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!
2x1 Mountain Goat Hunt 2021 Canada
We have an excellent goat territory with 100% success over the last 10 years. Hunts are via backpack requiring moderate physical fitness. Typical hikes to the treeline are 2 to 4 hours. Spike camps are setup in strategic locations on the mountain range and average horns between 9" and 11". Includes fishing, wolf, and upland game birds. Add second species to your hunt with trophy fees as follows: Moose $6000, Elk $5000, Bear $1500, Mule deer $2000, Whitetail deer $2000. Note: $500 payable upon hunting 2nd species which is applied towards trophy fee if successful.
Trip duration: 10 days
Hunting season: 15 Aug 2021 15 Oct 2021
2x1 Mountain Goat Hunt in BC, 2021 Canada
BC is home to the largest population of mountain goats in Canada with 90% of the country's entire population residing in mountainous areas of British Columbia. Our mountain goat hunts run from August 1st to mid September. This guided hunt season runs parallel with our moose, caribou and bear hunting seasons affording hunters great opportunities for guided hunt combinations along with their mountain goat hunts. With a little hard work we can put you in a position to harvest a trophy of a lifetime. Clients should be in good physical condition, able to hike and carry a 40 lb. backpack in the back country. Packers are available in advance only and cost $2000 for the duration of the hunt payable in advance with the balance of your hunt. Package price per hunter: $11350.
Trip duration: 8 days
Hunting season: 1 Aug 2021 16 Sep 2021
Remote Mountain Goat 1:1 Hunt Canada
Our season is quite long from August 6th to October 6th but short hair in early August and bad weather in October places most of our mountain goat hunts into September. The weather is usually stable and the goats’ coats are getting nice as fall sets in and provides us with the first frosty nights. The Skeena and Omineca Mountains of British Columbia are well known for producing record book quality mountain goats. Our goats range in size from 9” to 11” with an average of 9 ½” and our success is usually 100%. The reason for our great success on mountain goat hunts is the terrain. We hunt our goats between 5,000 and 6,000 feet in elevation. In several locations, the hike to the tree-line is only 2 to 4 hours and the use of some cut trails make it quite manageable for most hunters in good physical condition. Our guide area also has some very remote goat hunting locations where the hike through the forest takes you to some ranges that have possibly never seen hunters before. These goat hunts are as physically demanding as one would expect but can produce some great trophy Goats! The Skeena and Omineca Mountains in our area have produced numerous record book mountain goats over the past decade.
Trip duration: 10 days
Hunting season: 5 Aug 2021 6 Oct 2021
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