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Well the Mountain goat forum is a little sparse on topics so I figured I'd post my hunt from last fall.
I went twice, the first time was a solo hunt and I went 28 miles roundtrip and the clouds never lifted enough to allow me to see above 2500 feet, great hike though.
My second hunt I was able to talk a friend into going and we flew into a bay a little closer to my unit, still ended up being 16 miles roundtrip. It was a hell of a hunt though and it would take me a couple hours to explain all the details. Anyway we flew over to the head of the bay the Friday before Labor day weekend and planned to hunt Saturday - Monday and hike out late Monday for an early Tues pick up . We flew into the bay (sea level) in the morning and hit the trail at 9:30am. We made it through the river valley by 11 and spotted 7 bears (only one kind of bear on Kodiak Island), the closest one walked by about 60 yards from us. The hike up through the alders, salmonberrry bushes and devils club has to be experienced to be appreciated. We made camp at 6pm and spotted 4 goats on a ridge about a quarter mile away. We also spotted a total of 90-100 goats on the surrounding mts so we were very hopeful for the morning hunt.
We were up and on the trail at first light but after glassing the nearby ridgeline we thought the goats had moved to the far mt side. My buddy walked back to get his pack and just about walked into the bedded goats at 30 yards. I made it to where he was and we set up shop just out of sight at 40 yards. After about 10 minutes one finally stood, but it was staring right at us and we couldn't tell if it was a billy or nanny(both are legal, but I wanted a billy). It finally turned and dropped out of sight and we made our way toward the edge of the cliff. The other 3 spotted us and took off running. The one we had been watching joined them on there way to the end of the ridge line. Well they all had gone around the end of the point about 600 yards away and all the sudden 2 came back up to the top. They must not have known where we were because they came at a dead run back our way. We took off in the direction we had last seen them and my buddy decided to check the top to make sure they weren't going to side slip past us. He hit the deck and waved me up so I knew they were close. I made my way up to where he was and he told me a goat was about 40 yards away just over the lip. I stood verified it was a billy and drilled him through the front shoulder. He collapsed at the shot (338 winchester mag with 250 gr partitions), which is good because there was a 1500 foot cliff about 20 feet behind him. We knew he was a billy, but were not prepared for how big he was. He is a 5 year old and measures 9 3/4" with 5 5/8" bases. I rough scored him for B&C at 48.5 and he's an inch & a half shy of making the all time book, but would be eligible for an Award if I wanted to enter him.
Anyway We decided to get it cut up and try to make the beach for an early pick-up Sunday morning. We hit the trail at 3:30pm and pushed hard to get out of the river bed by dark. We just made it and only spotted 4 bears on the way out, the closest one was a big boar about 100 yards away. Thankfully he walked off the other way when we hollered at him. We walked the last hour in the dark and made it back to the beach at 11pm. After carrying 90lb packs for 8 miles through Kodiak's infamous alder brush, we were absolutely burnt out and didn't even eat before hitting the sack. Sunday morning we called in an early pick up flight and had a humpback whale swim by 100 yards out from our camp while we waited, pretty neat even for here. We dumped the gear at my house and were eating breakfast at the local Diner at 11am. Man what a hunt!! I can't wait to go again. Dall sheep this fall then hopefully I'll go for goats again next fall.

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Kodiak Billy

Here's a close up of the goat.

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Here's the way we came in & out. The bay is where we were flew into. The two white Mts you see to the left of my head on the horizon, are on the Alaskan Peninsula across the Shelikof Strait, about 40-50 miles away. Again great hunt and thank you for letting me share.

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Kodiak Billy

Great hunt story. Gosh, I gotta get up there. It sounds like you tried to post a pic and map - but they're not comeing through.

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I think you have to be logged in as a member to view the pictures. At least I can't see them until I "log in".

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Kodiak Billy

good pics good trophy congrats

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Great story and photos. Big smile Thanks for sharing them with us.

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