Mountain Goat Hunting


The 40 hunters lucky enough to draw a mountain goat license should have a great hunt. 

Woolley says adding a late season for eight tag holders – Oct. 1-31 – in hunt area 3, or North Absaroka, to spread out hunter density has worked well. “Access to mountain goats in the late season can be tricky,” Woolley says. “But hunters have been putting in the extra effort and having success with the late season tag.”

Licenses were reduced from 12 to eight this season in the Palisades hunt area north of Alpine (hunt area 2). An August 2016 aerial survey counted 93 mountain goats, fewer than expected, and combined with last winter’s wrath claiming kids or young of the year goats, a reduction was needed, reports veteran wildlife biologist Gary Fralick. “But I still expect hunters to find solitary billies or bachelor groups in steep, rocky terrain throughout the hunt area,” he says.

All but one Wyoming hunter bagged their mountain goat last year and hunters had 100 percent success in 2015.

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