Phil Sauer Family
The Highlight of Fall 99 was the Big Goat Hunt
After 13 years of applying for a Montana Mountain Goat permit I finally drew out. I was shocked to
see the permit come in the mail, since just last year I drew out for a very coveted and hard to get Moose permit. Drawing out for two out of the three biggies (Bighorn Sheep being the third) within two years is almost unheard of. As for the moose hunt in '98, I put in a lot of time hunting for a bull, but it just never came together. A few days before the season ended, in three feet of snow, I shot a nice big cow (13 year old). I shared some great times with some super good friends hunting moose in the '98 season, but it's always been Goats that I have personally wanted to hunt.
The 11,000 foot ridge was a hard climb, but for views like this--Wow!.
Second hunt took me to Sphinx Mtn. Day two I spotted a lone goat in the morning, put on a stalk that took me almost to the summit, inched around a ledge of a cliff, shot him at 40yards, he turned and ran within eight feet of me, hit him again, he went over a small cliff and got up--tough critter, hit him again and he was down for good. It was steep, very steep at 10,200 feet. Got him back to the high camp two hours after dark. 9 1/4 inch, 6 1/2 year old billy. I couldn't be happier with the hunt and how it turned out. It was truly a hunt of a lifetime, I'm sad it's over. I will cherish the mount; the hair is very filled out and long; it was literally twice the size of a nanny goat that was at the taxidermist when I dropped the Billy off.
Lunch and then on for the stalk, and Success. Then the hard part.
Future Goat Hunter Inspected the TrophyMontana's special permit system will not allow me to apply for a goat license for seven years and with the poor odds of drawing out, It's likely I won't hunt goats again for 20-30years. But, if asked, I will definitely accompany any goat hunter on their hunt. For years I've hunted deer, elk, antelope, bear, and last year--moose, but it's goat hunting that I think is the quintessence of big game hunting.
The table fare is marginal (but the memories will forever be delicious), I boned out the critter right on the mountain and packed out 60 pounds of meat (actually my buddy packed the meat and I packed the 60 pound cape and head, took us two days to get back to the trail head with it all).The steaks are tough
and a bit strong in flavor, most of the meat was made into sausage and jerky.
Let me know if you are interested in goat hunting, Tim