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Old 03-18-2011, 05:20 PM
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Re: Info on lamas as pack animals

Roy

Im with you I am going with goats I am just waiting for a pair to get weaned so I can go pick them up from northern Idaho in fact. I do also have horses and they are just a big pain in the butt to hunt with they only time I ever ride them anymore is when it is time to play cowboy and chase cows for a rancher buddy of mine. It is a good thing the wife and daughter ride them or they would be a complete waste of hay.


Good Luck, Jason
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Old 03-18-2011, 05:34 PM
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Every llama and goat have differant capacities / limits. I had llama's that would only haul 60lbs of gear in 12 miles and I had another that would take 75-80 in (uphill) 90 out. My buddie boned and bull elk and put it on 2 llamas and took it out ( good trail and only 3 miles) It seems that most pack animals will all haul a certain pecentage of their own weight if properly conditioned.

My buddy had the goats and they were pretty cool. It took him alot of goats to do what I did with 4 llamas.


I have a couple llama's that are only halter broke weed eaters that I will give to someone that will to train them up.
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Old 03-18-2011, 06:29 PM
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Every llama and goat have differant capacities / limits. I had llama's that would only haul 60lbs of gear in 12 miles and I had another that would take 75-80 in (uphill) 90 out. My buddie boned and bull elk and put it on 2 llamas and took it out ( good trail and only 3 miles) It seems that most pack animals will all haul a certain pecentage of their own weight if properly conditioned.

My buddy had the goats and they were pretty cool. It took him alot of goats to do what I did with 4 llamas.


I have a couple llama's that are only halter broke weed eaters that I will give to someone that will to train them up.
warrbuk, I had been looking at lamas for weed control. A coworker has six that he rotates thru his corrals during the summers nd says they will eat anything. Also they are very hardy in our brutal NoDak winters. I could get some young lamas from him for cheap or try his out for awhile. I have nice trees around my place and I've seen goats rip the bark right off of a mature tree and he said his lamas aren't as destructive as the goats he's had in the past. After seeing a article in eastmans where someone used them during a sheep hunt I really got interested in getting lamas to clean up weeds and have a use also. The badlands in western ND are pretty damn rough where you would kill a bruiser mule deer. I'd be scared to take a horse into most of that stuff. I must admit I am not a horse person. I've heard lamas eat anything, do not need a lot of water, will traverse anything you will and more, and haul a pretty good load.
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Old 03-19-2011, 06:43 PM
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Re: Info on lamas as pack animals

i used llamas on 2 trips for elk. we rented them, they worked pretty well. they would haul 90 lbs. you had to weigh each scabbard so each side would weigh no more than 2 lbs difference. haven't seen one take a drink of water yet. just tie them in a different spot each day and they would eat everything within reach. perfect circles in the meadows! a couple of them got loose and didn't wander off. just hung around the others. he gave us a bag( bright orange color) of molases flavored oats. just put that in front and they would come to you. we gave them each a handful every day so if they got lost, they would come if they saw that orange bag.very quiet, all in all we thought they worked well for hunting.
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