Hunters bring in their prey for prizes

Bush Telegraph - - Focus On Farming - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

They kept com­ing in on the backs of utes and trail­ers — deer, pigs, goats, pos­sums, hares and rab­bits — all shot in the pre­vi­ous few days from lo­ca­tions as far away as the Taupo dis­trict and the Wairarapa.

It was the sec­ond Wild Buck Hunt run by the Dan­nevirke Mer­rylees Ho­tel and Satur­day was the prize-giv­ing.

Over­all there were 17 red deer, 15 fal­low deer and eight boars with count­less hares, pos­sums and rab­bits.

Most spec­tac­u­lar tro­phy was a mas­sive boar shot in the Taupo dis­trict by Ja­son Al­bert weigh­ing in at 152.3kg but there were other huge an­i­mals in­clud­ing a 19-pointer red deer shot near Pahiatua.

To keep the event man­age­able en­tries were capped this year at 100 open,which meant the day ran well, the re­ceiv­ing and weigh­ing was stream­lined and the prize-giv­ing with over $10,000 of prizes ran for over an hour.

There were lots of tales of quarry ap­pear­ing when least ex­pected and oth­ers stay­ing cun­ningly hid­den. One lo­cal hunter went to the Ta­maki on Satur­day morn­ing to find eight cars al­ready in the carpark and deemed it un­wise to go out, while an­other took his sons out two nights on the farm and col­lected 30 hares and rab­bits.

Own­ers of Mer­rylees Ho­tel Ni­cola and Dan were thrilled with the re­sponse and were grate­ful to their spon­sors and friends who worked hard to have the op­er­a­tion run smoothly.

At the end any un­wanted big an­i­mals were pro­cessed into mince by lo­cal butcher John Shan­non and do­nated to the food banks. John said the deer had made the supreme sac­ri­fice and it was fit­ting to process the meat for a good cause.

An­other good cause was also served with a raf­fle for a leaner carved by Ge­off Bryan rais­ing $1000 for Wop Wops Wet­land de­vel­op­ments.

A do­na­tion of $500 was made by Mer­rylees Ho­tel to the St John Shut­tle

■ Re­sults:

Ju­nior Sec­tion: Heav­i­est Hare — 1 Blake John­ston 4.01kg, 2 Brooke Gid­dens 3.88kg, 3 Harry Bax­ter 3.852kg, 4 Sam Strat­ford 3.772kg. Heav­i­est Pos­sum — 1 Kee­gan Waru 4.178kg, 2 Tane Pae­wai 3.55kg, 3 Jade John­ston 3.61kg, 4 Jack Strat­ford 3.460kg. Heav­i­est Rab­bit — 1 Tee­jay Browne 2.224kg, 2 Blake Hewitt 1.88kg, 3 Cul­lan Hewitt 1.82kg, 4 Jack Strat­ford 1.790kg. Best Goat Head — Sam Har­vey 783. Av­er­age Hare — An­gus Prout­ing 3.31kg. Open Sec­tion: Heav­i­est Red — 1 Struan Bell 130.9kg, 2 Si­mon Gore 126kg. Heav­i­est Fal­low — 1 Will Martin 54.3kg, 2 Bryce Healey 54.0kg. Heav­i­est Boar — 1 Ja­son Al­bert 152.3kg, 2 Colin Jef­fery 94.1kg. Ugli­est Head — Bryce Healey. Best Jaw — Ja­son Al­bert. Av­er­age Red — (av­er­age 80.315kg) Aaron Waru 81.3. Av­er­age Boar — (av­er­age 72.26kg) An­drew Verner 71.1.

JACK, Sam and Dad James Strat­ford with some of their 30 quarry, in­clud­ing three feral cats.

AL­MOST 50 young­sters crowd the prize-ta­ble.

DEREK Morse re­ceives his ri­fle worth $1000 as a spot prize from spon­sor Richard France of Dan­nevirke Hunt­ing and Fish­ing.

AN im­pres­sive lineup of hares, pos­sums and rab­bits.

KEE­GAN Waru with the heav­i­est pos­sum and his prize.

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