By Danielle Sturgis | June 19 2009 06:45


From Ed Cartier at

October of 2006 found me in the Kootenay Mountains of British Columbia. Working with John Andre, I booked my goat hunt through Shoshone Wilderness Outfitters. The price and schedule were perfect and working with John was a pleasure.

During the afternoon of my first day in camp, after checking my .325 WSM Winchester Model 70, Chad and I set off to glass for goats. By the end of the day, Chad decided we would hunt Pistouli Mountain, which rose to about 8,500 feet. We had glassed a few decent goats near the summit, one of which Chad described as a “monster.” I had hoped to take the horses at least part way up, but Chad told me we would be climbing, as there were no horse trails going up to where we had spotted the goats. No problem, I thought. I’d been hiking all summer long. I was in shape for this. I could not have been more wrong!

To describe the climb as challenging would be a gross understatement. We were often hiking at near vertical angles, and it was like nothing I had ever experienced or anticipated. The “walking stick” I picked up at the base of the mountain (which is still displayed in my gun room) literally saved me from falling backwards down a rock-strewn slope more than once. After a five-hour climb, we were in sight of the goats. Three goats were in a shear (an area where avalanches had cleared all large trees from the slope) and were peacefully grazing about 600 yards away. Chad and I traversed a cliff with a sheer drop of about 2,000 feet to get to the goats. He advised me not to slip, but I had that figured out all by myself.

We climbed a small promontory and saw…nothing! Chad glassed the entire area and then saw a herd of elk about a half mile below us. He went down to glass the elk and came back asking only, “Do you have an elk tag? The bull is an easy 7x7. We could take him from about 400 yards.” I told him I didn’t, as I already had a 6x6 on the wall and didn’t have space for another elk. We waited another hour for the goats, but they were no-shows.

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