It's goat roundup time in Murrells Inlet!
Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:54:52 GMT —
It happens around this time each year in Murrells Inlet. Thursday was the day the goats on Goat Island were rounded up and trucked off to a new home.
The goats are kept on the island to keep it clean of brush and to keep people from growing marijuana there, but they can't stay on the island year-round.
"During the winter there's not enough for them to chew on and everything, so we take them off while it's cold," explained Al Hitchcock, owner of Drunken Jack's restaurant in Murrells Inlet.
So, each year, Hitchcock and a few volunteers hitch up their boots, jump in a boat, and head to the island, because apparently, some people think chasing after the goats is a good time.
"Just the thrill of running around, having fun," said Ernie Loadholt, to explain why he does it every year.
One part of the goat wrangling strategy was to try to get one of the big billy goats, on the boat first and then maybe the rest of them would follow. That was the plan crafted by humans. It was not necessarily what the goats had in mind.
"Today it was a little bit different. They all offered resistance, so we had to go catch them," Hitchcock said.
The plan B strategy was to steer them into the little goat house on the island and that seemed to work much better.
In no time, the goats were rounded up and headed to the dock, where the animals and wranglers got a warm greeting from a large crowd.
Loadholt was asked if there's a secret to goat wrangling.
"Just be patient, let the goats do what they're going to do and it'll come to you sooner or later."
The next stop for the goats will be a farm near Socastee, but they'll be back next April.