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Scouting trip

Since my job requires me to be in the backcountry 75% of the time, I've been pretty bad about visiting the site but here are a couple pics from my first couple scouting trips. I have been liking what I've been seeing! Most of the roads just finally opened up this week so I plan on getting back up this weekend. I'll try and be better about keeping this updated.

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Been waiting to hear from you

Been waiting to hear from you Hawkeye, figured you were out scouting.

When is the goat hunt again?  Hopefully you'll locate some good critters and have a good story to tell when you get back. 

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My season is the second half

My season is the second half of September. I've committed to using the bow on the hunt so it would be pretty epic if my first harvest with a bow is a mtn. goat. This is also the bow that I won in last autumn's BGH challenge so hopefully I can christen it well!!

I wish I could be up scouting nonstop but the bighorn sheep study that I am working on is taking up nearly all my time. Stalking them to collect data is good practice for the goats though!

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I'm impressed your going to

I'm impressed your going to use your bow. I wouldn't even consider it if I had the tag. But then I failed to connect with the one rifle tag I drew as it was. I hunted the first part of September but if I ever draw again I think I will go for the later hunt as well as the coat is supposed to be much better.

I can't wait to see how you do. Good luck again man.

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Good luck! I can't until my

Good luck! I can't until my next scouting trip to see "sign" as good as you did!

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nice pictures!  i love to

nice pictures!  i love to hear some going after Mt. Goat with a bow.  hope to see some more pictures of goats and sheep.  what part of Colorado again?

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Very Nice !

hawkeye,

Looks like you are putting in the time my man. Thumbs up I love the pics also and glad to hear you are finding them.

One thing though, I would pack my rifle just in case you need to put him down on the last day. Good luck with the archery tackle and good luck on the hunt of a lifetime. Yes

Quinton

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holy crap!

That's some rough country that those goats are on.  You be careful

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Smitty: Central CO Quinton:

Smitty: Central CO

Quinton: If I haven't connected with the bow during the first 3/4 of the hunt I will have whoever is with me pack my 270 and I'll make a judgement call during the last few days. The last day of the hunt I will probably go all rifle. BUT IT WON'T COME TO THAT  Thumbs up

Mark: Thanks for prayers haha. I've been chasing sheep around on this study all summer in some of the nastiest terrain I've been in so I've gotten a lot of practice dealing with the tippy top of the ungulate world... in CO atleast. I'm more worried about sticking a goat with an arrow and it not taking the plunge!!!

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oh and BTW... I got out for

oh and BTW... I got out for another scouting trip this weekend and saw over 80 goats. I found a one horned nanny that would seriously probably go 10 1/2 inches!!! Not much for mass... and oh yeah, only one horn! I'll get some pics up soon. 

I'm starting to get my opening week planned out I think. It will involve hiking into the most remote (read no roads and nearly no hunters) drainage and bivying out. It takes the rifle hunter an average of around a day and a half to harvest in the unit and so I will hunt said drainage (and the three adjacent drainages for the first 2-3 days. If I haven't harvested, I will climp to the top of the divide and drop into the other side which generally harbors more goats... but more people, atleast during those first couple days. 

It's not finalized by any means but right now its the plan. 

Once again, pics soon to come. Next weekend is scouting for the deer hunt that I dropped points on and the following one is devoted to my pp pricey pronghorn hunt. Hold onto your hats!!!

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Glad you got into some goats

Glad you got into some goats this time Hawkeye.  Hoopefully you will connect on one once the season opens.

How many more scouting trips for you before the season starts?

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