British Columbia Proposes New Harvest Regs for Mtn Goats
Mountain goats, yes it is a demanding hunt about 95% of the time. The odd time you can catch a good billy in a spot that is not too tough to get at, but they are usually in the toughest terrain. Nature of the beast.
Where are you going in BC and who are you going with? I do not live there any longer but when I did live in BC I killed a number of goats myself and guided for them a lot over the years in different parts of the province.
It is a great hunt, tougher than sheep hunting most of the time. I still have several friends outfitting for them in BC, but most of the guys I knew doing it have retired and sold out.
I completed the hunt and the country is beautiful. I took more pictures of the scenery than anything eles. I enjoyed the country, the people and the hunt. it was challenging but I got my goat on the second day. My friend got his on the fifth and another hunter in camp got his on the seventh day. Two bow hunters the week before went home empty handed due to the weather. According to the guides they were animals that hunted their butts off and put him to the test. They were extremely fit and hard working.
A fantastic hunt with memories to last a lifetime.
This is the first time that I have heard that you had extra tags on you for your mountain goat hunt. I can see why that would be a good idea. You would definitely want to maximize your chances of atleast taking something home. I understand that just going on a hunt like that would be awesome enough even without taking something home but when you spend that kind of money you sure do hope that you can take something home. I love reading Jack O'connor stories and it seemed like he very rarely had only one tag in his pocket when he hunted up north. When you have a chance of seeing sheep, goats, caribou, moose, both bear species, wolves etc on the same hunt than I really don't blame him having all kinds of tags. The sweet thing he had going for him was the fact that many museums were looking for specimens back then and so he would have his tag plus specimen collection permits as well. Too bad there aren't many museums looking for them now. I would volunteer for that in a heart beat.
So I take it since we haven't heard about any bear or wolves on your other posts that you didn't see any?
Hunting is not usually a pursuit where instant gratification abounds. It takes a lot of time, practice, resources and patience to be a successful hunter. So when someone decides that an area they hunted only once without taking an animal is worthless and devoid of game, I don't quite understand it. These people usually jump from game management unit to game management unit; trying a new one every year.
Now don't get me wrong, there are people that just enjoy scouting and hunting...