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    Default Took my Bow for a climb in the Southeast

    Been wanting to hunt goats in the Southeast for some time. It finally all came together with the help of two members of this board who shall remain nameless for the betterment of all.

    Rough vertical climb into goat country. No surprise there!

    BTW, this thread is under construction until you see my smiling face eating a granola bar!
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    Found a level spot, just big enough for the TiGoat. Made this home for the next week of HIGH PRESSURE that was moving through the area. Never plan a goat hunt by the calendar. Plan it by the weather forecast! Makes for a really enjoyable hunt.
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    Did lots of glassing for a couple days. Found lots of nannies, some with kids, some without. Billies were tougher to spot and always on the move.
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    Noticed this beauty from over a mile away. Had to travel high and work my way down. Took most of the morning. Was able to crawl to within 33 yards and above, with a steep shooting angle down. Here I sat for over 30 minutes waiting for it to rise from the bed offering a full-broadside shot.

    At the shot the goat sprang forward, but I watched my FOB pop off, so I knew I had a pass-through!

    Come to find out the shot was slightly high, clipping the top of the far lung. A short stalk produced another broadside shot. With this shot I pinned it's heart to the opposite shoulder! Done deal on a dandy 10.25-inch Mathews Reezen-stuck bruiser!

    The feeling behind this smile just cannot be described accurately.

    But it's a LOOOOONNNNGGGGG way down.
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    I went back and spent the night at my first camp after tagging and bagging the goat into packable portions. I left bone-in overnight for cooling, but would bone it for packing. The entire hide was taken, as the hair was flawless. I mean, that's half the trophy value of a goat, right!?

    This is a breakfast picture from the next morning, before packing a moving my camp to below the goat.

    Found a beautiful lake to settle into and pack the goat down to.
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    Didn't even put up a tent at this site. Exhausted from the pack down to this lake. You've never seen such a beautiful place!
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    I said it about your caribou hunt and I will say it again, You da man! very very cool.

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    Congrats Marc! Nowhere is as beautiful as southeast when it isn't raining! Congrats on the hard earned goat!

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    Cooked some tenderloin over the coals to get some protein in my body. I was really stressed to the max as far as my muscles breaking down from packing. NOT 20 anymore, boys! But still able to hang.

    These are the two packs that I shuttled down. Each weighed about 70 lbs.

    It was nearly a full day down from the lake.
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    A last snack before reaching the point where I started!

    Gear that I used:
    Osprey Argon 85
    Crossfire Packing Frame
    TAG Bags (3)
    Telescoping Ice Axe (worth it's weight in GOLD) Got me out of alot of sticky situations. I will never leave home without it
    Iridium Sat Phone
    JetBoil and 1 fuel canister
    Wiggy's Mountain Hunter Bag
    Titanium Goat 6.5 Teepee
    Vortex Razors
    2X doubler for the binos. Great weight savings here.
    Merrell Sawtooth Boots. Never had a better hunting boot. EVER. Light with ALOT of support. Sorry, wet-feet-whiny guys, they are not waterproof.


    Enjoy, fellas!
    Taylor
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    Nice job Devil Dog. Will try stop in and see you in the next day or two.

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    Nice work Marc!! Looks like some beautiful country and some fun times!!!
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    Nice Job Marc, That is is a dandy and a great looking coat. Congrat's

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    Fantastic, thanks for the great pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Taylor View Post
    A last snack before reaching the point where I started!

    Gear that I used:
    Osprey Argon 85
    Crossfire Packing Frame
    TAG Bags (3)
    Telescoping Ice Axe (worth it's weight in GOLD) Got me out of alot of sticky situations. I will never leave home without it
    Iridium Sat Phone
    JetBoil and 1 fuel canister
    Wiggy's Mountain Hunter Bag
    Titanium Goat 6.5 Teepee
    Vortex Razors
    2X doubler for the binos. Great weight savings here.
    Merrell Sawtooth Boots. Never had a better hunting boot. EVER. Light with ALOT of support. Sorry, wet-feet-whiny guys, they are not waterproof.


    Enjoy, fellas!
    Taylor
    i bought one of these from Taylor this year and LOVE it... can really lean on it and go like heck.

    great hunt marc, congrats on that goat well worth the effort it appears.
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    Awesome Mark. Congrats on a great hunt. Were the other guys with you the whole time, or did you head out on your own?

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    Solo hunt.

    Their assistance was vital to the before- and after-hunt activities. I'm forever grateful, and they know who they are!

    Taylor

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    Well Done, Congratulation. Nice write up, great photo's. Thank-you

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    Congrats Marc that is awesome!!!

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    Thanks for the pics and stories Marc. You may not be 20 again but looks like patience comes with a little age. Waiting for the goat to rise must have tried your patience. Great job and follow up shot.

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