Bowhunting Mountain Goat in BC, 2021

Trial153

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British Columbia checked all the boxes you’d want in a mountain goat bowhunt. Lots of nice goats, check. Beautiful rugged mountain, check. Insanely epic vistas at every turn, check. Grizzly bears, check. Sunshine, rain, wind, and snow all in one day, check. Brutal climbs to get into goat country, check. Backbreaking pack outs, check.

Totally worth all the travel hoops to jump though to make this happen.
I had great bowhunt and was very fortunate that it encompassed the total experience. The sense of accomplishment with each obstacle which was over come is not something that I will soon forget. My outfitter and guide were fantastic and never hesitated to work very hard at every turn, I was super impressed all the way around. You’d be hard pressed to find better people.



Well, here he is. He was aged at 7 years old by the Bylaw wildlife officer. His Horn length is 9 1/2 and 9 ( broken tip). We spotted him on a face of finger
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ridge the evening before at about 730 pm and although we didn’t see him in the morning we still made the 4 and half hour climb. We managed to find him and I was lucky to make a 12 yard shot. The pack out was brutal and took over five hours. I am excited and yet humbled at the same time. It was an awesome experience.

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Couple of people on out NY site asked about the 12 yard shot and how it happened ….. I wrote this up.

12 yards shot? Well it’s complicated.

We spotted him about 730 pm the night before and he was on the face of knob that comes out off a very narrow saddle. We couldn’t relocate him in the morning but we were pretty sure he was still up there. We made the 4.5 hour climb pretty much knowing we were swinging for the fence and we might miss.
Anyway after we made it to the top we found that he moved into a bed in some timber, the face was frozen over so I could get close enough to take a picture but not to safely shoot. We knew that we came out of his bed his only exit was through the narrow saddle. There was only two spots he would cross, one at 12 yards and the other lower at 58.
I put myself in between them and pined him down while freezing my balls off until he got up from the bed. He went to the spot at 12 yards and was quartering to me very hard. I was already drawn and needed him to either take a step turn broadside or turn one more step and face me head on. He faced me and I took the easy frontal shot. He was dead in about 30 yards and then tumbled 300 or so yards down the slope next to the rock shoot we came up. Lucky it warmed up enough that we could now dig in and get down the shale slope vs coming up the rock shoot we came up originally. That rock shoot was so steep it made me queasy if I looked behind me on the way up. In any event that’s why he was so dirty and thankfully he didn’t have any damage.
While we were caping and quartering him after pictures heavy snow started to hit us again and basically whited us out. Took us about an hour to fully cape and break him down to pack out for the trek out. After we descended another 600-700 feet or so the snow turned to rain. The total pack out took us about the about an hour longer even though we started down the sloop lower. I guess 80-90 pound packs slowed us down a bit … it was a brutal pack out that ended it the dark. Worth every second of it

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Stew

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Congrats on a great goat, thats a fairly easy blood trail to follow.
Beautiful looking grizzly as well, that area has a few.
I have hunted in that area a fair bit.
 
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Beautiful goat. Troy has some fantastic goat hunts!

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Yea and he is great guy all the way around. Really easy to part with money for hunts when you see it going to such fantastic people.
 

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Right on, congratulations! That’s a great billy, and even more rewarding with the bow, and some incredible looks country to boot.


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Right on, congratulations! That’s a great billy, and even more rewarding with the bow, and some incredible looks country to boot.


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Thank you. It was an incredible hunt all the way around. The Billy was beyond my expectations for sure
 

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Congrats on a great adventure and hunt. Looks like amazing and ass kicking country.
What a billy
 

daddie63

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Any gear standouts for you Trial? Or maybe gear you would my use again?
Looks like some of your gear was put to the test
 
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