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Mt. Goat hunting Questions

Hi, I'm going on my first goat hunt this October in BC. I'm looking for advice on binocs. I'm thinking either low to mid-size, 7x35, 8x32, etc or bigger 10x42.
Any preference? The outfitter has spotting scope. Also, I'll be in spike camp for a few days. Any recommendations on Sleeping bags and pads. Are there any "rules of thumbs" to go by.

Location: Idaho
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Sounds like a lot of fun. The more expensive binos seem to have a clearer image ... said backwards I mean a pair of 10 x or 20 x is no better than 8 x if the image isn't clear. I wear glasses, so the main thing is a pair of binos that will work with your glasses. Interestingly, the only pair I have that works well with my eyeglasses is my relatively cheaper pair of 8x Bushnell. Of all the game animals - mtn goats are the easiest to spot at long range - unless they are bedded in shadows.

Speaking of eyeglasses, take an extra pair.

If you are on a guided hunt, and if the guide is any good - probably the main thing is that you can handle the terrain (rocks, boulders, talus), and can CLIMB. And, perhaps, the elevation (thin air). Definitely break your boots and feet in beforehand. Consider breaking your feet into an extra pair of boots, and take the extra pair.

Sleeping bag - one that I can crawl completely into and not suffocate - is my advice. I find that sleeping closest to nude is the warmest - having a lot of clothes on in a bag makes me colder - though counter-intuitive.

Get in shape ...

If you're not used to a horse - they can be murder - that is if you are going to ride in.

...and have fun.

Joined: 05/16/2005
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This is what I used on goat hunts in 2004 and 2005:

10x42 Leica binocs
Northface Snowshoe zero-degree sleeping bag
ThermaRest Prolite sleep pad

I've had the Leicas since 1997 and love them for deer, elk, sheep, goat, moose, you name it.
For sleeping bags, try to find one with good girth measurement. Much more comfortable. Check rei.com for good info.

Location: Colorado
Joined: 11/09/2005
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If the outfitter has a spotting scope then you won't need really high-power binoculars. The binocs will just be for scanning the hillsides and the scope will be used for a real close-up look at anything interesting. I'd go with 7x or 8x.

As for a sleeping bag, it depends on where you'll be and how cold it might get. It also depends on whether or not you'll be carrying it on your back. If so, you want to go ahead and spend the money for a truly lightweight bag. If you're packing in on a horse, though, you can save a BUNDLE by getting a heavier bag.

As for a ground pad, how comfortable do you want to be? Some people are happy sleeping on the hard ground. For them a cheap, lightweight, closed-cell foam pad like this one, http://tinyurl.com/lmlvb , can work just fine. If you like a little more comfort, don't mind carrying a little more weight, and are willing to spend a little more money then something like this, http://tinyurl.com/pblhx , is very comfortable.

Good luck!

Location: Illinois
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I just signed up on the site and wanted to share some info from my Goat hunt in BC last year.

I used a pair of Brunton 10x43 and carried a small tripod when I could (I know the tri pod is more than you want to carry but when I used the tripod it was night and day in finding goats) the 10's worked great.

1 big thing make sure you get in shape before the hunt it makes the trip a little more fun when you can some what keep up with the guide. I would fill my pack with anything heavy and then hike up any hill or mountain I could find 3 months before the trip.

Make sure to take a pair or two of Leather gloves, the ones made from deer skin. You will be falling a lot and you will want to grab trees or roots, there is a tree or weed called Devils club (I think) any way it has thorns all over it and you don't want to be grabbing that with out gloves.

I don't know if you are going to be bow hunting but even if you are using a gun make sure to have a bow sling or rifle sling, you need your hands for climbing not holding the weapon.

I hope you get this before your hunt and I hope it helps. Good luck and I guarantee you will remember your hunt forever (I will)

Here is a shot of my goat with my bow.

Shane Yearian


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Location: Idaho
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So sweet!

Location: Pennsylvania
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Yeah Thumbs up

Location: Idaho
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I like your comment on the gloves. Yeah, catching a fall can scrape up a palm pretty bad. Gloves are also wonderful around the campfire for reaching in for that hot pan, or whatever.

Location: Eastern Washington State
Joined: 07/14/2006
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Hi new to this website, but not new to hunting high country. I actually drew a goat tag this year as well and will be going.

I have hunted a lot of high country for Mule Deer and the best advice I can give is buy the best binoculars you can afford. Your optics should be the most expensive piece of equipment you carry because you've got to see it and judge it before you can shoot it! My Leica 10x42's go everywhere with me and I've got the Leica Spotter to go with it (anniversery gift from my wife). I also have a pair of the Nikon Monarch 8x42's for back-up and loaner's. They are excellent for the money and would highly recommend them. A friend uses the Nikon 10x42's and seems to like them (his wife was not as generous as mine with her Christmas gift to him).

On another note, I have found that wearing the neoprene knee braces in the high country have made a HUGE difference in how long I can last. They really work well when packing a heavy load descending a mountain. I wear them all the time while hunting rough stuff because they keep your knee warmed up to prevent injury, no different than warming up before exercising.

A note on clothing that I have recently found is that the underarmour, and similar brands, really does work well when sweating out your clothes, which I highly suspect you will do on any Goat hunt! Last fall I used the Cold Armour turtleneck and could not have been more pleased. The stuff really works. I would sweat it out, and when I stopped it would always dry out. I could usually hike in 30 degree temps with just it on. I could save the my wool shirt and windshear fleece for when I stopped and would stay warm. The underarmour socks and underwear also work great.

As Serious Hunters states Boots are also very high on my list of importance. I would recommend a mountainering boot, maybe one that will take crampons, depending on what your outfitter advises. Nothing like a little Ice to ruin a hunt, happened to us in 96 due to early snow and then warming up during the day and freezing at night. I'm really partial to the Meindl's sold in Cabelas, but whatever they are they should have a ton of ankle support, like wearing ski bindings almost.

Just my .02 cents worth. Most of all have FUN!


Location: Kentucky/ Colorado
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Dean, Has your season started yet?

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