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How Far did it Fall?

For those of you that have taken a mountain goat, how far did it fall after shooting it?

Mine tumbled about 50 yards and only chipped the tip of its horn.  My buddy's fell a thousand feet and busted up both horns pretty good.  The other guy in camp's fell a 1200 feet and busted up both horns badly.  Fortunately, the taxidermist can repair the damage.

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I came into contact with a

I came into contact with a lot of sheep and goat hunters at my job this fall. The longest any of the goat hunters fell was over 900 verticle feet. He said that 600 of that came in one free fall off a massive cliff. Both horns were knocked freely off the skull but only the tips were broken. I had a couple guys say that they had goats fall off cliffs but didn't know how long the fall was. Some of these had extensive horn damage though. One guy could not find one of his horns at all. I think I only had two guys whose goats did not go anywhere after shooting. The sheep ended up fairing a lot better. One was pretty darn chipped up but it looked pretty cool. It is definitely a story worth telling when people look at the mount and start asking.

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What was your job this fall? 

What was your job this fall?  Must be a cool job if it brings you into contact with both goat and sheep hunters - what state?  The fact that very few don't fall illustrates their amazing climbing ability.  Take my goat for example.  I pancaked him.  Dropped him and he went straight down.  I thought he was going to stay, but after just a couple of seconds he began to tumble.  Makes you realize how much effort it takes for them to defy gravity.  My goat and I suspect all others had big hooves with soft leathery pads that gives them the grip they need.

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Goat fall

When I shot my goat, he dropped in his tracks.  When I walked up on him he was lying just a few feet from the edge of a 40-50 foot cliff.  As I got close to him, he started to raise his head so I shot him again in the chest.  I was close enough that there were powder burns on his hair.

I completely skinned him where he fell and put the head and skin in my pack.  I then gutted him and brought the carcass out whole by pushing it off a cliff, then worked my way down around the cliff to where he stopped and repeated that until I got to the bottom of the cliffs.  Then I drug him over the snow the rest of the way to my truck.  The snow was over 2' deep.  It was -15* F that day, and when I got to my truck, I was sweating like a pig.

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carcass cliff throwing

buffybr wrote:

When I shot my goat, he dropped in his tracks.  When I walked up on him he was lying just a few feet from the edge of a 40-50 foot cliff.  As I got close to him, he started to raise his head so I shot him again in the chest.  I was close enough that there were powder burns on his hair.

I completely skinned him where he fell and put the head and skin in my pack.  I then gutted him and brought the carcass out whole by pushing it off a cliff, then worked my way down around the cliff to where he stopped and repeated that until I got to the bottom of the cliffs.  Then I drug him over the snow the rest of the way to my truck.  The snow was over 2' deep.  It was -15* F that day, and when I got to my truck, I was sweating like a pig.

 

I like your carcass cliff throwing technique!

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carcass cliff throwing

"I like your carcass cliff throwing technique!"

Unfortunately I was able to find the carcass each time at the bottom of those cliffs. He was an old billy and he stunk worse than any big game animal that I have ever shot. He had a VERY STRONG musky smell.

I've always processed my own animals, and I like to eat wild meat. I've killed 15 different species of North American big game animals, and that goat was the only one that I couldn't eat. I ended up boning out all of the meat and took it to a local meat plant, and asked them to make the spiciest pepperoni sausage that they could. When I got the sausate back, I could still smelled musky, so I just put it into a freezer.

I have two upright freezers, so I put all of that year's deer and elk in one and I put the goat sausage in the other. Later that winter I was away from home for a couple of weeks and while I was gone one of my freezers quit working. All of the meat inside it spoiled. Luckily it was the freezer that had the goat in it.

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Mine didn't fall

until I got up there and touched it then it started rolling down the hill. Luckily it didn't fall off any cliffs. The meat on mine was good if I would have been able to chew it. I've never had to unclog my grinder so many times...those things are tough!

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