It wouldn’t be hard to list a hundred reasons for taking a guided mountain goat hunt in BC but there a few that make it worth really considering when planning your hunts for the next year. British Columbia is a hunter’s paradise with huge expanses of wilderness and a large variety of unique opportunities.
The most difficult thing about hunting goats is getting to where they live. High alpine, steep, remote and rugged places are not easy to access. Experienced outfitters specialize in reaching these places and making the hunt happen. Having these logistics covered makes a hunt possible in such remote country. You may fly to a camp or lodge then uses horses and spike camps to hunt the highest elevation and most parts of their areas. This doesn’t mean you should show up out of shape. The planes and horses won’t do all the work but they certainly help.
Obvious enough. The coastal and interior ranges of BC are spectacular and wild. Goats live in some of the remote and beautiful wilderness areas in North America and your hunt will be inspiring to say the least. If nothing else, just seeing this part of the world is well worth the trip.
3. Numbers and Odds
Having great numbers and odds is a clear reason to consider a guided mountain goat hunt in BC. Solid populations make it possible to see plenty of goats every day. Goats may be highly visible on open slopes, but that does not make it easy to stalk them. You will need a great game plan and execute a careful stalk in steep terrain. Stalks sometimes fail, but the strong populations mean you can have numerous stalks on a single trip.
4. Combo Options
One of the greatest things about a BC goat hunt is the ability to do a combo hunt with other species. You may combine with moose, mountain caribou and stone sheep, plus incedental species like wolf. There aren’t many places on earth where combination hunts like this are possible. In northern BC, harvesting two ore more species on a 10-day hunt is very possible. Even on goat-only hunts, you are likely to watch other wildlife and have some great encounters.
Written by Zach Lazzari
Zach Lazzari is a fly fishing guide and freelance writer. When he’s not fishing, Zach is chasing big game, upland birds and waterfowl in the Rocky Mountains and Northwest.