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Bumping River Mountain Goats??

Hello everyone! I drew a goat tag and wanted to check with anyone who has been in the WA Bumping River unit 356 the last couple years about location of Billies. Also wondering which tralis are good for horse travel, although I may go in on foot to get into the rougher ground. Any info on the unit or if you have seen goats is apreciated. Thank you.

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Bumping River Mountain Goats??

I have almost always seen some nice goats around Little Bald Moutain . We go in on 1600 road cause we are comming from the Yakima side . Also have seen some when we horse packed in from 1500 rd. to Mount Aix . But that was a while back. 10-12 yrs now, big fire in there right now though .
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How far up Mt. Aix can you go with a horse? Any water in that area or on Nelson Ridge this time of year?

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It gets to steep for horses after about 2/3 rd of the way up on Aix from the east side , Aix is 7772 elevation and gets real nasty in a hurry , went up there once with a old guy that had packed in that area for years and he said we were about 5000 ft. . Was Dang hard pull for the horse . That was before the days of the GPS . Would like to take one up there to where we were as I don't think we were that high .
Never tried from bumping side . We always went in past McDanials lake up Dog Cr. .Also Nelson Butte has had a small herd in yrs. past .
Fire is located at Rattlesnake Peak area.
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Bumping River Mountain Goats??

It gets to steep for horses after about 2/3 rd of the way up on Aix from the east side , Aix is 7772 elevation and gets real nasty in a hurry , went up there once with a old guy that had packed in that area for years and he said we were about 5000 ft. . Was Dang hard pull for the horse . That was before the days of the GPS . Would like to take one up there to where we were as I don't think we were that high .
Never tried from bumping side . We always went in past McDanials lake up Dog Cr. .Also Nelson Butte has had a small herd in yrs. past .
Fire is located at Rattlesnake Peak area.
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Bumping River Mountain Goats??

Mtn Hunter,

Over the years our group has drawn a couple tags for this area. Never taken any huge billies but alwasy tagged out. We head in on the Ironstone Mt trail on the top of Bethel Ridge just past Cash Prairie at the end of the road. Pretty easy trail for horses or hiking and lots of areas to explore once you get in there. Never gone in there without seeing goats. Good luck. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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Wazzu99,

I plan to spend a couple days in there this week. Any areas you would suggest concentrating on? I will be somewhat limited where I can go with the fire in Rattlesnake Creek. I plan to take a bivy sack with me so I can cover more ground. What size were the goats your group has killed in the past? Have you ever hunter around Bismark Peak or Timberwolf Mtn? Is there water along the Ironstone Mountain Trail?

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Mtn Hunter,

Its been about 6 or 8 years since I have been out there but those are the exact areas we used to find goats. I don't beleive the guys ever had there goats scored?? However, the biggest billy we took was around 9.5 inches others just a touch smaller. The only water I ever found was a small spring off to the north of the trail in a small basin about 1 mile in from the trailhead. I'm sure there is more elsewhere also. The entire area holds goats but we always found them on the north slopes during the season trying to get out of the direct sun. There is a ridge that heads north in just over a mile and another in about 2 to 2.5. Not sure of the names of the ridges and I don't have my atlas in front of me as I am at work but you should be able to figure it out once your in there, its not a huge area. Lots of goats so it shouldn't be an issue. Lets see some pics once its over. Good luck.

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How was the scouting trip?

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Great! Saw about 40 goats, mostly Nannies and Kids, but plan to spend a couple days archery hunting next weekend. I've spent alot of time in the Goat Rocks and I am suprised how tough it is to find goats in this area compared to there, they seem to hang in the trees more, maybe because of the Eastside heat? Anyway I planning to head up there next weekend with a couple friends. So far I have not seen a Billy I would put a stalk on, but I'll keep looking.

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