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    Sorry, I know the goat questions are flying around like crazy right now but I gotta ask. I am hunting DG475 with a couple other guys, one of which has hunted goats. I am new to goat hunting but I would like to learn as much as possible before goin out there.

    I am in Anc. Any areas to hike into to just VIEW goats? Not asking for handouts, just want to glass them as much as possible before heading out. Willing to hike in a ways and spend a couple days viewing.

    Lotsa books on sheep, are there any goat hunting books/reading?

    Thanks for any help,
    Jason

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    Jason,
    Try West of Girdwood just West of town on one of the big pull outs. Look @ the Mtns behind you. If you want a closer look try going up to the Crow creek Trail head on the Girdwood side. Other places are: @ the head of Eklutna; was told Eagle River as well; Moose Pass; & Cooper Landing areas as well. Also scored DG475 be ready to battle some nasty brush. One of the more pressured areas I have hunted over there. 180 tags awarded.

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    • #3
      A few years ago I saw plenty of Goats on the Eagle River Trail. More goats than sheep as a matter of fact. I drew 475 as well. Agree that 180 permits are a bunch but out of those only half will go.
      I already booked my flight the price is about 1650.00 that is a chunk of change not counting gear and time off, the flight to Kodiak as well. Oh well can't take it with you >>LOL
      Anyone want to swap pointers and advice on how to "gear" up please feel free to send a shout out. God help me if I ever figure out how much that meat is per Pound..
      Quod Dominus Noster Jesus

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      • #4
        Goat viewing areas:

        -Ridge to the east of the highway right at Tern Lake (Y in the road to Seward). There are always goats on that ridge right above the highway. Climb the ridge at the end near the lake, then run the top of it (which is very mellow hiking) until you get above the goats.

        -Palmer Creek Road. There are sometimes goats visible right from the road there.

        -Crow Pass trail, both from the Girdwood side and in Eagle River valley from Icicle Creek up to Thunder Gorge. Climbing up above Thunder Gorge will put you into goats.

        -Devil's Pass. Once you get up by tree line you should see some goats in the mountains on your right.

        -Bird Creek. There are always goats on the ridge running between Bird Creek and Girdwood. You can see them from the highway, but they're just dots - they don't come down low like the sheep prior to Bird Creek. There is a trail that runs a little ways up the valley that runs behind that ridge. From the end of the trail you can hike up above treeline and camp, and then you'll have very easy access to that ridge from the back side. Goat viewing galore.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Brian M View Post
          Goat viewing areas:

          -Ridge to the east of the highway right at Tern Lake (Y in the road to Seward). There are always goats on that ridge right above the highway. Climb the ridge at the end near the lake, then run the top of it (which is very mellow hiking) until you get above the goats.
          Ahh yes that is good to hear, thats were my dad drew his goat tag DG334.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Alaska_Lanche View Post
            Ahh yes that is good to hear, thats were my dad drew his goat tag DG334.
            Yeah, I saw that. That is a ridiculously easy goat hunt, as far as goat hunts go. It's still a steep climb, but it's right above the road.

            If you want to go check it out sometime this summer, let me know and I'd be happy to show you how I approach it. There are also almost always black bears on that ridge in the fall, so if you want to take a bear you should have the opportunity.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Brian M View Post
              Yeah, I saw that. That is a ridiculously easy goat hunt, as far as goat hunts go. It's still a steep climb, but it's right above the road.

              If you want to go check it out sometime this summer, let me know and I'd be happy to show you how I approach it. There are also almost always black bears on that ridge in the fall, so if you want to take a bear you should have the opportunity.
              Yeah Brian, he's lived in Alaska all his life and has never even hunted for goats so he is pretty excited. I'll have to take you up on that hike possibly this summer especially since we could also scout out your wife's permit as well just a little further to the south. Sounds like fun.

              Black bear huh? Sounds like a good trip to break my new Marlin GG in on. Of course packing out a goat in addition to a bear would be a bit much unless my bro came along too. We'll keep in touch about that.

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              • #8
                Dg 719

                In an attempt to keep in the spirit of the 'another goat hunting thread'

                For those that live near 13D (Valdez/Richardson Highway)...
                - Reasonable for my 15 year old? (good shape, inexperienced mountain guy, not a whiner)

                For those smart on Drawing, youth, tags and licensing.
                - Can my 15 year old son shoot my goat? Obviously, only one goat would be taken, but, can he hunt under my bag limit?

                Thanks in advanced!

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                • #9
                  Goat Books

                  A Beast the Color of Winter.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Stogey View Post
                    - Can my 15 year old son shoot my goat? Obviously, only one goat would be taken, but, can he hunt under my bag limit?
                    If you drew the permit, then your son may not legally hunt under your permit. People have been cited for this in the past.
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                    • #11
                      Thanks

                      Originally posted by Chisana View Post
                      If you drew the permit, then your son may not legally hunt under your permit. People have been cited for this in the past.
                      Thanks!

                      I wasn't sure, much rather find out the answer here and now, than the day before the hunt, or worse, after it's too late.

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                      • #12
                        No problem. I can understand you wanting your boy to have shot at the billy. I'd like to draw a Chugach goat permit one of these days!
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                        • #13
                          goat population

                          Rip
                          send me a PM and I will email you a 2008 population density map

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                          • #14
                            Fur

                            I had an unforeseen revelation at Church today.

                            I was talking with a taxidermist, he he reminded me that the Goats will still be in their summer coats until mid-September.

                            This was something that I didn't even consider until he brought it up.

                            Ugh..

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Stogey View Post
                              I was talking with a taxidermist, he he reminded me that the Goats will still be in their summer coats until mid-September.
                              Yep, goat hunt timing is a question of weather vs. fur quality. I'd love to get an October or November goat sometime, but for my wife's goat permit this year we'll be hunting in late August.

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