I don’t know what these mountain goats are eating and drinking up in British Columbia, but these things are monstrous.
Justin Kallusky is the proud owner of the latest Rocky Mountain goat world record, after bagging one with an official score of 60-4/8 points, with each horn measuring well over 12 inches, according to the Boone And Crockett Club.
It all went down along the Stikine River in northwestern British Columbia, Canada.
Mike Opitz, chair of the Special Judges Panel, shared:
“This new World’s Record is truly a sight to behold. A Rocky Mountain goat of this caliber is a true testament to continued conservation efforts and one tough hunter.”
Kallusky admitted that after hunting in the same location back in 2019, he knew that there was a potential record goat in the area:
“On that hunt, I told my friend there’s a goat over 12 inches in this spot. It’s really good habitat.”
So, he returned in 2022, and recalled the day it all went down:
“It was bedded facing uphill and stuffed up under a rock to hide from the sun.”
After four hours of not being able to see nothing but the goat’s butt, it finally stood up:
“I asked my friend, ‘Why does his head look so small?’ I knew it was a good billy, but not until I walked up to it after the shot did I really understand.”
Kallusky is a homemade hunter that fell in love with sheep hunting after going with his uncle when he was 15. Growing up, he always preferred the outdoors instead of watching cartoons all day inside like his friends.
Now, he’s 42 and is a lineman at BC Hydro, and tries to get out in the woods every chance he can:
“I’m no trophy hunter by any stretch of the imagination. I’m out there for the experience.”
After Kallusky took down the goat, he had it inspected by a provincial inspector, as required.
The inspector took a look at the goat, and said he immediately needed to take it to Grant Markoski, a local Boone and Crockett Official Measurer.
Kallusky admitted that he thought Markoski was about to have a heart attack when he saw the goat:
“I pulled this goat head out, and this old boy almost had a jammer. He put his hands on his head and started walking around in circles.”
Markoski has been an Official Measurer since 1991, and he even admitted this was the biggest goat he’d ever seen:
“When I saw this thing, I could not believe it. It was so much bigger than anything I’ve ever seen. When you see it, your jaw will drop.”
He shattered Troy M. Sheldon’s (Also from British Columbia) record from back in 2011 by three inches.
A Special Judges Panel convened by the Boone and Crockett Club confirmed a new World’s Record Rocky Mountain goat. The Club announced the new record at the Wild Sheep Foundation’s 2023 Sheep Show in Reno, Nevada. https://t.co/kkdLndTwnp