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Unread 01-06-2009, 11:36 PM
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Re: Pack Goats

I am an avid horse and mule packer. Nothing better than a backcountry hunt with a comfortable camp.

My wife, on the other hand, is an avid backpacker. Having run into llamas several times on the trails, she's been interested in trying them.

I also hunt a lot of country a horse just can't go. I think those goats are fantastic! I'm going to have to try it now! The kids would love them too!

Thanks for the thread.
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Unread 01-15-2009, 06:48 PM
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Re: Pack Goats

I have been looking at getting two my self .

any idea where in N Utah i can get some ?

Thanks RobK .
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Unread 01-15-2010, 09:04 PM
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Re: Pack Goats

Great Thread!!! But you are giving away my secret - I packed with llamas for years and switched a few years ago to packgoats - and never looked back. They are like taking a super friendly dog with you - and they pack 50 lbs of your gear. I currently have 6 packers I use in Northern California and every year for elk in Colorado - they are great.

Anyone who would like more information - you can PM me - I would be happy to help. Google "packgoat" and you will get a ton of info. Butthead Packgoats has great saddles and panniers - after much research and trial - I have all Butthead gear!
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Unread 01-15-2010, 09:45 PM
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Re: Pack Goats

Packgoats...who'd of ever thought goats would haul packs around and behave. The only goats I'm familar with are the ones that you feed then get head butted. Sounds like it works really well versus horses...too much upkeep and expensive.
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Unread 01-16-2010, 12:15 AM
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Re: Pack Goats

I read this thread for the first time many months ago. I still think it is one of the most cool things we can do as a hunting trip. Take goats as help for backpacking, AWESOME. Real cool, the only tough part is training them and keeping them in good shape all year long, and well behaved all year long. It sure is a very interesting method of transporting weight, equipment and game for long backpacking trips.
I have used a little donkey I have as help, and horses also, but goats, never, until this thread never even thought about it.
Thanks for sharing, it is really interesting, and nice pictures.
Have you guys done any more backpack hunts with goats after you posted this thread for the first time?
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Unread 01-16-2010, 01:25 AM
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Re: Pack Goats

This isn't me but its typical.

Pack can weigh as much as 80 pounds depending on size and type of goat.

Oh, and after a couple of days in the mtns they begin to not smell so bad.

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Unread 01-16-2010, 10:46 AM
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Re: Pack Goats

Bucks are used for breeding and are very, very stinky - and give all the goats a bad name. You don't pack with bucks - you pack with wethers (a nuetered male). The wether does not stink at all - all my boys smell better than my black labs I take hiking with me.

You do not need to tie them up at night- they will just hang out and sleep next to your tent - or in the tent if you leave it open.

Every new "packgoat" hunter I take it amazed at how well the goats do - no lead lines - you just walk - and they follow. Gives you a buddy to talk to along the way and helps to break up the "death march" hikes into the deep backcountry.
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