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.
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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!
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 2020 6 Oct 2020
Late season Mountain Goat Hunt 1x1 '20 United States
Late-fall Mountain Goat hunting often involve a canoe, airboat or snow-machine supported hunt while based from a cabin and/or winter tent camp at river level. One day of scheduled time is occasionally used to access the camp areas. After that, Mountain Goats may be spotted quite low above the river, sometimes less than 500 feet above the valley floor. However, while utilizing mountain boots fitted with mountaineering crampons, (which we provide), we sometimes climb to 1,200 feet or higher if the Goats remain at elevation due to unseasonably light-snow conditions or other factors, such as marauding wolves, or bad luck. It is a spot and stalk hunt; usually returning to camp at night. Goats are very abundant, and many are taken with a rifle from river level. At times, we may bring a whole goat down-river in my canoe, boat or snow-sled. This hunt is a premier hunt that produces a world class trophy; long beards and long-haired capes and pantaloons. Prime time for this low elevation hunt is mid-November through mid-December. Hunters will be responsible for all charges associated with renting snow machines. If a hunter desires to hire an independent packer to assist with his load, and to pack meat down, we can often arrange for a packer to be available if we have prior notice. My hunters have taken numerous Billy Goats that qualify for the Boone and Crocket record book. My hunt area has the worlds’ largest Goats. Billy Goats sometimes exceed 400 pounds. Hunters should arrive a day before a hunt starts, and depart a day after it ends.
Trip duration: 10 days
Hunting season: 1 Nov 2020 15 Dec 2020
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