Pig and stag hunt is back on track
This year’s Kaiko¯ura Volunteer Fire Brigade Pig & Stag Hunt will be back in full swing this year.
Despite ongoing problems with access and potential road closures last year’s hunt was deemed a success.
Organiser and volunteer firefighter Dave Milligan said there had been some big stags shot last year.
The hunting days are from April 6 to April 8 and the weigh-in will be on April 8, at Gill Construction yard on Beach Rd.
He said there were about 100 entries in the open section each year, and business had stepped up again to support the event.
Milligan said the event, which was a major fundraiser for the brigade, was widely supported and there were some good prizes, raffles and lots of spot prizes.
‘‘Over the years just about everyone who entered would get a spot prize.’’
The hunt, which has been run- ning for 22 years, is mostly supported by locals, although entries also come in from all over the South Island. During the weekend hunters of all ages test their skills in the rugged back country to see who will be crowned the best. The average weights to beat are 120kg for the heaviest stag, and 85kg for the boar.
Other categories include heaviest boar, heaviest sow, heaviest stag, best antlers, best tusks, best combination pig and stag, women’s heaviest stag and women’s heaviest pig and the pig and stag closest to the average weight. All open entries go into the draw for the major prize.
‘‘It’s the only organised hunt in Kaiko¯ura,’’ he said.
Entry is $40 and children under 12 are free. Entry forms, which must be in by 5pm on April 5, are available at Hunting & Fishing Kaiko¯ura and PGG Wrightson, and hunt information will be updated on the Kaiko¯ura Pig and Stag Hunt Facebook page.