Pigs prove elusive in shortest day hunt

22:18, Jun 22 2014
Andy Joseph
EMPTY-HANDED: Cameron Campbell and Jock van Asch had little luck at the Starborough Tavern Shortest Day Pig Hunt on Saturday.

Tales of ‘the one that got away' were the topic of conversation at the Starborough Tavern in Seddon on Saturday night.

Considering 196 people entered the Starborough Tavern Shortest Day Pig Hunt, tavern owner Richard Todd said there weren't as many pigs as he had anticipated.

"A lot of the guys had a story about the one that got away, we heard them all day," he said.

Cameron Campbell, 16, of the Avon Valley was one of entrants who had little luck when he headed out on his family farm.

"It didn't go as well as the last hunt, we got five pigs last weekend but scared too many before the hunt and didn't get anything [on Saturday morning]," he said.

Not much was happening in the Awatere Valley either, where fellow hunter Jock van Asch, 16, caught "nothing worth weighing".


The largest pig in the competition weighed in at 74 kilograms and was caught by former Marlborough man Mickey Broadhurst, who now lives in Hanmer Springs, Todd said.

"It's not huge but it's big enough, it was a good pig," he said.

For his win, Broadhurst took home a "whole heap" of dog food, which was one of the $15,000 worth of prizes at the hunt.

All money raised in the hunt went back into the hunt. Hunters travelled from as far as Gisborne and east Otago, Todd said.

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