so billies. Snapped a pic or two then backed off about 80-100 yrds further to make my presence known as I didn't want to scare them too bad being so close and have them zip by BRWNBR too fast without getting a shot off.
Here is a pic of one of the two billies I bumped about 5 minutes later:
Once I got the goats attention they slowly scamped BRWNBR's direction. I couldn't see exactly how far down the ridgeline he had setup so I was almost certain the the main group (all the nannies and the one nice billy) had already passed. About 300 yrds away from me the nice billy suddenly broke away from the rest of the nannies trail and angled up towards BRWNBR, though I didn't realize that is exactly where he had setup.
Thinking all but the two billies had gone passed him I turned my focus to the two smaller billies I had originally bumped toward him. Glancing back and forth between the small billies and the nanny nice biliy group I soon lost all sight of the nice billy. After about 30 seconds of glassing I found the goat laying down in the snow with a "stick" hanging out of it. "Oh wait that must be an arrow" I thought and soon saw BRWNBR sliding down the snow with pack on and bow in hand at a rapid speed kicking up quite the rooster tail of snow. The first shot turns out to have been about 45-50 yrds and was right where it needed to be. After another shot at 45 yards and one more at 10 yrds the goat was down.
Getting down to where he chose to die was a little sketchy...well for me, Mr. Mountain Goat himself seemed quite at home. The goat was a great goat by almost anyone's standard and when you consider the fact that its a archery kill makes that much better. Just shy of 9.5" and over 5.5" bases and roughly 6 years old. Learned enough on how to skin for a life size mount to begin practicing atleast and once the knife work was done it was 700 feet up and 1000 feet back down to camp.
Next morning we left with heavy packs back down towards civilization. A great archery road system hunt and a lot of fun was had. Glad the hunt was able to happen as I learned quite a bit and happy to be able to help in the hunt.
Here is BRWNBR with his goat, I'm sure he'd attribute at least some of his success on this hunt to his custom shaprie inscribed goat horns he drew on his white hat prior to hiking up to the campsite. Gotta love the long hair on a big November billy: