Pig and stag hunt is back on track

Marlborough Midweek - - OUT & ABOUT - PIPPA BROWN

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.

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