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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #50 on: November 24, 2016, 01:52:13 PM »
I'm hoping there's even more to come, but I gotta say CONGRATULATIONS!
Doing this alone and coming out with a great goat has got to be as satisfying as it was exhausting.
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #51 on: November 24, 2016, 01:56:52 PM »
That night was not very restful getting all my crap off the mountain was weighing on my mind. Do I leave stuff and come back? Do I bury some stuff and leave it for good? Remember it took me six hours to get there with a 60 pound pack, so maybe it would only four hours coming in empty then four to five hours out again still a long doggone day.

I finally settled on loading as much as I could into/onto my pack and what did not fit would go into a big trash bag and hand carried. Daylight came and I was not moving very fast, but knew it had to get done, so up and at it. The worst part was it had clouded up in the night cooled way down and was raining hard! After breakfast I walked over to use the pit toilet and on my way back notice a giant pile of Bear poop about 50 yards from camp time to go!

I have carried some heavy loads before, but this one took the cake. My trash bag had probably 30 pounds of gear in it and my pack was busting at the seams! Down the trail I went! Made it about 100 yards and had to switch hands with the trash bag. As I walked my arms began to fatigue between using my rifle as a trekking pole and caring the trash bag, so I set a goal make it to Saddle Lake with the bag and regroup there.

To say it was slow going would be a gross miss understatement, but I was making progress. After reaching Saddle Lake I dropped my pack and added a few layers to warm up, hydrate, have a snack, and stash my trash bag to retrieve in a couple days. Grunt and groan to pack up again and down the trail for the truck.

When I reached the trail head mild hypothermia was setting in, but I knew there was only two miles to go. I have to say the last two miles were the worst even walking on a smooth gravel road. I finally reached my truck nine hours after I had left my camp. I dropped the tailgate and heaved my pack into the back, and almost fell face first onto the ground.

I did it! Solo backpack into the wilderness shot a Goat and made it out. I changed my thermal top and added a layer before getting into the truck because I was shivering pretty hard. Down the mountain headed for home and a warm meal, and hot shower
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #52 on: November 24, 2016, 02:27:40 PM »
Having left on Wednesday, shot the Goat on Thursday, packed out on Friday, I needed a day off! As much as I wanted to sleep in on Saturday morning there was work to do. I contacted my taxidermist and set up a time to drop off the cape, but first there was meat to take care of, so I trimmed meat and dropped it off with the butcher for grind and the rest waited to go into the freezer.

I made it to my taxidermist (shameless plug for Fidalgo Taxidermy  :chuckle: ) and after quite a bit of deliberation I decided on a half mount. The taxidermist did a quick measurement for me and my Billy was 8 1/2 on the right and 8 3/4 on the left, I did not ask about diameter. Also he was estimated at six years old.

Home to finish wrapping the rest of the meat and gathering equipment for the next day to go retrieve the rest of my gear!
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #53 on: November 24, 2016, 08:21:05 PM »
Sunday morning came quick and my legs and back were still feeling it, but there was gear to get and wanted to get it done with hopes of watching the Seahawks later in the day, so back up the mountain.

I arrived to find three rigs at the washout and ran into four people on the trail. It is amazing how fast I was able to make it to saddle lake with an empty pack  :chuckle: plus this time I did not have my rifle just my 45 tucked under my arm. I have not used trekking poles much, but those things are awesome.

I made it to my stash and thankfully it was all there, snapped a few pictures, had a quick celebratory shot of whiskey out of my flask and bombed down the mountain for the truck. When I arrived to my truck there were two more rigs and one of the others was gone. On my way out I did not pass another rig until almost to the bridge and a sheriff was on his way up. I stopped and told him I was on my way out and he thanked me for heading out and warned me about the coming road closer and asked why I was up there. When I told him why I was up there he thought that was really cool and wanted to see pictures. We chatted for a bit and we parted ways so he could check on the other rigs up the road.

If I could do this hunt again I would do it tomorrow!
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #54 on: November 24, 2016, 08:31:03 PM »
Wow that is one heck of a mountain goat hunt, anyone who draws that tag better eat their wheaties.  Two years and two intense hunts for sure!


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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #55 on: November 24, 2016, 08:37:53 PM »
Congrats, what an awesome adventure, thanks for sharing!

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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #56 on: November 24, 2016, 10:14:21 PM »
Congrats, what an awesome adventure, thanks for sharing!

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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #57 on: November 24, 2016, 11:17:21 PM »
Congrats again RB. +1 on trekking poles, especially with a heavy pack they make a lot of difference.
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #58 on: November 25, 2016, 12:10:55 AM »
Awesome!   :tup:

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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #59 on: November 25, 2016, 12:24:30 AM »
Wow.  What a hunt.  Great write up. Thanks for sharing your adventure.
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #60 on: November 25, 2016, 06:43:15 AM »
Simply awesome! Congratulations on completing that hunt. The feeling that comes with heaving a heavy pack into the bed of the truck is second to none! :tup:
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #61 on: November 25, 2016, 08:44:35 AM »
Great story and photo's!  Congratulations on a very nice goat!

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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #62 on: November 25, 2016, 09:05:12 AM »
Thank you everyone, this has been the greatest hunting experience yet!  :tup:
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #63 on: November 25, 2016, 09:41:13 AM »
Great Story! thanks for sharing the experience with us.

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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #64 on: November 25, 2016, 10:14:09 AM »
What a great adventure! Thank you for sharing it with those of us who are still 20 years away.
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #65 on: November 25, 2016, 10:33:08 AM »
Congrats thnx for sharing.  :tup: You should of posted an SOS on HuntWa..I would wandered up, nothing like a good mountain workout.

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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #66 on: November 25, 2016, 11:36:23 AM »
Great thread and great goat. Thanks for sharing and letting us tag along.
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #67 on: November 27, 2016, 10:05:50 AM »
Great job!! :tup:
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #68 on: November 27, 2016, 10:26:06 AM »
What an adventure, great job!  Someday!!!

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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #69 on: November 27, 2016, 10:35:08 AM »
Awesome story and goat, congrats! :tup:
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #70 on: November 27, 2016, 10:38:29 AM »
Congrats Ryan!!! Thanks for sharing

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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #71 on: November 27, 2016, 12:22:08 PM »
Congrats! Thats a helluva solo accomplishment
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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #72 on: November 27, 2016, 02:39:07 PM »
Congrats Ryan!!! Thanks for sharing

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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #73 on: November 27, 2016, 03:51:06 PM »
Reading this got me pumped and looking forward to next year's draws.  One of these years I hope.  Congrats on your epic adventure and fantastic trophy.

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Re: Boulder River North Goat 2016
« Reply #74 on: November 27, 2016, 06:02:10 PM »
Congrats on a successful hunt! Great write up! Thanks for sharing!! :tup:
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