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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!
I drove through Mcbride on Thursday and there was fresh snow on your goat mountains. Most new stuff was gone when I came back through today.
New stuff? Like its snowing in July?
It’s been some kind of summer!!! Steamboat had 20” the third week of June I believe
Yup, new stuff. Goat country here can go from heat and bugs to winter and back to heat all in the same day. You just have to be prepared whether you need it or not.
Wow! Sounds like CO. As of today I'm 74 days, 22 hours and 46 mins from having a Goat tag in my pocket and glassing for animals. I've lost nearly 60lbs (mostly muscle) and have been doing my cardio regularly. Still want to shed a little more and get my heart in better shape but overall I think I'm gearing up nicely. I can't wait to see what the mountain has in store.
Thanks for the update Ambush!!
Emery is just finishing up a full body mount of his goat from the area. Not sure if he has or will post it on their website.
I caught a pic on FB. Looks great! Is there someone in the area that you'd recommend should lightning strike and I get lucky on a goat?
I hunted a coastal area on my goat hunt, but there are a definitely a few things I learned for next time.
Regarding fitness, yes, cardio is the foundation to solid fitness IMO. That said, I wish I would've focused a little more on strength training for my goat hunt. The reality in the country I hunted was that you never were really able to move fast enough to wind yourself (I was doing a lot of cardio prior to the hunt, so obviously that helped too). However, my legs were definitely straining under the load of my pack and battling the steep terrain. Others' miles may vary, but that was my experience.
I second the Leukotape recommendation. I was even wearing it during my hunt...and I still got a blister. Living in Louisiana, we don't have a much of an opportunity to train on sloped terrain. I did everything I felt I could...jack the treadmill incline up, hike stairs till I was blue in the face, etc and thought my feet were conditioned and my boots were broken in. What I couldn't replicate was walking downhill on sloped terrain and how that might feel in my boots and on my feet. As such, I managed to get a blister on the outside of my pinky toe that nagged the hell out of me for the rest of my hunt. So, two lessons...get off the stairs and on terrain if you have the opportunity and Leukotape not just your heels but anywhere you might feel friction.
Beyond that...keep doing what you're doing and good luck!
Great info Jason, thank you! I'm heading to the closet "mountain" here in VA once this week and again this weekend. It's around 3K of elevation so that should be more realistic. I hiked stairs every other am on vacation. The hotel had 13 floors and I'd do 10 up and downs. Pretty solid little workout. I get in gym days 3 - 4x a week to keep strength in my muscles. Super excited about this one even though I know success is gonna be hard to come by with archery tackle.
Take a sheet of paper that mailing labels come with, RMEF for example. Cut the lepotape tape in strips and plug them on the paper to fold up. Two with me on ever mountain hunt. Way easier then seeing with a roll of tape.
For a taxidermist, I use the same guy Emery did his with.
Practice shooting up , down and across slopes. Learn to religiously check your sight level before shooting.
You will get within bow range of goats, with patience. Do everything you can to be able to execute that shot when that opportunity comes.
Daniel is scouting my area as we speak. Things are getting exciting!!!
Good luck .... Never, Never, Quit...
Echoing bigeasygator. While cardio is certainly important, don’t discount the strength element of the equation (core, quads, hamstrings). My experience was generally moving at a slower pace with plenty of opportunity to rest. As a fellow flatlander I did pretty much the same as you - bleachers, stairs, etc. My advice would be to find some natural grade (I used a local ‘sledding’ hill - laughable) and work the sidehill, graded lunges, squats, etc. I feel this helped solidify my base for relatively uneven ground and aid in breaking-in my boot leather.
Important, as others have suggested, to be ready for virtually any type of shot. That being said, I spent a lot of time shooting at distance and ended-up shooting mine within 4 yards (strange feeling and not something I could honestly say I was properly prepared for).
Lastly (& most importantly) really focus-up and enjoy every moment. Looking back, the goat itself (respectfully) was just one part of a ridiculously cool experience.
Have fun, be safe and go make some fond memories.
Thanks Billy! Definitely solid advice. My gym time consists of a mix of weights and cardio with more emphasis on the cardio side of the house. I have a background in bodybuilding so I feel very comfortable with the strength I’ve gained over the years. I still hit them now but a lot more reps and lighter weights to try and replicate the thousands of steps I’ll be taking on the hill. I’m hiking a 3200ft “mountain” this week and I’m treating it like a actual hunt day so that will be an accurate test of where I am. Daniel says that if we go up the hill we’ll have 20-25lbs in the packs so I put 30lbs in mine just to be on the safe side. The goal is to keep a steady and consistent pace and make it to the summit in a timely manner. It’s getting super exciting at this point. Daniel scouted my area over the weekend and found 7 goats, 4 of which were good billies. They’re the same billies I’ll be hunting on my trip. Seeing the pics of the terrain and the goats is gonna make all the training a little easier from here on in. 67 days till wheels up! I’m down 52lbs and shooting for another 8lbs more. So far everything is right on track training wise.