Really cool that you drew a tag, great critters to hunt and incredible country to hike in!I am still in disbelief, but I checked the results today, and successful!!!
Area 4, the west side of the Grand Teton mountain range. I am a resident,, so the guide requirement in wilderness area is not a concern. I know this area is slightly different than the others, and I am going to spend the next 3 months scouting it out. I plan on contacting the local biologist and game warden for any tips, but has anyone here hunted the area or know someone that has? Or anyone that has hiked the mountains? I know grizzlies will be a concern, but I have never hunted goats, nor that area.
So, anybody have any insight?
I have never heard someone mention Old Snowy on here. I grew up in that country and was all over it on horseback. Brings back some great memories of getting on the backside of Lilly basin and looking at goats along with Heart lake and some others.Congratulations!
Given you're a WY resident, the acclimation shouldn't be that bad for you.
It's been a while since I've scrambled around the Tetons, and I don't know jack about goats.
That said, be wary of bunny huggers and tour-ons (tourist morons) on the Teton Crest trail (if you go that high). But, if you want to go the hard way (i.e. hike up), you can also use it to your advantage. There are plenty of trails from the east side where you can come up over the top in a morning's hike and then come down the west slope.
There used to be a weather station (IIRC NE of Driggs) where you could drive right up to 9K.
I always appreciated the marked difference between the East face (dramatic) and the west slopes (grassy and rolling). The west slopes remind me of the grassy meadows below Old Snowy in the Goat Rocks Wilderness, where you'd see goats at 1K+
Goat is a good meat, depending on the cut and the preparation and presentation on the plate. We have several goats for pets in our yard and don't eat them, but have had wild goat and it was GREAT!. The trick is the prep when you harvest the goat. You need to skin as soosn as possible, cut any and all fat grizzel, tendons out, then throw meat into a cooler with ice water & salt. The salt lowers the temp of the ice. seasoning is up to you. Look on the internert for cooking & seasoning wild goat. You won't be dissapointed. Not only will you have a trophy and then a gourmet meal.They aren't even fit to eat are they? I see that it depends upon who is doing the eating.
I thought Gordon put an end to their Arial shooting. Not even offering a hunt to cull. The Dept. Of interior or whoever it was took it open himself to make the call. I'm sure an anti. That's what I took from the article I read two months or so ago. I'm guessing they will be spooky. You will do well. God willing and good luck.
There’s a outfitter in Alton that’s one of the best out that I have used many times and I never went home empty handed his name is Eli I would give him a call and tell tommy Thomas told you call him 208-351/2240I thought Gordon put an end to their Arial shooting. Not even offering a hunt to cull. The Dept. Of interior or whoever it was took it open himself to make the call. I'm sure an anti. That's what I took from the article I read two months or so ago. I'm guessing they will be spooky. You will do well. God willing and good luck.