My 2022 Colorado Goat Hunt

mdeerjunkie

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This year I got lucky and drew a 2nd season nanny goat license with only three points for Colorado unit G12. The Maroon Bells wilderness area is in this unit and although it is filled with a lot of tourist, it also has some astounding scenery and extremely steep mountains. To say I was excited was an understatement.
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I was able to get up scouting a couple times this summer and found quite a few different groups of billies and a decent sized nanny group. They are such amazing creatures. The way they can navigate the cliffs and rocks is unbelievable.
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Season started Sept 20th. My buddy’s and I were planning on hunting a mountain where I had found the nanny group earlier in the summer. We got up to aspen a day early, hiked up and pitched camp. Almost immediately we found a group of Billes. We had a hard time deciding what sex this one was, but it did end up being a billy.
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Spent the rest of the day scouting but could not find the group of nanny’s. Season started the following day and we were joined by five other goat hunters on the same mountain. Spent the rest of the day looking for the nanny’s but to no avail. Due to all the pressure and lack of goats we relocated to a different mountain where I had also seen some goats during the summer. After a little looking we found a decent sized nanny group.
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They were in some pretty crazy country, very protected and isolated. Almost impossible to get to. After looking around for a bit, my buddy found a nanny that was bedded higher up on the mountain in a “flatter” looking spot. We snuck into position and I made the shot. She never got up from her bed, but still ended up rolling over 300yds down the mountain.
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The pack out in the rain was grueling but well worth the effort.
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It was an awesome hunt. A great time with buddy’s, and an amazing area in Colorado. I feel so blessed to have already experienced a goat hunt at my age.
 

SwaggyD

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Congrats. Awesome. Hope to join you in killing a Colorado mountain goat in two weeks!
 

buffybr

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Congrats on your goat!

Also good write up and great pictures.

I think that Montana only has female goat tags in one unit because most people can't tell the difference between the males and females.
 

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