Where to hunt Mountain Goat
There are many members of the Capra family that could go by the name of “mountain goat”. But this page is dedicated to the mountain goat, or Rocky Mountain goat, that inhabits the North-Western mountain ridges of North America, with its natural range stretching from Washington, Idaho and Montana, through British Columbia and Alberta to Yukon and Alaska. Introduced populations of mountain goat exist in other Western states, such as Utah, as well. Ironically, it’s not even a true goat, but goat or “goat-antelope”, the Rocky Mountain goat is an iconic and highly desirable trophy.
Mountain goats are relatively rare, and dwell in remote mountain wilderness areas. Travel to and from the destination makes up a great portion of the price of the hunt. Hunting opportunities in the Lower 48 start at about $4,000, and hunts in British Columbia and Alaska may go for up to $10,000. Mountain goat hunts often come as a package deal with other species, and due to savings on the travel, a combination hunt is usually a better bargain.
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When to hunt Mountain Goat?
Most mountain goat seasons run from September to November or December. The longer into the year, the more demanding and challenging the hunt is, due to rough weather conditions of mountain goat’s typical habitat – but on the other hand, the greater are your chances to harvest a billy goat in prime winter fur.
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Mountain goats seldom descend below the alpine meadow altitude, and the hunt for them is usually spot-and-stalk. Spotting a goat is not so difficult, as their snow-white fur is visible from long distance on the background of rocks and meadows. It’s the stalk part that is the problem. Mountain goats contend seriously for the title of the most alert and wary game animal, and open ground that they frequent doesn’t make stalking any easier.
Why hunt Mountain Goat?
Both male (billy) and female (nanny) mountain goats carry long, straight horns, with annual rings that help estimate the age of the animal. Even more impressive than the horns is the skin of these animals, with fine dense wool undercoat covered by longer, and hollow, hair of the overcoat. But a hunter who wants to harvest this trophy should be prepared for quite a challenge, it’s a hard hunt in a hard terrain. Seriously, even if you can secure a tag for a DIY mountain goat hunt, you should never go alone. In mountain goat habitat the smallest mistake may mean a slow and painful death at the bottom of some ravine. Add to this the problem of getting to their habitat – most mountain goat hunts are done out of spike tent camps way out in arctic mountains - and you’ll see why few hunters could boast of a mountain goat trophy. Neither the skin nor the horns are worth the investment – but the experience of hunting for them is worth every penny!
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