Sitka Mountain Gear
DonV vs. G5 goats
Mountain Goat
Contributors to this thread:
DonVathome 09-May-13
WapitiBob 09-May-13
DonVathome 09-May-13
DonVathome 09-May-13
DonVathome 09-May-13
Lone Bugle 09-May-13
arctichill 09-May-13
BULELK1 09-May-13
Ermine 09-May-13
otcWill 09-May-13
Mathews Man 09-May-13
Charlie Rehor 09-May-13
Rick M 09-May-13
Florida Mike 09-May-13
bhunter 09-May-13
Pat Lefemine 09-May-13
DonVathome 09-May-13
OFFHNTN 09-May-13
jims 09-May-13
Happy Jack 09-May-13
Dennis Razza 09-May-13
No Bark 09-May-13
Jeff Holchin 09-May-13
Iaintafraidofnotag 09-May-13
BULELK1 09-May-13
Bowboy 09-May-13
Heat 09-May-13
Straight Shooter 09-May-13
DonVathome 09-May-13
DonVathome 09-May-13
Elmer@mobile 10-May-13
elk crazy 10-May-13
Z Barebow 10-May-13
CompassWest 10-May-13
DonVathome 10-May-13
DonVathome 11-Sep-13
Nick Muche 11-Sep-13
Brotsky 11-Sep-13
standswittaknife 11-Sep-13
Rick M 11-Sep-13
Bigpizzaman 11-Sep-13
'Ike' 11-Sep-13
Bill V 12-Sep-13
SteveB 12-Sep-13
DonVathome 10-Oct-13
BB 10-Oct-13
BowMad23 11-Oct-13
Buglmin 11-Oct-13
DonVIphone 11-Oct-13
Straight Shooter 11-Oct-13
DonVathome 11-Oct-13
Liv2HntBigBullz 11-Oct-13
Hunts_with_stick 11-Oct-13
Hunts_with_stick 11-Oct-13
BowMad23 11-Oct-13
Coveyleader 11-Oct-13
Straight Shooter 11-Oct-13
DonVathome 14-Oct-13
delkslayr 15-Oct-13
BuglemIn 17-Oct-13
MATHEWSSHOOTER 02-Nov-13
evan-1 05-Nov-13
Beendare 05-Nov-13
snuffer 06-Nov-13
Heat 06-Nov-13
TD 06-Nov-13
squirrel 07-Nov-13
BowMad23 07-Nov-13
Coveyleader 08-Nov-13
TD 09-Nov-13
midwest 09-Nov-13
BOWUNTR 09-Nov-13
BULELK1 10-Nov-13
snuffer 10-Nov-13
Bowboy 10-Nov-13
sharpstick 12-Nov-13
DonVathome 14-Nov-13
DonVathome 14-Nov-13
DonVathome 14-Nov-13
DonVathome 14-Nov-13
DonVathome 14-Nov-13
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DonVathome 14-Nov-13
DonVathome 14-Nov-13
DonVathome 14-Nov-13
DonVathome 14-Nov-13
SDHNTR(home) 14-Nov-13
Z Barebow 14-Nov-13
SDHNTR(home) 14-Nov-13
Norseman 14-Nov-13
BOWUNTR 14-Nov-13
Heat 14-Nov-13
SDHNTR(home) 14-Nov-13
DonVathome 14-Nov-13
DonVathome 14-Nov-13
DonVathome 14-Nov-13
glacial21 14-Nov-13
BULELK1 15-Nov-13
Stekewood 15-Nov-13
DonVathome 15-Nov-13
DonVathome 15-Nov-13
DonVathome 15-Nov-13
Stekewood 15-Nov-13
Justin Davis 21-Nov-13
CWeeks 21-Nov-13
From: DonVathome
09-May-13
My points are 0 and it is sinking in I drew G5 mnt goat as a NR. Unreal. Drew sheep in S44 years ago and gave it HECK and grazed a good ram that was 2 yards further away then I thought after 17 hard days of solo backpack hunting.

I am not eating this tag. Period.

I am really stoked and will be asking more questions etc once I dive into the research. I have followed this unit for years and know the basics and about kill sites etc on G&F and had CO big game cd etc.

I just had to post since I am still in shock and really excited.

From: WapitiBob
09-May-13
Congrats buddy. And AZ elk to go with it. Hope you have a great time.

From: DonVathome
09-May-13
Thanks!

From: DonVathome
09-May-13
My tag wraps around my unit 27 AZ bow elk tag 9/13-9/26 which works out perfect (which I did consider when applying). Not sure if I want to hit goats that early (hair). Might take a short trip in, then out and to AZ then back to really launch an assault.

It is going to be a good year!

From: DonVathome
09-May-13
double post

From: Lone Bugle
09-May-13
Far and away the hardest part about goat hunting is drawing the tag! Got my goat first try. Took three seasons to get my ram.

Good luck!

From: arctichill
09-May-13
Don,

At what distance does 2 yards of misjudgement turn a lethal hit to a "graze"?

From: BULELK1
09-May-13
Feel better now....#1

From: Ermine
09-May-13
Congrats I'm officially jealous.. I'm a resident been putting in for years and still have not drawn either tags. Good luck on your hunt brother

From: otcWill
09-May-13
Congrats! Great tag to have. I'd put everything else second to this hunt. Good luck!

From: Mathews Man
09-May-13
Congrats! Goat hunts are tough. Period. Been on mine and helped my dad, much tougher than any of our 7 CO ram hunts by far. You'll get it done I am sure.

09-May-13
Get the best guide available!!

From: Rick M
09-May-13
Don, congrats!!

Rick M

From: Florida Mike
09-May-13
Congrats Don, if you draw a gator tag your screwed now!!!LOL, Mike

From: bhunter
09-May-13
Congrats! Good luck!

From: Pat Lefemine
09-May-13

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Don,

Congrats on the tag! Incredible country.

Here's my G5 Goat. Incredible country. Get yourself in good shape. All the goats were at 13k +.

From: DonVathome
09-May-13
Hey Robb thanks for once again taking the time to take a shot at me! At least you are consistent. From my story on S44:

Here is the story from my 2008 sheep hunt. Statistics: 3100 – miles driven roundtrip 16 – days hunted until I got my shot 24 – total rams seen (many were probably the same rams different days) 15 – days spent in spike camp alone 2 – days spent in main camp alone 2 – days spent in main camp with my dad 2- days spent sleeping on benches at rest areas (1 coming and 1 going) 100 – approximate hours spent glassing 7 – most days I went without seeing a ram

Sorry I was off by one day after 5 years I made a mistake.

2 yards at 55 yards my arrow drops 1.5" per yard 3" was the difference between grazing just under heart and heart shot.

To everyone else thanks. I was training 5 days a week, that is going up to 6. Pat I remember your story, all of it clearly!

FM I have not applied for gator yet, this likely will change my plans.

From: OFFHNTN
09-May-13
Congrats on the tag! Can't wait for the story and pics!

From: jims
09-May-13
Don, you sure have been lucky w/tags the past few years! Congrats on the goat tag. I've been on around 10 or 11 mtn goats over the past few years with family and friends. I had problems locating much goat info prior to my first hunt and wrote up a facts sheet that explains a lot about goat habits, hunting techniques, gear, and how to tell nannies from billies. Email me and I would be glad to send it to you. Congrats on your tag!

From: Happy Jack
09-May-13
Congrats Don, I'll be interested in hearing how the AZ27 hunt goes. HJ

From: Dennis Razza
09-May-13
Congrats on the tag. Good luck on the hunt!

From: No Bark
09-May-13
Hey Don, That's great news! Happy for you too.

I know you'll make the best of this tag! Good Luck. Jim

From: Jeff Holchin
09-May-13
Wow, good luck on this hunt. I hope you share the details of the preparation and hunt, like you usually do.

09-May-13
Congratulations!!! Good luck and I'm sure you'll have more fun than what should be legally allowed!

From: BULELK1
09-May-13
Feel better now......#2

From: Bowboy
09-May-13
Congrats on the tag! Looking forward to your pictures and story!

From: Heat
09-May-13
Right on Don! Been getting a lot of bad news lately so its nice to see someone with some good news! Good for you man!

Nick

09-May-13
Don, So I guess the gator hunt we were going to go on is off! Good luck buddy.

DJ

From: DonVathome
09-May-13
Thanks guys, to be honest the unique nature of this hunt intrigued me a lot.

Not a typical hunt in 3 ways (for me).

1. Train ride in! Awesome! Get off train in backcountry and start hiking. Neat. I have flown in, hiked in, camped at the road, boated in but never a train.

2. Possibly the highest hunt in the US? Where else are you most likely to kill at over 13,500? AK & Canada game is always well below that. In the US nothing but goats are that high and CO is the highest state and G5 the highest unit.

3. Mountain goats, neat and have always intrigued me and over the past 10 years I have been wanting a goat tag more then almost any other tag.

I have been lucky the past 2 years and I am very thankful. I love new hunts, new game and new places and this really fits the bill!

From: DonVathome
09-May-13
It's official! Co website:

GOAT SUCCESSFUL LIMITED LICENSE FOR 1ST CHOICE: GEG05O1A 3 9 2013

From: Elmer@mobile
10-May-13
Good luck!

From: elk crazy
10-May-13
Congrats on drawing a great tag! I hope to draw it someday myself as a NR. I've got 3/9 points going into next years draw so I'm hoping there's a chance. How many points did it take for you to draw? Best of luck on your hunt

From: Z Barebow
10-May-13
Congrats Don! G5 and AZ elk tags in one fall, high class problems to have! Enjoy!

From: CompassWest
10-May-13
WOW have a great hunt kill a monster!

From: DonVathome
10-May-13
I had 9/3 like you I figure my odds were about 3%-4%.

Thanks guys, rode the bike for an hour today, shot and then did my should/ab workout.

From: DonVathome
11-Sep-13
I leave in 3 hours for my trip. I am hunting AZ for elk (bow) first then heading to G5. I will likely head into Chicago Basin between 9/20 and 9/25 I have until 10/1.

I will post when I can which likely means on my trip home!

From: Nick Muche
11-Sep-13
Good luck!

From: Brotsky
11-Sep-13
Go get 'em Don! Good luck, be safe, and enjoy your trip!

11-Sep-13

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Don, My ole man killed his in the same basin last week with the Recurve I made for him. Feel free to contact me and I'll get you both in touch so he can give you some info. Let me know buddy and good luck... here is a picture (though not great) as his camera broke on the mountain. Pretty proud of him. Completely by himself.

From: Rick M
11-Sep-13
Stands, thats pretty cool! Congrats to your dad.

Don, good luck on both hunts. Let me know how it goes.

Rick m

From: Bigpizzaman
11-Sep-13
Good Luck Man!

From: 'Ike'
11-Sep-13
Put those blades to work...

From: Bill V
12-Sep-13
WOW Stands, thats great and awesome you made him the bow. Thatts as good as it gets.

Go get em Don. Good Luck !

Bill V.

From: SteveB
12-Sep-13
Good luck Don! Glad to see a fellow Ohioan get two great tags!

From: DonVathome
10-Oct-13
I was up there (for goats) a few days, AZ elk hunt took longer then anticipated, different story.

I am heading back in next week, hopefully the weather holds out. I can get a goat with a nice coat or I can fly out, find snow and turn around a fly home!

More reports in 2-3 weeks.

From: BB
10-Oct-13
Don, you are really pushing the envelope on access to goats in that area. I wish you well and let me know how you do. We got all the Bowsiter's there speed "goats" that came in for the Bowsite hunt from a far. Several took theirs at Bubbles where you did and a couple got theres at the Wallow where we sat together the day after you got yours. Good luck and be very careful up there!

Have a great bowhunt. BB

From: BowMad23
11-Oct-13
The snow ground cover map I saw didn't look good for the area, BUT the one I saw was not terribly precise. Forecast shows small chances for snow a few days and predicted highs in the 30s (or <). Hopefully you can catch a break. Good luck man.

From: Buglmin
11-Oct-13
We've already got a lot of snow with more coming today...aint looking too good right now down here to access the high country. Several outfitters already quit the high country and came in last night cause of fears of getting caught in deep snows like they did several years ago...

From: DonVIphone
11-Oct-13
Come on SUN!!!!

11-Oct-13
Don, did you post about your hunt in AZ for elk? Just wondering how that turned out.

DJ

From: DonVathome
11-Oct-13
Where do you find a snow cover ground map? Where is the best weather info that is current?

11-Oct-13
Find a local or give the local Biologist or Game Warden in the area. Those guys are out daily and live close to the areas they enforce.

Good luck and be safe. The peaks have be getting snow on a regular basis.

11-Oct-13
Hey Don, When's the hunt? Thought you would have killed him by now;)

11-Oct-13
Never mind, I see you are heading out next week. Good luck, shoot straight.

From: BowMad23
11-Oct-13

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I think Liv2Hnt said it best (contact someone local), but here is what I use most frequently. Not the most precise, but you can get a general idea of location and know that the snow depth pretty well follows elevation lines.

From: Coveyleader
11-Oct-13
One of the best guides in the area said snow will shut that whole hunt down. Wish you luck but it sure seems the elk should have been secondary.

11-Oct-13
Don, If you are going to start a thread, the least you could do is answer questions when posted! Lol What happened with the elk in AZ?

DJ

From: DonVathome
14-Oct-13
DJ give me a little time chief! Busy getting ready to head out. Good story!

From: delkslayr
15-Oct-13

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Don, It was good to meet you on the trail and talk with you later about our hunt. Here is the young billy my dad shot up in there. I sure hope you dont get snowed out.

From: BuglemIn
17-Oct-13
Shoot Straight Don!!!!!

02-Nov-13
so what happen Don ?

From: evan-1
05-Nov-13
After all of the posting, and questions no response? What happened or are you still hunting?

From: Beendare
05-Nov-13
Did you see the gal he had modeling his pack on the other thread?

Assuming its not his sister.....he is probably busy.

From: snuffer
06-Nov-13
Who's Don V? TV personality?

From: Heat
06-Nov-13
Snuffer,

Don V is a guy who has been sharing his stories on Bowsite for as long as I've been here. He generally checks in quite a bit on here with his preparations and hunt results. Haven't seen him on TV but he seems like a genuinely nice character, who some of hope he had a good hunt.

So out with it Don!

Nick

From: TD
06-Nov-13
It's gotta be fre...fre...fre... really cold up there right now.....

From: squirrel
07-Nov-13
My guess is he is up there somewhere looking like the guy Jeremiah Johnson got his Hawken from...

From: BowMad23
07-Nov-13
Sure hope not, that would be a bad day.

From: Coveyleader
08-Nov-13
My guess is he had a rough hunt and was longing for his rifle as usual.. To be honest why you would go on an elk hunt over a goat hunt strikes me as strange.

From: TD
09-Nov-13
You draw two very special tags in one year....well, let me know how you schedule your life.... and which one you feel like tossing away...

Not like it's ever happened to me or anything, but personally I'd try and find some way to make both hunts pan out. I'd have to go back up to the top and check it out, but I think the goat tag was kind of a low odds surprise. And a much longer season as well.

From: midwest
09-Nov-13
Goat tag or not, if I have an AZ 27 tag, I'm NOT going to skip that hunt.

From: BOWUNTR
09-Nov-13
I believe he had a great Ak moose tag last year too. He burned up all his luck drawing the tags I guess. I'd like to hear how his goat hunt ended... I'm on the list for a G-5 tag... Ed F

From: BULELK1
10-Nov-13
Seeing as he has posted multiple times that he is Retired----(or is it an Ohio term? that self-employed is called Retired??)

Why the half azz gig?? on these tags??

I really was looking forward to all the Train ride, backpack into G-5, the self serving Solo bivy hunter pix/thread??

Toss in his dad (Don Sr.) and the 52 bow bull N.Mex & 76 Colo. bow bull tags......no help for dad.....sad deal for sure.

My hell--I spend more time in multiple states helping guys (no family relation) on all my own earned vacation time! ha

I love doing that for guys across our USA .

Good luck, Robb

From: snuffer
10-Nov-13
Myself and 2 friends hunted 27 this year but no one mentioned meeting Don V. We didn't see a lot of people but lots of bulls and a few big ones.

From: Bowboy
10-Nov-13
He's probably writing articles for various magazines!

From: sharpstick
12-Nov-13
bump....hello Don, paging DonV

From: DonVathome
14-Nov-13

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Sorry guys. I was up there twice, first time not very long second time for 5 days. Saw goats, got within rifle range but never got within bow range. Last trip was mid Oct. and was brutal. Hike in rough took me 6-1/2 hours I went in with bare minimum gear. Cold. 20 at night 40 during the day (or less). Snow depth depended on slope, and elevation. Anywhere from none to 2 feet.

Snow was to deep and everything over 13,000 was pretty much to risky to hike because of snow. I did not see any goats until the last day when I saw 5. I saw tracks, mostly high - they never came down low enough. I glassed until I was crazy - really hard to spot those devils with snow - rocks exposed everywhere. The group I did see were spectacular and a sight I will never forget. A mature billie and some nannies/kids literally on a peak at 13,500 surveying the world below. They had their winter coats and were gorgeous. There was no way I could risk going up that high. I tried a few times before coming to my senses.

It was really tough to get around, snow was crusty and it took me forever to go 1/4 mile up or down. Hike in had crusty snow, several bad deadfalls on steep trails, ice etc.

I was the only one up there the entire time, one person came out 2 days before I did. No one else in the entire basin - it was even more remote then when I was in AK (there were hunters within a couple miles in AK, not the case in Chicago Basin). Tracks were easy to see so I know no one else was in there.

I waited to long and I was able to get up there but the goats never came down to where they are typically - if they had I could have hunted them. It was an amazing experience I was very lucky to go.

From: DonVathome
14-Nov-13

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Mid October solo over 5 miles in as the crow flies camped at 12,500 with bare minimum gear is amazing!

From: DonVathome
14-Nov-13

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14-Nov-13

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My water would have ice chunks in it as soon as it went into my container - as soon as it stopped moving. I had to use handwarmers to keep it from freezing most nights.

Waiting for train - amazing things is train "feels" like you are back but to any road is another 7 miles!

From: DonVathome
14-Nov-13

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View down to treeline where I camped most of the time.

From: DonVathome
14-Nov-13

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This face has had a ton of goats taken on it, I glassed it like crazy and never saw any.

From: DonVathome
14-Nov-13

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Twin thumbs

From: DonVathome
14-Nov-13

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First trip up in Sept

From: DonVathome
14-Nov-13

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After hunting elk for 2 weeks I was in great shape and got up the trail fast. My second trip was not the same!

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14-Nov-13

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14-Nov-13

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1st trip

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14-Nov-13

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14-Nov-13

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14-Nov-13

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My personal trainer/packer:)/girlfriend who supported and motivated me throughout my trips.

From: DonVathome
14-Nov-13

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Trailhead at train "stop"

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14-Nov-13

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From: SDHNTR(home)
14-Nov-13
the most impressive aspect of this entire thread is wearing pink shoes. Hubba hubba. Don, you are now my idol. And don't think I didn't notice that hula hoop on the floor. I can only imagine...

From: Z Barebow
14-Nov-13
Beautiful scenery shot. And the mountains are awesome also!

From: SDHNTR(home)
14-Nov-13
the most impressive aspect of this entire thread is wearing pink shoes. Hubba hubba. Don, you are now my idol.

From: Norseman
14-Nov-13
Mind the gap!

Chive on!

From: BOWUNTR
14-Nov-13
Norseman... you're a mind reader... Ed F

From: Heat
14-Nov-13
Quite the adventure! Thanks for sharing your story and pics Don. Sorry it didn't turn out the way you would have liked.

From: SDHNTR(home)
14-Nov-13
Definitely KCCO.

From: DonVathome
14-Nov-13

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14-Nov-13

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14-Nov-13

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From: glacial21
14-Nov-13
Quite an adventure, Don. That will be the most important thing when you look back on this 20 years from now. Cool trip.

From: BULELK1
15-Nov-13
That's what I'm talking about.

Dang good read and photo's.

Good luck, Robb

From: Stekewood
15-Nov-13
Mind the gap! Chive on!

Even those who didn't know what that meant were thinking the same thing......

From: DonVathome
15-Nov-13

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15-Nov-13

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15-Nov-13

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From: Stekewood
15-Nov-13
Great pics and beautiful country Don.

From: Justin Davis
21-Nov-13
Bummer you couldn't connect. Cool pics thou.

From: CWeeks
21-Nov-13
Don, glad you didn't end up like that guy on Jeremiah Johnson that was mentioned earlier. Thanks for sharing pics.

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