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Potential over-the-counter mountain goat hunt in Wyoming



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Wyoming’s not 100% sure about mountain goats. With non-native goats migrating into the state, officials with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) want to figure out where they’d like this invasive species to live and where it isn’t welcome. They plan to do this through a carefully planned mapping project that will follow GPS-outfitted goats, focusing specifically on members of the Palisades Goat Herd and the Beartooth Goat Herd. 

“Over the next few years we’re going to determine where we would like to see mountain goats and where we would not support populations establishing,” says WGFD biologist Gary Fralick.

Officials worry that wild non-native goat herds could bring disease to roaming bighorn sheep, which share a space with some of the goats in the Teton Range. Tracking their movements would help WGFD biologists pinpoint where they would like the goats to stay – and efforts are already under way to keep the growing herds under control.

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WGFD plans to offer a general season over-the-counter hunting tag for mountain goats north of Highway 22 and have plans to offer an additional season for goats that are located south of the North Fork of the Shoshone River, according to the Washington Times. No hunts have been confirmed and nonresidents often pay a hefty fee to hunt mountain goats within the state, which means that the state government would need to make an exception for the general hunt to be approved.

“We started to evaluate options for providing hunter opportunity in an effort to control mountain goat expansion,” says regional wildlife management coordinator Doug Brimeyer. “One of the ways to do that is to provide people with an opportunity to hunt those expanding populations.”

Other resident herds within the Grand Teton National Park and Cascade Canyon will also be managed by upcoming hunts as the herds are nearing a thriving number with approximately 40 to 60 goats. Until an actual decision is made, hunters will have to stand by to see if more mountain goat hunts will be added within the state.

“Moving into the summer we’re hoping to refocus on the mountain goat issue,” says Grand Teton spokesman Andrew White.

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lyle_peters
Lyle P. - posted 10 months ago on 12-27-2018 07:08:24 pm
Scottsdale, AZ, and Vancouver, WA
goHUNT INSIDER

Dillon, I was sent a link to an WY newspaper article this morning and appears will be one non-resident tag in each of the two units where F&G wants to eliminate goats. Not OTC. Likely 2 or more resident tags in each of those units. Same price as the one-in-a-lifetime goat hunts. A WY guide suggested would be very tough to find a quality billy if you held one of these tags.

Dillon H. - posted 10 months ago on 12-27-2018 08:15:16 am
Douglas, Wyoming
goHUNT INSIDER

Lyle P. my dad had texted me basically the same thing you commented here. Haven’t had the chance to talk with him yet and I’ve been looking online all morning. Where are you guys seeing this specific information that includes 2 additional hunt areas?

lyle_peters
Lyle P. - posted 10 months ago on 12-19-2018 09:14:12 pm
Scottsdale, AZ, and Vancouver, WA
goHUNT INSIDER

Looks like the 2019 intention to offer Mountain Goat tags 004-A and 005-A are based on the goal of managing goats aggressively in certain zones where bighorn sheep also exist.

John O. - posted 3 years ago on 05-23-2016 11:18:54 am
goHUNT INSIDER

When would these general tags become available?

DAVID B. - posted 3 years ago on 05-23-2016 07:26:30 am
goHUNT INSIDER

I would be the first to sign up for over the counter tag great opportunity