Mountain Goat Hunting – The Pinnacle of Mountain Hunts

Andy Kissel mountain goat hunting

Mountain goats survive because of where they live, not necessarily because they are so wily. The saying goes that mountain goat hunting starts, where sheep hunting stops. Our best advice: Get ready to do some climbing!

Most hunters would agree that mountain goat hunting is the pinnacle of mountain hunts.

A North American sheep hunt is at the top of many hunters’ buck lists. And there is no doubt that sheep hunts are tough, physically demanding hunts. If a mountain hunt is on your bucket list, you do not need “sheep money” or years of pre-planning to go. They are the largest mammals found up there in the thin air, and in my opinion they live in some of the prettiest and most spectacular places on the planet. In most places, goats spend the majority of their time near or above timberline. You should plan on hunting at elevations of around 8,000 to 13,000 ft. Get in shape if you are planning a mountain goat hunt. It’s not gonna be easy.

Be prepared to catch “Sheep Fever” on your goat hunt.

  • Mountain goat hunts are only 25-30% the price of a sheep hunt.
  • An amazing mountain hunting experience.
  • Tags are over the counter, the hunt can be with any weapon.
  • If you’re a bowhunter, goat hunts are an archery friendly species.
  • A mountain goat hunt makes for an incredible first time mountain hunt. Not only that, it’s the perfect “training ground” for sheep hunting.
  • It is also possible to combo your hunt by adding a black bear, caribou, moose, brown bear or grizzly bear.

The country these animals inhabit is something to behold, and spending time there is addicting once you conquer it for the first time. Don’t wait for years to save up for that sheep hunt or think a mountain hunt need be planned for years, NOW IS THE TIME!

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Hunting mountain goats has been one of my lifelong goals
“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.” – Yahsti Perkins | Outdoors International Client

We have some great mountain goat hunts!

As difficult as these hunts are, getting a mountain goat tag can sometimes be the hardest part. Either you play the draws, or hire a guide in an area with over-the-counter tags. We have a wide range of hunts available ranging from over-the-counter and conservation tags to controlled hunt permits that you must draw. We can help you through the entire process. If you have questions or would like to go on a mountain goat hunt, just contact us.

If you go with one of our outfitters, get ready, not only for some amazing mountain goat hunting, but also some breathtaking scenery! Once a billy is spotted, you will need to decide if it’s a shooter or not before you make the climb (hopefully one time) to do your stalk. Sometimes you will spike out on the mountain with the goats until your trophy is taken…so field judging is a big deal.

Mountain goats are notoriously tough. Hit them well!

Wounded mountain goats are known to take a ‘suicide leap’ off the nearest cliff. And there will be plenty of cliffs… Then you’re in for some serious fun and possibly a broken horn or two. That really sucks, so wait for a good kill shot in reasonable terrain.

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