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Balearean Boc

Balearean Boc

Balearean Boc hunt in Spain The Balearean Wild Goat or the Balearean Boc is indigenous to the Balearean Island Mallorca. The island is the only destination in the world where this rare trophy can be hunted and he will be accepted as Balearean Goat trophy by SCI. He has added it to their record book. This specie is recognised by the Safari Club International and at present it appers in the Grand Slam 20 goats which may be hunted.

The Balearean/Mallorcan Wild Goat is a specie of Capra World Slam.
The hunting areas are in the island of Mallorca, on the entire west coast and northwest in the Sierra Tramuntana and the Formentor, Alcudia and Artá Peninsulas.
The oldest remains of this specie have been date on 2030 B.C by the archeologist that have studied the fauna of the Mediterranean Sea. The Balearean Goat is indigenous to the Balearean Island of Mallorca. This is similar to other Mediterranean goat, but with some peculiarities that distinguish it from the others.

Balearean Boc hunt in Spain

It has a reddish coat, a black cross on the back, black beard and horn usually open, growing sideways. The Balearean Boc present sexual dimorphism affecting size, coloration pattern, horns size and shape, and the presence of a black beard in male goats, which grows longer in age. Physical measures varies from about 60-80 cm in males shoulder height, to 50-60 cm in females. Weight varies from 40-80 Kg in males to 25-40 kg in females.
Horns in males are well developed with a very open, almost horizontal “V” shape. Every horn develops in a spiral shape, achieving spreads of near 100 cm in well developed mature bocs. Females show bow shared, straight and non spiraled horas. Female horns are shorter and thinner than male ones. 

Balearean Boc hunt in Spain The colour of the skin is variable depending on age, gender and melanin level in each individual. After a few weeks of life males face goes almost completely black, later the chest and the 2 dorsoventral stripes.
Warning to hunters: on the island, one can also find introduced Feral Goat. Only the approved goats will be accepted as Balearean Goat by SCI. Or put differently: not every goat hunted in Mallorca is automatically a Balearean Boc.

Location

Malloca or Majorca is a beautiful island in the Mediterranean. It is connected with regular flights to the main airports around the world. Palma is the capital; its history goes back a long way and it offers no-ending cultural, sporting and gastronomic activities. Not only does it offers the visitors the best in accommodation and services but also the possibility to enjoy the typical, bucolic landscape.

The island measures almost 80 kilometres from one end to the other and is outstanding for its diversity. It has 550 kilometres of coast, where you will find some of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful coves and beaches: white sand beaches with a full range of services, as well as small coves set between cliffs and pine groves in the north of the island. Its clean, clear waters are ideal for swimming and water sports such as scuba diving, windsurfing, fishing, sailing, and even surfing.
However, these are not the only sports available: there are a range of well-designed golf courses, harmoniously set in their surroundings, suitable for all levels.

The traditional dishes from Majorca’s renowned cuisine are, of course, based on the ingredients of the famous Mediterranean diet. Meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, pulses, rice, olive oil and other ingredients are skilfully combined in recipes with a long tradition to create delicious dishes that are best enjoyed accompanied by one of Majorca’s excellent wines. Without doubt Mallorca deserves to be a year round destination – the climate is mild, the food and wine are excellent, and hiking in the hills gives you a chance to work up an appetite! In addition to amaing seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables, and divine cheeses, Mallorca has become worldfamous for two of its most amazing delicacies: sobrassada and the ensaïmada.

The Hunt

Balearean Boc hunt in Spain Stalking is the hunting modality used in the Tramuntana Mountains for the Balearean Boc. This modality consist in looking for the animal, and after locating it, doing a silent approximation in order to shot the animal.

The Tramuntana mountains extends in NE-SW direction along the NW Mallorca coast line, from Formentor peninsula up to Dragonera Island, near Sant Elm (Andratx). This mountain chain has a length of 90 Km an average width of 15 Km. Climate in Tramuntana Mountain is mediterranean and temperature there are normally 4o or 5o lower than in the rest of the island. Rainfall gets annual averages of 1400 mm. Snow appears every winter on higher peaks. Summer is very hot. Associated to this conditions and the fact of being in a closed island we can find in this part of the island a high number of endemia species such as “estepa joana”, “peonia borda”, “didalera”,etc. Big extensions of reed are common too. Wood land is formed by pines and oaks.

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