Big weigh-in at con­test

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An im­pres­sive haul of deer, wild boars, rab­bits and tur­keys were weighed in at the On­gaTiko Hunt­ing and Fish­ing Club’s first Gal­lagher Big Game Chal­lenge ear­lier this month.

Around 100 peo­ple packed into the carpark of the club’s ma­jor spon­sor, the Tikokino Ho­tel, for the weigh-in and prize­giv­ing held on Sun­day May 19 at the end of the three­day hunt­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

The club had run a teams-ofthree com­pe­ti­tion for hun­ters the past two years. But the de­ci­sion this year to host a big game com­pe­ti­tion open to in­di­vid­ual se­nior and ju­nior hun­ters had paid div­i­dends, said club sec­re­tary and com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­iser Jo Har­ris, with 53 adult and 44 ju­niors tak­ing part.

“The first year we had 26 en­tries, and fewer than 20 in the sec­ond year, so this year was a great suc­cess with 17 deer weighed in, with all three species fea­tur­ing — red, fal­low and sika — and 15 boars. There weren’t any mas­sive record breakers, but two hun­ters that said they had heads that were wor­thy of mount­ing,” she said.

There were no hunt­ing bound­aries, but there was a 25km min­i­mum weight limit for boars, and all an­i­mals had to be caught be­tween Thurs­day 5pm and the cut-off time of 2.30pm at Sun­day’s weigh-in to be in the run­ning for the ma­jor prizes, she said.

All ju­nior hun­ters who en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion — which had cat­e­gories for rab­bit, hare, pos­sum and turkey — also re­ceived a prize, she said.

“We had a rack there for the ju­niors and it was com­pletely full — they did amaz­ingly well. There were some in­cred­i­bly healthy look­ing tur­keys.”

Ms Har­ris said five peo­ple who at­tended the prize­giv­ing had since joined the club. The club had al­ready come up with some new ideas on how to build the hunt­ing com­pe­ti­tion for next year, while new spon­sors had al­ready asked to come on board, she said.

■ Big Game Chal­lenge re­sults: Red Stag: 1st Jor­dan Hamil­ton 92kg Fal­low: 1st Mark Turner 56kg Sika: 1st Bren­dan Ed­monds 59.5kg Best Head: Pat Kennedy Av­er­age weight Stag: Dun­can Rose 63.5kg

Boar: 1st Sean Tay­lor 78.5kg

Best Jaw: Neil Scott

Av­er­age Boar: Ritchie Welch 45kg.

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