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Hunt em early or late

Its a big debate with tradeoffs when it comes to goats. When do you guys prefer to hunt them?

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I had this discussion with my

I had this discussion with my outfitter before I booked my hunt.  Here is what he told me.  Early season the weather is better, but the coat is not as long.  The late season, the coat is better, but weather can be a factor.  I split the difference and booked the middle season.  Turned out to be a good choice.  We still had weather, rain and tiny bit of snow, but not like the week before when they had bow hunters in camp.  It rained just about the entire 10 days they hunted.

I think most bowhunters do the early season because of the weather.  Bowhunting mountain goats is tough enough, but it is near impossible when you throw in bad weather.

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That is what it comes down to

That is what it comes down to for sure. If you hunt early than goats are normally easier to locate and hunt because they have not been pressured by other hunters. But the quality of their hide can vary from slightly tattered to very shaggy. Some goats will put on a good coat earlier than others so you might luck out. If you wait to hunt them later, than you better your chances of a goat having a good looking hide but actually finding a goat can be a little bit harder. Its not just about the weather being worse (and complicating things) but just the fact that there is snow on the ground makes it much harder to spot these critters. I think going with a hunt falling in the middle is a safe bet but you might end up with weather and goats with bad hides. Or you could end up having a great hunt like its sounds you did. Its a tough call for sure. 

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depends on what you like

I drew my goat tag in 08 in the 3rd season here in colorado.  All summer I watched and scouted them and had two nice billies picked out.  They were there every time I went and I figured that they would always be there since they never left that particular basin.  Well, the season finally comes and we pack in there and I can't find a goat for 6 days.  Any goat.  It was like they just vanished.  The weather turned bad and conditions were miserable but on the 8th day of hunting we finally found some goats and got within range to seal the deal.  I wanted the later season because the hair is better but I also know some people who have gambled on the 3rd and 4th seasons and got snowed out to the point that they basically had to burn their tags.  So I guess it is a matter of what you want more, the long hair or an earlier hunt that the weather won't impact you so bad.

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Pics from the goat hunt

Her are some pics from the hunt.  Who says goat country isn't steep and beautiful?  (and brutal)

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Very cool pics.  The terrain

Very cool pics.  The terrain is beautiful and steep and as you said brutal.  You got a nice goat.  Did you get it mounted?  If so, do you have a picture?  I imagine there are hunts as hard as goat hunting, but I can't imagine one harder.

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I did have it mounted and

I did have it mounted and will put up some pics soon.  That was one tough hunt.  Started the day at 8,000' and 3 in the morning and we got back to the truck at 2 in the morning.  Got the goat at over 13,000' but it was worth it

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I think the tougher the hunt,

I think the tougher the hunt, the better the memories, but i am sure you weren't thinking that at 2 am.  My hunt was less grueling.  Started at 7 am, shot the goat at 8000 feet at 6 pm and back to the spike cabin at 11 pm.  Still I was totally exhausted by the time I got back so I can only imagine how you feel.

What type mount did you do?

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I just had a shoulder mount

I just had a shoulder mount done but it really turned out nice.  Goat hunting is really a blast.  I can't wait to draw another tag.  A sheep tag would be alright too but I don't seem to having any luck in the drawing

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i can't wait to see the pic

i can't wait to see the pic of your mount.  I won't get my mount back until the summer.  takes a while where I go to get my taxidermy work done.

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My taxidermist took 16 months

My taxidermist took 16 months to get it back to me which is a little excessive but at least he did a good job.  I would have been pretty upset if I would have waited that long for a crappy mount.  I will take a pic and get it posted.  Can't wait to see pics of yours

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