There is a new world’s record mountain goat, and no surprise it is from British Columbia. That place is just Billy Goat Heaven and continues to produce the biggest goats in the world. The Boone and Crockett Club just announced on April 25, 2012 that a new world record has been confirmed.
Troy M. Sheldon of Alexandria, Kentucky, bagged the new record mountain goat on the seventh day of a hunt in the Stikine River area after shooting his Tikka T3 .270 WSM across a ravine at 319 yards. Troy’s goat officially scores 57 4/8 B&C surpassing the old mark by a substantial 6/8 of an inch. In mountain goat world, that is a huge margin. The previous record was actually a tie between two British Columbia goats, one taken in 1949 and the other in 1999, scoring 56-6/8.
More than a thousand Rocky Mountain goats from Alaska to Nevada have met the minimum Boone and Crockett score of 47. But by far the most entries (541) have come from British Columbia.
“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.”
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. 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.