I put in 129 mile total, doing a GPS track every time I went in scouting or hunting. 111 miles on foot and 18 on horse. I saw one confirmed goat the whole time. Saw a couple deer down low, some turkey, about 20 head of elk with one 6x6 bull, all down low at the valley. Saw only a doze elk tracks the whole time back there, a few deer tracks, a couple moose tracks, and about 5 wolf tracks. Had one black bear cross the trail behind me one day, some other folks saw him, and that was it from July to late November. The lake looked full of trout and they were really jumping. I want to go back and go fishing with my son this summer. It is incredible country back there. I would do it all over again and don't feel I was cheated out of anything by not getting a goat! I loved it.
Almost home. The end. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. I had a great time and saw some amazing country.
Great pictures and great hunt, 6mm. If the trophy is in the experience, I think you made Boone and Crockett.
I see that goat tags in the Bitterroots dropped tremendously this year. That was some tough hunting.
My longest two days was 26 miles, 13 in and 13 out when I went scouting and got sick. That was all with 60 pounds on my back. My longest single day was 17 miles with my 36 pound pack on my back. I went in 8.5 glassing all the way , and then of course 8.5 back out. That was a long day............. I didn't really even have anything out of the ordinary in that sucker, but with 8 pounds or so of rifle and sling, it weighed 36 pounds on a scale. I made sure and had food, hydration water bladder, bottles, fuel, a shelter, and essentials in case I got stuck out there. One thing that did shock me was the fact I had cell service for most of the canyon, lost it towards the end, and then again had service at the lake. Since I hunted alone for 99% of the time, I carried it just in case something happened and I needed help.
I work four ten hour shifts, so I have Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off. I took almost every Thursday and/or Monday in addition to those three regular days every week and went hunting, so I did spend a lot of time back there. I still was tired and worn out enough that I stopped goat hunting for a few days and took my son elk hunting. He got a nice fat cow which was great. That gave me an excuse to rest for a few days while his elk cooled and I could cut her up and get her in the freezer. With pneumonia for a month and everything else I battled BB, I was one tuckered out son of a gun when it was done! Loved it though!
Son Jeff's cow at about 90-100 yards. One shot 300 WSM & 180 gr. Accubond. She dropped in her tracks.
Rear half on my dad's Critter Cart that he builds. Scowl on my kids face is not because he is not happy, he just looks like that whenever I take his picture for the most part. I know, shocked this coming from a teenager!
Those are some great pics 6 mm. Looks like two types of country..............straight up......or straight down.
Very nice pictures and it both sounds and looks like a successful trip 6mm Remington.
Thanks guys. It was a very successful trip. I wish my kid could have gotten some time off to go back with me when I was actually hunting and not just scouting, but with activities and school he just couldn't do it. I missed that the most, even more than just having someone else with me. I would have liked to gotten to share it with someone a bit more because it was so special, but the flip side of that is that is was so neat just doing it by myself. I saw hardly anyone. The only time I would usually see anyone was within the first 3 miles or so of the trail. Other than that I was pretty much by myself.