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Mountain Goat Success!
Got it done in BC with Bolen & Lewis! Sitting at the airport in Terrace waiting to fly home to Texas. So rewarding when all your preparation pays off. I will add photos as time allows on the way home.
Flew in on the 24th. First hunt day was scheduled for the 25th. Woke up to rain and it rained most of the day. Shot my bow some and watched hunting videos most of the day waiting for the weather to clear, but it never did. My guide, Ben, took me Salmon fishing late Monday evening. Skeena River.
great job. no drama in this thread given the title. well done!
Way to get it done Lenny. look forward to the details.
Sorry guys, I thought I could add to this on my flight from Vancouver to Houston. The wifi on the plane was not available today. About to board my last flight. Almost home. I'll finish it tomorrow.
Thanks Grant and Dennis.
Looking forward to you hunt story.
Good luck, Robb
Congrats! Anxiously awaiting the story and pics.
Great, look forward to reading it.
Tuesday, August 26th. Another rainy day with low clouds. Luckily, the clouds broke by late afternoon and we were able to get out. First super cub ride!
Lake we landed on. View from base camp tent.
As soon as I got to base camp, we got our packs ready and started up. It was almost a 4 hour hike (climb!!!) and we were using headlamps for the last hour of it. Luckily the terrain was not too bad and safe to walk by headlamp. The first three hours were very steep and could not be done in the dark. So glad I trained hard for this hunt to get where we needed to be in time..
At spike camp, we got our tent up, ate some mountain house spaghetti, and turned in for the night. Neither Ben nor I had trouble sleeping.
Wednesday, August 27th. First day to hunt. View from tent while eating our oatmeal.
We still had a 1000' climb to the top before we started hunting the ridges. As soon as we crest the top, Ben spots a couple of goats to right. They are in a bad spot so we head along the ridge to the left. Here is my guide, Ben.
After several hours and seeing several more goats, Ben spots a lone Billy headed to bed. We watch him kick out his bed for his afternoon nap. It is 12pm. Ben takes his time to remember all the important landmarks. We get to the spot where we can head down and drop our packs. The stalk is on. The Billy is 750' below us against a cliff. Ben says when we see him, it will be close. Here is the view on my stalk down, breathtaking!
Looking forward for sure.
Good luck, Robb
Ben and I crept out to where he was suppose to be. We couldn't see him. We backed out and dropped down to the next bench, still no goat. Ben knew it was the first bench. We went back up and walked a little further out ( a little more than I was comfortable ). Ben whispered...."he's right there, he's right there...... like 10 yards". I still couldn't see him. Ben held my bow and I stepped down two more steps. He handed me my bow and I drilled him at 10 yards. He bolted from his bed and ran underneath us. I put another in him straight down into his right lung. The billy ran around the corner and looked very sick. We knew we had my goat. Smile time.
My Billy ended up falling, as a lot of goats do. But, mine fell into a 500' hell hole. It took some time, but we got down to him. It was miracle his horns did not break. We piled up some rocks to prop him up to keep him from sliding. The scenery behind him was spectacular.
Awesome!!!! Congratulations!!! And beautiful pictures! (other than the mug shot! lol)
Congratulations. Beautiful billy!
Awesome! My dream animal with a beauty of a pic to top it off! Thx dude.
Congrats! Great adventure and photos!
Congrats, way to get it done.
Congrats on the billy. Beautiful animal.
Yes congrats!!! Way to get it done.
WOW!!! Wonderful story and thanks for sharing it with us. Congrats!!!
Well done Lenny! CONGRATS!
Great ram and story! Congrats.
So very excellent. More pictures please. I know you took more. Each one is a treasure
Thanks guys for all the comments!
Grant - I do have more and will get them posted!
Congratulations buddy... I'm very happy for you. Great story and photos. Ed F
It took us until dark to get back to camp with all the meat and cape. A quick mountain house meal and off to bed.
Thursday, August 28th.
We woke to some fog but got all our stuff together and started down. I am still amazed how strong Ben was, as his load was much heavier. Ben you're a BEAST in the mountains!
Loaded and Ready! A heavy pack sure feels good when you've had success.
That is awesome man! Congrats! Beautiful country...
Congrats on an awesome hunt!
Congratulations on the nice goat and great adventure! ben is a good young guide!
Thanks. Brings back some great memories.
You did Great!!
Good luck, Robb
What a dream!!! Congratulations - and thanks for sharing!
Congrats Lenny!! Great pics and story , thank you for sharing .
Grats! What beautiful country...
Congrats! Great goat! Well done
What a hunt !! Big congrats.
Congrats, looks like a great hunt!
Congrats Lenny!! Great accomplishment!
Way to go Lenny!!!!!!!! You make goat hunting look way too easy.
Congrats!!!! That hunt is on my "bucket list". Good job getting it done!
Congrats!! Larry can you shoot me an e mail I would like to pick your brains as I have a hunt with Bolen & Lewis next Sept.
Sorry I meant Lenny Lol!!
Thanks again for all the comments. I am still smiling about my hunt. It is tough coming back to work after being in such a beautiful place.
Tom - I don't think any part of goat hunting is easy :).
Steve - I will send you my contact info.
Great job and congrats on an awesome trophy!
Wow! Awesome pictures from an awesome hunt. Congrats!
Congrats, great story & goat!
Good stuff Lenny! Figured I would bring it back to the top:)
Congrats Lenny!! Beautiful pics, can't wait until next year!
Thanks for bringing this up today Matt. This is just what I needed to pump me up. I am heading there the last ten days of September.
Lenny congrats again. It was great to meet you at the Bowsite Meet & Greet in Phoenix.
Great read, thanks for sharing. And congrats on the billy, hes a beauty!
Lenny, I'm pretty sure you and I hunted the same lake last year. I won't say the name, but does this view look familiar? I hunted it in mid-September.
Thanks Matt for bringing it up.
Jeff, I enjoyed meeting you as well. Good luck on your hunt. Calves and quads, calves and quads.
Had to come back for another read. Great job Lenny!
Missed this the first time around. Glad I didn't the second time! Way to go on an awesome goat! That is some beautiful country.