Goats by Boat

Mountain goats scrape out a living in some of the most remote parts of the continent.

One of the biggest hurdles to chasing these white beasts is simply getting to the base of the mountains they live on.
We would use an inflatable jet boat to carry us up winding threaded rivers sandwiched between imposing mountains.


Photography and Story by Connor Gabbott


This will go down as one of the most fun ways I've accessed a hunting patch.

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Our jet boat would become a critical part of our hunt. Without it we would be stranded in an environment that is excruciatingly difficult to travel on by foot. Boat maintenance and pit stops were the norm.

Finding goats wasn't the hard part, climbing up to them was.

Coastal mountains are notoriously thick and steep. Multi-hour blind stalks to where you last saw the goats are the unfortunate reality.
It’s a roll of the dice on whether the goats will still be there or if you will pop out in the right spot.

A roll of the dice pays off.

As we cooked fresh backstraps in camp, not far away, under fifty feet of water, the goat skull rested on the bottom of the ocean in a crab trap. Sea lice were cleaning the skull.


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