Davey’s gi­ant moose com­ing to Fiel­d­ays

South Waikato News - - Your Health - TE AHUA MAITLAND

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.

PHOTO: KELLY HODEL/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Swazi co-founder, Davey Hughes, will dis­play the moose he shot in Canada at the Na­tional Fiel­d­ays at Mys­tery Creek.

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