Hunters of all ages aim for Big 3

17:00, Jun 01 2014
james armitage
GAME HUNTER: James Armitage, 8, of Centre Hill, with a large stag his father's team shot during the Fiordland Big 3 competition and his hare, which he was entering in the children’s competition.

Every winter in Te Anau, men, women and children go head to head in the Fiordland Big 3 hunting competition.

Teams of adult hunters were on the trail of a deer, a pig and a trout while the children chased after possums, hares or rabbits and fish at this year's competition.

Thirty-five adult teams and 33 children's teams braved the rough weather from Thursday until yesterday at 2pm to try to get their hands on the $15,000 in prizes up for grabs.

Event committee member Shevaun Taberner said the best part of the competition was getting out into the wild and having fun.

"The hardest part was catching a fish, because of the weather; the rivers are high, the lake is flooding," Taberner said.

Last year, one unfortunate hunter's jet boat ended up at the bottom of the Waiau River but there were no incidents during the competition this weekend.

Otago and Southland-wide competition began and ended at the Te Anau Rugby Club grounds, where a pig carry and possum throwing competition were held after weigh-ins.

The proceeds of the competition will be split between the Te Anau and Mararoa primary schools' parent teacher associations.

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