Duck Hunting 2011 – 2012 Season

We just wrapped up the 2011-2012 duck hunting season here in Oregon. It was the second season that me and Banjo were able to hunt ducks together and we had a great time. We even bagged some ducks along the way too. Banjo usually sits on a little porch on the front of the blind, …

Banjo’s First Upland Bird Hunt

Bird hunting season is in full swing here in Oregon, with opportunities to hunt upland birds (grouse, quail, pheasant, chukar, hungarian partridge) and waterfowl (ducks and geese). My elk hunting buddy, Brandon, is a die hard upland bird hunter and when he invited me on a hunt last week, I jumped in the truck and …

Spring Bear Hunt – Part II

Bear hunting is all about figuring out what bears like to eat, finding their food source, and waiting for the bears to show up. Bears eat whatever is nutritious and abundant at the time, so the food sources keep changing month to month. We glassed and glassed the green hillsides and valleys, looking for bears. …

Spring Bear Hunt – Part I

Spring is a new beginning and with that comes another chance to chase brother bear around the countryside. Me and my buddy, Brandon, did just that over the Memorial Day weekend. We love the Hells Canyon country on the border between Oregon and Idaho and spring bear season gives us an excuse to hike in …

Santa Rosa Island

This week I’m going to take a break from goat stories and share some photos and comments about my recent trip to Santa Rosa Island, California. Santa Rosa Island (SRI) is part of the Channel Islands National Park, located off the Ventura coast. The official Park Service website is here: I visited SRI at the …

Training Hike

Packgoats get out of shape just like we do. Mine spend the winter in the barn being lazy while me and my dog, Banjo, are out chasing ducks and geese. It’s spring now and time for all of us to get back in shape, so I decided to check out the Elk Mountain trail, off …

Are You The Alpha In The Herd?

Before you get grandiose visions of man and goat happily wandering around the pasture or leisurely hiking down the trail in peaceful harmony, it’s important to understand that goats are competitive and ambitious. I know, when you drive by and see them lazily chewing their cud, goats seem docile and complacent, but like all herd …

Goat Myth #1: “They Can Eat Anything”

Let me start by saying that technically, goats can eat just about anything.  Goats have almost no tastebuds, so they can eat things that many other animals won’t touch.  However, goats really shouldn’t eat just anything and definitely shouldn’t be left to eat “whatever is around”.  I know dogs that eat socks.  Makes no sense …

GoatHunter (it’s not what you think…)

In my case, GoatHunter means “hunts with packgoats”.  About five years ago, I got really tired of carrying my entire camp on my back, so I searched for a better way.  I like to bowhunt elk in the backcountry, where there’s no roads and only those trails made by the animals themselves.  I needed a …