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Boulder River North Goat 2016
« on: November 16, 2016, 01:49:22 PM »
As Zoorda did with this thread for last years Goat, I decided to post in a similar way. Drawing an OIL tag is spectacular, but drawing an OIL and an Entiat late rifle tag in the same year was exceptional! Lots of prep work along with many texts, PM's, and phone calls, along with several maps and google earth provided for an epic hunting season.  :tup:
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2016, 02:05:24 PM »
 :drool: I want that tag!

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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2016, 02:23:00 PM »
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2016, 02:29:21 PM »
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2016, 02:32:29 PM »
Tag :tup:
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2016, 02:37:30 PM »
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2016, 02:48:25 PM »
Did ya buy a lotto ticket too?!?  :yike:

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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2016, 09:28:00 PM »
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2016, 10:05:56 PM »
Oh no not another one.....I'll check back next week. :chuckle:

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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2016, 11:24:37 PM »
Been looking forward to this.

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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2016, 11:51:58 PM »
After two decades, and nearly half of another, one of my life long dreams to hunt Mountain Goat in Washington State came true in June of 2016. I have been buying permits and points since before the point system when I was in my 20’s and will be in my late 40’s this year. As the saying goes you cannot win if you do not apply.

These mountains are out all the time and I enjoy having them in my backyard. After reading the posts from last year’s adventure by Zoorda it made me want the tag even more. It took a few days for it to really sink in that I had actually drawn an OIL tag. There are three mountains in the unit, Whitehorse, Bullon, and Three Fingers.

Whitehorse is where last year’s Goat was taken and what an incredible story of how it came about, I read that post multiple times and gleaned as much as I could from it. After a few PM’s with Zoorda and talking with several friends, and other local’s that have knowledge of these mountains, I decided to put my energy into Three fingers for my hunt.

This picture is taken about one mile from my place and see this mountain often
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2016, 11:59:54 PM »
Love seeing these mountains!

Picture taken from the Arlington airport. The mountain with snow on it is Three Fingers, the peak to the left is Mount Bullon, the Peak to the far left is Whitehorse.
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2016, 12:04:55 AM »
Did ya buy a lotto ticket too?!?  :yike:

Probably should have this has been an epic year!  :tup:
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2016, 12:06:43 AM »
Been looking forward to this.

Kinda figured you would like to hear about this  :)
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2016, 05:48:44 AM »
Good luck out there Ryan and be safe!!!

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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #15 on: November 17, 2016, 09:04:40 AM »
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #16 on: November 17, 2016, 12:52:09 PM »
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #17 on: November 17, 2016, 12:52:41 PM »
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #18 on: November 17, 2016, 01:07:05 PM »
I see a goat to the right of the snow patch.

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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #19 on: November 17, 2016, 11:12:12 PM »
Access to the Three Fingers trail head was the biggest hurdle in the beginning. Everything I found on line stated the road was washed out and had been closed for a few years. I called the ranger station out of Verlot and was told the same and there is no money to fix the washout. The rangers told me that the road was closed about 10 miles from the trail head, and where I wanted to go was about six miles or more in from the trail head.

After talking with a guy who knows a guy who has a friend that goes up to that area quite often I heard that people were driving up close to the trail head and the road was passable. I drove up to investigate and found that indeed there was enough room to drive up the road and it was in really rough shape! I never had to use four wheel drive, but I think I bruised a kidney on all the huge pot holes in the road.

In the end I was able to make it to a washout that was impassable for my truck. If I had a Jeep I could have drove right to the trail head. The washout was two miles from the trailhead which was way better than 10 miles. I found this in July, but due to being short handed at work (mandatory OT) and a huge family road trip to Wyoming in August I would not make it back to this spot until early September.
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #20 on: November 18, 2016, 05:30:50 AM »
Hey Ryan that looks like a piece of cake for a good Ol Montana guy!! :chuckle:

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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #21 on: November 18, 2016, 07:39:28 AM »
I felt very strongly that I would draw this tag this year. Just had a gut feeling that my 18 points would pay off for me. I was genuinely surprised to see that I didn't draw it. The disappointment was tempered by drawing a moose tag. I will be following this post with great anticipation! 
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #22 on: November 18, 2016, 09:54:43 AM »
Show me a WA trail head that doesn't have a Subaru parked at it!!!
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #23 on: November 18, 2016, 10:30:31 PM »
Show me a WA trail head that doesn't have a Subaru parked at it!!!
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No doubt! Lots of Subies up there, one day there was an Audi A4 parked there, but almost every time I got up there a Jeep was parked at the trail head. That is how I was able to get to the washout the local Jeep crowd made it happen  :)
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #24 on: November 18, 2016, 10:34:20 PM »
I felt very strongly that I would draw this tag this year. Just had a gut feeling that my 18 points would pay off for me. I was genuinely surprised to see that I didn't draw it. The disappointment was tempered by drawing a moose tag. I will be following this post with great anticipation!

I had 20 points and had put in about 4-5 times (can't remember it has been so long) prior to points, so i figured it was about 25 years to draw. If you draw PM me  :)
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