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Mountian Goat Hunt in BC

Hello everyone,

I am new to this forum and I look forward to getting some good use out of it.  I am hunting a goat the August in BC.  It is my first time to hunt goat or even be in BC.  Is there any good info or pointers experienced BC goat hunters can give me.  I am as green as they come to this experience.  I plan on taking my 308 with 180 gr core-lokts.  How far of a shot should I anticipate.

 

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Are you a resident or a non

Are you a resident or a non resident?  I was under the impression that if you are a non resident that you need a guide for the hunt. 

The best advise that I can give is to be in the best physical shape of your life.  A .308 will work but be prepaired for shots of 400 yards+.  A good thing to do here is to tape a chart of your rifles balistics to the stock so that you can reference it at a glance and take the guess work out of the shot. 

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I am a non resident and I

I am a non resident and I have a guide for the hunt.

 

He also told me that I need to purchase 50lb bags to put my meat in so that I can bring it back with me.  Do you know anything about the rules for transporting meat from Canada to the US?  I live in Texas so I plan on flying with it.

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If you are flying you are

If you are flying you are going to have to contact your airline that you are flying to find out what the regulations are each one is different.  Also depending on your location and access to a US Customs office I would get your 4475 form filled out way before I planned on leaving.  That is a personal property form that you should list your rifle, binoculars, scope, camera, and anything else that has a serial number on that you will be taking with you on your hunt.  It make it easier to bring them back into the states on your return. 

What outfitter did you book?  I went grizzly hunting 2 years ago with A Bar Z and had a fantistic trip even wihout shooting a grizzly but I did get a black bear. 

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I am going with Rocky

I am going with Rocky Mountain Guide Outfitters.  Have you heard of them before?  They had good references, website, and friendly on the phone.  I can't practice much more due diligence than that.  One reason I like them (other than the hospitality) is that they are letting me take a black bear with the purchase of the $150 tag and wolves for the purchase of the $75 tag.  I figured why not?  I might get to walk out of there with all three for an additional $225. 

 

I am really pumped about this trip and I am trying to obtain and absorb all the information I can leading up to it.  My wife and I switch out each year on a big game hunt.  I am the one that does all the planning, packing and research.  I am not complaining either because I love that part of the hunt as well and it keeps me involved when it's her turn.

 

Congrats on the black bear!  Did you see lots of scenery?

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Goat hunt

Critter wrote:
Also depending on your location and access to a US Customs office I would get your 4475 form filled out way before I planned on leaving. 

Critter, your typing fingers got a little dislexic, it's a Form 4457.

 

Chadillac,

Like others have posted, be in as good of physical shape as you can.  Much of your hunt will be climbing almost straight up and probably in thin air of the high mountains.  You also can't get too much practice with your rifle.  I practice almost weekly with my .300 Weatherby at 100, 300, and 430 yards (the farthest berm at our range).

On my last Canadian hunt I took a plastic cooler to bring meat home in.  Going up to the hunt, I packed my personal gear the cooler along with a canvas duffle bag to bring my gear home home in.  In camp, the outfitter had a chest freezer that I was able to put my cooler in, then I filled it with the choice cuts from my two caribou and musk ox and was able to freeze the meat in the cooler.  Bring a roll of duck tape to help seal and hold the lid on the cooler.  With airline baggage charges, that will be very expensive meat to bring home.

 I killed my goat on the 14th of November, a number of years ago.  When I started up the mountain, it was -14 F and there was 2-3 feet of snow on the ground.  I shot my billy at under 100 yds, and the whole time that I was skinning and dressing him, another billy watched me from a ledge less than 100 yds away.  That was a DIY, solo hunt in SW Montana.

The meat from my goat was the absolute worst wild meat that I have ever tasted.  The bears and lion that I have eaten were far better tasting (and smelling) than my mountain goat.

 

 

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I haven't heard of that

I haven't heard of that outfitter but then that really doesn't mean that much. 

My hunt was off of horseback, and we traveled back into a wilderness area 23 miles to the cabins that the outfitter has in them.  The hunt was great with us seeing and watching moose, elk, both white tail and mule deer, and goats with a couple of Boone and Crockett ones.  The grizzlys were playing games with us by feeding at night and hiding during the day.  We only saw one and the shot would of been 500 yards+ and I decided not to take it.  We didn't see any wolves but did come upon two moose that had been killed by them.  

 Here is the story that I wrote up on the hunt on the forum here.

http://www.biggamehunt.net/stories/2012-griz-hunt

 

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Cool story

I enjoyed your story.  I think I should start documenting my hunts too.  That way I won't forget the details as time goes by and maybe something interesting for my future kids and grandkids to read. 

I was wondering, I plan on wiring my deposit today.  Is there any way to protect myself from fraud?  I am sending a lot of money to someone far away with nothing more a paper contract and promise to go on.  Do you have any recommendations?

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I just used a bank cashiers

I just used a bank cashiers check and regular mail for my first two payments and took the last cashers check with me for the final payment.

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Hey Critter, I just found out

Hey Critter,

I just found out that you can call the parks and wildlife in Canada and they will tell you whether or not they are a register guide and if they have hunting land allocated to them and where it is.

I figured that is all of the verification I need to insure that I am not being scammed.

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I have some some great pointers for you.

I had a successful hunt in B.C. 24yrs.ago and I can tell you to this day,my legs still hurt!I shot a nice Billy in Smithers.Not sure what kind of shape your in,but you have to work on getting your legs strong.Going to the gym twice a week using leg machines will help a lot.Back then I used to jog a lot also.I also had permission to hike up ski slopes.I put 80lbs of weight in my pack also (you don't have to go that heavy)I trained for a year before my hunt,and to be honest-I wish I trained earlier! My guides legs were stronger then a Billy goats.The place I went,they had no horses so its your own leg power.Those mountains were mountains I wasn't prepared for.You are climbing up steep sides that seems impossible to do.The most fatiguing part is the loose rock.That seems to magically take more energy then you can imagine.Bring a set of knee pads and wear them.Also wear gloves because you will slip and fall several times and you don't want to cut your hands up.If you have a nice wood-stock rifle,it wont be nice anymore after that hunt.I put mine in a fiberglass stock.Know your rifle extremely well.I shot mine all summer and knew what it did out to 500 yds.You can see goats out there at any distances,but if a long shot presents itself-that might be the only opportunity you got.I shot mine close to 350yds.Then if you get a goat you have to put a lot of weight into your pack and climb back down the mountain!(now your legs are burning!) My goats on the wall and to be honest it was the best hunt I've had so far.I guess sometimes the harder you work for something the more you appreciate it! I.ve always loved the mountains and its hard to beat the scenery in B.C.!

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