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    Here's a picture of me in my Sitka gear from this...

    Here's a picture of me in my Sitka gear from this fall.

    http://padens.com/v-web/gallery/albums/album07/2014_Wyoming_Mountain_Goat.jpg
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    Thanks 1 Shot for the giveaway. I would use...

    Thanks 1 Shot for the giveaway.

    I would use this one either an elk or mule deer hunt next fall.
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    It is really getting where the forms available...

    It is really getting where the forms available really are so good that a competent taxidermist should be able to do a good job on most animals in my opinion. There are a few mounts like cat faces...
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    Sticky: Thanks for the contest. I would put this tent to...

    Thanks for the contest. I would put this tent to use on backcountry elk trips. Thanks.
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    Thanks for the comments everyone. I've been...

    Thanks for the comments everyone.

    I've been playing around with the videos some and have uploaded a couple that I took through the spotting scope. Of course I didn't get my digiscoping setup...
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    The rain stayed away most of the night and the...

    The rain stayed away most of the night and the next morning was overcast, but the rocks were dry and we had a relatively easy time of it going back up to retrieve the meat. I was surprised by how...
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    After having all these plans with a GoPro...

    After having all these plans with a GoPro knockoff camera on my backpack, a new point and shoot camera that I was carrying with me, and a nice HD camcorder that my friend Mike was carrying, here I...
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    Okay, one of the signs of a billy vs. a nanny is...

    Okay, one of the signs of a billy vs. a nanny is that they are dirty and this guy appeared to have that covered. The nanny group also had proceeded to continue around the ridge and now were moving...
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    We decided that we would give up road hunting for...

    We decided that we would give up road hunting for the day and go back to our old hangout at Goat creek. Maybe we were hunting too hard and we decided to just load up the camp chairs, grab our lunch...
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    Friday morning arrived and desperation had...

    Friday morning arrived and desperation had officially set in. It's hard to describe the added pressure involved in a once in a lifetime tag like this. Especially when the Wyoming Game and Fish...
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    After striking out road hunting based on tourist...

    After striking out road hunting based on tourist provided information, we decided to go ahead and run the jeep trail in the ranger. Having already been down the jeep trail once on an ATV, I wasn't...
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    Thursday morning we decided maybe goat creek was...

    Thursday morning we decided maybe goat creek was a morning spot and checked it again. This turned out to be another bust with not a single goat seen. We decided that the goats must be up in the...
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    I hiked back to the original spot that we had...

    I hiked back to the original spot that we had seen the lone goat from just to 100% double check we had been looking in the right spot. This picture shows the light colored rock where it had been...
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    This picture is looking back toward where we saw...

    This picture is looking back toward where we saw the goat initially. We were looking from the left side of the head of the drainage.
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    We hiked up to the edge and got out the spotting...

    We hiked up to the edge and got out the spotting scope and started glassing. So far this wasn't looking as promising as we had been expecting, but we had spent the time and effort to get there so we...
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    We got back to camp and talked through our...

    We got back to camp and talked through our options for the next day. We had been seeing the same group of nannies everyday at Goat creek, but not any 100% confirmed billies since the first day and...
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    With it moving around a bit we still were pretty...

    With it moving around a bit we still were pretty convinced it was a goat worth going after. We didn't ever see it pee so didn't see it squat or stretch to pee, but with it being off by itself it was...
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    We hadn't been there for very long when Mike...

    We hadn't been there for very long when Mike spots a lone goat on the other side of the canyon! We were pretty pumped.

    Looking at the goat in the spotting scope everything looked good. Base of...
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    A very short drive over to Antelope Butte and we...

    A very short drive over to Antelope Butte and we off loaded the ranger and drove to the lower lookout area. I had a hard time deciding whether I would need the ranger or not, but some of these...
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    Again, when you are in goat country you end up...

    Again, when you are in goat country you end up altering your normal sense of what is steep and what isn't. Over and over again on this hike I found myself saying "Hey, there's a spot that we could...
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    Okay, back to the story. We go back to camp and...

    Okay, back to the story. We go back to camp and reshuffle things, load up the ranger on the trailer and head toward Sunlight canyon. We spent a bit of time glassing from a turnout on Dead Indian...
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    One little side story in here. It's always...

    One little side story in here.

    It's always interesting to me to talk to other hunters that you encounter when you are out there. When you have a once in a lifetime tag other hunters are even...
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    Tuesday dawned with high expectations. This was...

    Tuesday dawned with high expectations. This was going to be our first full day that we were going to be hunting together and the previous morning my friend had seen 2 lone goats that were probably...
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    I was back to the trailhead about 4:00 so that...

    I was back to the trailhead about 4:00 so that gave me enough time to zip back over to goat creek for an evening hunt. Since I was already this far up on the Beartooths I drove up to Christmas lake...
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    Some pretty neat and beautiful country. This is...

    Some pretty neat and beautiful country. This is the other side of the lake, not really mountain goat looking country, but it would be fun to climb around on if you were just hanging out and enjoying...
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