Travelled to County Kerry last week to stay with an old friend who moved out to Ireland 18 months ago, he’s a member of the forum (Paul O’ Deer) but not active as he’s got no internet access where he lives at the moment (coming shortly so they are told). I did not bother taking my rifles or fishing kit as Paul's got ample for the both of us & besides it’s a long drawn out affair taking firearms to Ireland.
Spent a few days fishing on Lough Leane, Rabbit shooting with the .17HMR & a bit of foxing (8 in one night although 10 + is the norm!).
Met up with a farmer friend of Paul's who has some land near the coast & he offered me the opportunity to take a Wild Mountain Goat. So on Sunday we travelled the 20 miles or so to the area around Glenbeigh, found the track & after 15 minutes or so reached the end.
We saw Goats straight away low down but only females with youngsters. After ½ an hour looking around & seeing only females we decided we would have to head up to the tops to get a better vantage point. Now my knees are pretty much shot so it took me a while with constant stops but finally we made it with glorious views all around.
We carefully shimmied over to the edges & checked though the binoculars & there below us in a small valley a herd of 8 Billy’s. 3 of the white ones had good heads with one being very good indeed but I had set my heart on a dark one & low & behold there was one dark coloured chap there, his head was not quite as good as the white but not far off so I decided to stalk down & around.
Luckily the wind was at our backs the whole time so we set off down into a small gully then up & across a downward sloping outcrop where we had to crawl for a couple of hundred yards into position.The herd had moved off steadily feeding but luckily not too far, we both guessed around 250 yards. So I decided to take the shot from there across a small valley as by this time the old knees were really taking a pounding.
I was carrying Paul's Remington 700 VSSF in .22-250 which is his foxing rifle & a heavy sod at the best of times so I was glad to set up on the bipod. It was a steep downhill shot & because of the Goats long coat very difficult to pick out where the front legs were but the shot was pretty good & it staggered 20 yards & dropped.
We gave it 5 minutes & moved down & found the Winchester 55 grain Ballistic Silvertip had entered just above & behind the right shoulder ranged down across the heart & we found this fragment & the base of the bullet embedded in the top of its left foreleg.
As the head was going to be set up we skinned it out from just behind the shoulders, this is a picture after finishing the skinning.
A great time was had & I can’t wait for the head to come back from Ireland.