Warming up this thread, preping for fall and huntin' season.
Have made some changes in the string.
Have settled in on 5. Figure that I should never need more than that even when an extra person goes along.
Only gonna pack 4 of 'em. The 5th is a baby, born this spring. He and keep up with the rest but belly aches a bunch.
From largest to smallest.
Morgan - Hey that's what the girl I bought him from called him.
3 year old pure Sannan and ~240 pounds. Just now finishing his custom built pack saddle. It's a "Decker" similar to the last one I made. Used 5/16" rebar instead of 5/16" 6061 aluminum on this one. Only about a pound heaver than a wooden cross-buck but a ton stronger and won't loosen. Its fully adjustable. I'm learning about fitting saddles to goats.
Goat #2 - Too ugly for a name. 3 year old LaMancha @ 175 pounds. These ugly suckers have no ears. I"ve convinced everyone around here that its the custom for the owner to chew their ears off when they are born. So far none of these dummies around here have questioned me.
Goat #3 - Thing 1, 16 month old, pure Sannen @ 160 pounds. He was a baby two springs ago. By this time in 2014 he'll be well over 200 pounds. Gonna be a great goat. I'll pack him light this year.
Goat #4 - Another too ugly to name. 3 year old LaMancha @ 145 pounds. Not the biggest goat but a keeper nonetheless.
Goat #5 - Thing 2 or Shoestring. 7 months and 80+ pounds. "Shoestring" cause he unties your shoes every chance he gets. Won't pack him at all, he's just a kid.
However he will have a very small soft pack maybe with gloves or something as it's illegal to use live decoys in Idaho.
However, they won't be wearing those pack saddles 24-7. I figure on moving locations, if necessary, between two hours after sun up to 2 hours before sun down.
I have found no need, so far, to tether them at night. They hang within 30 yards or so. On the trail they string along with out leads in what ever order they sort out. It takes a couple of trips and some distance each trip for them to get their order sorted.
One they get their pecking order lined up they can be tied together in that same order. If tied out of order there's a bit of a tangle. Thus I don't tie them.
They are used to gun fire and don't flinch even with the 375 AM is set off.
The weather has broken. Hot stuff pretty much over. Two days of good rain in the general area. Thus beginning the second week in Sept. it to the hills for two+ days a week.
I will have 2 Woof tags, 1 deer tag, one elk tag and a bear tag. The main animal of interest is bro Woof. Anything else that presents itself and is for one reason or another, shootable, I'll take the shot.
I'll be in Idaho Unit 69 in Wolverine, Dan Creek, Flagg Knol and Jensen Creek areas.
I'll also spend some time in Driggs, Island Park and North Fork areas.
I'll be postin' pics and stuff.
Should be pretty fun.
An old man and his goats. . .and a coupla big rifles. . .