Sun, Jun 5, 2022 8:28 PM
Renwick’s Woodbourne Tavern saw an influx of utes, redbands, mullets and trophies this afternoon at their annual Queen’s Birthday hunt.
Keen hunters from across the region battled for supremacy at the Woody Pig & Deer Hunt 2022.
And a strong showing through the age groups saw a bevy of prizes handed out not only for hefty quarry, but for the first time, magnificent mullets.
Publican Rowan Ingpen says it is great to see everybody out and about.
“It’s a fantastic day out for the whole family.”
He says he is happy the weather held out for the annual event.
“Everybody’s enjoying themselves – mixing and mingling. And the kids are loving it.”
Father and son team Toby Clay-Davis and Eddie Davis, with their three dogs, stuck a boar on Saturday morning.
The beast, weighing in at around 40kg, is a fairly common good-sized pig in Marlborough, Eddie says.
“They average is around 40 to 50 kilos,” Toby explains.
“If you get something worthy of weighing, you turn up [to the competition].”
But the pig didn’t go down without a fight, Eddie nursing a few aches and one of the dogs needing a couple of stitches.
“I’m pretty sore, but yeah – it was a good battle,” Eddie says.
Woody Pig Hunt veteran Blue Blick says the best part of the competition is how it brings the community together.
“You see all your friends you don’t see very often. It brings the families together too,” he says.
Blue has helped run the kids side of the hunt about a decade.
“It’s something to put back into the community.”
He says the rabbit, hare and possum section has another benefit, besides ridding the countryside of pests.
The Marlborough Falcon Conservation Trust receive all the carcasses, so they don’t go to waste.
Ten-year-old Richie McRae entered the teen goat section, with his 18.88kg goat and the mullet competition.
He says he has been growing his mullet since the start of last year.
1st Alexis Martin 4.60
2nd Matilda Ingpen 4.50
3rd Flynn Smart 4.40
3rd= Wiremu Clay 4.40
1st Sophia Peak 2.10
2nd Ameika Graham 1.90
3rd Evy Boyce 1.30
1st Sophia Peak 3.70
2nd= Braxley Grinter 3.6
2nd= Harland Adams 3.6
1st Paige Town 44.4
2nd Sienna Martin 37.6
3rd Chase McWirter 33.0
Gus Wickham 25.0kg
1st Maia Watson 64kg
2nd Finn Mckenzie 62.5kg
3rd Hunter Stanton & Chase McWhirter 61.0kg
Saphera Best 42kg
1st Daniel Lawrence 68kg
2nd Joshua Patterson 66.5kg
3rd Jayden Holdaway 65.5kg
Eli Keeps 45.4
Best Tusks Jayden Holdaway
1st Jeremy Everson 121kg
2nd Jarod Bryant 108.5kg
3rd Allister Grinter 105kg
Jett Winkler 76.5kg
Taylor Cleall 76.5kg
Best Head Jeremy Everson