Bierley took what he says is a good trophy, and advises fellow subscribers that the odds of getting a good boc are excellent if they are patient and don't shoot too soon. The hunting on Mallorca takes place on rocky, coastal mountains that plunge hundreds of feet into the crystal waters of the Mediterranean. Bierley notes that, while the climbing is not too difficult, extensive walking over broken rock requires good balance. "A fall would be very problematic," he says. "Don't fall!" He strongly recommends boots with treads designed for climbing and hiking on broken, rocky surfaces, not boots with sneaker-type treads. You can get a clear picture of exactly what kind of terrain you would encounter in Bierley's photo in our online Trophy Gallery.
Bierley says great efforts are being made to maintain the quality of both the species and this hunting experience. The local hunting society actively culls all feral goats and hybrids. "Balearean boc are not feral goats," Bierley explains. Indeed there is archeological evidence of these goats dating back to 2030 BC. "All boc are the same dark color and are fine looking animals," says Bierley. After his hunt, he says Mallorcan wildlife officials examined his trophy, testing its DNA. There is a real effort to preserve this species, he says. Despite the declared........(continued)