Are You Ready To Hunt Balearan Boc


Published: February - 2007

Ever heard of a Balearean boc? It's a species of wild goat unique to the island of Mallorca in the Balearic Archipelago, a cluster of islands in the Mediterranean Sea east of Valencia, Spain. Mallorca is among the largest of these islands and is home to the Balearean capital, Palma de Mallorca. Like the Canary Islands, the Baleareans are a major European tourism destination.

The Balearean boc, as it is called in Catalàn, is indigenous to Mal- lorca, where archeologists have found remains dating back to 2030 BC. The boc was recently recognized by Safari Club International and is listed in Edition XI Vol. IV of the SCI Record Book, which is currently available. There are 14 entries listed, and the minimum score has not yet been determined.

What is unique about the boc is the defined black marking that goes from its head along the spine to the tail and from one hoof of a front leg across to the hoof of the opposite front leg. These are not large animals, with males running about 100 to maybe 120 pounds. Their horns rise up and back from the skull then spread sideways in a tight curl. Some females also have horns, although much smaller, but they don't have the ram's characteristic beard.

As for the experience of hunting these animals, here is how subscriber Roger Greg describes it: I must admit that when I booked this hunt through Bob Kern of The Hunting Consortium. I thought it would be an easy hunt. I'd been working on my Capra World Slam Super 20 and had had a string of bad hunts. I was looking to break the bad luck with something easy. For whatever reason, I imagined the Balearean Islands would be rolling hills and the goats tame. Boy, was I wrong. The terrain turned out to be steep mountain country with cliffs that fall straight into the ocean and deep canyons full of rocks and low brush. Mallorca's highest point is a 4,741-foot mountain called Puig Major. Adding to the challenge,........(continued)

 
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