Canada: BC (Northern) Rocky Mountain Goat Combo

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Hunt Northern BC’s beautiful sub-alpine for big Mountain Goats, Moose, and Elk alongside a proven outfitter with an outstanding multi-decade long track record. An exhilarating experience for those seeking a remote adventure!

TRIP DURATION 10 professionally guided 1×1 hunting days
PHYSICAL LEVEL Hard
PRIMETIME  Mid-August until Mid-October
WILDLIFE STATUS Wild, Free-ranging & Indigenous

Package Highlights

Goats! Lots of them. Big ones too. Beautiful and game-rich, this region in the heart of the Rocky Mountains is as beautiful as it is remote. A vast hunting territory with several prominent rivers carving through holds a healthy resident population of Mountain goats. They are not spotty and inhabit the entire area year-round anywhere between 3000-7000 feet elevation.

Accessing this remote territory isn’t always easy, and the country is steep, allowing Billy’s to grow big and old in valleys so isolated, they have never yet been hunted. Being only marginal Stone Sheep habitat, the area does not attach much in the way of BC resident hunters, and so aside from the outfitter’s clients, these Mountain Goats are virtually unhunted. In turn, the guides are very critical judges only looking for mature Billy’s 9 inches or bigger, with goats over 10 inches are taken every year. In a recent compulsory inspection by the BC Ministry of the Environment, five Mountain Goats harvested by the outfitter’s clients from the 2018 season were chosen at random and aged at 8, 14, 13, 12, and 11 years old.

Quest into remote corners of the massive outfitting territory on 10-14-day expeditions with your guide and wrangler, primarily on horseback but at times on jetboats. Set out from the main lodge and overnight in wall tents or trappers’ cabins along the way, eventually spiking out in strategic areas. A rich assortment of other game such as Moose, Elk, Wolves, and Black Bears can be targeted to form what feels like a North American mountain hunting safari when you set out on horseback. Moose in the 50+ inch range, or heavy beamed 300+ inch Elk can be taken in place of Mountain Goat or added for a trophy fee upon pre-purchasing a tag. Up to two Black Bear tags and multiple Wolf tags can also be purchased and hunted as a bonus with no trophy fee! No one goes home empty-handed.

Bull Trout fishing is also incredible here in the fall. These large, highly aggressive fish attack lures and are widespread in all the major local riverways. Averaging 6-8 lbs, many over 10 lbs are caught each season. Mountain Goat hunters in the high country will have less opportunity to fish compared to Moose hunters in the low country, but it’s another great bonus if you get the chance!

Typical Day & Tactics

Arrive in Prince George or Fort St. John, and overnight at a hotel. The following morning most hunters take a cab to the charter plane base and depart on a quick beautiful flight to the main lodge. Meet your guides upon arrival and make final preparations to head out on the land the following day. Overnight at the main lodge and depart at daybreak by horseback, or jetboat, stopping at either a wall tent camp location, or small trapper cabins, and eventually spike camps if needed as the expedition treks deeper into the vast outfitting territory.

Each morning the wrangler assembles the horses while the guide makes breakfast and packs lunches. Depart camp early arriving to a strategic glassing spot for the first part of the morning. Move to various other key glassing locations through the day, over multiple days, if that’s what it takes. Move spike camps to different areas as needed to locate the biggest goats. Once a shooter is identified, the guide examines the best routes up the mountain, with shots ideally staying inside of 300 yards. Depending on the scenario, it’s not uncommon to “put goats to bed” with a plan to return first thing in the morning and spend all day focusing on a certain Billy.  Once a big goat is down, capture it with photos and carefully pack the hide, horns, and meat off the mountainside. Once cared for and salted, attention can then be put towards secondary or bonus species such as Moose, Elk, Wolves, Black Bears, or fishing!

Mountain Goats are hunted from mid-August to mid-October. The first half of the season is a great time to combine Elk and Black Bear. And the last half of the season coincides perfectly with the Moose rut. Wolves can show up anytime, but sitting overlooking a fresh moose carcass is always a good strategy. With any luck, there may also be some excellent bonus Bull Trout fishing available at some point during the hunt, or if tagged out early!

Once back at the main lodge, spend the evening repacking personal gear, meat, and trophies for the trip home before the charter arrives. The meat most conveniently can accompany hunters as checked luggage if they wish to bring it home. Several coolers of deboned meat salvages the bulk of the animal and complies with airline regulations. What meat is not taken home can be donated. Hides and horns will be brought to a local taxidermist who can then do the complete work, or tan and prep the trophies for export, as desired.

Landscape & Climate

This region of the central Rockies is largely subalpine with steep green mossy or rocky slopes above vast conifer forests. Meandering ridge tops separate various large basins carved out by several prominent local rivers. The timberline rises to roughly 6000 feet, but the goats are not always up high, often spotted in the timber or caught trading between mountains across the valley floor. Spruce, Pine, Fir, and Poplar forests prevail. Huckleberry crops seem endless some years and the low country is laced with Alder thickets. This wilderness is also home to Grizzly bears, Pine Martins, Porcupines, Lynx, Beaver, Chipmunks, Bald & Gold Eagles, Ravens, Grey Jays in addition to all of the huntable species.

This is a land of extremes. Early season is generally warm, while late season can often see snow. Precipitation is not generally prevalent but quality rain gear is always encouraged. Early season can be warm in the low country, while late season can see cold winds in the high country. Temperatures should generally be above the freezing mark, but late season or higher elevations will see the mercury fall. Hunters are encouraged to come prepared for anything, as any-and-all weather types will likely be experienced over the course of these 10-day hunts.

Meals & Accommodations

Accommodations on this hunt will vary throughout the trip and can depend on the specific hunting area or primary species. All hunters initially arrive at the main lodge or base camp. Here there are several lakeside log homestead buildings that include a main building with common areas, kitchen, and dining areas. There is also a shower, bathhouse, and mobile sleeping quarters for guides. The lodge is complete with Wi-Fi and phone service to keep in touch while away.  While hunting, some locations are complete with rustic trapper cabins, or nice wall tent camps with cots and wooden floorboards. Most have outhouses, lantern lighted with propane cooking stoves, and guide constructed chairs and picnic tables. Portions of these hunts also occur from spike camps which are simple but provide for a hunter’s needs. Nice dome-style tents, with lanterns and stoves, position hunters exactly where they need to be at dawn each morning.

While out on the land, the guides cook over campfire or Coleman stoves. Meals are filling but effort is made to pack light. Typical breakfasts consist of hash browns, eggs, bacon, coffee, juice, toast, and porridge with berries. Plan on packing a lunch made up of sandwiches, trail mix, protein bars, some fruit, and juice crystals. Dinner time brings items like hamburger helper, beans, smokies and sausages, Mountain House (Chicken Teriyaki, Spaghetti), pork chops, or wild game steaks with instant rice, potatoes, or sidekicks. While transitioning through the main lodge, enjoy hearty wholesome home-cooked meals.

Key Equipment Suggestions

Once a hunt is confirmed, the outfitter can provide a complete list of the required equipment to ensure hunters are prepared for the conditions and this style of hunting.  Key equipment items include; quality, lightweight, layered clothing for weather that ranges from warm sunny days in August, to cold snowy days in early October, lightweight -20C or colder rated sleeping bag, sleeping pad, a good lightweight internal frame day-pack, hydration system, quality binoculars, spotting scope and rangefinder, trekking poles, good quality broken-in hiking boots and gators, a headlamp, a backup flashlight, multitool, quality raingear, and a digital camera. Hunter orange is not required in British Columbia. Lastly, firearms and archery equipment, or both.

Pricing 

Trophy Mountain Hunts: 10 full days – 1×1 guided – x 1 Goat (Elk or Moose) – August-October – $12,000

  • Trophy Fee: Opportunistic “stumble-on” combo (Goat, Elk, or Moose) $4500 each plus licensing.
  • Custom Trips: Extra hunting days can be arranged in advance at $1000/day for up to 12-14 days

Included 

  • 10 days 1×1 professional guiding with an experienced local guide
  • All meals and wall tent/lodge accommodations during the hunt
  • A string of 9-12 pack horses & wrangler for the duration of the hunt (if needed)
  • All overland or river transportation during the hunt (Horses, Quad, Jet boat)
  • Bonus Black Bear & Wolf hunting as targets of opportunity (No Trophy Fees)
  • Bonus Bull Trout fishing opportunities if possible, or tagged out early
  • Basic trophy skull & hide preparations for the taxidermist
  • Deboning meat and basic prep for travel home if desired

Not Included

  • 5% Government Sales Tax (GST)
  • British Columbia non-resident hunting license, Wildlife Preservation Fund, & Tags
  • Travel to the destination city of Prince George or Fort St John, BC
  • Any pre and post-hunt meals and/or hotel accommodations as needed
  • Return charter flights between Prince George/Fort St John and the main lodge
  • Trophy fees for any additional game animals harvested (Moose, Goat, Elk, Sheep)
  • Gratuities to guides and staff

Additions

  • Extra hunting days: $1000/day (must be confirmed in advance – schedule depending)
  • Non-hunting observer days: $175/day
  • Rifle Rental (if possible) $500
  • Round Trip Charter Flights – $800-1200
  • BC Non-res Hunting License – $189
  • Hunter Preservation Fund – $200
  • BC Non-res Mountain Goat Tag – $370
  • BC Non-res Western Moose Tag – $265
  • BC Non-res Rocky Mtn Elk Tag – $265
  • BC Non-res Stone Sheep Tag – $650
  • BC Non-res Wolf Tag – $55 (no limit)
  • BC Non-res Black Bear Tag – $189 (up to x2)
  • Non-resident Fishing license – $75

 Trophy fees for additional game species (upon harvest);

  • Western Moose – $4500
  • Rocky Mountain Elk – $4500
  • Stone Sheep – $21,000
  • Wolf – No charge
  • Black Bear – No charge
  • Fishing – No charge

Destination City

Hunters are asked to arrive at Prince George or Fort Saint John BC, and overnight in a hotel. Depart the following morning by charter flight less than two hours in duration to the main lodge.

Travel Suggestions

Prince George or Fort Saint John are most easily reached from several major western Canadian airports, especially Vancouver, Calgary, or Edmonton, with best airline options being WestJet or Air Canada.

Airport Shuttles 

Round trip shuttles between the airport or hotel and charter plane base are not always included and most hunters simply take a cab from the airport & hotel/charter plane base.

Special Info

Passport required for all international travel. Non-Canadian citizens can be denied access into Canada if they have a recent DUI or any other criminal infraction.

Scott – Alberta, CAN

You could not dream up finer country to hunt than what this crew has created. The lodge and attention to detail were built on integrity and hard work. Hard work from the crew barehand. Now it’s a hunt for massive moose, elk, goats, and bears. Imagine a place of pristine wilderness. A place where big game grows to massive proportions, fair chase hunting in northern BC at its finest! There is such a place and it’s only a charter plane ride away!

I was successful on one of the biggest goats and elk of my life! And I’ll be sure to return year after year, and Adrian of Taiga International Outfitters can help make it all happen for you as well!