I just returned from the toughest hunt I ever had! It was absolutely brutal and I'm still a little sore from the climbs. Although I wasn't able to fill my goat tag I had an awesome adventure and was blessed with being able to experience the pure beauty of the British Columbia mountains! Day one had my hopes very high as I spotted a true monster goat in a draw that we just about got! We closed to 368 yards and the goat had gotten up and disappeared behind a rock ledge. We were running out of light and decided to back off and pursue him the next day. I had trouble sleeping that night with images of him in my head! The next day bright and early we started our climb to his lair. Only to have him hone in on us before we spotted him 600 yards away. In the picture below you can see him in the middle of the picture skylined.
After he went over the ridge we decided to pursue him and up we went!
Never to find him again after a 3 1/2 hour climb. On top of not spotting him the weather got very ugly! The next days were like this!
My guide Joe "the tahr" I called him was from New Zealand and worked his butt off to get me a goat. It felt like we were running against the wind all week with all kinds of mishaps. I trained very hard for this hunt but I can tell you I should have trained harder! Although I wasn't successful I made some great friends and saw some awesome scenery. I will be returning this August to go after my goat. This time I pray the weather will be much better so we can cover more ground to find one of these magnificent creatures. I will also be about 15 pounds lighter and in much better shape! Right before I got to camp a hunter took a nice goat and while I was there two hunters took a beautiful dark colored wolf and a 44" bull moose. Can't wait till August!
I was hoping to get him this time so I didn't have to do this again! Holy cow was that tough! At least I know what to expect in August and I sure hope it isn't 15 inches of snow again! Thank you! I'll sure be ready for it!