I tried to post this Sunday, but it said it needed to be approved by a moderator. It still hasn't shown up so I'm going to try to post it again. It is also picture heavy so it needs to be posted in multiple posts so we will see if this works.
Back from my first real scouting trip on my goat tag.
Main goal was to cover ground and get a feel for the different parts of the unit and I succeeded in that. Still a little worried as I didn't see many goats where everyone tells me where they will be during hunting season, but I did find some when I went up higher where there was still some snow.
Got stuck in about an hour long Bisonjam driving through Lamar Valley getting over to the unit from where I was staying in Montana.
Glassed a lot of cliffs. The first evening I saw a nanny and kid at about 50 yards on my side of the canyon and that was it. The next morning I saw a lone goat about 2 miles down the canyon about smack dab in the middle of the cliff.
Click the link for the full sized picture - http://padens.com/v-web/gallery/albu..._west_pano.jpg
Ran the Morrison Jeep trail later that morning and afternoon from the top side and saw about 30 head of elk up on top, but no goats. Some really pretty country though. This is the drainage that ends up in Deep Lake.
Full size pano - http://padens.com/v-web/gallery/albu...inage_pano.jpg
It looked pretty rough to try to drop down into from the top. There is a trail that goes up to it from the bottom that will be an option later in my hunt if we aren't seeing anything in the other spots.
I was told this was a cellular antenna, but there is no power coming to it and those don't look like any solar panels I've ever seen. Not sure what it is but it is up in the middle of nowhere.