B.C. Hunter Smashes Rocky Mountain Goat World Record
“Justin Kallusky’s goat is the first in Boone & Crockett history to break the 60-inch mark
“Why does his head look so small?”
That was Justin Kallusky’s first question when he saw what would end up being the new world-record Rocky Mountain goat near the Stikine River in British Columbia. Kallusky had hunted the same spot with a friend in 2019, according to the Boone & Crockett Club, and he made the prediction then and there that the dramatic landscape would eventually produce a goat with 12-inch horns. On Aug. 23 2022, the 42-year-old lineman proved his own theory correct.
According to the official Boone & Crockett score chart, Kallusky’s goat grossed 60 5/8 inches. The five measurements on each horn—12 7/8 inches of length plus four circumference measurements—totaled to 30 3/8 inches on the left side and 30 2/8 inches on the right. With that 1/8-inch differential, the goat has a net score of 60 4/8 inches. That breaks the previous world record by three inches, which Troy Sheldon secured in 2011 while hunting in the same part of B.C.
“This new World’s Record is truly a sight to behold,” B&C Special Judges Panel chair Mike Opitz said in a press release. “A Rocky Mountain goat of this caliber is a true testament to continued conservation efforts and one tough hunter.”
Kallusky shot the goat with a 7mm Remington Magnum, Boone & Crockett confirmed. But it wasn’t until he recovered the goat that he realized how big it was.
“It was bedded facing uphill and stuffed up under a rock to hide from the sun,” Kallusky said, adding that all he could see was a fluffy white butt. The goat stood up four hours later, revealing to Kallusky the shocking horn-to-head ratio.
“I knew it was a good billy, but not until I walked up to it after the shot did I really understand,” he said.
All Rocky Mountain goats killed in B.C. must get an inspection from a provincial biologist. When Kallusky brought the goat in, the biologist told him to get in touch with local B&C Official Measurer Grant Markoski.”
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