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Title: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on June 16, 2017, 02:59:09 PM
I was trying to come up with some wisecrackin' way to make this post but this is serious bidness, so I just can't do it.
Since yesterday morning I've been on pins and needles feeling like I was going to puke my guts out with anxiety. I opened up my WDFW login and hit the temporary backdoor about 15 times and saw that I wasn't holding any new licenses. That was that new backdoor method that worked for a few minutes. Well I watched a bunch of folks posting on here that they had a license showing for elk or deer or whatever and started to feel like I didn't draw anything. I clicked it one last time and all of a sudden realized that I was in fact holding a new license. Read what it said, decided it couldn't be true, and went back to work with a little bit of the butterflies in my gut. Call it butterflies, call it nausea, call it what you want. A little while later I saw that the special hunts tab had showed up on the WDFW website. Well...it's now or never. I logged back in, went to special hunts and about crapped myself. Couldn't believe what I was seeing.  I drew a permit. A permit I never in a million years expected to draw. Looks like I'll be going mountain goat hunting in the Goat Rocks Wilderness this fall. I still can't believe it. I can't imagine a more quintessential western backpack mountain hunting experience than a mountain goat hunt. And to be doing it in Washington, relatively close to home in an area like the Goat Rocks... I'm beyond amazed at what is coming my way this fall. I've hunted pretty much my whole life. I grew up back east in the Catskill Mountains in upstate NY. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect I'd be mountain goat hunting. I've let the cat out of the bag a little with a few friends and have received more offers to help than I can count already and for that I'll be forever grateful. I'm hoping for an amazing adventure, good times with friends and family and hopefully a nice billy to top off the memories that will be made this fall that will undoubtedly last a lifetime.
Before you guys gang tackle me, I will say that I'm totally thrilled to finally draw an OIL permit but with 9 points, I feel like I drew long before I should have. I feel bad for you guys who have been applying twice as long or more than I have.


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Post by: huntnphool on June 16, 2017, 03:01:40 PM
Congrats Josh, this will be a fun one to follow. :tup:
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Post by: 92xj on June 16, 2017, 03:04:02 PM
Congrats. One of the best places in the world I've been in.
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Post by: 92xj on June 16, 2017, 03:04:24 PM
PS, I hate you
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Post by: Woodchuck on June 16, 2017, 03:06:48 PM
 :chuckle: Congrats man, looking forward to the story.  :tup:
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Post by: vandeman17 on June 16, 2017, 03:07:02 PM
Congrats Josh. That is awesome! Well done
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Post by: DOUBLELUNG on June 16, 2017, 03:09:37 PM
Congrats!  I am happy for you.
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Post by: Rainier10 on June 16, 2017, 03:09:56 PM
Super happy for you.  Can't wait to hear all the details.
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Post by: Mfowl on June 16, 2017, 03:10:12 PM
Congrats! Good luck! And enjoy!
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Post by: jackelope on June 16, 2017, 03:12:05 PM
Oh and by the way, @Timberstalker , the fireworks pic I posted the other day was multi-purpose.

 :chuckle:

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Post by: Timberstalker on June 16, 2017, 03:12:13 PM
Nice Jack!!
I can't wait to see it unfold.  You going to try out the Long Range .25?
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Post by: Timberstalker on June 16, 2017, 03:12:54 PM
Oh and by the way, @Timberstalker , the fireworks pic I posted the other day was multi-purpose.

 :chuckle:

That's good S!  Remember, I have a strong back and a weak mind.  Hint, Hint.
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on June 16, 2017, 03:13:51 PM
Nice Jack!!
I can't wait to see it unfold.  You going to try out the Long Range .25?

I think I'll be opting for something a little heavier.
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on June 16, 2017, 03:14:27 PM
Thanks for all the kind words. I'm not gonna lie. This whole thing is a little overwhelming.
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Post by: Luckyone on June 16, 2017, 03:19:17 PM
 Congrats!
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Post by: Russ McDonald on June 16, 2017, 03:21:07 PM
Congrats.

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Post by: Southpole on June 16, 2017, 03:25:08 PM
Yay to Gringo31, Rainier10 & Roperfive88 for 2017 prediction of an admin drawing a oil tag  8)
 Congrats on the goat tag too :tup: :tup: :tup:
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Post by: Biggerhammer on June 16, 2017, 03:26:33 PM
WoW!! Congratulations 🎉!!
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Post by: Stein on June 16, 2017, 03:28:13 PM
 Very cool!


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Post by: The scout on June 16, 2017, 03:28:28 PM
Very cool! Top 2 units to draw here, I have seen tons of goats up there while elk hunting. No matter what shape you are in get in better shape. The sky's the limit, if you can hit it hard you could come away with a real trophy goat. Pick Kent @white pass outfitters brain also, his brother lives goats. Give er hell when the time comes :tup:
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Post by: trophyhunt on June 16, 2017, 03:29:36 PM
Wow, congrats Josh!!!!
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Post by: Brushbuster on June 16, 2017, 03:37:10 PM
Glad to see a Hunt Wa member pull such a great tag!! Can't wait to follow along on your adventure. Big congratulations to you!!  :tup:
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Post by: Falcon on June 16, 2017, 03:37:26 PM
Huge congrats.   You will have a hunt of a lifetime.

Lace up the climbing boots :tup:
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Post by: cbond3318 on June 16, 2017, 03:40:22 PM
Congratulations man!   :tup:
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Post by: jackelope on June 16, 2017, 03:53:08 PM
Thank you... I can't wait.
 :yike:
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Post by: Bob33 on June 16, 2017, 04:06:35 PM
And the tale of the journey of a lifetime begins. I'm really thrilled that you have this opportunity and look forward to following along with your adventure. Congratulations.
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Post by: h20hunter on June 16, 2017, 04:08:09 PM
Uh.....kaboom?
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Post by: jackelope on June 16, 2017, 04:08:42 PM
Uh.....kaboom?

Uhh....ya....
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Post by: mp.hunter on June 16, 2017, 04:12:40 PM
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Post by: X-Force on June 16, 2017, 04:13:07 PM
Fall of a lifetime! Congrats cant to follow along
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Post by: dscubame on June 16, 2017, 04:15:27 PM
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Well deserved in my opinion.
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Post by: stew pidasso on June 16, 2017, 04:21:03 PM
Right on man. Do it up.
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Post by: bobcat on June 16, 2017, 04:49:35 PM
Congratulations! That will be a fun hunt for sure. Better get in shape though!

Odds on that were probably something like 1 in 500.
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Post by: Ironhead on June 16, 2017, 04:49:58 PM
Congratulations Josh, looking forward to following along.

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Post by: jackmaster on June 16, 2017, 04:53:39 PM
That is gonna be a blast of a hunt !!! Definetly do that one up !!  Congratulations  :tup:
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Post by: actionshooter on June 16, 2017, 05:06:35 PM
That's awesome!   Super excited that people on the board can share the stories and at the same time...... you suck :)
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Post by: outdooraddict on June 16, 2017, 05:13:41 PM
congrats.  I would recommend kent and his brother too at white pass outfitters.  he packed me in on an elk hunt a few years ago, and I seen a lot of goats, two goat hunters next to us killed theirs and while out from camp enjoying the peacefulness a big billy was hanging out and living by our camp.  if it interests you and can afford a drop camp, id once again call white pass outfitters, he will put you right were you need to be
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Post by: Bigshooter on June 16, 2017, 05:17:23 PM
Congrats. 
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Post by: carpsniperg2 on June 16, 2017, 05:36:47 PM
Congrats man :IBCOOL: Cant wait to see you thump a dandy goat :IBCOOL:
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Post by: Crunchy on June 16, 2017, 06:03:40 PM
Congrats.  Gives me a little hope that I may draw someday. 
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Post by: elkoholic1 on June 16, 2017, 06:10:12 PM
 :tup: :tup:  congrats
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Post by: bowhunterforever on June 16, 2017, 06:16:07 PM
Congrats :tup:
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Post by: Dan-o on June 16, 2017, 06:37:52 PM
Very cool.   

I am truly very happy for you.    :tup:
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Post by: sled on June 16, 2017, 06:50:12 PM
YES!!!!!!
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Post by: ghosthunter on June 16, 2017, 06:58:58 PM
Nice
Good for you.
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Post by: pcal on June 16, 2017, 07:15:07 PM
Take a hike to scout a wknd before your hunt to Coyote Lake.(Lily Lake Trail,clear branch cowlitz river trail.The trail is signed to lost lake at intersection with an old shelter. As there is no maintained trail to coyote you'll have to get a topo map.The yakima cascade horsemen maintained it some years.Set up a scope on the knob between coyote and lost hat lake(north side of lake facing west tword coal ridge).You should see lots of goats.With a partner to help pack out you shouldnt require an outfitter as its only 5 miles from lily lake trailhead and all downhill.I packed out a small blacktail in 1 trip by myself.The pack only weighed 146#s.The wknd that I took that buck I had 2 big billys on a rock outcrop stand above me while I boned out my buck less than 200 yrds from me.This is above the lake on the meadow benches full of deer and elk,too.Brush can hide the brown critters but the goats stand out even with snow patches covering the creeks.For a young heathy guy a scramble up to shooting range  from your spotting hide shouldnt be a problem.Think subalpine like crimpons for traction and figure 8 belay descender,100' rope for getting you and your game down the steep pitches.If you have good boots you might not need the crimpons but your knees will thank you if you have them. I stuffed the meat&head into my pack,threw the doubled  line around an outcrop & descended to the next bench.I then retrieved the line and repeated it til I was back to my camp on the lake.Getting my gear back into the pack took less than an hour and 4 hours to reach the rig at the trailhead. Hope to see your goat pictures posted here.Get it mounted as most of us will never get the chance.
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Post by: Widgeondeke on June 16, 2017, 07:31:48 PM
Bout time you post.
 Made me wait 24+ hours to type Congrats  :tup:  you Jackwagon

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Post by: HUNTINCOUPLE on June 16, 2017, 07:36:46 PM
Congrats Jack!!!!! My old man and his cousins hammered the the goats in the late 60's. Great stories to come. :tup:
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Post by: BoomWhop on June 16, 2017, 08:01:14 PM
Nice to see one the good guys get a great tag. Congrats.  :tup:
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Post by: Halo on June 16, 2017, 08:08:22 PM
Congrats, I had that tag in 2000 and it is an incredible hunt. I would be happy to share what I know from the 100+ miles of boot leather I burned up there scouting and hunting.
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Post by: NRA4LIFE on June 16, 2017, 08:09:45 PM
OMIGOD Josh, that is awesome.  (BTW I have put that table saw to good use, thanks.)  I'm retired now, if you need any help, let me know.  I'm a good pack mule.
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Post by: trophyhunt on June 16, 2017, 08:14:59 PM
Take a hike to scout a wknd before your hunt to Coyote Lake.(Lily Lake Trail,clear branch cowlitz river trail.The trail is signed to lost lake at intersection with an old shelter. As there is no maintained trail to coyote you'll have to get a topo map.The yakima cascade horsemen maintained it some years.Set up a scope on the knob between coyote and lost hat lake(north side of lake facing west tword coal ridge).You should see lots of goats.With a partner to help pack out you shouldnt require an outfitter as its only 5 miles from lily lake trailhead and all downhill.I packed out a small blacktail in 1 trip by myself.The pack only weighed 146#s.The wknd that I took that buck I had 2 big billys on a rock outcrop stand above me while I boned out my buck less than 200 yrds from me.This is above the lake on the meadow benches full of deer and elk,too.Brush can hide the brown critters but the goats stand out even with snow patches covering the creeks.For a young heathy guy a scramble up to shooting range  from your spotting hide shouldnt be a problem.Think subalpine like crimpons for traction and figure 8 belay descender,100' rope for getting you and your game down the steep pitches.If you have good boots you might not need the crimpons but your knees will thank you if you have them. I stuffed the meat&head into my pack,threw the doubled  line around an outcrop & descended to the next bench.I then retrieved the line and repeated it til I was back to my camp on the lake.Getting my gear back into the pack took less than an hour and 4 hours to reach the rig at the trailhead. Hope to see your goat pictures posted here.Get it mounted as most of us will never get the chance.
Josh, I think I'd pm this guy and talk with him! 
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Post by: jackelope on June 16, 2017, 08:27:54 PM
Ya jeez wow. I already can't thank you guys enough. This is going to be DIY. No guides. Nothing against guides, it's just not in my budget at this point. I talked to White Pass Outfitters already. Been bouncing some ideas off of him. Good dude.  Some of you will be getting pm's and phone calls. I can't thank you enough.
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Post by: Jpmiller on June 16, 2017, 08:29:18 PM
Congrats! Hope we can count on you posting scouting and hunt updates.
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Post by: ctwiggs1 on June 16, 2017, 09:02:45 PM
Oh man that's a hunt I wish I could tag along with. Thank God for the internet!  Congrats!
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Post by: NOCK NOCK on June 16, 2017, 09:10:09 PM
Awesome pull Josh, couldn't have happened to a better dude!!  Living vicariously through you on this hunt.
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Post by: Jason on June 16, 2017, 09:38:48 PM
Ya jeez wow. I already can't thank you guys enough. This is going to be DIY. No guides. Nothing against guides, it's just not in my budget at this point. I talked to White Pass Outfitters already. Been bouncing some ideas off of him. Good dude.  Some of you will be getting pm's and phone calls. I can't thank you enough.
Congrats on a great permit  :bow: only wish it was me  :chuckle: but I'm more than happy that it was a good guy from this site that got it and we will be able to see the results.
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Post by: The100Road on June 16, 2017, 09:48:21 PM
Quality Buck blues Muley and now goat???? Can you please PM who you are paying and how much it's going to cost me?  :tup:
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Post by: DaveMonti on June 16, 2017, 09:48:57 PM
Great news Josh!  Hunt of a lifetime!  I'm genuinely happy for you!
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Post by: RB on June 16, 2017, 10:06:09 PM
Right on man that is cool!  8)
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Post by: Lincoln4 on June 16, 2017, 10:33:20 PM
WOW...   :IBCOOL:
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Post by: jackelope on June 16, 2017, 10:36:34 PM
Quality Buck blues Muley and now goat???? Can you please PM who you are paying and how much it's going to cost me?  :tup:
I've been blessed with good luck in the draws. Drew my quality buck permit in the Blues with 4 points in 2010 and killed a nice buck. Got a foothills west whitetail permit in 2013 with 7 points I think and blew it on a nice buck. Now I got this with 9 points. 
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Post by: greenhead_killer on June 16, 2017, 10:58:15 PM
Don't ever apologize for playing the game and winning josh. This is great news. Gives us a chance to live an experience that we might not ever get to personally have. This is just great any way we all look at it. Glad it happened to you. I know you will be kind enough to drag us through this whole experience with you. Best of luck to you. -Jed
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Post by: Todd_ID on June 17, 2017, 12:47:36 AM
Don't ever apologize for playing the game and winning josh. This is great news. Gives us a chance to live an experience that we might not ever get to personally have. This is just great any way we all look at it. Glad it happened to you. I know you will be kind enough to drag us through this whole experience with you. Best of luck to you. -Jed
Great response, and I agree. Josh deserves this tag because he's done as much and more in this state for conservation than most of us have. His hunting ethics will shine throughout this hunt. He'll scout, he'll ask, and he'll beg info.

In the end we'll have a great hunt to relive through his posts. That's all we can ask of a man.
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Post by: bearpaw on June 17, 2017, 12:59:58 AM
Congrats Josh, I'm looking forward to following your adventure!  :tup: :tup: :tup:
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Post by: Eric M on June 17, 2017, 02:08:27 AM
 :yeah:
Congrats Josh, I'm looking forward to following your adventure!  :tup: :tup: :tup:
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Post by: fishngamereaper on June 17, 2017, 05:54:16 AM
 :tup: Awesome...





But hey, seriously if you don't want it I will make you a deal. Ill trade ya 20 pts for it. One time offer, let me know.


 :chuckle:
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Post by: Gringo31 on June 17, 2017, 07:15:15 AM
Congratulations


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Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: bobcat on June 17, 2017, 07:24:44 AM
Alright, I already said congratulations, but I have to say, the title of this thread is wrong- nobody is ever "due" to draw a mountain goat hunt. Doesn't matter if you've been applying for 50 years. That person is no more deserving of a tag than a person applying for the first time. So enjoy your hunt and don't ever feel that someone else was more entitled to the tag than you were.
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Post by: BOWHUNTER45 on June 17, 2017, 07:58:58 AM
Awesome man !!  Be waiting to hear stories about that hunt !
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Post by: 520backyard on June 17, 2017, 08:27:42 AM
Congrats a goat tag is a great hunt!!!.Took a really nice billy out of smith creek unit in 97. My advise is to hunt as much as you can early in your season when there are blue sky days since scoping is a big part of the equation hunting goats. Once the weather changes and socks in, your ability to spot and stalk is drastically reduced.  The older the billy the more yellow tinged they will be, that's what your looking. Good luck on your hunt!
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Post by: Rob on June 17, 2017, 08:35:30 AM
Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy!
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Post by: lokidog on June 17, 2017, 09:12:03 AM
Awesome! Congratulations!
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Post by: elkrack on June 17, 2017, 12:02:40 PM
Congrats on the draw sent you a pm
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Post by: jackelope on June 17, 2017, 12:24:24 PM
Congrats on the draw sent you a pm

Thanks man....right back at you!!
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Post by: Caseyd on June 17, 2017, 12:57:34 PM
Congrats  :o
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Post by: time2hunt on June 17, 2017, 04:54:13 PM
A little teaser and a must for a map. Once again congrats  (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170617/93466ad82a60e36f5ba85052df2b3e06.jpg)
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Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: buckcanyonlodge on June 17, 2017, 05:19:01 PM
No goats there anymore....They have re-named it No-Goat Rocks. :hello: :sry: :tup:
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Post by: JimmyHoffa on June 17, 2017, 06:24:23 PM
Wow, congrats Jackelope.  Should be such a great time. 
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Post by: PlateauNDN on June 17, 2017, 06:38:53 PM
Now, when you do the write-up there should be plenty of spacing, time in between posting paragraphs and theatrical story line. When I read it I want to feel as if I was there and it was entertaining. :chuckle: :tup:
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Post by: Pathfinder101 on June 17, 2017, 06:44:41 PM
Congrats Josh, this will be a fun one to follow. :tup:
:yeah:  Glad to hear you drew.   :tup:
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Post by: 257 Wby Mag on June 17, 2017, 09:01:21 PM
Very happy for you Josh, congrats and enjoy the journey..
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Post by: kingfisher360 on June 18, 2017, 01:25:21 AM
Congrats on the tag I sent you a pm my wife drew that tag last year
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Post by: Jpmiller on June 18, 2017, 08:41:55 AM
So you have your first scouting trip planned yet?
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Post by: jackelope on June 18, 2017, 07:50:39 PM
So you have your first scouting trip planned yet?
Probably going to be at least mid July before goat country is accessible from what I've gathered.
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Post by: bugs n bones on June 18, 2017, 07:56:41 PM
Congrats my friend! 8)
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Post by: whacker1 on June 18, 2017, 08:33:50 PM
Congrats
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Post by: et1702 on June 19, 2017, 07:43:04 AM
Awesome Josh, Congrats!  Regarding access, yes, it might be a couple more weeks.  I was down lower in RR area about 1.5 weeks ago and still patches of snow in shady areas down pretty low.  High country still looked pretty socked in.

ET
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Post by: Fl0und3rz on June 19, 2017, 07:47:08 AM
Quote
mountain goat hunting in the Goat Rocks Wilderness this fall. I still can't believe it. I can't imagine a more quintessential western backpack mountain hunting experience than a mountain goat hunt.

Outstanding! Congratulations. I remember hunting up there, back in the day.  Beautiful country.  Best of luck.
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Post by: pianoman9701 on June 19, 2017, 07:50:34 AM
Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy! Congratulations.
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Post by: quadrafire on June 19, 2017, 07:54:41 AM
Dude!!!!! Congrats. That is awesome
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Post by: boneaddict on June 19, 2017, 08:43:25 AM
Congratulations man! 
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Post by: 2MANY on June 19, 2017, 08:50:05 AM
Congrats.
I would recommend studying up on the difference between a big goat and a typical goat.
Billy's have some trade marks that separate them from nannies.
All Billys can look similar.

Just my 2 cents.

Cheers.
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Post by: ian_padron on June 27, 2017, 09:32:03 PM
This will be a fun one to tag along on, good luck!

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Post by: Gringo31 on June 28, 2017, 02:03:12 PM
Still happy knowing how happy you must be....   :tup:
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Post by: jackelope on June 28, 2017, 03:26:26 PM
Just giddy. Thank you!
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: Rainier10 on June 28, 2017, 03:44:17 PM
Just giddy. Thank you!
When is the last time you checked results to make sure it hasn't changed?
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: Southpole on June 28, 2017, 03:53:45 PM
You shouldn't feel so bad about drawing with low points. Last year my husband drew 1 of 2 quality elk tags in the Teanaway with only 2 points. Don't know how or why that happened but it happened. For a second there I did feel bad for the guys that have been putting in for years, just for a second though. You just have to embrace what you have been gifted. Pour your heart and soul into it the best you know how. Enjoy every tiny moment, from the time you found out you drew to the time you drive back from your trip with a big ol' billy in the back of your rig. Most importantly, keep us entertained with your epic hunt on here, we can't wait either  :tup:
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: Elkstuffer on July 01, 2017, 07:36:23 PM
Congratulations Josh!!!!! If it couldn't be me with my 20 points I'm glad it was you with your 9 :chuckle:
Deerthug on here had that tag a few years ago and may be able to provide you some insight also.
Good luck buddy and keep me posted!
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: Jackjr on July 01, 2017, 10:30:04 PM
Congratulations!!!!!   Good luck.  I just found out today that I drew a goat tag.   Looked when the results first came out as soon as everything came out and must of missed it.  Opened my mail today from fish and game figuring it was for my cow permit I drew.  And the read I drew a goat permit.  Did not know until today.  I was like how did I misss the selected on my goat app.  17 points but finally got lucky.   
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: Timberstalker on July 01, 2017, 10:34:22 PM
That's one helluva surprise.
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on July 03, 2017, 08:34:21 AM
A little teaser and a must for a map. Once again congrats  (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170617/93466ad82a60e36f5ba85052df2b3e06.jpg)
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Ordered the map. Thanks, man.
Getting close to time to hit some trails and find some goats!
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: Rainier10 on July 03, 2017, 04:20:57 PM
Stretch and flex my friend, we are not getting any younger.  Slow and steady.  :tup:
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on July 03, 2017, 05:26:27 PM
Well they weren't kidding.

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Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: Timberstalker on July 03, 2017, 05:41:53 PM
Pretty sure I'd hand deliver that bad boy.  :tup:
Congrats again!
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: elkrack on July 03, 2017, 08:42:57 PM
Well they weren't kidding.

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Well you could always forfeit the tag and fill in my name :chuckle:
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: RB on July 05, 2017, 09:51:05 AM
Well they weren't kidding.

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Awesome! I called last year to get mine and the person in Olympia was very good to work with had my tag in hand within a few days and saved a road trip to the capital!
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: baker5150 on July 05, 2017, 10:00:45 AM
So if you don't purchase the tag they will offer it to another applicant?  Has anyone heard of that happening?
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on July 05, 2017, 10:44:26 AM
The interesting part about the whole ...pay by July 31st... thing is, I emailed them a week ago or so asking what I needed to do and they told me once I got that notification in the mail, I had 10 days to pay for the tag. Now I have that letter and it says July 31. It doesn't matter to me in my case, it'll be paid for this week, but I'm not sure if one hand knows what the other is doing down there.

I've not heard of any other applicants get offered an unclaimed tag, ever.
 
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: Skyvalhunter on July 05, 2017, 12:07:51 PM
All those that drew, good luck and hope everything goes well. Here I sit with 2 handfuls of points, could have bought a new rifle by now.
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: RB on July 05, 2017, 06:28:31 PM
The interesting part about the whole ...pay by July 31st... thing is, I emailed them a week ago or so asking what I needed to do and they told me once I got that notification in the mail, I had 10 days to pay for the tag. Now I have that letter and it says July 31. It doesn't matter to me in my case, it'll be paid for this week, but I'm not sure if one hand knows what the other is doing down there.

I've not heard of any other applicants get offered an unclaimed tag, ever.


Yeah it was super easy to buy over the phone. The only suggestion I made to them and the biologist is, it would be nice if they had a nicer tag rather than just a cheesy print out like a Deer, Elk, Bear, or cougar tag. I think it would awesome if they were old style printed on a separate paper that looked official and meant more than just any other tag. This will be an awesome experience enjoy!
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: mburrows on July 05, 2017, 08:27:06 PM
Tagging along. Good luck!
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: 280ackley on July 05, 2017, 09:11:09 PM
 :yeah:
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: rosscrazyelk on July 25, 2017, 07:30:10 PM
I am behind in the times. Congrats on the draw.
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on July 26, 2017, 11:34:17 AM

First scouting trip planned. Overnighting 8/6-8/7. Hopefully I get some good pics and find the one.
 :yike:
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: Miles on July 26, 2017, 11:43:35 AM

First scouting trip planned. Overnighting 8/6-8/7. Hopefully I get some good pics and find the one.
 :yike:


 :tup:   Take lots of pictures!
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: Southpole on July 26, 2017, 11:58:23 AM

First scouting trip planned. Overnighting 8/6-8/7. Hopefully I get some good pics and find the one.
 :yike:


 :tup:   Take lots of pictures!
:yeah: How exciting!!
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: ghostshell on July 27, 2017, 10:12:40 PM
not sure why you posted long befor due? anyone who trashes anyone on a draw of any oil tag needs better things to think about. i would be happy for anyone drawing with 1 point. it is part of a lottery.... congrats and have fun.........
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: Jpmiller on July 28, 2017, 06:33:41 AM

First scouting trip planned. Overnighting 8/6-8/7. Hopefully I get some good pics and find the one.
 :yike:

And on your way back to the truck find a bear.
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: 2MANY on July 28, 2017, 07:57:26 AM
Truck??

You mean your not planning to ride your bike to the trail head to get in goat shape. :)
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on July 28, 2017, 08:21:25 AM

First scouting trip planned. Overnighting 8/6-8/7. Hopefully I get some good pics and find the one.
 :yike:

And on your way back to the truck find a bear.

I think I'll be a week too early to do that.

 

Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jagermiester on July 28, 2017, 09:38:28 AM
Tag
So cool for you I hope it is everything that you have dreamed of.
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: quadrafire on August 03, 2017, 10:02:41 AM

First scouting trip planned. Overnighting 8/6-8/7. Hopefully I get some good pics and find the one.
 :yike:
Better come home rested, big day on the 8th.... :tup:
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on August 07, 2017, 05:57:12 PM
Scouting trip #1 is in the books. Wow. What an amazing place. Saw some goats and saw some amazing country. Can't wait to go back.

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Breaking out into the big views.

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More to come later. Gotta go have a burger and a beer. I deserve it.
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: Alan K on August 07, 2017, 06:03:19 PM
 :tup:
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on August 07, 2017, 10:33:50 PM
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Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on August 07, 2017, 10:36:23 PM
First goat sightings in the basin we spent the night in last night.

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Camp for the night.

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Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on August 07, 2017, 10:38:58 PM
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Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: Special T on August 07, 2017, 10:39:35 PM
Make sure to piss on flat rocks where you have been and seen them. It will draw them like moths to a flame!

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Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on August 07, 2017, 10:39:43 PM
Capped it all off with some tacos and a couple of these:

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Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: carpsniperg2 on August 08, 2017, 12:05:27 AM
Good stuff
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Post by: bowhunterforever on August 08, 2017, 02:01:18 AM
Awesome looking country :tup:
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Post by: Timberstalker on August 08, 2017, 05:31:40 AM
Wow, good stuff Jackelope.  :tup:
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Post by: bearpaw on August 08, 2017, 06:12:59 AM
that's some nice country  :tup:
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: Jpmiller on August 08, 2017, 06:14:07 AM
Feeling encouraged? Looks like a good trip.
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: Skyvalhunter on August 08, 2017, 06:31:50 AM
As a FYI if you happen to bend or break those Black Diamond hiking poles you can purchase sections of them. I have bent and broke a few.
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: lord grizzly on August 08, 2017, 06:39:21 AM
should be a pretty short hunt. man I miss that country
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: quadrafire on August 08, 2017, 08:06:59 AM
I can't tell from the pics, but is that a big herd of goats?
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: cbond3318 on August 08, 2017, 08:21:08 AM
Awesome country!
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on August 08, 2017, 08:31:51 AM
As a FYI if you happen to bend or break those Black Diamond hiking poles you can purchase sections of them. I have bent and broke a few.

That's my sister in law's bent pole. She bent it on the AT last month and hasn't contacted them yet. My Eastons are still straight LOL.

I can't tell from the pics, but is that a big herd of goats?

Yeah, there's about 40-ish nannies and kids just below the rock face straight up from my left foot.
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: dscubame on August 08, 2017, 08:40:14 AM
That is so damn cool!!
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: idaho guy on August 17, 2017, 10:27:52 AM
awesome country! good for you on the tag mountain goat is the last animail on my bucket list I have not been able to get.
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on August 17, 2017, 10:35:38 AM
Thank you. I've got a ways to go to catch up I guess!!

I've got a couple more weekends of family stuff to handle then I'll be back out looking again. Hard to believe I can be mountain goat hunting in a month. I do plan to wait a while for them to hair up and will probably hunt in early October.


Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: idaho guy on August 17, 2017, 11:13:13 AM
 :tup:
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: 2MANY on August 17, 2017, 11:51:03 AM

Looks like fun.

It goes without saying but dat dare country will be a little cooler in October.
Be prepared.
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on August 17, 2017, 11:54:33 AM

Looks like fun.

It goes without saying but dat dare country will be a little cooler in October.
Be prepared.

Something I've put a lot of time into thinking about. I think I'm good from a gear standpoint. I do worry a little about early season snow, but maybe I'm overthinking it.
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: carpsniperg2 on August 17, 2017, 11:59:07 AM
What are you thinking for a mount if you get a nice goat with good hair? Are you going to do a shoulder or a half or full body mount?
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: blackveltbowhunter on August 17, 2017, 12:11:08 PM

Looks like fun.

It goes without saying but dat dare country will be a little cooler in October.
Be prepared.

Something I've put a lot of time into thinking about. I think I'm good from a gear standpoint. I do worry a little about early season snow, but maybe I'm overthinking it.

Except for access, I would take snow over rain in that country, but you are wise to wait IMHO.  :tup:
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on August 17, 2017, 12:18:53 PM
What are you thinking for a mount if you get a nice goat with good hair? Are you going to do a shoulder or a half or full body mount?

Well....that's a tough one at this point. Shoulder pedestal is what I'm thinking, but we're gearing up for a new house, so the goat may end up euro'd for now with the cape taxidermy tanned. Once we get the new place, then decide on the mount so I know which way I want it facing, form, etc. Hopefully that makes sense.


Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: Jpmiller on August 17, 2017, 12:28:00 PM
Is it that much more to get the whole hide tanned as opposed to just the cape? You can make a spot for a full.body mountain goat a criteria for the new place lol.
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: RB on August 17, 2017, 12:31:14 PM
I am having a half mount done with mine, when talking with the taxidermist a full mount is like adding a love seat to your living area, half mount I will be able to hang on the wall and take up less floor space.

 :twocents:
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: carpsniperg2 on August 17, 2017, 12:44:39 PM
What are you thinking for a mount if you get a nice goat with good hair? Are you going to do a shoulder or a half or full body mount?

Well....that's a tough one at this point. Shoulder pedestal is what I'm thinking, but we're gearing up for a new house, so the goat may end up euro'd for now with the cape taxidermy tanned. Once we get the new place, then decide on the mount so I know which way I want it facing, form, etc. Hopefully that makes sense.

Yeah it does indeed.
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: fillthefreezer on August 17, 2017, 01:02:30 PM
Something I've put a lot of time into thinking about. I think I'm good from a gear standpoint. I do worry a little about early season snow, but maybe I'm overthinking it.
you should be fine on that end, cold glassing sessions would be more my worry
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: Jonathan_S on August 17, 2017, 01:33:12 PM
It's getting so close! Thanks for all the pictures Jackelope. Good to know these goat tags really exist
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Post by: Jpmiller on August 17, 2017, 01:38:23 PM
It's getting so close! Thanks for all the pictures Jackelope. Good to know these goat tags really exist

They might not exist. Wdfw could have just given him one knowing he would post about it on here and this get us all re energized about goat hunting and continue pouring our dollars into the draw.....
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Post by: lewy on August 17, 2017, 02:24:08 PM
Beautiful country! What a great draw, I'm jealous!
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Post by: Tschaefer72 on August 17, 2017, 02:43:02 PM
Thanks for the pictures and update. That country is amazing. Cheering you on in this hunt!
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: NRA4LIFE on August 17, 2017, 02:53:48 PM
Go get him Josh.  Can't wait to see the results.  Congrats on that tag.
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on August 17, 2017, 02:57:08 PM
I am having a half mount done with mine, when talking with the taxidermist a full mount is like adding a love seat to your living area, half mount I will be able to hang on the wall and take up less floor space.

 :twocents:

I've looked at a few full body mounts. They're really big. I mean...enormous. I don't have near the room for that.
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Post by: Holg3107 on August 17, 2017, 03:02:39 PM
Good luck Jackelope!

As far as mounts go for me I think a goat rug is about as cool as they come! Also the most flexible as far as displaying, but there are lots of options, just thought id throw that into the mix as its not as popular as a half or full mount.
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on August 17, 2017, 03:13:13 PM
Actually thought real hard about a rug. If I kill a goat and the conditions are right, I might skin him out for a rug. We'll see where he's at and what kind of hair he's got when I put my hands on him and go from there.
It's a consideration for sure.


Thanks for all the kind words and good wishes. I can't believe it's so close to happening.
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: Skillet on August 17, 2017, 03:24:40 PM
Friend here in Sitka has a mountain goat rug.  Really cool, can be moved easily, put away easily or displayed in several ways. 

Good luck Josh, look forward to following your hunt.

 :tup:
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: Todd_ID on September 15, 2017, 12:00:08 PM
Got one down yet? It's opening day!
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on September 15, 2017, 12:17:40 PM
Got one down yet? It's opening day!

Not yet...waiting on hair to grow. I want an abominable snowman looking goat.
 
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: Rob on September 15, 2017, 12:52:18 PM
Any issues with the fires?
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on September 16, 2017, 11:40:52 AM
Any issues with the fires?

Can't believe you said that out loud.


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Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on September 16, 2017, 11:41:12 AM
Any issues with the fires?

Can't believe you said that out loud.


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Really, no issues at this time.


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Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: bearpaw on September 16, 2017, 12:03:43 PM
Are you going to wait till mid/late October?
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Post by: Jpmiller on September 16, 2017, 12:37:54 PM
Any issues with the fires?

Can't believe you said that out loud.


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Really, no issues at this time.


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You better that blaze in your signature out before it starts another one!
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on September 16, 2017, 01:54:45 PM
Are you going to wait till mid/late October?

Early October.


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Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: Rob on September 18, 2017, 08:04:51 AM
Any issues with the fires?

Can't believe you said that out loud.


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Really, no issues at this time.


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Cool.  I flew home from San Jose last Wednesday and there must have been 40 fires between Northern California and Portland. 

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Post by: huntnphool on September 18, 2017, 09:04:39 AM
Good plan Josh. :tup:
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Post by: X-Force on September 18, 2017, 10:57:15 AM
Are you going to wait till mid/late October?

Early October.


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Great time to be up there.

Good luck!
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: 92xj on September 20, 2017, 09:15:24 AM
Prepping for snow?
It's white up there right now.
I know you hate floorless, but a floorless with a stove might save your comfort up there.
If you need/want, you can borrow my megatarp with titanium stove...
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on September 20, 2017, 11:23:03 AM
Prepping for snow?
It's white up there right now.
I know you hate floorless, but a floorless with a stove might save your comfort up there.
If you need/want, you can borrow my megatarp with titanium stove...

Thanks for the offer, but I'm going to use my own stuff. I'm good with a little less comfort. I have the floorless option as well but no stove. It's in the works though.
Looks like some warm weather coming in after this snap. Only a couple inches of snow predicted then upper 30's at night and mid to upper 50's during the day early next week. I got a picture of the snow in the rocks.. it's pretty amazingly beautiful. It's not my photo to share otherwise I'd post it up.

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Post by: 92xj on September 20, 2017, 11:48:54 AM
Roger that.
But if you get in a pinch, let me know, you're more than welcome, even just the stove.
It is looking amazing up there. Got a few pictures just before the front moved in with clear blue sky.
Good luck!
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on September 20, 2017, 12:24:38 PM
Roger that.
But if you get in a pinch, let me know, you're more than welcome, even just the stove.
It is looking amazing up there. Got a few pictures just before the front moved in with clear blue sky.
Good luck!

Will do, and I really appreciate the offer!

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Post by: The scout on September 20, 2017, 06:55:57 PM
got a foot of snow up in the goat country right now, hopefully it will melt off quick so they stay up high
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Post by: Wacenturion on September 20, 2017, 07:39:53 PM
Good luck Jackelope! 
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Post by: trophyhunt on September 27, 2017, 10:59:36 AM
I think your smart for waiting for a better hide, it must be killing you to not get up there!!  Good luck Josh!
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: Rainier10 on September 27, 2017, 11:00:03 AM
A little motivational talk from the past as a refresher for you.  "Never give up"

As I said a few times, congrats to your daughter and to you too, Rick. Just wanted to share this exchange I had with Rick's daughter texting me on her dad's phone while he was driving to the cabin Friday night. There was a lot of joking around about her needing a pet rabbit and stuff, but then she got down to business. I thought you folks would like this exchange. I'm the green messages and she's the gray ones.

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Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on September 27, 2017, 04:01:54 PM
A little motivational talk from the past as a refresher for you.  "Never give up"

As I said a few times, congrats to your daughter and to you too, Rick. Just wanted to share this exchange I had with Rick's daughter texting me on her dad's phone while he was driving to the cabin Friday night. There was a lot of joking around about her needing a pet rabbit and stuff, but then she got down to business. I thought you folks would like this exchange. I'm the green messages and she's the gray ones.

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Hot damn. I loved that conversation with the kid.
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Post by: bearpaw on September 27, 2017, 04:08:19 PM
I think your smart for waiting for a better hide, it must be killing you to not get up there!!  Good luck Josh!

I agree, long hair is awesome on goats!  :tup:
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Post by: Gringo31 on September 28, 2017, 08:08:07 AM
Absolutely! 
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Post by: jackelope on October 01, 2017, 06:56:28 PM
Just came back from an amazing First hunting weekend in the goat rocks. Intended to stay another day but Mother Nature had other ideas. Hiked in Friday night a few miles in the dark and set up camp with fillthefreezer. Got up Saturday morning to socked in views of nothing and rain/snow. With no visibility we sat tight till about noon.  Decided to take a walk and fill out water bladders at least. Ended up running into s couple hikers who said they saw some goats a couple miles up the trail so  we decided to go for it and see if we could turn them up. We eventually found them but no big billy in the group. It was cool to see them and I was relieved to discover theyíre not completely invisible in a snow covered environment. Had them at 150 yards but the little billy was just too young so we let him walk. Headed back to camp in a white out with I donít know how hard the wind was blowing but it was pretty dang hard. Our quick walk to fill up our water supply ended up 7.5 miles RT. Made it back to camp only to find my tent crushed under a crap ton of wet snow. Hereís a few pics.

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We turned in for the night only to have to clear snow buildup from the tent 4-5 times during the night. Woke up this morning and found zero visibility and it wouldnít stop snowing. Gave it a few hours and with no improvement we packed it in a day early and made for the Blue Spruce and a welcome bacon cheeseburger and a couple IPAís. 

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Sorry for not posting pics of a dead billy. Hopefully the bacon cheeseburger gets you by until my next update. What a great time in the mountains. Canít thank fillthefreezer enough. Heís an animal in the mountains.

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Post by: Timberstalker on October 01, 2017, 07:16:42 PM
Nice.  Looking forward to your next trip.
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Post by: h20hunter on October 01, 2017, 07:16:57 PM
 :tup:
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Post by: Pinetar on October 01, 2017, 07:20:01 PM
Looks like fun! Good luck next time out
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Post by: jstone on October 01, 2017, 07:21:34 PM
Great pictures sounds like a blast good luck
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Post by: quadrafire on October 01, 2017, 07:41:05 PM
Whoop. Go get em!!!
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Post by: X-Force on October 01, 2017, 11:35:47 PM
Hopefully the weather cooperates next time.
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Post by: CaNINE on October 02, 2017, 07:38:43 AM
I've been patiently waiting for this hunt to unfold. Following along. Hopefully the weather will open up this week for you.
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Post by: fishngamereaper on October 02, 2017, 08:12:43 AM
Enjoy the ride..It would be no fun to whack one and be done on the first trip.
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Post by: Bob33 on October 02, 2017, 08:20:09 AM
DIY hunts are awesome. The memories will last a lifetime, especially knowing you earned it the old fashioned way.

Thanks for sharing.
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Post by: jackelope on October 02, 2017, 08:30:10 AM
Hereís a couple quick videos. The wind was a whipping!!



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Post by: JLS on October 02, 2017, 08:38:47 AM
Thanks for the update.  Wish I lived closer, I'd give you a hand/set of eyes/pair of legs.  Goats actually stand out pretty good in the snow, particularly in the sun.  Different shades of white.

The Cliffhanger has good burgers too.
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Post by: jackelope on October 02, 2017, 08:43:59 AM
This is the little billy I didnít shoot.



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Post by: jackelope on October 02, 2017, 08:45:10 AM
Family group. Well, part of them.



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Post by: lokidog on October 02, 2017, 09:02:57 AM
I don't believe all of this, it was cold stuff, sounds like a nice crackling fire in the background of your videos.....   :chuckle:   :chuckle:

We were down a lot lower and it was 35 degrees plus a strong wind on the west side of the ridges, so I'm sure it was worse up there.  Good luck
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Post by: boneaddict on October 02, 2017, 12:58:47 PM
Nothing like a good plop of that wet snow down the back of your neck to wake you up.   Brrrrr.  Good stuff.
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Post by: Gringo31 on October 02, 2017, 01:09:38 PM
Good news is that this experience is still in front of you and not behind you.  The hunt, anticipation......is where it's at.


Good Luck!  Soak it all in!  (no pun intended)
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Post by: fillthefreezer on October 03, 2017, 10:51:52 AM
quick video i threw together from the weekend. hope you guys enjoy.

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Post by: tlbradford on October 03, 2017, 10:54:36 AM
Sideways snow!  Sure looks like a goat hunt to me.  I will enjoy following along with the hunt.  Best of luck Josh.
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Post by: jackelope on October 03, 2017, 11:07:59 AM
quick video i threw together from the weekend. hope you guys enjoy.


That music is majestic. Thanks again, bro.
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Post by: jstone on October 03, 2017, 11:40:43 AM
Keep the vids coming
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Post by: Gringo31 on October 03, 2017, 12:43:28 PM
Do I want to know what the pink slippers are about?
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Post by: PlateauNDN on October 03, 2017, 12:49:52 PM
Pink shorts from 1 member and now pink slippers? What's next. :dunno: :chuckle:
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Post by: jackelope on October 03, 2017, 01:14:54 PM
Do I want to know what the pink slippers are about?

Pink shorts from 1 member and now pink slippers? What's next. :dunno: :chuckle:

fillthefreezer's Baffin booties  I bet.
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Post by: jackelope on October 03, 2017, 01:34:07 PM
I don't see any pink slippers. Maybe his foot beds?
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Post by: Caseyd on October 08, 2017, 10:22:13 PM
That wasnít you flown out this weekend I hope Josh  :yike:
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Post by: Rainier10 on October 09, 2017, 08:38:30 AM
That wasnít you flown out this weekend I hope Josh  :yike:
No he was not out hunting goats this weekend.
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Post by: Timberstalker on October 09, 2017, 08:59:16 AM
That wasnít you flown out this weekend I hope Josh  :yike:

Negative, the guy was 55 years old. 
Pretty sure Jackelope is far older.



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Post by: Jason on October 09, 2017, 09:24:04 AM
That wasnít you flown out this weekend I hope Josh  :yike:

Negative, the guy was 55 years old. 
Pretty sure Jackelope is far older.



 :chuckle:
:bow: :bow:
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Post by: jackelope on October 09, 2017, 10:21:18 AM
That wasn’t you flown out this weekend I hope Josh  :yike:

Negative, the guy was 55 years old. 
Pretty sure Jackelope is far older.



 :chuckle:

Thanks man....
I didn't kill a goat yet but I made a new friend.
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Post by: Timberstalker on October 09, 2017, 10:24:16 AM
 :chuckle: :chuckle: :chuckle:

Ha.  You're gonna kill a dandy.  Can't wait to see this unfold. :tup:
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Post by: PlateauNDN on October 09, 2017, 11:53:33 AM
Looks like you're becoming a little to friendly with them goats. :bdid: that wasn't a date was it? :chuckle:
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Post by: deerhunter_98520 on October 09, 2017, 06:59:35 PM
I walked into this thread at the wrong time  :chuckle:
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Post by: 92xj on October 12, 2017, 06:11:42 AM
Hope you're not on the road right now heading up, looks like today is going to be brutal up top, High of 30 Low of 20 8" of snow and 22mph winds.  Though Friday evening through Monday looks perfect! 
Good luck if you're heading out.  Cant wait to see and read more of the story.
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Post by: Katmai Guy on October 12, 2017, 07:48:46 AM
Jackalope, gitter done, never know when you wont be able to get to em. :chuckle:
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Post by: jackelope on October 12, 2017, 08:18:04 AM
Hoping for a dead goat some time in the next 5 days.
 :)
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Post by: Widgeondeke on October 12, 2017, 08:27:18 AM
Hoping for a dead goat some time in the next 5 days.
 :)


 :yeah:     :tup:   

hope to get a text in the next 5 days
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Post by: Timberstalker on October 12, 2017, 08:31:04 AM
Been thinking it's getting close!  Can't wait to see what you drum up!
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Post by: jackelope on October 12, 2017, 09:50:55 AM
Been thinking it's getting close!  Can't wait to see what you drum up!

At this point, it's getting complicated logistically. I'm hoping to drum up a mature billy. Snow is a thing and getting me snowed out makes me really, really nervous.
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Post by: 92xj on October 12, 2017, 10:04:56 AM
I'm clearly envious and living vicariously through you, wishing I was on that mountain with the challenges ahead.  I wish you the best and the best luck you can be granted!
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Post by: PlateauNDN on October 12, 2017, 10:06:23 AM
The clock is ticking. Better see a dead goat in the next 5 days.
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Post by: Boss .300 winmag on October 12, 2017, 10:11:56 AM
Been thinking it's getting close!  Can't wait to see what you drum up!

At this point, it's getting complicated logistically. I'm hoping to drum up a mature billy. Snow is a thing and getting me snowed out makes me really, really nervous.

Getting snowed out early this year is s real possibility. Where is all this global warming.  :chuckle:
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Post by: 2MANY on October 12, 2017, 10:17:05 AM
Been thinking it's getting close!  Can't wait to see what you drum up!

At this point, it's getting complicated logistically. I'm hoping to drum up a mature billy. Snow is a thing and getting me snowed out makes me really, really nervous.

Jack,
You might want to consider calling Kent.
He might be able to get you in position for a couple of days.
He might have accommodations up there he and you could use between muzzy and riffle.
He knows where a Billy is.
Just a thought.
No regrets.
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Post by: PlateauNDN on October 12, 2017, 10:18:57 AM
I don't know why he's worried. :dunno: hes a billionaire mod, he could just take his chopper to the top and get dropped off and flown out after he's had his team of "moss back guides" cut and pack out his billy. :chuckle:
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Post by: Timberstalker on October 12, 2017, 10:22:57 AM
Been thinking it's getting close!  Can't wait to see what you drum up!

At this point, it's getting complicated logistically. I'm hoping to drum up a mature billy. Snow is a thing and getting me snowed out makes me really, really nervous.

Understandable.  As mentioned, this system looks like a squall, then solid weather for a bit.
It will all pan out.
 :tup:
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Post by: jackelope on October 12, 2017, 10:24:59 AM
I'm feeling really good about the next 4 days. I'll be up where the goats live when the weather breaks. Hoping it all comes together this weekend. Mother Nature has really put the screws to the Goat Rocks tagholders this year. Feeling like this will be a good weekend for us.
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Post by: lokidog on October 12, 2017, 10:30:07 AM
Get a nice one!
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Post by: 2MANY on October 12, 2017, 10:55:41 AM
Aim for the white hair.
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Post by: jackelope on October 12, 2017, 10:58:06 AM
Aim for the white hair.

Aim small, miss small!!
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Post by: ctwiggs1 on October 12, 2017, 11:01:44 AM
Make it happen - we're all pulling for ya man.  This is your year! :tup:
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Post by: Gringo31 on October 12, 2017, 11:41:26 AM
Best of Luck!

Should be some better hair on them by now....
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Post by: cohoho on October 12, 2017, 01:42:51 PM
Good luck Josh!
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Post by: carpsniperg2 on October 12, 2017, 02:16:05 PM
GL man
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Post by: jackelope on October 12, 2017, 02:22:50 PM
Thanks guys. I'll update ASAP. Leaving here tomorrow morning...figured I'd wait till the weather breaks to hike in.
 

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Post by: h20hunter on October 12, 2017, 02:25:04 PM
Get sum
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Post by: X-Force on October 12, 2017, 02:34:14 PM
Good luck. Hopefully the fog pushes out and you can see up there.
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Post by: SkookumHntr on October 12, 2017, 02:45:40 PM
Good luck man!!
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Post by: trophyhunt on October 12, 2017, 04:26:14 PM
Good luck Josh, Give them hell!
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Post by: Whitenuckles on October 12, 2017, 05:22:15 PM
The best of luck bud!! Can't wait to hear your story.
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Post by: DOUBLELUNG on October 12, 2017, 05:47:08 PM
Get some!
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Post by: Elkstuffer on October 12, 2017, 07:20:00 PM
Good luck Josh!!!! Let me know if you get in a jam.
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Post by: jstone on October 13, 2017, 04:20:17 PM
Good luck can't wait for the story and pictures
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Post by: jmscon on October 13, 2017, 05:34:11 PM
Good luck, hope all the pieces fall into place!
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Post by: jackelope on October 15, 2017, 07:36:01 PM
Well sorry to say that Iím still holding a goat tag.  Queez, one of the other tag holders and I spent the weekend up there. Itís sketchy. Probably close to 3í of snow and super difficult getting around. Spent a bunch of time today trying to will a nice billy off the top of the ridge by camp but no dice. Iím grateful to have been able to spend some time in some very Beautiful country. A goat at this point would be icing on the cake. Enjoy some pics. Sorry that there is not a pic of a dead billy.

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Thereís a couple goats up on that ridge.
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Trekking pole for depth reference. Fully extended for me. Iím 6í4Ē
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I might be almost dead in this rare Josh selfie.
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There are worse places to spend a weekend.
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Post by: jackelope on October 15, 2017, 07:38:04 PM
Hereís the goats. Nanny down low in the blue circle. We had a hard time deciding if she was in fact a nanny until we watched her squat to pee. She was biiiggggg.  The billy stayed up on the ridge top just below that rock face the whole time.

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Post by: ctwiggs1 on October 15, 2017, 07:40:24 PM
Just means that Billy is going to be that much sweeter of an experience.  Thanks for the update! :tup:
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Post by: jackelope on October 15, 2017, 08:05:45 PM
If things go right, Queez is going to kill him. Heís still up there now.


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Post by: Jpmiller on October 15, 2017, 08:07:06 PM
You got another trip on the schedule?
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Post by: jackelope on October 15, 2017, 08:08:05 PM
In the works as I type this.


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Post by: time2hunt on October 15, 2017, 08:16:56 PM
Were you and ryan able to make it to Hawkeye point or just to deep


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Post by: jackelope on October 15, 2017, 09:06:26 PM
Were you and ryan able to make it to Hawkeye point or just to deep


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Post by: PlateauNDN on October 15, 2017, 10:54:14 PM
 :yike: :yike: :yike: no dead billy?!??!?!!?  :bash: :bash: :bash:

 :chuckle:
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Post by: trophyhunt on October 16, 2017, 06:26:28 AM
You need my snowmobile??
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Post by: time2hunt on October 16, 2017, 07:12:43 AM
What Jackelope and queez need is for people that are deer and elk hunting in the rimrock unit to keep a eye open for them. 👍


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Post by: trophyhunt on October 16, 2017, 07:13:44 AM
What Jackelope and queez need is for people that are deer and elk hunting in the rimrock unit to keep a eye open for them. 👍


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Post by: jackelope on October 16, 2017, 07:18:34 AM
You need my snowmobile??

I've only been in the wilderness so far so no snowmobiles. I do appreciate it though.

What Jackelope and queez need is for people that are deer and elk hunting in the rimrock unit to keep a eye open for them. 👍


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Thanks dude. That would be great.
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Post by: PlateauNDN on October 16, 2017, 08:35:33 AM
Wasn't there a story posted last year or 2 yrs ago of a guy that had this same tag and ended up killing a nice billy next to rimrock lake??? Boated to it and loaded whole.
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Post by: jackelope on October 16, 2017, 08:44:07 AM
Wasn't there a story posted last year or 2 yrs ago of a guy that had this same tag and ended up killing a nice billy next to rimrock lake??? Boated to it and loaded whole.

A guy killed one off of a lake. Beached his boat, got out and killed him. Maybe it was Walupt Lake?

combs338 is his handle. Only reason I know that is because I was just looking at his thread.
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Post by: quadrafire on October 16, 2017, 09:23:42 AM
You have snowshoes Josh?
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Post by: jackelope on October 16, 2017, 09:51:26 AM
You have snowshoes Josh?

I have snowshoes, but they don't do any good in the cliffs.
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Post by: quadrafire on October 16, 2017, 10:05:11 AM
You have snowshoes Josh?

I have snowshoes, but they don't do any good in the cliffs.
Ahhh...Good point.
Ice Axe maybe? :chuckle:
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Post by: Katmai Guy on October 16, 2017, 10:12:27 AM
Are the goats still up in the snow or do they come down and get in the trees once snow covers the rocks?  Goodluck Jackalope, hate to see people get drawn for something like this and not harvest.
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Post by: trophyhunt on October 16, 2017, 10:17:36 AM
Are the goats still up in the snow or do they come down and get in the trees once snow covers the rocks?  Goodluck Jackalope, hate to see people get drawn for something like this and not harvest.
not sure, but my wife's uncle killed his goat in waist high snow.  I think waiting will get him a much better coat, he will fill his tag!
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Post by: Boss .300 winmag on October 16, 2017, 10:20:15 AM
Parachute in with snow skies, kill it ski out👍.
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Post by: Southpole on October 16, 2017, 10:43:02 AM
Parachute in with snow skies, kill it ski out👍.
Bond... James Bond
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Post by: jackelope on October 16, 2017, 12:30:47 PM
Are the goats still up in the snow or do they come down and get in the trees once snow covers the rocks?  Goodluck Jackalope, hate to see people get drawn for something like this and not harvest.

The goats were in the highest parts of the ridges in all the snow.
One of the pics I posted has some circles I drew on them...those are goats. I know you can't see them in the pics but that's where they were.
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Post by: ctwiggs1 on October 16, 2017, 12:33:25 PM
Parachute in with snow skies, kill it ski out👍.

If you don't take this idea seriously, then you don't take OIL seriously.  Just sayin'
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Post by: jackelope on October 16, 2017, 12:39:28 PM
Are the goats still up in the snow or do they come down and get in the trees once snow covers the rocks?  Goodluck Jackalope, hate to see people get drawn for something like this and not harvest.
not sure, but my wife's uncle killed his goat in waist high snow.  I think waiting will get him a much better coat, he will fill his tag!

The goats are carrying pretty amazing coats right now.
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Post by: Bob33 on October 16, 2017, 12:39:38 PM
I'm cold just looking at those photos.

Good luck. Hopefully there will be some weather breaks that allow you to get closer.
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Post by: jackelope on October 16, 2017, 12:41:19 PM
Are the goats still up in the snow or do they come down and get in the trees once snow covers the rocks?  Goodluck Jackalope, hate to see people get drawn for something like this and not harvest.

The goats were in the highest parts of the ridges in all the snow.
One of the pics I posted has some circles I drew on them...those are goats. I know you can't see them in the pics but that's where they were.

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Post by: boneaddict on October 16, 2017, 01:32:01 PM
Im guessing most are timbered bound soon if not already.   I know you are watching the pending weather coming in. :yike:   That's some cool (no pun intended) hunting.   
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Post by: PlateauNDN on October 16, 2017, 01:34:26 PM
Wasn't there a story posted last year or 2 yrs ago of a guy that had this same tag and ended up killing a nice billy next to rimrock lake??? Boated to it and loaded whole.

A guy killed one off of a lake. Beached his boat, got out and killed him. Maybe it was Walupt Lake?

combs338 is his handle. Only reason I know that is because I was just looking at his thread.


Thats the 1 I was thinking of.

Take the HW corporate black super-secret-covert-James bond black hawk and parachute in. I think you should quit with the above 1st world elitist problem and get'er done.

All you have to do is shoot and your super-ultra-high-paid guides can figure out how to get your goat down. :chuckle:
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Post by: Jpmiller on October 16, 2017, 01:49:01 PM
Wasn't there a story posted last year or 2 yrs ago of a guy that had this same tag and ended up killing a nice billy next to rimrock lake??? Boated to it and loaded whole.

A guy killed one off of a lake. Beached his boat, got out and killed him. Maybe it was Walupt Lake?

combs338 is his handle. Only reason I know that is because I was just looking at his thread.


Thats the 1 I was thinking of.

Take the HW corporate black super-secret-covert-James bond black hawk and parachute in. I think you should quit with the above 1st world elitist problem and get'er done.

All you have to do is shoot and your super-ultra-high-paid guides can figure out how to get your goat down. :chuckle:

I think I read once to trick to bagging a goat is to head into the woods without your weapon? Just make sure there's someone around to lend you theirs  :chuckle:
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Post by: Special T on October 16, 2017, 02:02:21 PM
When I was taking Scouts climbing in the Olympics I would have everyone :pee: on rocks. Find a nice flat one and you'll bait them right in with the smell of salt. Worked like a champ for me.
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Post by: PlateauNDN on October 16, 2017, 02:29:40 PM
 :chuckle:
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Post by: jackelope on October 16, 2017, 02:31:01 PM
I tried that on a couple rocks at camp when we were weathered in a few weeks ago since we couldn't see more than 100'. Didn't work.
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Post by: Timberstalker on October 16, 2017, 04:08:13 PM
Wow, best of luck Josh.  I hope this all works out.

 :tup:
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Post by: Kit Carson on October 16, 2017, 04:35:39 PM
Good luck in your adventure!  :tup:
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Post by: fillthefreezer on October 16, 2017, 05:23:39 PM
this hunt is long from over.  :tup:
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Post by: Special T on October 16, 2017, 05:27:27 PM
I tried that on a couple rocks at camp when we were weathered in a few weeks ago since we couldn't see more than 100'. Didn't work.

Don't give up on it... it cost nothing, and in the Olympics they will dig a hole to China if you dont!
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Post by: Falcon on October 17, 2017, 03:54:32 PM
this hunt is long from over.  :tup:

If it snows too much, Scott will carry you to any summit in 3 feet of snow on his back :chuckle:
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Post by: Whitenuckles on October 21, 2017, 12:40:43 PM
Anyone know if he went out this weekend?
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Post by: jackelope on October 21, 2017, 12:51:39 PM
Iím not out there this weekend. A bunch of snow today followed by a crap ton of rain tonight and tomorrow turned me off. Hoping/praying for a big melt and some sunshine and clear skies later next week and will head up for 3-4 days. Looking pretty good for that right now.


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Post by: Ellensburg on October 21, 2017, 06:55:53 PM
Keep the updates coming.

Looking forward to the success pics.
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Post by: Brushcrawler on October 21, 2017, 07:16:52 PM
Lots of us rooting for this hunt to turn out well!
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Post by: jackelope on October 21, 2017, 08:41:28 PM
Lots of us rooting for this hunt to turn out well!

Canít thank you all enough. Told my buddy today Iím ok if I kill a goat and ok if I donít. Iíve seen places and done things I never would have seen or done had I not had this tag. Canít control Mother Nature. With that said,  my plan is to kill a goat in a week.


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Post by: lokidog on October 21, 2017, 10:50:04 PM
Lots of us rooting for this hunt to turn out well!

Canít thank you all enough. Told my buddy today Iím ok if I kill a goat and ok if I donít. Iíve seen places and done things I never would have seen or done had I not had this tag. Canít control Mother Nature. With that said,  my plan is to kill a goat in a week.
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 :tup:
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Post by: Naches Sportsman on October 21, 2017, 11:06:03 PM
You made the right call not going out there this weekend. I have a feeling that there are some thru hikers having a terrible time tonight/this weekend.
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Post by: boneaddict on October 22, 2017, 06:44:48 AM
Im glad you weren't up there last night.   That was quite a storm.   
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Post by: jackelope on October 22, 2017, 08:55:27 AM
Thanks for the reassurance in my decision, guys. Ive been thinking those thru hikers are pretty much all through there now. There was a bunch of north-bounders passing through in August.


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Post by: jstone on October 22, 2017, 09:46:13 AM
This week will be the perfect week to get it done. Good luck... can't wait for the story and pictures
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Post by: quadrafire on October 22, 2017, 06:51:39 PM
Lots of us rooting for this hunt to turn out well!

Canít thank you all enough. Told my buddy today Iím ok if I kill a goat and ok if I donít. Iíve seen places and done things I never would have seen or done had I not had this tag. Canít control Mother Nature. With that said,  my plan is to kill a goat in a week.


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That's a good way to think about any hunt we go on.  Thanks for sharing that.
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Post by: NOCK NOCK on October 25, 2017, 08:19:57 AM
Wishing you the best of luck Josh.................














Oh Billy Billy Billy  :chuckle:
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Post by: Rainier10 on October 25, 2017, 08:32:51 AM
 :chuckle: Oh Billy, Billy, Billy, Billy
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Post by: PlateauNDN on October 25, 2017, 09:55:12 AM
I hope you take advantage of the weather this week and slay a goat.  :tup:
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Post by: pianoman9701 on October 25, 2017, 10:04:11 AM
 :yeah:
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Post by: jackelope on October 25, 2017, 10:06:06 AM
I hope you take advantage of the weather this week and slay a goat.  :tup:

It's gonna happen!!

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Post by: Falcon on October 25, 2017, 10:07:24 AM
Josh,

Perfect conditions for success.    Have a great hunt :tup:
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Post by: trophyhunt on October 25, 2017, 10:13:50 AM
Yes!!!! Make it happen!  Go get one Josh!
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Post by: Gringo31 on October 25, 2017, 10:15:23 AM
Long haired goat!

It will make that smile even bigger.....   :tup:
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Post by: Gringo31 on October 26, 2017, 11:48:32 AM
Wishing you the best of luck....

 :tup:
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Post by: fishngamereaper on October 26, 2017, 11:49:30 AM
Oh the suspense..........
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Post by: jackelope on October 26, 2017, 12:00:43 PM
Oh the suspense..........

You can turn down the suspense volume for a day. I'm headed in tomorrow, be out Monday, hopefully sooner  ;) .
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Post by: throttlejocky20 on October 26, 2017, 12:37:07 PM
This thread is killing me hopefully you get it done  :hunter:
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Post by: Timberstalker on October 26, 2017, 12:44:23 PM
Been watching the weather.  Glad there is going to be a window.  Best of luck, and take it all in.
 :tup:
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on October 26, 2017, 12:47:45 PM
This thread is killing me hopefully you get it done  :hunter:

Probably one of the longest hunt threads without a dead animal ever.
:sry:
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Post by: Southpole on October 26, 2017, 12:59:20 PM
This thread is killing me hopefully you get it done  :hunter:

Probably one of the longest hunt threads without a dead animal ever.
:sry:

Yeah, we know  >:(
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Post by: Widgeondeke on October 26, 2017, 01:22:58 PM
This thread is killing me hopefully you get it done  :hunter:

Probably one of the longest hunt threads without a dead animal ever.
:sry:

EXACTLY  :bash:     
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Post by: Whitenuckles on October 26, 2017, 02:24:10 PM
Good luck!!! Can't wait to see him :drool:
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Post by: carpsniperg2 on October 26, 2017, 02:56:21 PM
GL be safe.
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Post by: Shawn Ryan on October 28, 2017, 03:05:10 PM
Today is the day! Sunny and 52 degrees.
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Post by: The scout on October 28, 2017, 03:07:13 PM
 :yeah: better get it done before Wednesday.can't wait to see the pics and here the story
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Post by: PlateauNDN on October 28, 2017, 03:19:54 PM
It's Saturday afternoon and still no dead goat pic....... :bash:
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Post by: ctwiggs1 on October 28, 2017, 08:19:16 PM
It's just a long packout.
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Post by: jackelope on October 28, 2017, 10:55:33 PM
Short and sweet as itís late and Rainier10 and I are frikkin exhausted. Billy down. Got it done today. Brought him out this evening and weíre staying In packwood for the night then back in the morning to get our camp out.  What an experience. I canít thank all of you enough for all the encouragement and kind words. Iíll write it up sometime tomorrow with the story and some more pics. What a day.

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Post by: Elkcollector82 on October 28, 2017, 11:07:40 PM
Congrats on a great goat. Canít wait to hear the story.  :tup:
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Post by: bowhunterforever on October 28, 2017, 11:08:17 PM
Heck ya nice goat :tup: congrats
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Post by: X-Force on October 28, 2017, 11:34:07 PM
It was worth staying up this late!

Awesome.

Congrats!!!
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Post by: dscubame on October 28, 2017, 11:40:24 PM
So cool!
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Post by: Crunchy on October 29, 2017, 12:12:38 AM
Wow!  It happened.  Nicely done.
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Post by: PlateauNDN on October 29, 2017, 12:43:35 AM
 :yike: tease!?!?!? Better not drag this out for a few days. :bdid: :chuckle:
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Post by: carpsniperg2 on October 29, 2017, 01:05:50 AM
Congrats man had my fingers and toes crossed for ya.
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Post by: elkrack on October 29, 2017, 04:19:14 AM
that's awesome! Congrats :IBCOOL: For some reason packing out an animal of the goat rocks tends to tucker a guy out! :o
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Post by: ctwiggs1 on October 29, 2017, 06:54:43 AM
:yike: tease!?!?!? Better not drag this out for a few days. :bdid: :chuckle:

This guy.  LOL :chuckle:
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Post by: jackelope on October 29, 2017, 07:15:09 AM
:yike: tease!?!?!? Better not drag this out for a few days. :bdid: :chuckle:

Haha trying to not be like you!! Headed back in to get camp out. Couldnít do both last night but all the heavy stuff is out.

Rainier10 before the pack out.

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Post by: ctwiggs1 on October 29, 2017, 07:15:40 AM
Congrats Jackelope.  Ecstatic for you.  You're one of the guys who has assisted many on this forum and all of us were excited to see you pull his tag.  Glad you connected with a real stud Billy.  Can't wait for the story!

.....now the real question: is your wife sold on eating goat?
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Post by: DeerThug on October 29, 2017, 07:16:05 AM
Awesome!
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Post by: Timberstalker on October 29, 2017, 07:20:47 AM
Oh man!!
Awesome Jack!
Canít wait to hear it all! :tup:
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Post by: Widgeondeke on October 29, 2017, 07:25:04 AM
Congrats Jackelope.  Ecstatic for you.  You're one of the guys who has assisted many on this forum and all of us were excited to see you pull his tag.  Glad you connected with a real stud Billy.  Can't wait for the story!

.....now the real question: is your wife sold on eating goat?
If she's not, I'm sure he has friends and family that are  :drool: 

CONGRATS Josh.  :tup:  Can catch up more at a 4-H meeting  :chuckle:
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Post by: fishngamereaper on October 29, 2017, 07:52:28 AM
Heck ya.... :tup: Nice Billy.
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Post by: jmscon on October 29, 2017, 08:37:33 AM
Gorgeous goat, congrats!!
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Post by: Russ McDonald on October 29, 2017, 08:38:07 AM
Way to get it done Josh!  :tup: :tup:
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Post by: NOCK NOCK on October 29, 2017, 08:48:58 AM
Congrats Josh.  :tup: :tup:
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Post by: WAcoyotehunter on October 29, 2017, 09:44:02 AM
Awesome job Josh.  I'm glad you took advantage of this tag and got some good hunting in
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Post by: Kazekurt on October 29, 2017, 09:50:40 AM
Nice Goat!!!!
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Post by: Blacktail Sniper on October 29, 2017, 09:52:47 AM
Awesome!   :tup:
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Post by: jstone on October 29, 2017, 10:16:24 AM
That is awesome!!!! Great Job!!!!!   CONGRATULATIONS
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Post by: Igottanewknee on October 29, 2017, 10:44:01 AM
Congrats... Nice goat!!
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Post by: wheels on October 29, 2017, 11:02:01 AM
congrats heck of a goat
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Post by: JimmyHoffa on October 29, 2017, 11:20:39 AM
Congrats jackelope.  Sounded like quite the season.
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Post by: blindluck on October 29, 2017, 11:28:28 AM
 Awesome congratulations,  definitely a true once-in-a-lifetime experience!!!
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Post by: Bob33 on October 29, 2017, 11:58:52 AM
Well done and congratulations.You had a Once In a Lifetime experience and harvested a beautiful animal to boot.
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Post by: 92xj on October 29, 2017, 12:03:47 PM
Congrats!!!!! I'm glad the weather gave you a break and you found a fantastic goat.
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Post by: RB on October 29, 2017, 12:41:17 PM
Right on! Congrats!  :tup:
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Post by: Special T on October 29, 2017, 12:43:09 PM
Congratulations! Couldn't happen to a better guy, looking forward to the story.

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Post by: jkthomps on October 29, 2017, 12:47:33 PM
Short and sweet as itís late and Rainier10 and I are frikkin exhausted. Billy down. Got it done today. Brought him out this evening and weíre staying In packwood for the night then back in the morning to get our camp out.  What an experience. I canít thank all of you enough for all the encouragement and kind words. Iíll write it up sometime tomorrow with the story and some more pics. What a day.

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Congrats buddy!!! That is awesome! Well deserved!
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Post by: Ridgerunner on October 29, 2017, 01:32:30 PM
Congrats on a beautiful billy!


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Post by: Falcon on October 29, 2017, 01:38:52 PM
Josh.      Really happy you got a really nice billy.  I know it was a bit of a gamble with the weather.   
A hunt to remember for sure👊💥👊
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Post by: quadrafire on October 29, 2017, 01:43:36 PM
Congrats Josh. Dandy looking Goat there.  :tup:
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Post by: Pinetar on October 29, 2017, 01:46:22 PM
Very nice Congrats!!
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Post by: Boss .300 winmag on October 29, 2017, 01:47:05 PM
Great news, still would have liked to see you parachute in and ski out with a billy. :tup:
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Post by: Antlershed on October 29, 2017, 01:52:06 PM
Congrats on a great goat!
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Post by: teanawayslayer on October 29, 2017, 01:59:31 PM
Congrats josh! Glad you were able to get it done! :tup:
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Post by: Mfowl on October 29, 2017, 02:00:09 PM
Great billy! Congrats!  :tup:
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Post by: DaveMonti on October 29, 2017, 02:00:37 PM
Great achievement!  Congratulations Josh!
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Post by: Shawn Ryan on October 29, 2017, 02:57:04 PM
Congrats on getting it done.  Nice goat.
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Post by: jackelope on October 29, 2017, 03:01:27 PM
Thank you All. Just got out of the woods. Now eating cheeseburgers and drinking beer. Good times.


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Post by: jackelope on October 29, 2017, 03:06:29 PM
This is right after the shot. You can see him dead in his bed.

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Soaking it in. Emotions were high at this point. Really, really high.  Not sure I can explain how high.

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And this is me praying to God he was a billy. (I was 99% sure he was but never saw him pee)

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Post by: PlateauNDN on October 29, 2017, 03:11:13 PM
 :tup: you can see the shadow of the hw helo. :chuckle:
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Post by: CAMPMEAT on October 29, 2017, 03:12:45 PM
This is right after the shot. You can see him dead in his bed.

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Soaking it in. Emotions were high at this point. Really, really high.  Not sure I can explain how high.

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And this is me praying to God he was a billy. (I was 99% sure he was but never saw him pee)

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Congrats Josh. What a memory to have for your lifetime. Hope you took lotsa pictures you can share. I've been up there years ago looking for a mule that was left there because he decided he wanted stay put. Pretty rugged and beautiful country......
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Post by: 92xj on October 29, 2017, 03:25:33 PM
Awesome pictures!
Snow melt from your earlier adventures or new area?
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Post by: jackelope on October 29, 2017, 03:25:56 PM
Thanks Steve!!


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Post by: huntnphool on October 29, 2017, 03:29:54 PM
Congrats again Josh! :tup:
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Post by: Boss .300 winmag on October 29, 2017, 03:40:39 PM
Man looks like you got really close for your shot. Yardage was what? Huntwa hello to the rescue again.  :chuckle:
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Post by: redi on October 29, 2017, 03:47:07 PM
Great job
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Post by: FANATIC on October 29, 2017, 03:52:19 PM
Way to go Josh! I was worried Mother Nature was against you, but she was on your side this weekend. I knew you'd seal the deal. Way to stick with it. Fantastic hunt, beautiful billy. Wish I could have been there. Can't wait for more pics and the whole story.
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Post by: jackelope on October 29, 2017, 03:55:35 PM
Awesome pictures!
Snow melt from your earlier adventures or new area?

Same area. Snow is gone.


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Post by: jackelope on October 29, 2017, 03:56:11 PM
Man looks like you got really close for your shot. Yardage was what? Huntwa hello to the rescue again.  :chuckle:

99.7 yards. Killed him in his bed.


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Post by: jackelope on October 29, 2017, 03:57:44 PM
Way to go Josh! I was worried Mother Nature was against you, but she was on your side this weekend. I knew you'd seal the deal. Way to stick with it. Fantastic hunt, beautiful billy. Wish I could have been there. Can't wait for more pics and the whole story.

Thanks dude. About to lose cell service. Will post the whole story soon.


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Post by: Jpmiller on October 29, 2017, 04:23:28 PM
Awesome, I'll have you know I pulled my phone out of the pack several times this weekend hoping for an update but couldn't ever get service. Congrats on what sounds like a hell of a hunt and a gorgeous animal.
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Post by: jackelope on October 29, 2017, 04:52:57 PM
Thank you, man. I appreciate it.


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Post by: huntandjeep on October 29, 2017, 04:58:49 PM
Congrats Josh , glad the weather cooperated for you , can't wait for the story.
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Post by: jackelope on October 29, 2017, 06:04:14 PM
Thanks man.

Driving home, going to spend a little quality time with my wife and kiddo and Iíll write a little something up later. It was an epic 24 hour period.


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Post by: runamuk on October 29, 2017, 06:43:06 PM
Congrats.
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Post by: Bigshooter on October 29, 2017, 07:39:39 PM
Congrats
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Post by: MuleySniper on October 30, 2017, 07:57:56 AM
Congrats Josh! You're hunting perspective will be forever changed now after such a challenge and accomplishment. Congrats!
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Post by: blackveltbowhunter on October 30, 2017, 08:06:17 AM
Awesome goat! Congratz! Way to wait on the hair, I was lammenting the weather in the blacktail woods till i saw this post, so happy it co operated for you :tup:
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Post by: jackelope on October 30, 2017, 08:24:35 AM
Here goes nothing. 

Friday Rainier10 and I got a late start but hit the trail in the dark with a plan.  We were hiking in about 3.5-4 miles to the camp Iíve used every trip in so far. Thereís a big view of the basin Queez and I saw plenty of goats in 2 weeks before but couldnít get to them because of the snow. I was still freaking out a little about the snow because there was some in the parking lot at the TH. We got in to camp, got set up and went to sleep. My air mattress had a leak and we set up on an uneven spot so letís just say I didnít sleep well Friday night. The plan was to glass from camp before we went anywhere so we got to sleep in a little. We were going to find a goat, go kill it, pick him out, get a room in packwood for the night and then hike back up Sunday morning and get our camp out. We were going to make the Blue Spruce in time for a bacon cheeseburger and a couple beers and the Seahawks game Sunday. That was the plan and we were sticking to it.
I found a goat right away and then Rick and I found another.

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We decided to head up to the head of the basin and have a look over the saddle on the other side.  We get up there about 1/2-3/4 mile and hemmed and hawed and eventually decide to go directly after the first goat we saw. We were pretty sure that he was a billy but not positive as it was really far across that basin. Maybe 1500 yards or so. So Iím not the brave adventurous type but decided itís all or nothing. I really wanted to kill my goat in the wilderness and I thought this weekend might be my last chance to do it so we went for it. Into a seriously uncomfortable side hill adventure to the goat. Picked out a landmark to get to where we thought weíd be able to at least better evaluate the situation and maybe see the goat. To say I was nervous on this hill would be an understatement. Mostly it wasnít bad but there was a few spots that really probably werenít bad but still made me freak a little. Anyway we get to the ridge above the goat and I took the rifle off my pack just in case something happened quick.  We peaked over the edge and couldnít see a goat.  So Rick is a super patient guy. We sat there for at least 6-7 minutes picking the brush apart trying to make a snow patch turn into a goat. No dice. Rick decides heís going to cross the slide and see if he can bump him towards me. We didnít even know if he was still there as itís now roughly 4.5 hours after we spotted him from camp. 20 or so minutes goes by and Iím getting disgruntled as I felt like we just wasted a day getting to this goat that is no longer here so I started looking for the other goat. He was smaller but I felt he was a billy too. Anyway I spin around on the top of the ridge with my spotting scope and All and looked for a couple minutes. Nothing. Turn around back to look at the original spot and all of a sudden this white blob comes strolling down the hill. I instantly throw the rifle up and put the scope on him. First thing that pops into my head when I saw him at 6x on the scope was that he was a pretty nice billy. I put the binoculars on him and agree with myself that itís a billy. I put the rifle back up and cocked the hammer. Get settled in and about ready to shoot and a voice from God(Rick) calls out. Nanny! Nanny! Nanny!  I was like huh?? No way. I looked up to see Rick standing up on the skyline up the ridge a ways.  Weíre hollering back and forth about how he saw her pee and the pee came out the back and she peeíd like a nanny. Wow. Ok. If you say so.  So Rick came back across the slide and all this time the goat decides to bed down at almost exactly 100 yards.

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Rick tells me he first saw him at 40 yards when he stood up, acknowledged Rick and then laid back down. Rick got to 17 yards from him before he moved at all. These are some of my favorite photos that he took.

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We stared at this goat forever.  Spotter, binoís, back and forth how I was sure it was a billy. Then I remembered the pictures I had saved on my phone.

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Rick realizes that he peeíd like the one on the left.  Well thatís that. Iím gonna shoot this goat. I said that out loud apparently 6 or so times while we were trying to decide. But eventually went with my gut. Told Rick to get behind me because of the muzzle blast. The brake is loud if youíre off to the side. Got the rifle set up on the tripod and settled in, made sure Rick was ready and shot. Hit him with one well placed 180 grain accubond and he was dead. Never got up. I was extremely thankful for a clean, very fast kill. I was thankful he didnít go tumbling down the mountain. I was thankful for my buddy being there. I was thankful for a lot of things.

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Emotions were at an all time high at this point. I finally killed my goat. This is a weird point. I was positive in my head that he was a billy but Iím not a ďgoat guyĒ so I needed to get over there and make sure. This is me praying to God that he had nuts.

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Got up to him and lifted a leg to verify and there they were. Oh man... this has been a big day!! Thatís when the work started. We took a bunch of pictures and got to caping.

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This one shows how big these animals are. Iím 6í4Ē and about 225 for reference.

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We ended up having to tie him off to a rock because he kept sliding down the chute we were in. 

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Got him all caped out, boned the meat, got him all packed up for the ride out and hit it.

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That First chute was rough to get across. The rest of it felt like I was walking on air. From a hunting standpoint Iím not sure I can accurately relay that feeling. I had the cape and head, rifle, spotter etc and Rick packed the meat out. Iím sure we were both around 70 pounds total but I didnít feel it.
Got to camp and we were both pretty gassed. We each ate a mountain house and grabbed a few things from the tent and headed out. We hiked out in a little over 2 hours and ended up hitting the packwood lodge a little after 10pm. Got a good nights sleep and grabbed some breakfast then hit the trail again. Took us about 2 hours to get to camp, broke it down and headed out. Got out in just under 2 hours and we were at the Spruce about 3pm ordering some bacon cheeseburgers and an IPA. Oh man. We had a plan and we stuck to it. Oh and we didnít die sliding down a cliff.

Hereís a few more random pics from along the way. I tried to duplicate a few of the snow shots I took 2 weeks ago for the sake of comparison. Amazing what a couple weeks of warm weather and some huge rain can do.

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So I havenít really scored him and I really donít care what he scores but heís about 9Ēx9Ē and I think heíll score around 46Ē. I believe heís 4.5 years old. I was hoping for an older goat but he met my 9Ē billy goal. Mountain goats are huge animals.

This may seem a little corny but I felt it was fitting as we were hitting the final stretch of trail to camp with my goat that the sun was setting on my last night in the Goat Rocks. This place is truly amazing. One of the most beautiful places Iíve seen. Iíll miss it. Thank you All for the encouragement, kind words, information, I could go on and on. Just finding it hard to put it all into words. Sorry for the long winded story.

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Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on October 30, 2017, 08:27:11 AM
Man I already realized I forgot some of the story. Right in camp 20 minutes into the day I was walking along this hill carrying my spotter. I slipped and fell in my camp shoes. I was fine but my spotting scope came apart in the middle. I almost puked. Figured out how to screw it back together and it was good to go. Wish I took a picture. These things only add to the story I guess.


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Post by: ctwiggs1 on October 30, 2017, 08:32:57 AM
Great write-up!

Seriously Josh thanks for letting us all be a part of your hunt.  It's been a source of excitement from the moment I saw this thread pop up after special permits were drawn. 

Now I know who to call if I get drawn for the Rocks tag anytime soon  :chuckle:

Awesome hunt, awesome story, awesome pics. :tup:
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Post by: 92xj on October 30, 2017, 08:34:22 AM
Awesome story and adventure! I'm glad it all worked out and you accomplished your goals. It's an amazing place up there, that's for sure.
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Post by: Ironhead on October 30, 2017, 08:35:05 AM
Wow Josh, what a beautiful animal and an amazing adventure. Congratulations, you made the once in a lifetime tag into memories that will last a lifetime. Enjoy it my friend!
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Post by: Gringo31 on October 30, 2017, 08:37:40 AM
Awesome stuff!

I was looking at that pic and I was thinking billy.  But, this is coming from the guy who's only goat he killed ended up being a nanny.  Fantastic and congrats!  :tup: :tup:
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Post by: jackelope on October 30, 2017, 08:40:29 AM
I can honestly say with 110% certainty that I would not have killed my goat if Rick wasnít there. Canít thank him enough.


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Post by: jackelope on October 30, 2017, 08:41:20 AM
And fillthefreezer. I owe him as well. We spent 2 really crappy days up there. We found some goats anyway but dang, that was a rough and extremely wet weekend.


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Post by: jackelope on October 30, 2017, 08:44:48 AM


Now I know who to call if I get drawn for the Rocks tag anytime soon  :chuckle:


Iím thinking about a write up on just that topic alone. I told my wife last night that mountain goat hunting is definitely not for everyone.  At least not in the more remote places like the goat rocks. Iíve done a fair amount of hiking and spent a bunch of time overnight in the mountains but the  ďgetting to the goatĒ is a whole different variable. I think my ability to do this was borderline at best. I could have been in better shape for sure but thereís a lot more than just that to contend with.



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Post by: jstone on October 30, 2017, 08:51:40 AM
EPIC HUNT
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Post by: idaho guy on October 30, 2017, 08:54:51 AM
Well done been fun following this hunt
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Post by: Rainier10 on October 30, 2017, 09:21:31 AM
Great write up and you nailed all the highpoints.

I was pretty excited when Josh asked if I wanted to go on this hunt but had no idea how awesome it would be.  I am not sure I can put it into words just how amazing it was.

He is right, we had a plan and stuck to it.  I think I was so laser focused on the plan and I don't think it really sank in at the time what had happened.  I still can't believe it.

Picking our way across the hillside through the cliffs to get to the spot we had seen from so far away was no easy task.  My heart sunk when we couldn't see the goat and Josh is right I have no patience for sitting and waiting.  I am more of a "make it happen" guy.  So off I went to try to bump the goat.  He stood up at 40 yards looked me over for about 5 minutes and then just laid back down.  At that point I turned to go tell Josh that I found him but had second thoughts about walking away from the goat.  I decided I better keep eyes on him until I knew he was out where Josh could see him.  I just needed to make sure I stayed out of harms way and the path of any shot that Josh might take if he saw the goat.

At 17 yards the goat stood up and moved out to where I could see his whole body, Josh posted the pics already.  He stood there and peed and there was a bit of mist out his back side and I thought that maybe it was a nanny.  I'm not a goat guy and have never seen a goat pee.  Anyways at that point I thought, "man I should be taking some photos".  So I snapped a couple of photos and great video of him actually bowing his head to show me the horns.  Kind of a "if you come any closer you are going to make the evening news" kind of thing.  He slowly walked away and I figured Josh must be able to see him so I hiked back up to where I could see Josh.

That's when the long talk about peeing went down and lots of discussion about billy's and nanny's.  I think we talked for like 20 minutes while this goat just laid there at 100 yards.  Josh was dead set against shooting a nanny and I was really thinking that we going to walk away from this goat.  After he showed me the diagram of the billy standing to pee and the nanny squatting I said I am 100% sure that he stood just like the billy diagram.  With that confirmed Josh decided to shoot.

He made a great shot.  I mean an amazing shot, I have never witnessed anything like it, the goat just flexed and it's head tilted to the side, dead goat.

There are so many things that I take away from this hunt but here are a couple of the biggest ones in mind.

Josh never gave up, he went way outside of his comfort zone to make this happen.  That hillside and cliffs were no joke but you have to shoot them where they are at and that's what he did.

Josh was steadfast that he was not going to shoot a nanny.  From a conservation standpoint this was an absolute deal breaker for him, billy or eat the tag.

I think both of these say a ton about who he is and what he stands for.

I will never forget this hunt and don't think I can ever put into words how much I appreciate being allowed to participate.

Congratulations Josh on a great goat.
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Post by: jackelope on October 30, 2017, 09:28:46 AM
Thanks man.

Youíve never seen a goat pee?


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Post by: Rainier10 on October 30, 2017, 09:30:47 AM
Thanks man.

Youíve never seen a goat pee?


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Well now I have.  I'm kind of a "goat guy" now.
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Post by: Timberstalker on October 30, 2017, 09:33:20 AM
This is so awesome.  Congrats Josh.  I can only imagine the emotions you went through on the side of that hill.  Unbelievable.
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Post by: Rainier10 on October 30, 2017, 09:38:46 AM
A little more info on what type of guy Josh is.  I had never been back country hunting.  He provided everything except my clothes and sleeping bag.  He brought me trekking poles, a sleeping pad, a sitting pad, the tent, the stove and the water filter.  He even gave me his "puffy" jacket to use as a pillow.

That first night Josh spent on the ground as his sleeping pad didn't hold air.  I think if the tables were turned I might have taken my pad back.
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Post by: Rainier10 on October 30, 2017, 09:47:16 AM
Oh and the bacon cheeseburger and steak fries at the Blue Spruce in Packwood were awesome.  I may have just been exhausted and famished but it sure hit the spot.
@Naches Sportsman met us there for a bite to eat as well.  Nice to meet up with another member and shoot the breeze.
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Post by: jackelope on October 30, 2017, 09:49:39 AM
Headed to WDFW office in La Conner to have him checked by the bioís.


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Post by: jmscon on October 30, 2017, 10:11:48 AM
Awesome write up, both of you!

Thanks for taking us along on an adventure that most of us could only dream about!
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Post by: throttlejocky20 on October 30, 2017, 10:39:14 AM
Nicely done CONGRATS!!!!
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Post by: Rainier10 on October 30, 2017, 10:43:40 AM
Gaiters too, I forgot he gave me gaiters.  I was a complete rookie for this kind of thing.  Just dumb enough to think we could traverse that mountain and get to that goat.

I was so motivated to get to that goat we did whatever it took.

Now on the pack out the roles were totally reversed.  I was beat for the hike out and going crazy slow, having to stop every 25-30 minutes to give my shoulders a break.  I was not impressed with the tenzing pack that I borrowed from a buddy.  I should have taken my Bullpac in, it really handles the weight well.  The tenzing pack did great with weight up to 45 pounds but at 70 it really was tearing me up.

Josh was super patient and stopped plenty of times with me so I could give my shoulders a break.  He even offered to switch packs.  I am sure it was tough to go out that slow, he was really looking forward to getting a good nights sleep after the previous night with no sleeping pad and was a little bit anxious to get a couple of texts out with the good news.

I think he could have run all the way to the trail head if he didn't have to wait for me.  He was on cloud nine.
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Post by: archery288 on October 30, 2017, 11:12:22 AM
Atta boy Josh!!  So pumped for you! 
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Post by: Katmai Guy on October 30, 2017, 11:49:08 AM
Headed to WDFW office in La Conner to have him checked by the bioís.


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How old is that thing Jackalope?  That's an awesome goat,  Congrats!
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Post by: lokidog on October 30, 2017, 12:11:00 PM
Great wend to the tale.   :tup:
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Post by: grundy53 on October 30, 2017, 12:22:46 PM
Nice work! Great goat!

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Post by: jackelope on October 30, 2017, 01:27:29 PM
Headed to WDFW office in La Conner to have him checked by the bioís.


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How old is that thing Jackalope?  That's an awesome goat,  Congrats!


Heís 4.5. I was hoping for older but Iím still thrilled.


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Post by: bearpaw on October 30, 2017, 02:07:14 PM
Great experience, dandy goat, awesome story, it doesn't get any better than that!  :tup: :tup:
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Post by: jackelope on October 30, 2017, 02:17:31 PM
Just finished up with the biologists at the WDFW office in La Conner. Once you kill a goat you have 10 days to have it checked by a WDFW biologist. They take measurements in centimeters, age, dna sample and location of the kill. I had gps coordinates so that was a bonus.

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Post by: jackelope on October 30, 2017, 02:18:30 PM
My buddy who is a goat guy stopped by this morning to have a look. This is what he came up with for a score.

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Post by: Skillet on October 30, 2017, 02:22:30 PM
Dang man, well done. Great write up, thanks for taking is along.  :tup:
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Post by: quadrafire on October 30, 2017, 04:46:01 PM
You sure that goat the Bios are working on was yours? It looked bigger with you in the pic.  ;)
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Post by: Queez on October 30, 2017, 05:29:43 PM
Full body mount josh?????
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Post by: jackelope on October 30, 2017, 06:02:36 PM
Full body mount josh?????
No. I donít have room for that or the pocketbook for it. Think weíre going with a wall pedestal with some rocks and stuff.
Howís about you?


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Post by: jackelope on October 30, 2017, 06:03:57 PM
You sure that goat the Bios are working on was yours? It looked bigger with you in the pic.  ;)

Pretty sure.

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Post by: Skyvalhunter on October 30, 2017, 06:05:59 PM
Thanks for the ride Josh
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Post by: hunting4sanity on October 30, 2017, 06:13:13 PM
Great job taking a once-in-a-lifetime tag and making life-long memories from it, congrats on your goat, what a beautiful animal!
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Post by: elkoholic1 on October 30, 2017, 06:27:26 PM
congrats on a very nice goat!!!!  :tup: :tup: :tup:
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Post by: Jpmiller on October 30, 2017, 08:38:01 PM
Headed to WDFW office in La Conner to have him checked by the bioís.


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Conclusion: yep, it's a goat.

Great story, the write up was awesome. Really looking forward to when I can go on my own goat hunt but was nice to read along with yours as I wait. Congrats again on a great hunt and great goat.
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Post by: jackelope on October 30, 2017, 08:59:14 PM
Thank you, man! I appreciate you following along. Iíll do the same when you have that opportunity!!


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Post by: PlateauNDN on October 30, 2017, 09:43:49 PM
What a story and congrats. That's a nice goat. Memories for a lifetime. :tup:
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Post by: branches on October 30, 2017, 09:49:10 PM
Congratulations on your goat!!! I am so glad to see that the weather gave you the chance to get a Billy. I know it is hard work just to get up into the goats and even more difficult to get into range.
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Post by: Rainier10 on October 31, 2017, 02:01:46 PM
Here is a zoomed in photo of where the goat was looking from camp. Similar to Joshís first photo in post 381. I will admit I t appeared to be in a almost impossible spot but we had to try. Iím so glad that we tried, it was totally worth it. When we started the trek Josh said welcome to team ďbad ideaĒ. It did kind of feel like a ďhold my beer and watch thisĒ kind of thing but it worked.

Goat is white dot on the right side of the grey slide/chute.
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Post by: Rainier10 on October 31, 2017, 02:15:11 PM
Am I missing it?
Its there now.
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Post by: Yakirack on October 31, 2017, 02:18:38 PM
Awesome animal. Big congrats!
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Post by: WAcoueshunter on October 31, 2017, 02:24:48 PM
Here is a zoomed in photo of where the goat was looking from camp. Similar to Joshís first photo in post 381. I will admit I t appeared to be in a almost impossible spot but we had to try. Iím so glad that we tried, it was totally worth it. When we started the trek Josh said welcome to team ďbad ideaĒ. It did kind of feel like a ďhold my beer and watch thisĒ kind of thing but it worked.

Goat is white dot on the right side of the grey slide/chute.

Awesome, that pic needs to be framed and on the wall right next to the goat!!! 

Great job Josh, I too followed along and was worried there for a bit with the weather.  So glad it worked out with a great goat in the end.  Hard earned!   :tup:
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Post by: pianoman9701 on October 31, 2017, 02:39:07 PM
Helluva story and a great goat, Josh. Well done you guys.  :tup:
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Post by: jackelope on October 31, 2017, 02:44:23 PM
Thank you for all the good words. I'm hoping this will help people(realize what they've gotten themselves into  :chuckle: ) in the future.

I have a few more pics to post because I use this site as a journal for later on. I feel like I posted a lot of pics but I still look back on past hunts I shared photos of here so I'll keep them coming. Hopefully nobody's sick of pictures yet.
I'll get them up here in a bit.
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Post by: jackelope on October 31, 2017, 02:53:03 PM
Some cool pics I tried to duplicate from the last couple trips.

This past weekend:

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2 weekends ago:

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This past weekend:

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2 weekends ago:

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Post by: quadrafire on October 31, 2017, 02:53:39 PM
Looking at that last picture, you guys are certifiably NUTS  :yike:

Rainer10's last pic I meant
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Post by: jackelope on October 31, 2017, 02:55:35 PM
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Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on October 31, 2017, 02:56:59 PM
Looking at that last picture, you guys are certifiably NUTS  :yike:

Rainer10's last pic I meant

Oh yah. Iím a super brave dude and never gave it a second thought. Childís play really. Rainier10 on the other hand...pretty sure he tinkled a little bit on the way.  I wasn't going to say anything.
 :sry:


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Post by: fillthefreezer on October 31, 2017, 03:01:57 PM
When we started the trek Josh said welcome to team ďbad ideaĒ. It did kind of feel like a ďhold my beer and watch thisĒ kind of thing but it worked.
im just, so, proud.. right now... *sniffle*
https://gph.is/2e3wOaQ (https://gph.is/2e3wOaQ)
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Post by: jackelope on October 31, 2017, 03:03:03 PM
When we started the trek Josh said welcome to team “bad idea”. It did kind of feel like a “hold my beer and watch this” kind of thing but it worked.
im just, so, proud.. right now... *sniffle*

:chuckle:
I learned from the masters!!!
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: Rainier10 on October 31, 2017, 03:28:12 PM
When we started the trek Josh said welcome to team ďbad ideaĒ. It did kind of feel like a ďhold my beer and watch thisĒ kind of thing but it worked.
im just, so, proud.. right now... *sniffle*
https://gph.is/2e3wOaQ
Man I wish you could have been there. Josh can verify how many times I said that. I know it was more times than he said he was gonna shoot that goat and he said that at least six times. You put in all the hard work and I got the bluebird skies. Really wish it would have worked out that you were there instead of me. I was thrilled to be there but felt guilty after all the hardship you endured with weather.
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Post by: Rainier10 on October 31, 2017, 03:30:40 PM
Looking at that last picture, you guys are certifiably NUTS  :yike:

Rainer10's last pic I meant

Oh yah. Iím a super brave dude and never gave it a second thought. Childís play really. Rainier10 on the other hand...pretty sure he tinkled a little bit on the way.  I wasn't going to say anything.
 :sry:
Really? Itís your thread so whatever you say. :rolleyes: :chuckle: I am impressed that we did it and didnít die.
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Post by: CaNINE on October 31, 2017, 03:39:59 PM
very impressed guys.  You played through the mental game and didn't give up.  True hunters.
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Post by: Rob on October 31, 2017, 03:59:51 PM
What an adventure!  Well done!
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Post by: C-Money on October 31, 2017, 04:30:12 PM
Sounds like a great time! Thank goodness for good hunting buddies! Congrats on your goat!
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Post by: Rainier10 on November 01, 2017, 08:46:02 AM
One other note from the hunt, I had to wear sunscreen and had way to many clothes. I swear it was 65 degrees the day he shot the goat.  I think we were at 6,000 feet or something like that.  Not the weather I was expecting for October 28th.  Not complaining just sayin'.
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Post by: Dan-o on November 01, 2017, 08:55:25 AM
An epic thread!
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Post by: mp.hunter on November 01, 2017, 09:21:54 AM
Awesome Josh, congrats


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Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on November 01, 2017, 09:30:28 AM
Hereís my billy at 17 yards when Rick thought he might become a news story.



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Post by: DOUBLELUNG on November 01, 2017, 09:39:01 AM
Congrats Josh and everyone who got to participate.  A mountain goat permit will put most hunters into terrain they would never set foot on under any other circumstances, still my most vivid memories from my 2000 Wyoming goat hunt.
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Post by: swanny on November 01, 2017, 09:41:32 AM
Nicely done, congrats! Looks like a ton of effort went in and it's even cooler that you had a plan and it worked!

From the pictures, I'm guessing you might have stayed in one of the coolest backcountry campsites ever.
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Post by: Boss .300 winmag on November 01, 2017, 10:07:57 AM
Hereís my billy at 17 yards when Rick thought he might become a news story.



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I had one at 20yds a few years ago, I waved my arms so he saw.  :chuckle:
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Post by: NRA4LIFE on November 01, 2017, 10:32:31 AM
Congrats Josh.  Way to hang in there.
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Post by: Timberstalker on November 01, 2017, 10:34:48 AM
That goat pretty much tells Rainier 10 to go f himself.  :chuckle:

Awesome footage.
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Post by: Rainier10 on November 01, 2017, 10:49:28 AM
Sorry about the shaky video, like I told Josh I am actually made to be in front of the camera not behind it.  8) :chuckle:

That goat was there for quite awhile before I thought about getting some video.    When he bowed his head to show me his horns I got a little nervous and did think I might end up being a news story on King 5.  Lucky for me he decided to just move on.  After Josh put the hammer to him we found out just how sharp those pointed horns are.  It is amazing how pointed they are.

Apparently I was taking so long trying to push the goat to Josh that he had turned around and was looking elsewhere for goats when this guy did walk away from me and out to where Josh should have been watching for him.  I think we both might have the attention span of a goldfish.  :chuckle:
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on November 01, 2017, 10:59:17 AM
That goat pretty much tells Rainier 10 to go f himself.  :chuckle:

Awesome footage.

Did you see him roll his head over at Rick? "Hey bro, did you see how sharp these horns are?"

p.s. they're really sharp.
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Post by: jackelope on November 01, 2017, 11:13:26 AM
I think this will be the last pictures post. THese ivideo things you can do with an iphone are pretty cool.
This is mostly in order from the start of this adventure in June on drawing day to my last sunset in the Goat Rocks. Enjoy and thank you all for coming along for the ride.

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Post by: Timberstalker on November 01, 2017, 11:22:07 AM
Awesome documentary, Josh. :tup:
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Post by: tlbradford on November 01, 2017, 11:27:25 AM
One of the all time great HuntWa threads.  Congratulations Josh.  He is a beauty.
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Post by: Rainier10 on November 01, 2017, 11:36:57 AM
After following this thread and then getting to be part of the hunt I can say without a doubt that video chronicles the whole thing marvelously.  The highs of getting drawn, the excitement of the scouting, the lows of the fog and snow taking you out of the game to the sun coming up and a successful end to one of the most amazing hunts I have ever been on.  Truly a Once In a Lifetime event and that video brings it all together.

So glad that it worked out for you and really appreciate you being so open and sharing it with us all.
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: Jpmiller on November 01, 2017, 11:48:10 AM
Now that you've had a few days anything you'd do different looking back on it? Other than being able to control the weather seems like a dream way for it all to play out.
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: jackelope on November 01, 2017, 12:55:40 PM
Now that you've had a few days anything you'd do different looking back on it? Other than being able to control the weather seems like a dream way for it all to play out.
I don't know what I could have done differently. I would have scouted more. Specifically I would have scouted the Rimrock GMU so I had a backup plan for bad weather. Bad weather happened and I didn't have a clue what to do.

I learned a lot about goat hunting, gear, backpacking, navigation, you name it.
If I was going to share 2 things from all of this....
1--I can't remember for sure why I chose the Goat Rocks but I think it was because there are 5 tags issued there and it seems like simple logic that that might make for better odds of drawing. I really wanted to shoot a goat with longer hair, which obviously means you have to wait till later in the season to do it. This is not something I thought about when I was applying. I don't think it's as important with the other OIL's as it is with goats, but access is a major concern. My good friend Drew told me about 150 times that the real trophy with a goat is the hair....wait for the hair...wait for the hair...so I did. If you want to shoot a goat with hair, you need to apply for and/or draw a unit that you can access. No messing around. All the goats in the Goat Rocks are at least a few miles from the road so make sure you can hike and either have the gear to spend the night out there or be prepared to buy it all. I can't really see day hiking from the car as a viable option. A lot of the access, trailheads, etc are up a road that is not well maintained and not at all maintained when it snows. And it's not at sea level. So be aware of that.

The other thing I would stress is nanny/billy identification. If you're not a "goat guy"(I'm not), be prepared to scour over hundreds of pictures practicing ID'ing them. From a conservation standpoint, I would have eaten my tag before I killed a nanny. I understand accidents happen, and I was prepared for that myself, but I still sat 99.7 yards from a goat I was pretty much positive was a billy for 45 minutes before I shot him. I had to convince myself I was right. (I second guess myself a lot...) Bushcraft posted this video on here a month or so ago. It's the best video I've seen for this purpose.
http://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php/topic,218833.msg2911419.html#msg2911419
The state also sends you a bunch of material on ID also. The state of Alaska requires you take an ID test. WA sends you some of their info. Don't take it lightly. One thing I learned was that it's pretty easy to ID a billy when it's a billy. When it's a big nanny, things get more difficult. If you happen to be on FAcebook, the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance puts up a guess the sex billy/nanny pic. These were extremely helpful too. Also join the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance. It's an org that is working hard with goat conservation. They do projects here in Washington too, with the end goal being more opportunity for us to draw tags in the future. Well....for you guys to draw tags in the future. I guess I'm done with that game.
Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: Gringo31 on November 01, 2017, 02:42:19 PM
Very cool video and write up!  Thanks for taking us along with you....

The lows make the highs higher and I'm glad you overcame the adversity that came your way.  To push through....it is often the difference maker. 

Two things I'll throw out there.

1.  In the video, (don't get me wrong it's fantastic!) But I'd change the music a little so it's not on repeat.
2.  Why when I see pics of you do I think you resemble Bearpaw?  You got that same look in your eye  :)  :dunno:
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Post by: jackelope on November 01, 2017, 02:57:26 PM
Very cool video and write up!  Thanks for taking us along with you....

The lows make the highs higher and I'm glad you overcame the adversity that came your way.  To push through....it is often the difference maker. 

Two things I'll throw out there.

1.  In the video, (don't get me wrong it's fantastic!) But I'd change the music a little so it's not on repeat.
2.  Why when I see pics of you do I think you resemble Bearpaw?  You got that same look in your eye  :)  :dunno:

1-I just used the music the iMovie app provided. They give you like 10 choices. I can try to change it later. Don't know if that's an option.
2-First time anyone's ever said that about @bearpaw  and I. Maybe he's my long lost uncle or something. :dunno:
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Post by: Gringo31 on November 01, 2017, 03:07:04 PM
 :tup:
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Post by: rainshadow1 on November 01, 2017, 06:30:31 PM
Way to go Josh!
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Post by: bearpaw on November 02, 2017, 07:03:01 AM
Very cool video and write up!  Thanks for taking us along with you....

The lows make the highs higher and I'm glad you overcame the adversity that came your way.  To push through....it is often the difference maker. 

Two things I'll throw out there.

1.  In the video, (don't get me wrong it's fantastic!) But I'd change the music a little so it's not on repeat.
2.  Why when I see pics of you do I think you resemble Bearpaw?  You got that same look in your eye  :)  :dunno:

1-I just used the music the iMovie app provided. They give you like 10 choices. I can try to change it later. Don't know if that's an option.
2-First time anyone's ever said that about @bearpaw  and I. Maybe he's my long lost uncle or something. :dunno:

hmm, couldn't have been the milkman  :chuckle:
jackelope and I were born on opposite sides of the country...
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Post by: bearpaw on November 02, 2017, 07:04:20 AM
you really had an awesome hunt, and you shared it with a friend, congrats  :tup:
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Post by: KFhunter on November 02, 2017, 07:12:26 AM
Awesome hunt, great write up, thanks for sharing
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Post by: BrownGoinDown on November 02, 2017, 07:59:16 AM
Josh,

Thanks for taking us along for the ride. It adds an element to document your journey on here and so many people pulling for you, but the pressure of an OIL has to wear on a guy when you face the conditions you did. Happy it worked out in the end for you.

Sorry if you've already touched on it, but I'm curious on your shot. What gun, what bullet placement. These animals are tough, and that pic of you standing below your goat, you can see that a quiver from that thing would have sent it down a rocky roller coaster.

Thanks,

Cody

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Post by: Rainier10 on November 02, 2017, 08:51:47 AM
I will let Josh answer this as well and he has all the details on the gun and the bullet.

I can tell you watching the shot was amazing.  He was rock solid and absolutely drilled the goat.  I really should have videotaped that and am disappointed that I didn't.

He hit that goat right in the boiler and it barely budged.  It tensed up, it's left leg moved a little forward and it's head rolled to the left as it stretched out.  My guess is it took all of 8 or 9 seconds. I was waiting for a death kick or something and then the tumble down the cliff butt nothing.  That bullet basically turned that goat to stone right there in its bed.  He couldn't have laid down and presented a better shot if you staged it yourself.

I have never seen anything like it in real life and only a couple of times on TV shows.  It was amazing. 

Josh was cool as a the other side of the pillow for the shot and a total wreck after.  You could feel the emotion in the air.
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Post by: zwickeyman on November 02, 2017, 09:03:40 AM
Great pics, great Goat. Congrats
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Post by: jackelope on November 02, 2017, 09:17:06 AM
Josh,

Thanks for taking us along for the ride. It adds an element to document your journey on here and so many people pulling for you, but the pressure of an OIL has to wear on a guy when you face the conditions you did. Happy it worked out in the end for you.

Sorry if you've already touched on it, but I'm curious on your shot. What gun, what bullet placement. These animals are tough, and that pic of you standing below your goat, you can see that a quiver from that thing would have sent it down a rocky roller coaster.

Thanks,

Cody



Cody-
I took my TC Encore in .300 Win Mag. It's a nice, light compact rifle that I really really enjoy shooting. I did a lot of shooting with 180 grain accubonds and the 185 grain Bergers. I shoot factory ammo. Both shot great but I decided to go with the Accubond only because I wasn't going to be shooting long range. So the shot was ranged at 99.7 yards. Rick pretty much described the rest of it. I was amazed that he didn't move. Bullet took out both front shoulders. We did the gutless method breaking him down so I didn't look at the innards, but I assume by the location of the shot, it took out his lungs too. A little high for the heart. I mentioned 17 or 18 probably times to Rick how I was concerned he would tumble. He could have gone a long way down I think if he did. 
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Post by: BrownGoinDown on November 02, 2017, 09:29:25 AM
Josh,

Thanks for taking us along for the ride. It adds an element to document your journey on here and so many people pulling for you, but the pressure of an OIL has to wear on a guy when you face the conditions you did. Happy it worked out in the end for you.

Sorry if you've already touched on it, but I'm curious on your shot. What gun, what bullet placement. These animals are tough, and that pic of you standing below your goat, you can see that a quiver from that thing would have sent it down a rocky roller coaster.

Thanks,

Cody



Cody-
I took my TC Encore in .300 Win Mag. It's a nice, light compact rifle that I really really enjoy shooting. I did a lot of shooting with 180 grain accubonds and the 185 grain Bergers. I shoot factory ammo. Both shot great but I decided to go with the Accubond only because I wasn't going to be shooting long range. So the shot was ranged at 99.7 yards. Rick pretty much described the rest of it. I was amazed that he didn't move. Bullet took out both front shoulders. We did the gutless method breaking him down so I didn't look at the innards, but I assume by the location of the shot, it took out his lungs too. A little high for the heart. I mentioned 17 or 18 probably times to Rick how I was concerned he would tumble. He could have gone a long way down I think if he did.

That's sweet. Thank God he bedded at the proper angle, just the gravity of him dropping in his tracks would have likely been enough for gravity to take over. Awesome stuff. Great pics and videos. Thanks again for sharing.
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Post by: Whitenuckles on November 02, 2017, 11:39:21 AM
 :tup:
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Post by: Rainier10 on November 02, 2017, 12:12:26 PM
That gutless method is the way to go, so much cleaner.  I barely had any blood on my hands.

Speaking of the blood on my hands, with deer I get all itchy but didn't have that same issue with goat blood.  :dunno:

I will say I was shocked by the amount of meat on a goat.  The backstrap was almost as long as an elk but it was smaller diameter than a deer.  I guess maybe in volume the backstrap was the same as a deer.  I was also surprised that there was really no fat at all like you find on a deer going into winter.
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Post by: Pathfinder101 on November 02, 2017, 04:55:55 PM
Awesome write up Josh.  Congrats! :tup:
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Post by: Jpmiller on November 02, 2017, 07:08:42 PM
Am I to understand you didn't bring the heart out?!?  :yike: that's the best part of the whole thing, and really what's another pound or two when you've already got a hundred or three to get out of the wilderness.
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Post by: 3nails on November 03, 2017, 08:56:21 AM
 Finally got time to go through all of this. WOW! Great write up and thanks for taking the time to share everything. What a beautiful animal! God is good!
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Post by: tlbradford on November 03, 2017, 10:04:42 AM
Am I to understand you didn't bring the heart out?!?  :yike: that's the best part of the whole thing, and really what's another pound or two when you've already got a hundred or three to get out of the wilderness.

Good chance it was shredded with a perfect shot
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Post by: jackelope on November 03, 2017, 10:59:11 AM
Finally got time to go through all of this. WOW! Great write up and thanks for taking the time to share everything. What a beautiful animal! God is good!

I agree. He was definitely there with us. Thank you.

Am I to understand you didn't bring the heart out?!?  :yike: that's the best part of the whole thing, and really what's another pound or two when you've already got a hundred or three to get out of the wilderness.

No heart. :sry:
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Post by: jstone on November 03, 2017, 12:07:28 PM
Fantastic Video
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Post by: steen on November 05, 2017, 09:41:53 AM
What a cool write up on it and beautiful pictures!! I hope I draw that tag and can still hike! Lol Loved the story!! Great lesson on peeing!
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Post by: trophyhunt on November 05, 2017, 10:37:41 AM
Now that you've had a few days anything you'd do different looking back on it? Other than being able to control the weather seems like a dream way for it all to play out.
I don't know what I could have done differently. I would have scouted more. Specifically I would have scouted the Rimrock GMU so I had a backup plan for bad weather. Bad weather happened and I didn't have a clue what to do.

I learned a lot about goat hunting, gear, backpacking, navigation, you name it.
If I was going to share 2 things from all of this....
1--I can't remember for sure why I chose the Goat Rocks but I think it was because there are 5 tags issued there and it seems like simple logic that that might make for better odds of drawing. I really wanted to shoot a goat with longer hair, which obviously means you have to wait till later in the season to do it. This is not something I thought about when I was applying. I don't think it's as important with the other OIL's as it is with goats, but access is a major concern. My good friend Drew told me about 150 times that the real trophy with a goat is the hair....wait for the hair...wait for the hair...so I did. If you want to shoot a goat with hair, you need to apply for and/or draw a unit that you can access. No messing around. All the goats in the Goat Rocks are at least a few miles from the road so make sure you can hike and either have the gear to spend the night out there or be prepared to buy it all. I can't really see day hiking from the car as a viable option. A lot of the access, trailheads, etc are up a road that is not well maintained and not at all maintained when it snows. And it's not at sea level. So be aware of that.

The other thing I would stress is nanny/billy identification. If you're not a "goat guy"(I'm not), be prepared to scour over hundreds of pictures practicing ID'ing them. From a conservation standpoint, I would have eaten my tag before I killed a nanny. I understand accidents happen, and I was prepared for that myself, but I still sat 99.7 yards from a goat I was pretty much positive was a billy for 45 minutes before I shot him. I had to convince myself I was right. (I second guess myself a lot...) Bushcraft posted this video on here a month or so ago. It's the best video I've seen for this purpose.
http://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php/topic,218833.msg2911419.html#msg2911419
The state also sends you a bunch of material on ID also. The state of Alaska requires you take an ID test. WA sends you some of their info. Don't take it lightly. One thing I learned was that it's pretty easy to ID a billy when it's a billy. When it's a big nanny, things get more difficult. If you happen to be on FAcebook, the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance puts up a guess the sex billy/nanny pic. These were extremely helpful too. Also join the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance. It's an org that is working hard with goat conservation. They do projects here in Washington too, with the end goal being more opportunity for us to draw tags in the future. Well....for you guys to draw tags in the future. I guess I'm done with that game.
Congrats again Josh, epic journey!  And your insite will surly help future goat hunters, including myself.  You brought up very important points and that video on Identifying Billyís was great.  Let next years draw begin!!!!   You did it right and gave the respect to the hunt that it deserves! 
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Post by: jackelope on November 05, 2017, 02:56:39 PM
Now that you've had a few days anything you'd do different looking back on it? Other than being able to control the weather seems like a dream way for it all to play out.
I don't know what I could have done differently. I would have scouted more. Specifically I would have scouted the Rimrock GMU so I had a backup plan for bad weather. Bad weather happened and I didn't have a clue what to do.

I learned a lot about goat hunting, gear, backpacking, navigation, you name it.
If I was going to share 2 things from all of this....
1--I can't remember for sure why I chose the Goat Rocks but I think it was because there are 5 tags issued there and it seems like simple logic that that might make for better odds of drawing. I really wanted to shoot a goat with longer hair, which obviously means you have to wait till later in the season to do it. This is not something I thought about when I was applying. I don't think it's as important with the other OIL's as it is with goats, but access is a major concern. My good friend Drew told me about 150 times that the real trophy with a goat is the hair....wait for the hair...wait for the hair...so I did. If you want to shoot a goat with hair, you need to apply for and/or draw a unit that you can access. No messing around. All the goats in the Goat Rocks are at least a few miles from the road so make sure you can hike and either have the gear to spend the night out there or be prepared to buy it all. I can't really see day hiking from the car as a viable option. A lot of the access, trailheads, etc are up a road that is not well maintained and not at all maintained when it snows. And it's not at sea level. So be aware of that.

The other thing I would stress is nanny/billy identification. If you're not a "goat guy"(I'm not), be prepared to scour over hundreds of pictures practicing ID'ing them. From a conservation standpoint, I would have eaten my tag before I killed a nanny. I understand accidents happen, and I was prepared for that myself, but I still sat 99.7 yards from a goat I was pretty much positive was a billy for 45 minutes before I shot him. I had to convince myself I was right. (I second guess myself a lot...) Bushcraft posted this video on here a month or so ago. It's the best video I've seen for this purpose.
http://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php/topic,218833.msg2911419.html#msg2911419
The state also sends you a bunch of material on ID also. The state of Alaska requires you take an ID test. WA sends you some of their info. Don't take it lightly. One thing I learned was that it's pretty easy to ID a billy when it's a billy. When it's a big nanny, things get more difficult. If you happen to be on FAcebook, the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance puts up a guess the sex billy/nanny pic. These were extremely helpful too. Also join the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance. It's an org that is working hard with goat conservation. They do projects here in Washington too, with the end goal being more opportunity for us to draw tags in the future. Well....for you guys to draw tags in the future. I guess I'm done with that game.
Congrats again Josh, epic journey!  And your insite will surly help future goat hunters, including myself.  You brought up very important points and that video on Identifying Billyís was great.  Let next years draw begin!!!!   You did it right and gave the respect to the hunt that it deserves!

Thanks buddy. I learned a lot from other folks in this adventure. If I can help someone next year, then Iíve done my part.  These hunts are a huge deal from a conservation standpoint and that aspect shouldnít be taken lightly as Bushcraft mentioned in that other thread.


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Title: Re: Got an OIL permit long before I'm due.....
Post by: Elkstuffer on November 05, 2017, 08:46:01 PM
Fantastic goat Josh!!!! I knew you'd get it done. A huge congratulations my friend. Well deserved!!!!!!
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Post by: rosscrazyelk on November 05, 2017, 09:00:32 PM
Josh,
Well done my friend. Epic hunt, epic adventure,epic pics and story.
Love the vid as well.
Congrats, couldn't of happened to a better guy
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Post by: jackelope on November 05, 2017, 09:20:49 PM
Thanks fellas!! Much appreciate the kind words.


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Post by: actionshooter on November 07, 2017, 08:34:31 PM
That's awesome Josh! I was rooting for ya,
  Congrats!
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Post by: jackelope on November 08, 2017, 08:00:24 PM
That's awesome Josh! I was rooting for ya,
  Congrats!

Thanks man. I appreciate all the support.


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Post by: cohoho on November 08, 2017, 08:03:00 PM
Awesome Josh!   Jealous as in all my time in AK, Goat was the one animal I didn't get for one reason or another.  Congrats on a fantastic and hard earned trophy Billy! 
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Post by: Watimberghost on November 08, 2017, 08:03:55 PM
What an absolutely incredible adventure! Congrats on a true OIL hunt!
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Post by: RallyDawg on November 09, 2017, 04:14:20 PM
Great story and congrats.