2011 British Columbia Rocky Mountain goat taken by a hunter is the largest of its species ever recorded, according to the Boone and Crockett Club. Troy M. Sheldon of Alexandria, KY bagged the new record goat on the seventh day of a hunt in the Stikine River area. He used a Tikka T3 .270 WSM to make a perfect 319-yard shot across a ravine. Following a required drying period and initial scoring, a special Boone and Crockett judge’s panel verified the goat’s official entry score as a new World’s Record.
Since 1906, the Boone and Crockett Club’s scoring system has been used to measure the success of conservation programs across North America. The system rewards antler and horn size and symmetry-classic symbols of outstanding habitat, strong recruitment of animals into older age classes, sustainable harvest objectives and other elements of sound wildlife management and fair-chase hunting.
“British Columbia continues to set the standard for Rocky Mountain goats,” said Eldon Buckner, chairman of Boone and Crockett Club’s Records of North American Big Game Committee. “The province remains home to more than half of the world’s population and trophy-class specimens have been trending upward each decade since the 1970s. That testifies to the professionalism of the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.”
The new World Record mountain goat surpassed the old mark by a substantial 6/8 of an inch. The former record was actually a tie between two British Columbia goats, one taken in 1949 and the other in 1999. Both scoring 56-6/8.
Sheldon will be invited to include his trophy in a public exhibition held as part of Boone and Crockett’s 28th Awards Program in Reno, Nev., next year.