Mountain Goat



Mountain goats are thriving in the west for a few reasons, but one of them is because they live in areas that people don’t want to build houses on.

Conservation efforts have also helped to increase the numbers. The draw odds for a mountain goat are pretty small, but still better than sheep or moose.


Alaska has a draw and an over the counter permit, but both require a registered Alaskan guide accompany any non-resident. You can also have a next-of-kin relative who is an Alaskan resident (if you happen to have one of those handy). A mountain goat hunt in Alaska will be physically demanding, but some of that can be lessened with an airplane ride. A slightly less demanding option is a hunt in the Kodiak mountains but even those are still going to require stamina.

Lower 48

When applying for mountain goat hunts in the lower 48, keep in mind that this is a long, long process (upwards of 20 years). And that goes for even the “easiest” draw areas. In Washington, for example, there were only two non-resident permits allocated in 2017.

Montana is an exception because it issues more non-resident tags than any other state, though even Montana only issues 20. There is a point system in place in Montana that squares your bonus points. Colorado offers 16 non-resident tags every year, but the catch is you have to apply for three years before you are actually added into the draw. Idaho has decent non-resident draw odds, but they are still fairly slim (1 in 50).