Catching Catlins' critters
Finding and collecting a pig, a deer, a possum, an eel, a trout, a rock pigeon, a starling, a hedgehog, a goose and a hare in just a few days might seem a daunting task, but 14 teams managed to do just that for the annual Catlins Critter Hunt run by Catlins Search and Rescue.
Five animals were compulsory and the other five were randomly drawn on Thursday at registration.
Then one animal was chosen to be weighed and this year it was the possum.
Carissa Sutherland said her team had all the animals but would be out of the running because their possum was small.
They had been from Ettrick to Gore hunting and gathering, she said.
Children are catered for too, and their creatures were a moth, slater, worm, crab, jelly snake, butterfly, yabbie, spider, huhu grub and earwig.
Shelby Given collected most of the these and said she caught her yabbie in a net.
''Then we put it in some cloth with cat food bait and put it in the water.''
A new feature this year was a competition to catch as many hares as possible and piles of these were seen on the Owaka Combined Sports Grounds with the winning team gathering 140.
The family day included paintball, children's animal balloons, face painting, hot dogs, chips and pies provided by Tokonui Search and Rescue, raffles, an auction and music.
Organiser Karen Hewitson said the day was the best they had held from a financial point of view and it couldn't happen without their sponsors.
Search and Rescue would be updating equipment and building a shed for a trailer they bought with last year's critter hunt proceeds, she said.
The Southland Times