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    Pack Goats

    Well, I received a young goat from my wife, who got it from a goat breeder. This breeder specializes in Pack Goats, which now is fascinating me. I see a few things online and I thought I'd like to test the waters here to ask how many of you have used pack goats or other pack animals on your fishing trips...you know, I've always liked to go light when I'm hoofing it around here, but now I may be able to pack in a few more things with this guy with me...

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    Re: Pack Goats

    LOL... I meant to ask - did you move back to Shasta or elsewhere, Rob? With all of the great water you have again, you might still appreciate that Brushy is getting ready to show me more secrets.

    Oddly as well, I was in the Medford Airport over Thanksgiving, and I hear this guy say - "Gus? GUS?!" Freakin' Chris Raine was stuck there, too. I was making our long awaited exit, but it was cool just to get to say Hi to an old friend. :)

    I think a pack goat would be useful on the upper Sac... or better yet the Compound Fracture stretch of the Klamath... :)

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    Re: Pack Goats

    I love dogs, I have a high energy one at home, Archie.

    Good boy Archie.

    Onstream?

    Not once, ever, have I seen a well behaved dog, never. They are in the water, trompin around where you don't want them, they walk the path with their owners and are defensive and I can dig that but am not a fan of dogs onstream, sorry Zac.

    But a goat?

    WTH?

    I bet a goat would be cool, mellow, eatin grass when it stops, chillin. I bet goats are cool to walk with. But I can just hear the brokeback mountain mumbles in the background...
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    Fry
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    Re: Pack Goats

    Quote Originally Posted by adam
    I bet a goat would be cool, mellow, eatin grass when it stops, chillin. I bet goats are cool to walk with. But I can just hear the brokeback mountain mumbles in the background...
    a goat would be pretty good, they don't seem to mind being tethered either. They're also amazingly agile and sure footed, I've seen goats climbing trees, so you definitely wouldn't be limited too much in terms of the terrain you can access.

    sounds pretty cool to me: http://www.northwestpackgoats.com/whats_a_packgoat.htm

    What about alpacas or llamas?

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    mikeytwoshoes
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    Re: Pack Goats

    I would like to see a goat climb a tree.

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    Re: Pack Goats

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeytwoshoes
    I would like to see a goat climb a tree.
    here you go: http://laughingsquid.com/wp-content/upl ... _goats.jpg

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    Re: Pack Goats

    I took a look at the website on the pack goats, and they look like they're just the thing.

    I tongue in cheek suggested to Adam a llama, but the goats look like the superior animal for the purpose. Just make sure the goat bonds with the owner. Once leadership issues are settled, the goat will be better behaved than a dog.

    A dog, being a predator by nature, might want to chase wildlife. A goat is a prey animal, and will stick with the leader of the pack (hopefully, you). The only concern I see is if you're in an area with hungry coyotes or wolves.

    We have a couple of horses. The logistics and issues of bringing a horse on a fishing/camping trip are incredible. A goat looks like the saner choice.

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    goats in trees? am i hallucinating? :shock:

    i guess the goat thing is catching on. this guy http://gusfoster.com/ lives in taos and is a backcountry photographer. he uses 2 or 3 goats and loves them.

    good points about dogs on streams adam. i have had the same experience. either go for a hike with the dog or fish. you can't do both.

    if you frequent grizzly country get a llama. for some reason griz usually gets freaked out by them and stays away.

    this is related, and trippy. it happened to a goat packer in the mtns near lake city, co. http://www.bfro.net/GDB/show_report.asp?id=2110

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    Re: Pack Goats

    Awesome. I want a goat now.

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    Deschutes
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    Re: Pack Goats

    I think it would awesome to get one, too, but my wife said no. I am guessing it is a lot harder to hide a goat in the garage than all my fly gear she does not know about. So I guess I lose this one. Would love to hear some stories of fly fishing/hiking/camping with a goat.

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