Hunting mountain goats in British Columbia is an incredible experience that takes place in some of North America’s most remote and rugged terrain. The mountain goat is a unique animal that will take to the highest elevations in their respective ranges. Like wild sheep, they stick to steep slopes and hack out a living on the sides of mountains where most other animals simply can’t exist. Mountain goats have found a special niche in the high country.
You won’t find any huntable population of mountain goats living somewhere that isn’t a high elevation, scenic zone. Out of all these places, British Columbia offers some of the most remote terrain where no trailheads offer access and fly-in camps are the best method of reaching far off mountain ranges.
At Kawdy Outfitters, we have a number of mountain goat camps that provide access to the high country, using horses to cover difficult ground while locating billies. Finding mature billies using this method is extremely effective and the horses are hard to beat. They will save your legs some serious trouble on the steep inclines.
Even with horses however, show up in good physical condition. Every goat hunt requires at least a few hard climbs. Just getting into shooting position will require some effort in most cases. Luckily, most of our spike camps at Kawdy Outfitters provide warm cabins and hot, hearty meals. There aren’t many places where you can reach high elevations directly out of camp, with this level of comfort.
Things to Bring Along
Bring your best optics because spotting and watching billies from a distance is the norm. You might spend an entire day watching them slowly work a hillside until they reach an approachable area. And when they enter a zone where you can make a stalk, trekking poles will make it much easier to get up the mountain. They take pressure off your knees and help drive through the toughest slopes. The weather will change constantly, so dress in layers and a wear a jacket that breaks against the wind. Exposed mountains can experience heavy wind that is chilling. A quality jacket and a few layers will make your hunt that much more comfortable. Go with the best, lightweight clothing and equipment possible. Cutting the weight makes a big difference while hunting some of the most challenging terrain in North America.
For more information on hunting with Kawdy Outfitters in northern BC, you can check out the rest of our website or you may contact us for details.
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.