The Boddington Experience follows veteran outdoor writer, television personality, and international hunter Craig Boddington & family in exciting destinations both close to home and around the globe! Today’s blog Brittany shares her experience hunting for Rocky Mountain Goat. Be sure to tune in for The Boddington Experience Tuesdays at 7:00PM ET.
Hunting the Rocky Mountain goat has been a dream of mine for many years. I first saw a mount of the animal at a hunting convention and thought it was the closest looking thing to a polar bear that I would ever be able to hunt. The opportunity to go to British Columbia with my dad came up unexpectedly and I jumped at the chance.
We would be hunting in northern British Columbia outside Smithers with Ron and Brenda Fleming Love Brothers and Lee, a veteran northern B.C. outfit. It was a walk down memory lane for my dad because he first hunted the Rocky Mountain goat with his dad in a similar area over 40 years ago. It has been some time since my last hunt alone with my dad, maybe 4 years or longer, so I was very excited. The guys at Legendary Arms Works built a .280 for me to shoot on the hunt, it was one of the first guns built by the new company. Mark Bansner has been building guns for over 40 years and has joined forces with our good friend Dave Dunn to form the new Legendary Arms Works. This would be the first hunt with one of their guns and we were excited to try them out.
I had never done a North American mountain hunt before and I was concerned that I would struggle with the physicality of the hunt. I tried to exercise and stay in shape prior to the hunt but no training in Los Angeles could prepare me for the serious mountains of BC. The hunt was tough but exhilarating! We got there at the perfect time to see the colors change across the mountainside. The bright reds and oranges mixed with the neon yellow and green made for an amazing visual experience.
I was right to be apprehensive about the climb up the mountain, it was tough. The hardest part was the gravel. I like to think of myself as somewhat graceful but I was anything but in that situation. I fell and slid and basically swam through the gravel. I had never walked on loose/falling gravel or shale like this and had no luck with my first few attempts. The best advice I got during the trip came from the outfitter’s wife Brenda; she told me to keep my head up, and keep my feet touching the gravel with the whole sole of my shoe and walk quickly across the gravel. This actually works although staying upright is a whole lot scarier than doing the butt scoot that I had mastered by the time she told me this. I took a bunch of tumbles as I learned to walk on the loose and damp ground of the B.C. mountains but they were all worth it when I saw my magnificent Rocky Mountain goat up close.