Goats in the lower 48?
Let's rank the best goat states in the lower 48, I'm not even sure of all the states that have mtn goats/huntable populations? I almost never read anything on goats in the lower 48 other than this state has them, and here are the units. Perhaps none of the states really stand out over the others, especially compared to AK and Canada?
Feel free to edit my list/enlighten me. Did I leave a state out?
trophy quality in order:
Oregon- only residents can hunt unless you win a raffle tag?
Wyoming (only 1 non-res tag I believe, or is it only 1 tag total and both non-res and res are in the same pool?)
Oregon- no non-res tags except in raffle
Wyoming would be last on that list based on tags available.
Montana has great opportunity but low trophy quality - other than a few super hard draw units. Oregon and Washington have the big goats, from what I gather.
Nevada Utah top two. In that order followed by colo?
utah probably has the best odds. with idaho second best odds of getting a tag IMO..
WA has some real nice goats. Good luck drawing a tag.
According to Eastmans Utah and Nevada have the best goats in the lower 48.
Montana, Washington and Idaho probably give the most tags.
To me any mature goat is a trophy. I wouldn't kill myself over making sure the goat I shot was some arbitrary line in the sand long.
When I move back to the lower-48, hopefully I'll have enough points to have a shot.
Originally Posted by Edelweiss
I agree, I just want a mature billy with some nice fur. They make a beautiful mount for sure.
Just kinda curious, I never read much on billies in the lower 48, aside from best units in a particular state or drawing odds, very little on state vs. state
All the information is on the state game and fish websites. Idaho usually has somewhere between 1 and 10 and 1 and 6 odds for non-resident mountain goat draws. Most non-resident folks are applying for sheep tags in Idaho.
Compared with Wyoming resident draw of 1-600. Idaho looks pretty good.
Utah and Nevada manage their tags more for quality than quantity. My suggestion is to build points in Utah and Nevada all the while applying in Idaho. Idaho will pay off within a few years.
I have lived overseas for most of my military career, so I have little interest in applying for tags I am not there to scout for. Since I am retiring soon, life will be a lot easier.
There are still good quality goat hunts in BC guided for $6000-8500. I think these represent the best value in guided big game hunting on the planet.
Just saw a map on Wikipedia that south dakota has mtn goats? I knew they have bighorns, very few huntable I think? not sure non-res can even hunt them?
as for mtn goats in SD not sure they're huntable even for residents?
link to the map...