Getting a tag can be the hard part.
You have to either play the draws or hire a guide in an area with over-the-counter tags.
You have a limited number of places you can hunt mountain goats, and even fewer where you can hunt trophy goats with great coats, so even if you don’t care about getting a trophy class goat you are still faced with playing the lottery in the lower 48, or you’re paying a fairly substantial amount to go on a guided hunt in Canada or Alaska.
Drawing a Goat Tag
So you want to do it yourself and put in for the draws? First you have to decide if you just want to draw any old tag, or if you want to have a chance at a mature billy, let alone an area that may have trophy goats. Then you have to start researching states to figure out how much its going to cost you to play the draws, what the draw odds are for the different hunts, what the trophy potential is of the different hunts, what is the terrain like in a given area, what logistics will be required if you draw a tag, how far in is the hunt area, and on and on…
These are all things you have to consider for mountain goat hunting, because each and every piece of information and decision you make will determine how long it may take to draw, how much time, effort and money you will expend if you do draw. But, this is just trying to figure out where to apply, it may be years and years before you draw a coveted tag, what then?
If you do end up getting lucky enough to draw a mountain goat tag, be sure to contact us for the best outfitters, but that’s getting harder every year. Luckily, we have over-the-counter tags available in Alaska and Canada with some great guides.
You can make it easier by using our service. Did you know it’s free?
So as you can see either way you go there can be a lot of stress, time, effort and cost that goes into chasing a hunt of lifetime like mountain goat. However, there are a couple of things you can do to make things somewhat easier on yourself. If you are looking to draw a tag and do it yourself, more power to you, but if you’re more inclined to go the guided hunt route, one of the best ways to find great outfitters and take a lot of the stress out of booking a great hunt is to use our consulting service. We spend tens of thousands of dollars and thousands of hours researching outfitters, vetting them, and making sure that when they book you on that hunt of a lifetime it will be just that.
Hiring an outfitter is an option that should be considered…whether you drew a tag or not.
This can be just as overwhelming and nerve wracking as trying to do it on your own. You’re trading out some risks (like logistics, scouting, talking to biologists, etc) for other risks…mainly spending a good amount of your hard earned money to possibly end up on a hunt that doesn’t live up to expectations, or worse yet, that just flat sucks. So instead of having to research hunt units, draw odds, etc, you will need to research outfitters, what kind of animals are they taking, what style of hunts do they provide (horseback, backpack, vessel based). What kind of accommodations (lodge, boat, cabins, tent, spike tent), what time of year do they hunt, what is the total cost of the hunt, what is included, what isn’t included.
Don’t forget to check with the Outfitters Association to see whether or not they have any violations (if they even disclose that information), how do you reserve your hunt, what happens if you have to cancel, and on and on. So now you have a hunt booked, well now it is time to prepare, just like above, physical, gear, travel, etc.
The guides and outfitters we work with are the best in the business. Our goat hunts range from $9500 – $13,500 depending on area and season. It is also possible to combo your hunt by adding a black bear, caribou, moose, brown bear or grizzly bear.
We have many mountain goat hunts available ranging from over the counter and conservation tags to controlled hunt permits that you must draw. If you have questions or would like to go on this trip yourself, just contact us. Give us a detailed description of what you are looking for, so our hunting consultants can match you with the right hunt. Whatever suits you, we can help you find it. So if you’re looking for a great hunt, you’ll love working with us.