BRITISH COLUMBIA GOATS
2007 TO 2017 (10 YEARS)
88 HUNTERS TAG 84 GOATS
Last fall 8 goat hunters tagged 6 billies. The 2 unsuccessful hunters just couldn’t get it done.
In 2016 all 8 hunters wanting goat as their primary animal were successful. Quite a few took a second animal on a trophy fee. Top billy gross scored 47.
Fall of 2015 there were 7 hunters in camp with goat tags. 6 billies were killed and the best scored 47. The one combo hunter that had a goat tag did see some, but couldn’t get to them and he took a moose.
In 2014 all 3 goat hunters tagged billies. In 2013 all 10 goat hunters took home billies and a combo hunter also scored. 10 day 1 on 1 hunt is $13,500 and you can add additional animals on a $4,000 trophy fee basis except for goat as a second animal and it is $5,000. Success typically runs near 100 percent on moose and elk.
He offers your choice of horseback hunt, river hunt or backpack hunts. Spike camps are the norm and dates are August 25 to October 15. They have exclusive guiding and outfitting rights to over 4 million acres.
Hunters pay for licenses, tags and charter from Fort Nelson to their particular base camp for about $1,500 to $2,000 depending on camp location. THIS OUTFITTER ALSO OFFERS YOUTH PRICES FOR 18 AND UNDER WITH AN ADULT ON A 2X1 BASIS FOR ONLY TROPHY FEES. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz has been with this outfit. Hunt MG483. MG483 Hunt Photos.
ALASKA GOAT YACHT HUNT
BIG BODIED LONGHAIRED BILLIES
LATE OCTOBER TO LATE NOVEMBER
LAST 3 YRS 28 HUNTERS 27 BILLIES
Here is the premier mountain goat boat hunt in Alaska, it may not be the cheapest, but it may be the best. With that being said the price of $13,500 is much less than that of some big name outfitters in this general area. This outfitter just has an unbelievable hunt with such high success on big billies, they do not shoot nannies. 2017 season was in progress at press time.
In 2016 his 10 hunters tagged 9 mature billies ranging from 8 1/2 to over 10 inches. The unsuccessful hunter was just too heavy for a mountain goat hunt. Several goats are taken near the beach every year, but this hunter did not get that opportunity, nor can you count on it. Mountain goat hunters are expected to be in decent physical condition.
2015 all 10 goat hunters killed 10 billies, including 2 book animals.
2014 his 8 hunters killed 8 billies.
You get the picture; this is a very high success hunt on big bodied mature billies if you can physically hike. 9 days total, 7 hunting days are priced at $13,500 guided 1×1 by the outfitter or his head guide and they only take 2 hunters per trip. He typically does 5 hunts starting October 16 and finishing November 30. These hunts are conducted off his 50 foot yacht pulling along two 18 foot skiffs with 40hp motors to access shoreline. Normally the first 2 hunts are the most physical as the billies are usually higher at 3500 foot elevation. Later hunts billies tend to be lower as the rut is in full swing and they travel lower looking for nannies. These billies are long haired even on his first hunt as it is so close to winter. Most hunts are videoed at no charge for the hunter.
Hunts take place off the mainland shoreline in southeastern Alaska. Charter flights out of Juneau to the boat are about $300 per hunter. 2018 has 2 openings on the first hunt and 1 on the second. 2019 has 2 openings on the first hunt. Hunt MG907.
ALASKA MOUNTAIN GOAT BOAT HUNT
$11,500 GUIDED 1×1 FOR 7 DAYS
PAST 4 YEARS 18 HUNTERS 16 GOATS
This is a lower priced hunt that still has good success for the hunter that just cannot afford the more premier goat hunts. Boat hunts can be just as physical as the more normal high country hunt, so be in shape.
In 2017 his 6 hunters killed 5 goats averaging 9 inches.
In 2016 his 5 hunters tagged 3 billies and a nanny. The unsuccessful hunter had hip problems, making the climb too demanding. Size ran from 8 inches up to just over 9 inches.
Fall of 2015 he had 4 hunters tag 4 mature billies, all 7 or 8 years in age. This is a very personal operation typically guided by the outfitter himself.
In 2014 he only ran 3 goat hunters and they took 2 billies and a old dry 9 and a half inch nanny. In 2013 they took 6 hunters and harvested 5 billies.
Hunter and guide typically stay on a 57 foot yacht and take a zodiac to shore once a huntable goat is spotted. Goats are spotted almost daily, but not all are reachable or are in spots that would be extremely difficult to retrieve them, so the decision is made as to which one to stalk. Elevation from the boat up to the goats is about 2,800 to 3,200 feet or a little over a mile to climb. Most hunters will take 5 to 7 hours to pick their way through the lower alders and up to the higher elevation where the goats typically live. Goats are normally spotted from the boat, then hunter and guide make the climb and try to score that day, camp that night and bring the goat down the next day.
7 day hunts September 14 to October 7 guided 1×1 is $11,500. Hunters overnight in Anchorage and are met the next day to get licenses and driven to Whittier where you boat a couple hours to the hunting area in Prince William Sound, no charter fees. Hunts do not include license, tag or fishing license, which is recommended. Openings are available for fall of 2018. HCU’s Craig Green has been on this hunt. Hunt MG242. MG242 Hunt Photos.
MOUNTAIN GOAT BONANZA
7 DAYS 1X1 HORSEBACK $12,000
10 DAYS 2X1 ONLY $10,900 EACH
This 4,500 square mile area located in north central British Columbia is only 60 miles from the Yukon border in the Cassiar Mountains. Mountain goat and moose numbers are quite high, with big bodied goats and moose having strong genetics producing great antlers. Success on goats is typically 85 percent as your primary animal if you are capable of hiking. Majority of the hunts are horseback, but he also offers high fly-in to alpine lakes and backpack from there, both are very successful.
Last fall success was basically 100 percent on billies or moose, depending on the hunter’s primary choice and many took a second animal.
In 2016 his hunters killed around 20 billies, with one making the all time record book. Pretty much everyone physically capable for the hunt scored.
2015 produced 22 billies for 24 hunters, one hunter missed 2 goats and the other passed. 5 billies went over 10 inches and one made the Boone and Crockett record book.
In 2014 all 23 goat hunters tagged out and only one nanny was taken, but she was over 11 inches and had unusually heavy horns with a good curve.
The majority of hunters choose either a 7 or 10 day 1×1 hunt, but 2×1 10 day hunts are available for a couple buddies at a significantly reduced price of $10,900 each. 7 days 1×1 is $12,000 and we feel this is sufficient amount of time to get your goat unless weather or physical ability becomes a major problem. A second animal can be taken on a $4,000 trophy fee. Trophy fees are also paid on wounded and lost animals. 10 day hunts guided 1×1 are for 1 or 2 species for $17,900 with no trophy fees.
The Cassiar Mountains in his area run up to 6,500 feet and timberline is at 4,500. The valley floor is about 3,000 to 3,500 feet above sea level and they normally hunt between 4,000 and 5,000 feet for goats. Hunters arrive and overnight in Whitehorse. Rent a car to Watson Lake and round trip charter to camp for $1,800 plus licenses, 2.5 percent GST tax and $200 hunter preservation fund. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz and Cliff Graham have hunted this area. Hunt MG491.
COASTAL RANGE IN B.C.
PRODUCES RECORD BOOK GOATS
EXPENSIVE BUT BIG BILLIES
2017 was starting off to be an incredible year. At press time they had killed 6 BOONE AND CROCKETT BILLIES! All 3 rifle hunters killed and 10 archers killed 7 billies, with two bowhunters missing. All bow kills were less than 30 yards.
In 2016 they had a total of 11 goat hunters, all 5 rifle hunters tagged billies and of the 6 archers 2 killed, 2 hit and lost, one hunter missed and the last hunter had no good opportunities. Top 2 billies went 53 and 50 inches.
2015 was a superb year with 16 hunters killing 15 goats and 10 were archers. Best goat went book at 52 inches and several were taken in the 48 to 50 inch range.
This outfitters 4,000 square mile area in the Coastal Mountain range has produced more of the “Top Fifty” record book goats than any other area and also has the highest goat density area in North America. They specialize in bowhunts and their clients have taken many book billies with archery gear and rifles.
The fall hunt is from August 1 to October 31. 10 days 1×1 is $13,400 plus a $2,000 trophy fee. Hunters are flown to one of 30 remote lakes for this backpack hunt.
Prices do include charter flights, but not license, tags or tax. Hunters are met in Terrace. Next opening is in 2019. Hunt MG473. MG473 Hunt Photos.