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Old 02-14-2017, 05:38 AM
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...in the Canadian Rockies. I am so blessed,when I go away and then come home it is if I am seeing these mountains for the first time and I have been looking at them all my life. We have our struggles of course, large herds of elk live here and trample our fences and get into are hay all winter.A spike elk speared one of the horses the other day and it almost bled to death.
The weather can be severe and we presently have about 3' of snow in our pasture, but I believe tough weather creates interesting folks and we have some dandys around here. Rodeo,hunting and ranching help to stir the pot a little too.
British Columbia offers a wide variety of species and sub species.Canada and Shiras moose, Rocky Mountain and Roosevelt elk, Coastal Grizzly and interior Grizzly and Black bear, Stone's,Dall and Bighorn Sheep ,both California and Rocky , Mountain goat and Whitetail,blacktail and mule deer , a couple types of Caribou and for the houndsman the,mountain lion.
Most of us have Grizzly problems in the spring, these bears routinely tear into our chicken houses, their primary quarry in the spring are the Elk calves and these are calved out around our places.If folks want see a bear this is an excellent time for this.
My hunting is strictly horseback,solitary and I usually take a second along as a packhorse. It is done in the highlands,preferring the country where Bighorn rams reside,always seeking the old battered loner ram that is simply to miserable to live with the rest.
As far as dangerous game goes,I consider mountain goat it,many times you go up in the rocks after them and the vertical landscape can strand you ,always take a length of rope in your pack! If you hunt goats regularly you will have some stories to tell. Grizzlies are hunted if you are drawn.
Anyways this is how we live here,close to the land and game animals.Cheers
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Interesting Read, Well Done I enjoyed it!!
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Old 02-14-2017, 08:15 AM
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Great story. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-15-2017, 06:09 PM
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mountain goats are one of my very favorite animals. I have only shot a dozen in 50 years of hunting them in Cascades and Western Montana, but have been with many others to help them. Great stories, good friends and I had 3 of the hides tanned for my boys.
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Old 02-15-2017, 08:20 PM
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Hi Old guide, and yeah,mountain goat hunters are different for sure. They are one of my favorite game animals and we hunt them every year.They are so unusual and stick to vertical rock ,unbelievably.
It is a strong tasting meat,tough as **** and cooks will tell you" boil goat meat with a rock and when finished eat the rock (it be more tender)
Goats are numerous here and most outfitter combo hunts include a mountain goat, so a and outfitter usually sells a elk,mule deer and goat hunt.
Shooting one takes some planning , many will take a 300' plunge or hang up on a ledge and of course you gotta go up and retrieve them...it can be pretty frightening.
I am sure I am not telling you anything you don't know already.
A Bighorn Sheep could never go where these animals easily travel and a mountain sheep is very good in the rocks.I am very fortunate to hunt both species and at times I can see them (with optics) from my kitchen.
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Been wonderin'

Where you hung your hat, that is. You live in a great province, and I really can't make up my mind which I like best. You have more of everything. Unfortunately, that includes taxes! ;0) Fact is, I may be moving over there soon. Somewhere out on the coast, about quarter way up, somewhere in the halibut zone ;0) I have worked in the south Chilcotan, west of Ft. Nelson, a bit east of Willie's Puddle, the only thing I don't like about the province is the profligacy of the clear-cut logging. Many years, saw me guiding half the year over there, and coming back here to work in construction through the winter years. I TRIED to avoid the second part, but usually it just wasn't possible.
In the south Chilcotan, you can almost ride up to where the goats hang out. West of Ft. Nelson, I saw more elk than I did in the Thoroughfare in Wyoming, and on the first day I hunted Stone sheep, I saw 25 shooters! And moose? Up there, and closer to the Yukon border, you can see Yukon-Alaskan sized moose (never did a genetics check), so maybe you got three sub-species to brag about? The one place I hope I can see, before it's too late is the Spatsizi (not sure on the spelling) that sits up close to the Yukon border. They call it the Serengeti of the North, but how it can be any better than what lies west of Nelson, is difficult to imagine.
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Where you hung your hat, that is. You live in a great province, and I really can't make up my mind which I like best. You have more of everything. Unfortunately, that includes taxes! ;0) Fact is, I may be moving over there soon. Somewhere out on the coast, about quarter way up, somewhere in the halibut zone ;0) I have worked in the south Chilcotan, west of Ft. Nelson, a bit east of Willie's Puddle, the only thing I don't like about the province is the profligacy of the clear-cut logging. Many years, saw me guiding half the year over there, and coming back here to work in construction through the winter years. I TRIED to avoid the second part, but usually it just wasn't possible.
In the south Chilcotan, you can almost ride up to where the goats hang out. West of Ft. Nelson, I saw more elk than I did in the Thoroughfare in Wyoming, and on the first day I hunted Stone sheep, I saw 25 shooters! And moose? Up there, and closer to the Yukon border, you can see Yukon-Alaskan sized moose (never did a genetics check), so maybe you got three sub-species to brag about? The one place I hope I can see, before it's too late is the Spatsizi (not sure on the spelling) that sits up close to the Yukon border. They call it the Serengeti of the North, but how it can be any better than what lies west of Nelson, is difficult to imagine.
HI,I am in the Elk Valley ,North of Sparwood and south of Elkford,very close to the Alberta border
Both Alberta and B.C are great but in BC we can hunt 3 species of sheep luckily and I agree about the Stone's sheep country west of Fort Nelson.I hope to make a hunt up there in August this year again. I am just glad I have seen some of the wilder places before GPS, atv's, clear cut logging and exploration of today.
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My folks spent many summers camping around Manson Creek and the Ominica River. I liked the trout fishing there.
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West of Ft.Nelson

Hi, never been to your neck of the woods. but anywhere off the beaten track is fine by me. I'm thinking real strong about the far west Chilcotan, as a spot to retire. My brother cowboyed out there, in the early sixties, and he kinda sold me on the place. Not sure, just yet, but it needs to be as far off the grid as possible, and still have enough "civilization" to keep the cook satisfied. I know that country west of Nelson pretty well, so if you need some tips, contact me by private message and I'll gladly share what I know, and hopefully make getting a decent stone that much more possible for you.
We have bigger elk here I think (number 4 all time,Clarence Brown in 1972), and we have eight or ten bighorns in the upper book, Jimmie Simpson #3? He killed his before Banff was a park), but about the only thing you don't have are speed goats (Wyomingites can shoot 4 each, or could when I was there.)
I can also tell you where to hunt the easiest goats in North America. That's why I came here. To help where I could, and hopefully get some myself. Guys like that Humpy are too good to believe. That guy needs to write a book. Loads of technical knowledge that should NOT be wasted. Once I figure out how to start a thread, I'll explain the best way to hunt stone with a bow (it takes two guys).I'm also working on taking a writer up in there and getting a paid hunt outta the deal, but that later on. Drop me a line.
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