Mountain Goat Hunting Alaska
Mountain Goat Hunting in Alaska
A mountain goat hunt in Alaska makes for an incredible first time mountain hunt and is the perfect “training ground” for sheep hunting.
Alaska mountain goats are very affordable to hunt in comparison to hunting goats in Canada. Also, for the most part, the elevations are much lower as well. With severe winters being the norm, goats grow coats that are second to none, and our hunters take Boone and Crockett billies almost every year.
Why you should consider mountain goat hunting Alaska:
- Guaranteed, OTC tags.
- Affordable compared to other areas.
- Lower elevations.
- In some cases, fly in, land at elevation and hunt from there without having to climb up to where the goats live.
- Lots of goats. It’s common to see 10-20 goats every day.
- Trophy goats. Our outfitters take B&C and P&Y billies almost every year.
- Combo with moose, grizzly bear, brown bear, or a caribou.
Mountain Goat Hunting Alaska, Prince William Sound
This area of Alaska has some of the highest mountain goat populations in the world.
Get ready, not only for some amazing mountain goat hunting, but also some breathtaking scenery!
The coastal mountains of Prince William Sound aren’t just beautiful, but trophy quality mountain goats are plentiful. Not only lack of elevation (usually 300-4,400 ft), but also the sheer number of quality billies make this hunt special. Our hunting areas don’t get much hunting pressure, so you won’t be seeing other hunters while you are in the field. In fact, we have areas where you’ll be hunting mountain goats that have never seen a human…and in this day and age that’s pretty cool! Because of that, trophy quality is excellent.
They target older, mature billy’s with horns averaging between 9 and 10 inches, and they have an incredible success rate of 95-100% depending on the year. Hunting season is September through January, but the hair on mountain goats is what makes the trophy in most people’s’ opinions, so we suggest you hunt between October and the end of January.
Typically, you will be base camping out of tents (and sometimes cabins) down in the valley floors glassing for a billy up in the high country. Once one is found, you will climb up with a spike camp, and hunt out of your backpack until you are successful. Most of our hunters harvest with only one day at higher elevations, but come prepared for hunting hard. If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, we do have some more elaborate upgrades, as you can see below:
Fly-in Mountain Goat Hunts
This is also a backpack hunt, but you will fly into elevation and be staying in wall tents with stoves and real food. On most goat hunts, you camp in the lower country, glassing up until you find your target billy…then the work begins. On this hunt, you shouldn’t have to do that big climb. You’re already at elevation, giving you a huge advantage!
This is set up to be an “easy” mountain goat hunt, but does have the potential to be a fairly physical hunt, depending on the situation. They haven’t made any exercise equipment that will prepare you for the real thing, but the harder you work to get yourself in shape before the hunt the better and easier it will be for you. That said, this is a mountain goat hunt that almost anyone can do. As long as you’re in decent shape, you can do this mountain goat hunt! We just ask that you do yourself a favor and get in shape.
Vessel Based Mountain Goat Hunts
Our vessel based mountain goat hunt out of Valdez, Alaska are highly sought after, and take you to some of the most incredible landscapes in the world. Since this hunt is vessel based, you typically glass from the saltwater, then a stalk is formulated. It is rough, rugged, absolutely beautiful terrain, so we recommend you come in good shape. A 3,500′ + vertical climb is required in some situations, so physical fitness and leg / knee strength are requirements for success. Most of our clients harvest with only one day at higher elevations, but come prepared for hunting hard. Availability for this hunt is very limited.
- Your Alaska hunting license and mountain goat tags are over-the-counter. These are registration areas for goat hunts, so permits can and will be done online when your guide picks you up.
- High success on big mountain goats. It is common to see 10-20 goats per day.
- This is a trophy mountain goat hunt, and Boone and Crockett billies are taken almost every year. If the weather cooperates and you are in decent shape, you will have an opportunity. Goats average 8.5 to 10.5 inches, with some record book billies.
- These goats have hair quality that is unsurpassed anywhere in the country!
- We offer 1:1 and 2:1 mountain goat hunts. The 1:1 hunts always give you the best chance for success, and we highly recommend going that route.
- Hunting season is September through January (varies slightly by unit). The later you go, the better the hide will be.
- One cool thing about mountain goat hunting Alaska, is that you can often make your hunt a combo by adding a brown bear, black bear or a moose. That said, it is a good idea to stay focused on mountain goats until you harvest your billy.
- Bowhunters are welcome! Our clients taken multiple Pope and Young mountain goats on these Alaska hunts in the Prince William Sound area.
- Trips: BAKO4, AFG2, PMG1
Kodiak Mountain Goat Hunting
If you’re drawn to unique, wild and rugged places, a Kodiak mountain goat hunting is truly an experience of a lifetime!
Kodiak Island Mountain Goat Hunting
This outfitter has no lack of experience with his 45 years of guiding on Kodiak Island! This is a high success mountain goat hunt in some of the most rugged land with one if the best guides the industry has to offer!
As this hunt is a draw hunt it is important to contact us before you put in for the draw. Applications are due in December, so don’t wait!
I did a vessel-based mountain goat hunt with Otto out of Valdez, Alaska. They did a very nice job with organization and have an excellent staff that is very knowledgeable and work very hard for you.
To be able to handle this archery mountain goat hunt, gun or bow, a person needs to be in excellent physical condition, because once a good goat is spotted, you will be starting out at sea level. The Chugach Mountain Range in Alaska, which I have hunted twice, is steeper and more rugged than anything I have experienced in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, or Colorado. Mountain goat hunts may be the most difficult you can do but also may be the most rewarding.
Never have I had such a physically demanding hunt in such a magnificent place. I truly hope everyone may have the opportunity to taste mountain goat backstrap (sautéed in butter with a little Himalayan sea salt) in their lifetime. Delicious.
I hunted four days in some tough country for my mountain goat. Thank goodness I started preparing a full 60 days before the hunt. Probably should have started even sooner. Moose hunting was not very strenuous and we got my moose the first day we went out for him. Boone and Crockett 206 inches. Awesome experience shooting him at 20 yards after calling him in for 20 minutes.
I’ve been on a lot of hunts over the past years, and can honestly say this was one of my best trips to date! Hunting mountain goats has been one of my lifelong goals. I never thought much of pursuing it. That was until Russ Meyer gave me a call. With animals in every direction, the hardest decision was figuring out which mountain goat we were going after. That is a true rarity these days. I can’t wait to go back to hunt with this outfit!