Davey’s giant moose coming to Fieldays
When celebrity meat hunter Davey Hughes bagged his first Moose he had a decent feed and Fieldays in mind.
Hughes, of Swazi outdoor clothing fame, has always been upfront about his love of sustainable hunting.
He knows that displaying a stuffed Moose at Fieldays might attract some dissenters but he’s not worried about ‘‘keyboard warriors’’ or others who he says don’t understand the ethos of sustainable hunting.
‘‘The hunter has a spiritual connection with his prey although that might sound silly for some,’’ says Hughes.
Hughes was up early after spying the beast the night before.
With his guide, he set out on horseback, tracking the moose into the wild terrain of Yukon, in northwestern Canada.
‘‘We ducked down a creek and snuck along, and got to within 450 metres of it.
‘‘Then we really just had to wait.’’ And so they waited. For eight and a half hours in the snow with his finger on the trigger, waiting to fire.
‘‘He would step out a little bit, but not offer a clean shot. And as a hunter, you’re always after a clean shot,’’ Hughes said.
Finally the moose appeared out of the trees.
In one clean shot, Hughes killed the moose.
After butchering the moose he kept 18 kilos for himself and gifted the rest of the massive animal to a village near where it was shot.
Now, 18 months later, the public can get up close to the giant moose during the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Hughes, co-founder of Swazi, will showcase the moose inside his tent during the four days, with a competition running to guess the weight of the animal.
‘‘You’ve got lots of farmers, but lots of hunters and town people too. So to be able to come and see a full-size moose, people will be keenly interested in that.
The moose was put together by taxidermist Mark Walker, who has been working on the animal for 12 months.
Swazi co-founder, Davey Hughes, will display the moose he shot in Canada at the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.