Mountain Goat, British Columbia

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  1. trial153

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    British Columbia checked all the boxes you’d want in a mountain goat bowhunt. Lots of nice goats, check. Beautiful rugged mountain, check. Insanely epic vistas at every turn, check. Grizzly bears, check. Sunshine, rain, wind, and snow all in one day, check. Brutal climbs to get into goat country, check. Backbreaking pack outs, check.



    I had great bowhunt and was very fortunate that it encompassed the total experience. The sense of accomplishment with each obstacle which was over come is not something that I will soon forget. My outfitter and guide were fantastic and never hesitated to work very hard at every turn, I was super impressed all the way around. You’d be hard pressed to find better people.



    Well, here he is. He was aged at 7 years old by the Bylaw wildlife officer. His Horn length is 9 1/2 and 9 ( broken tip). We spotted him on a face of finger [​IMG]
    ridge the evening before at about 730 pm and although we didn’t see him in the morning we still made the 4 and half hour climb. We managed to find him and I was lucky to make a 12 yard shot. The pack out was brutal and took over five hours. I am excited and yet humbled at the same time. It was an awesome experience.

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    dude, that's awesome and I'm happy for you. That view on the last pic is AMAZING.
     
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    Adventure of a life time! Congrats!!!
     
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    Sounds like an incredible hunt Jimmy.
    You done well.
     
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    Thank you! It really was incredible.
     
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    The pictures don’t do this county justice, it really is an amazing place
     
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    Gorgeous country. Very grueling hunt it looks like, my lungs are on fire just looking at the pics.
    Congrats on getting a nice goat!
     
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    Congrats, beautiful pictures. Sounds like an incredible adventure. 12 yards, gotta love that.


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    What kind of salmon?
    Every year here in September the Kokanee turn red and migrate up the Northfork of the Clearwater river to spawn. It is very neat to see.
     
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    They are Kokanee, land locked sockeyes
     
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    Coming home heavy [​IMG]
     
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    Awesome adventure! You really do have some great trips! Love reading the storys.

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    Thank you!! As great as the bow hunting is it pales to the good people you meet out there and wonderful places that still exist. I am thankful
     
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    It's great that you are able to recognize all aspect to a trip like that. I had a trip once where all I did was focus on the hunt. I didn't take time to see the big picture and felt the whole trip was a bust. Now I can look back and enjoy it for what it really was.

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    Couple of people been asking about the 12 yard shot and how it happened ..

    Well it’s complicated.

    We spotted him about 730 pm the night before and he was on the face of knob that comes out off a very narrow saddle. We couldn’t relocate him in the morning but we were pretty sure he was still up there. We made the 4.5 hour climb pretty much knowing we were swinging for the fence and we might miss.
    Anyway after we made it to the top we found that he moved into a bed in some timber, the face was frozen over so I could get close enough to take a picture but not to safely shoot. We knew that we came out of his bed his only exit was through the narrow saddle. There was only two spots he would cross, one at 12 yards and the other lower at 58.
    I put myself in between them and pined him down while freezing my balls off until he got up from the bed. He went to the spot at 12 yards and was quartering to me very hard. I was already drawn and needed him to either take a step turn broadside or turn one more step and face me head on. He faced me and I took the easy frontal shot. He was dead in about 30 yards and then tumbled 300 yards down the slope next to the rock shoot we came up. Lucky it warmed up enough that we could now dig in and get down the shale slope vs coming up the rock shoot we came up originally. That shoot was so steep it made me queasy if I looked behind me. In any event that’s why he was so dirty and thankfully he didn’t have any damage.
    While we were caping and quartering him heavy snow hit us again and basically whited us out. Took us about an hour to get pictures and put him in our packs for the trek out. After we descended another 600 feet or so the snow turned to rain. The total pack out took us about the about an hour longer even though we started down the sloop lower. I guess 80-90 pound packs slowed us down a bit … it was a brutal pack out that ended it the dark.

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    Are you planning a full mount?

    Congrats. Seems like it was another awesome adventure.
     
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    I am seriously thinking about it. I have the full cape so I have some options
     
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    Congrats again, Jimmy! Another truly epic, unforgettable, and successful hunt for you my friend, well deserved! You have a pretty cool wife so I'd def go with the full mount lol.
     
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    Your got one thing right on that count Nick, she is cool!! I will tell her because of that it gives me permission mount it in the den!!

    Well your right about it being all those things too…. I am very lucky. Better to be lucky than good any day I guess
     
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