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Upcoming goat hunt with RVO
Hey guys, so I've got my first Mtn Goat hunt coming up in October with Robson Valley Outfitters (mountainhunt.com) out of McBride, BC. Does anyone have any experience in this area hunting goats? I've read most of the threads regarding gear lists, weather conditions, training etc but if you guys have any input for this area or outfitter I'm all ears.
I hunted with beaverfoot in 2017 and killed a 9 inch Billy on day 1. It's about 300 miles south of the area you are hunting. Really pretty country. That area typically has better weather than coastal but terrain can be pretty steep. Get in shape and you will do great. Hunting October you should have some snow to push the billies down. Good luck!
I live close to there and have hunted goats there as well. The country is steep and often brush choked until treeline. There are quite a few access forestry roads though.
Goats in that country have a very tough life, so don’t expect a coastal class goat. I would suggest any P&Y class goat would be a good one and don’t hesitate to chase it.
October can be winter in the high country around Mcbride.
Day one! That’s awesome. How far was the shot?
I was expecting the terrain to be milder in that area and less steep than other places but I guess not.
Hey ambush, how’s that grizzly ban going with the locals?
Bowj , the grizzly thing really sucks!! The area you’ll be hunting has a good population and they will be about done with the salmon streams and slowly heading up to hibernate.
Hopefully your guide has a rifle with him and you have a green light on any and all wolves.
I’m also of the opinion that outfitters should include a black bear for the price of the tag and small processing fee. We are over run with the calf killing buggers!!
Hey Bou! I’m head to toe Kuiu aside from a stone glacier pack and Kenetrek boots.
How’s the weather that time of year? The historical data seems to put temps in the 40’s.
The days will be beautiful and you will have a blast with whatever nature deals you. Visibility is the bigger piece. If you can see you can hunt
The guide will carry a rifle and Wolf is included! Shame that black bear isn’t.
When in October are you going?
6-15th. According to my guide he only takes one guy to this area a year. It was a more expensive hunt than the others he offered and was advertised as “archery friendly” so that obviously caught my eye. Bowzone (Emery) on YouTube has a video of his goat hunt from that same area with the same guide and it looked amazing.
It might be a little wintery by then, but if you kill a billy, it will have a gorgeous cape!!
Emery is a local and is unguided.
Ahhhh, rgr that. I must have misunderstood him when we spoke.
Drove through your valley again today. Only saw one goat.
LOL! That's awesome!!! I've gotta get a pic of that when I'm in town.
I had a great convo today with a previous client that was successful in my area (rifle) with RVO a couple years back. He had lots of solid first hand knowledge about what to expect in camp. I feel like I'm being obsessive about hording as much info as I can come across but it helps me feel more prepared so I'm gonna run with it. I've been walking up and down the 5 flights of stairs at work with my boots and pack on and getting cardio in on my treadmill regularly. I think I'll have the fitness side of the house covered come show time.
Is it normal to be this anxious about a hunt? I feel like I've got a huge test coming up in 6 months that I HAVE to pass!
No you won't have the fitness side covered. Just know that. You just do what you can and can’t do better that. what is your elevation in VA?
I know your outfitter and you made a good choice. tough country but quite a few goats, Work hard on your fitness, but you will feel you didn't do enough. Important to stay mentally strong. I have had hunters not get their goat because they didn't want to stay on the mountain over night. Be ready for anything.
View fromMcbride. March 21.
View fromMcbride. March 21.
Winter is starting to let go of the lowlands under your mountains.
I hunted that area in 2015 (resident on a draw) and managed to get a decent billy with a rifle. Like Ambush says, the bush can be really ugly all the way to tree line, and we found that most of the creeks draining from the alpine had really steep canyon walls, which forced us into some uglier terrain than we would have liked. Be ready for rain, snow, and a lovely mix called snush.
Looking back to where we got my goat, I think we could have worked around them and gotten in position for a bow hunt, assuming they cooperated when leaving their beds.
Do you know if you’re hunting the NE or the SW side of the Fraser River?
Good luck - it’ll be an awesome hunt!
Bou, the elevation in Bristow is a whopping 327ft! There’s a “mountain” about an hour from my house called Old Rag that I’m going to start hiking. It’s got 3284ft of elevation. Not exactly goat country but a decent sized hill nonetheless.
Skinner Country, I wouldn’t have an issue staying put and/or being uncomfortable over night if it means putting me in the right spot the next day for a shot opportunity. In fact I think I’d really enjoy the “suffering” aspect of an overnight on the mountain!
Silver, I’m not sure which side of the river we’re hunting. Daniel said the weather would dictate that decision so I left it at that.
From the sounds of things I’m gonna be hoping for lots of snow to get the goats down. I fly weather satellites for NOAA so I’ll have my eyes peeled a couple weeks out from my hunt for any possible storm fronts near McBride.
I agree with Bou...no training is enough for elevation. I'm at 700 ft at home and nothing even close around much higher. I was up to running half marathons prior to my goat hunt. It definantly helped and made the hunt much more enjoyable but I was definantly sucking wind.
Do all you can! Throw a weighted pack on when you do that hill with 45 lbs or so and hike with the boots you will be hunting in. I had my kennetrek boots broken in well on flat ground until I put weight in my pack on a 30% incline treadmill and I was wrong. Also I would recommend taping with leukotape prior to hunting. Best bet to avoid blisters and boy do they suck.
Leukotape is your friend for sure. Meet him before you need him
Leukotape, gotcha! I'll check it out. Thanks for all the advice fellas. I really appreciate it!
Leukotape is the best for hot spots and blisters, both will ruin a mountain hunt quicker than most anything else. I wrap a bunch around a bic pen casing. Best of luck on your hunt, goats are hard earned and usually the hunt is quite miserable, but damn is it a blast!
I hunted about 100 Miles south east of McBride on Kinbasket lake. DIY type hunt with the BC hunter host program. I did a late November hunt as I am busy guiding leading up to this time I was in hopes that snow would push the goats down lower and that the rut would have the bullies on the move. We didnt get much snow but lots of rain and a low laying cloud making it tough to glass from down low. We camped low on the lake and would climb after goats daily if they positioned themselves for a stalk. The terrain was very steep and and the bush and scrub was very thick until you got near the top of it. several times we lost goats that just vanished into timbered areas and did not re appear. Work on legs and cardio and mental toughness, just keep positive and you'll get it done. I saw goats every day and had 5 stalks in 11 days. The largest challenge for me was daylight hours in late November didnt allow much time to spot goats wait till they settled into an area then make the stalk 3-5 hour climbs on average. I ended up killing on Day 11 with a rifle at 60 yards. I had my bow with me but I didnt feel comfortable with the shot. I only had 2 days left and wanted to get a goat regardless of weapon. All the more reason to go back and try again. Also the fishing was incredible for bull trout! It was the best hunt I have ever done. You'll have a great time I'm sure.
Thanks for the info Tyler and congrats on the goat!