Originally Posted by Michael Eichele
And that is the key right there. Goats on Kodiak for the most part are a cake walk compared to goats in most other areas.
I have to agree. Mountain Goats aren't native to Kodiak Island. Hunting goats on Kodiak Island isn't typical goat hunting, as in areas of North America where goats naturally established populations.
By and large, goat hunting in Alaska is likely to include fouler weather than sheep hunting in Alaska, because a lot of goat hunting is near the ocean front, and the southern coast typically has much, much more rainfall than interior Alaska.
It's possible to find a goat in easy terrain. Same with sheep. Depends primarily on the time of the year and prevailing snow conditions. And to some extent on the particular animal. But goats are more apt to be in more hazardous terrain than sheep - on average.
About 8 years ago, Fish & Game in Soldotna, AK received a call from a homeowner in Kasilof stating that he had a goat in his garage. I know the guy at Fish & Game that received the call, and he told me he asked the caller who the goat belonged to. The caller then said 'No, you don't understand. This is a white, wild Mountain Goat in my garage.' Now Kasilof is located on the flat lands, about 20-25 air miles from the nearest mountain range. So F&G drives out to the residence and sure enough they find, tranquilize, and collar a wild Alaskan Mountain Goat right in this guy's garage. They transport the goat by highway vehicle to the Kenai Mountains and release it at the junction of the Sterling Highway and the Seward Highway, next to Tern Lake. A legal and permitted goat hunter kills this collared goat at very low elevation, along the Seward Highway, about two days later. Calls F&G and tells them he killed a goat wearing a collar. Fish & Game tells him not to ear the meat due to the tranquilizer drug still present in the animal, but he gets a nice late fall goat hide out of the hunt.
Is that typical Mountain Goat behavior? The hunter that killed this goat probably thinks hunting Mountain Goats on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula is like shooting fish in a barrel.