'Good excuse to hunt'

LEIGHTON KEITH
Last updated 05:00 04/06/2012
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JONATHAN CAMERON
Tikorangi Pig Hunt weigh in at the Waitara District Services and Citizens club , Nathan Jones

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Stratford's Nathan Jones hunts goats for a living but had his sights set on pigs during the weekend.

Mr Jones and Guy Selby were one of 64 teams to take part in the Waitara District Services and Citizens Club's pig hunt.

"It's a good excuse to go for a hunt," the Department of Conservation goat hunter said. "I hunt for a living but pig hunting is a bit of a passion, something I do in my spare time."

The men got eight pigs over the weekend but only weighed in their two heaviest boars and came third in the average weight category.

Mr Jones said he would be giving the meat away to family and friends.

"I've got a freezer full of meat, there is never a shortage," he said.

The event began on Friday and hunters could stalk their prey anywhere they wanted as long as they had their catch back at the club by 4pm yesterday for weigh-in.

A total of 33 pigs were weighed in yesterday.

Club manager Murray Allen said the number of teams entered was slightly down on previous years but the event had still been well supported.

"It's a good day for the club and the community," Mr Allen said.

"It brings everybody out. We'll have the whole town down here shortly," he said, as the teams began to roll in with their catches.

Heaviest boar, at 62kg, went to Ross Bolt, Gary Jones and Ryan Bolt. The prize for the closest to the average weight went to A Faull, B Hutchinson and K Herdman. Best tusks was won by D Roberts, B Midgley and K Taylor. The mystery weight prize was won by J Coombes, S Turner and H Stokell.

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