Hauled into the mountains last week the day before August 1st. trying for Mt. Goat. The weather was cloudy with no visibility so I decided on a hill based off previous intel. I had a green but very athletic hunting partner along for the adventure. We made good time up to a base camp at 3,300 ft and set up the main camp adjacent to a high lake. We slept the night and woke to continued foul weather. We decided to make a slow hope and poke crawl across and up the mountain. Soon after departure we came across a decent Sitka buck and dropped it, deboned it, and packed it in a snow bank. We figured it was a sure thing and with a goat and one deer we'd be happy. On we went to reach a 4,100 summit in misty white out conditions. On the top we talked about heading back vs. hunkering down with minimal gear hoping for a morning clearing. We decided to stay and build a rock shelter and top it with my nylon tarp and crawl into the single bivy I had carried along. A long night of shivering and pushups left us still wanting for visibility. So the hope and poke style hunting continued. We were in goat country and we were finding fur, beds, and droppings. Soon we were back in camp for a rest. After a bit of recovery the clouds started to lift. We surveyed the mountain very well and determined the goats just were not in the area. Soon it was a deer hunt. We slept one more night and woke at 4 am to get to it. Soon we had a nice 3x3 in the Swaro and the stalk was on. On the way, in a logistically more feasible area, a nice forky popped out and I gave my partner the go ahead for a shot. He pierced it's ear and whacked the antler. I thought it was gonzo and I couldn't stop laughing. Soon the buck showed again at a long range and I took over, boom, dead! The nice 3x3 buck will live a bit longer. We field dressed it and hauled it to the same snow bank the first buck landed. The sun beat on us for the remainder of the trip and we relaxed and glassed for an afternoon. The next day we schlepped to the beach with heavy packs. I'll depart tomorrow for another attempt at goat, solo this time. I found em in a spot I can access. I'll throw in a few photos for you all to enjoy. My camera broke on this trip so I may not be able to share any success from this weekends trip. I'm kinda bummed about that. Well I hope you enjoy.
Round two starts tomorrow. I'll do my best to even the score.