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Last update before the hunt

I got back up into my goat unit again over the long weekend and saw goats as usual. I also saw a pretty nice 4x4 mulie with eg's that I got a spotting scope pic of. I've seen over 200 goats throughout the summer and visually inspected about 85 percent of the terrain in the unit. I've found over 20 goats that I would take on the first day and many more that I'd consider shooters further into the hunt. The longest horn goat I've seen is an ancient one horned nanny that would tape at over 10 inches!

The first season opened today and I'm sure the goats are getting moved around a bit. I have my game plan pretty much set for opening day, although I plan on showing up in the unit 3 or 4 days early. I am finally unemployed (for the duration of the fall hopefully ha) and will be able to hunt every day of the season.

It's tough getting sleep right now... I've got goats on the brain. I've got the bow I won in last fall's BGH Grand Slam Challenge sighted in and I'm comfortable shooting at a live animal out to just past 60 yards. I'll also be making use of the Nikon spotting scope and the Vanguard tripod that I won last fall. Thanks again to BGH for putting on the competition!

I'm having problems getting the most recent pics posted but I'll try again tomorrow.

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Good luck!

Good luck from all of us here at BGH! We're looking forward to seeing pics of your successful goat hunt!

Glad all the new gear is coming in handy! Thumbs up

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Goat Hunt

Hawkeye that sounds like a great time and one I am looking forward to in a few years. I only have 2 preference points so I know it will be a few more years before I even have a legitimate chance at a tag. If you don't mind saying, how many points did you had when you drew this tag? I understand about preference points and weighted point and how the draw works, Just curious in your case as it will give me a little idea of what I might be looking at. Good luck and for sure let us know how you do. 

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Best of luck Hawkeye!  It's

Best of luck Hawkeye!  It's been fun watching your updates with your scouting and such, and it will be exciting waiting for the story and photos of your (hopefully) successful hunt!

And on a side note, I just realized that you'll be taking the bow after the goats.  Wow, is that by choice, or is it archery only?  Either way, I bet that will be fun!!!

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SGM: I applied for nine

SGM: I applied for nine years. Good luck to you in the future. I sure want to harvest one this year but it sucks that if I do, I'm shut out of the draw for 5 years!

Vermonster: It's a rifle tag... I'm just trying to get it with my bow. It's about time I get my first animal with a bow and I figure hey... I won that awesome bow! It would be a shame to not put it to work.

On a side note: This summer has been the first time I have bought new camo in a long time. It is unbelievable how expensive it is to get camo in anything but cotton. Its enough to piss ya off!

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Yeah, i can for sure see

Yeah, i can for sure see wanting to break in the new boy.  That was a great prize.  However, to jump in with both feet, on a premium tag like that..... that's pretty ballsy... Wink

Sure you wouldn't want to just shoot a rabbit or 2 first???? lol

Gonna be great!!!

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Good luck on your hunt and I

Good luck on your hunt and I hope your able to pull it off with your bow. That would really add to the trophy. Youv'e put in more time than anyone I know that has drawn a goat tag so you deserve the best one out there. What unit was it your hunting? I don't remember if you posted it or not. If you don't mind sharing it otherwise no problem.

And to SGM I drew G13  in the first season about 4 years ago after around 15 or 16 years and then blew it and didn't score. But I didn't put in as much time as Hawkeye did and got what I deserved. I needed a backup plan and didn't have one ready to go. I didn't see another hunter scouting all summer besides myself but it seemed everyone was in my spot on opening day. Guys actually got there ahead of me and once they spotted one the day before the season would roll out a bag down below to keep anyone else away for in the morning. Friends that had hunted there in years past had never seen anyone else so I wasn't prepared enough. That mistake will never happen again.

Btw I've got my 3 points again so I'm back in it for next year.

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Points

Hawkeye and Hunter 25, thanks for the info on points. Figured it would be between 7-9 points before I would get a tag but maybe it will be a few more than that. Sure hope it is not 15 years but all we can do is apply and hope. Wish I could have been putting in longer but just did not have the funds to front for those points as moose took priority. Good luck on your hunt and hope you have a happy ending story to tell once your back.

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You're right, all you can do

You're right, all you can do is send in that app every years. I knew a 17 year old kid that drew a bull moose tag on his 4th year and I know guys that have been putting in for the same tag for over 20 years. Perseverence in the draw will pay off at some point!

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Crazy Point System

Yeah I have heard that about other moose, goat and sheep tags. Guess if your are lucky in the crazy way Colorado does the draw good for you. If that kid got his bull that is cool and he can try for some of the other hard to get tags. If not he is still young enough he could possibly draw again. 

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Wade: PM sent I'll be within

Wade: PM sent

I'll be within a hundred miles of Denver.

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