Roman Valpy with Charlie

Roman is 15 years old and just got the bug to get into pig hunting so he had brought his three year old dog Charlie up to see if we could get him to want to chase a pig. So far Charlie has been the family pet and done no hunting. Roman is home schooled and already has a couple of his own business ventures going. I could quickly see that he had learnt that if he wanted to do something it pays to have some knowledge and he is well supported by his parents.

When we first went into the training block I took both Fog and Lightning and they tracked away and bailed up the black boar, at one stage the boar came down towards the creek then shot back up into the tight scrub. When Charlie saw the boar he did not show too much interest in chasing just yet. because this boar keeps on running until he gets tired i decided to call the dogs off him and target one of the other boars. It did not take long before they had the white boar bailed up. As we closed in Charlie stayed with us and over the next five minutes he slowly walked in to see what was happening. Another five minuets and I moved in closer causing the white boar to break. This got Charlie keen and he got to see the dogs stop him again and bail. Over the next hour Charlies confidence started to grow. At one point I called my two dogs into heal so that Charlie got to bail on his own. Roman and Charlie were only in for a couple of hours and they both learnt a lot in that short time. I did get an email back from Roman a week later telling me how Charlie went out and found and bailed a pig for him but it got away before Roman got to them. As long as Roman keeps on getting Charlie out it should not take long before he becomes a pig dog.

Fencing the block

 

This gate in front of the house should stop the pigs being able to dig up the wife's garden

This gate in front of the house should stop the pigs being able to dig up the wife’s garden

It has been a while since I have writing an article for my web site as I have been putting a lot of my energy and time into putting up fencing on our land. What started many years ago as four pet sheep have now turned into 120 sheep?

A calf checking out my partially finished fence

A calf checking out my partially finished fence

The 4 pet calves are now 14 cattle and there are also a number of pigs running around, so for this reason I have had to put up some new fencing. What was about 80 acres that was very hard to muster as the sheep would just run from one gully to another and back again has now been split up into four different blocks.

Starting a 270 meter section of fence

Starting a 270 meter section of fence

So far I have put in 1.1 km of fencing on some reasonable steep ground. Any person who has done high country fencing before will know how physically hard it is. So I don’t need to worry about a gym membership as this fencing is a very good work out. I had one young fellow Ethan Wylie in helping me for two days.

Tying a number 8 note in wire hardens up the hands.

Tying a number 8 knot in wire hardens up the hands.

He did teach me a few tricks on how to tie wires off which has helped. Once the strainer posts were in the ground I would pull a wire out between them to give me a straight line then because the fences are on a hill I would have to put a couple of warraths in to get my line over the brow of the hills right. Hitting warraths into rock hard ground is great for creating blisters on soft hands.

Using the 4 wheeler to get the gate over to the fence line in the distance

Using the 4 wheeler to get the gate over to the fence line in the distance

One of the downsides of this is that my wife does not like me touching her with my hands now as they are like leather. Working with the wire is also hard on the hands, one day I was on the ridge opposite the house a piece of wire ripped a good sized chunk of skin off the end of my index finger. This bleed like buggery and when I looked over at the house I thought to myself it will take me over ten minutes to walk each way back though the gully plus the time to clean it up so I just carried on.
20161109_201133At the end of the day when I was back at the house I had to chop a good size flap of skin off. The biggest downside of this one is I could not play the guitar for a while until it started to heal up a bit, but it did not stop me from fencing. The last part of the fence that I am working on is the hardest piece. Up behind the dog kennels I have had a bulldozer put a fence line in and at the time when he came down one face I did not think a bulldozer could stay upright it was that steep. When he hit the bottom he got temporarily stuck as he was wedged in the gully.

Well tied knots on the insulator

Well tied knots on the insulator

It was impressive to see how he wriggled his bulldozer around and dropped down six foot banks to get back onto a track to drive back up again. At the bottom of this gully I am having to dig with a crow bar through the rock so that I can concrete in two posts with feet on them so that they will not come out when the fence wires are strained up. Between these two posts I will put boards across to hold the posts in strong leaving enough room underneath the boards for the creek to run though.

Colgate comp prize winner Jade

Jade with his young dog bailing in the background

Jade with his young dog bailing in the background


The recent hunting competition at Colgate had a prize for a 24 hour training package for a father and son up at my training block. The winner was 8 year old Jade and rather than bring his father he came up with his grand father Steve Cummings and a young collie cross dog Flik. Jade is obviously one of our future pig hunters so it was good to have an influence on his knowledge of pig hunting. Even at such a young age he is confident in being in the outdoors and loves being out on the hill pig hunting’   Flik went really well on the boars and has a great future ahead of him.

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Lincoln competition

A good load of deer

A good load of deer

The Lincoln competition weigh in was on the 24/7/20116. This comp is run by the Lincoln young farmers which consists of a lot of the Lincoln university students. This is the third year that the Ridgeline judging team has been judging this comp and each year we get to see the new students coming through who will be running this comp next year as well as the students that where involved in the organising the previous years.

a line up of the animals at the weigh in

a line up of the animals at the weigh in

This year they had their own celebrity, Josh James the Kiwi bushman who had also sponsored one of the main prizes and to prove that he was a good bugger he even put a shout on the bar. Check out his website thekiwibushman.co.nz. Also at this comp they had Shaun Monk as the MC for the day.

All hunting comps attract a lot of people

All hunting comps attract a lot of people

Shaun is becoming a well-known hunter around the Canterbury area and is very good on the microphone. As per most comps hunters will travel a long way to hunt one of their hot spots for a comp. Two such hunters had made a seven hour drive up country from Southland to weigh in their animals and it was well worth it for David Pask and Hieke Amtink.

Winning boar for best tusks

Winning boar for best tusks

Not only did they take out the prize for the second heaviest stag but they also won the average weight boar with the prize of a brand new dog box for a flat deck ute. The look on their faces was priceless when they came up and realised what they had won. Fifteen minutes before the end of weigh in I heard that one hunter was driving flat out to try and make the cut off time.

Shaun giving out prizes

Shaun giving out prizes

Right on the 2pm cut off this ute came flying around the corner with one of the boars flying off the side but he just made it with no time to spare. One minute later and he would have missed out weighing in his animals.

Heaviest boar
1st Jessie Houston    156 pounds
2nd Ben Hams            141 pounds
3rd Team Mike can’t shoot 134 pounds
Average weight boar
David Pask and Hieke Amtink   99 pounds
Best tusks
David Pask and Hieke Amtink   18 3/8
Heaviest stag
1st Team LJ        278 pounds
2nd David Pask and Hieke Amtink 262 pounds
3rd Curtis Morgan  252 pounds
Average weight stag
team Squid jacket  193 pounds

South Canterbury pig hunting club comp

 

A line up of animals at the comp

A line up of animals at the comp

This was the first open competition that the SCPHC had organised and run. The comp was held at the Wolseley hotel in Winchester on the 10th of July with 50% of the proceeds going to St Johns. The SCPHC has only been going for one year but already has a lot of positive members so it was good to see all of the members turning up to help out to make this comp a successful one.

This hunting wagon added a touch of class

This hunting wagon added a touch of class

The weather for the weekend was nice cool clear days making it ideal hunting conditions.  One vehicle that pulled up with a boar in the boot was a beautiful Holden statesman, it was a nice touch of class. All of the club members had hunted hard all weekend to try and have an animal to weigh in on the Sunday.

Members of the Ridgeline team hard at work

Members of the Ridgeline team hard at work

There were some good sets of tusks turned up and our judging team had to measure up three sets of which two were identical. Both going 19 inches one boar was weighed in by Matt Reveley and the other by Dave Neal. The winning set went to Dwayne Young that measured 20 inches. The three heaviest boars were only 1.1 pound apart and we judges had to make an unusual call as the owner of the winning boar wanted to get this head mounted so we did not want to cut the throat out of it.

The tree boars that we measured the tusks on

The tree boars that we measured the tusks on

Our way around this was to get one of the throats that had been cut out of one of the other big boars and weigh it. This weight was 400 grams so kept the placings the same without having to ruin a hunter’s dream pig from being able to be mounted. There was a section for a team’s event where hunters had to catch a boar a deer and a wallaby. 27 boars and 10 stags were weighed in.
At the end of the weigh in the comp was able to donate over $1000 to the St Johns.
Heaviest boar                                              Prizes
1st Matt Reveley            175.7 pounds     $350 + pig singer valued at $250
2nd Craig Gibb                175 pounds         $250
3rd Russell Winnington 174.6 pounds     $150
4th Dave Neal                  167.3 pounds    $100 voucher
5th James Stephens        156 pounds       $50 voucher
Average weight boar
Sian Waters                     110 pounds       Garmin tracking gear valued at $1200
Heaviest stag
1st Caleb Mathews          221 pounds       $250
2nd Allan Young                203.9 pounds    $150
3rd Joe Taurima                189.8 pounds    $50
Heaviest fellow buck
1st Allan Young                  97 pounds        $250
2nd Chris Donohue            87.3 pounds     $150
Best tusks
Dwayne Young                  20                       Pig singer valued at $250
Best red antlers
Joe Taurima                                                   Jump start kit valued at $300
Best fallow antlers
Allan Young                                                    Jump start kit valued at $300
Average weight teams event for Boar, Deer and Wallaby
See how we go                                   3 Ridgeline Sovereign shooting jacket and a 6 person Moeraki
fishing charter valued at $1500
Heaviest Wallaby
1st Brendan Morris           50 pounds       $150 + spot prize
2nd Brendan Morris           42.7 pounds   spot prize
Highest Wallaby talley
Glen Ralston                                                $150 voucher Temuka fishing and outdoor
Junior section
Heaviest boar
1st Kiaran Moriarty         94.6 pounds
2nd Shaun Olerenshaw    50.9 pounds
Mixed bag
1st Shaun Olerenshaw     21.6 pounds
2nd Kiaran Moriarty          18.7 pounds
Heaviest Wallaby
1st Shaun Olerenshaw       43.3 pounds
2nd Devon Mount               39.1
3rd Kiaran Moriarty            18.1 pounds
Kids mixed bag
Ayda Stenton                       21.9 pounds
Coby Blackler                       21.6 pounds
Tarras                                    16.8 pounds

Rotherham comp

Members of the Ridgeline team hard at work

Members of the Ridgeline team hard at work

This was to be the first comp that I have been to that the animals outnumbered the entries. There were 65 adult entries and 66 animals weighed in 42 boars, 5 stags and 19 sows. The first ten animals weighed in went into a draw for a prize pack worth $750 which had a good majority of the animals coming in at the start of the weigh in which makes the judging job a bit easier.

A good line up of animals

A good line up of animals

There was no limit on how many animals a hunter could weigh in and some trucks had 8 – 9 pigs on them. One of the first boars weighed in was caught by a father and son, Stephen and Jaxon Davidson. This boar had taken a bit of a toll on their dogs so a couple of them maybe on compo for a while. Jaxon at only twelve years old was all smiles when they won the Mason memorial trophy for the heaviest boar.

Another good load of pork

Another good load of pork

This will not be a day that Jaxon will ever forget and he so well deserves the accolades as he gets out pig hunting with his father at every chance he gets and yes he did get this 150 pound boar up on his back. At the end of the weigh in we look over all of the boars to sort out which boar has the best tusks. At some competitions there is quite often a set of tusks that stand out from the others. At this comp we had four boars that all looked very similar so we had to measure the whole four of them. This was to be the closest that I encountered to date with two of the boars being exactly the same measurement, Tim Mcnight 18 4/8 also Jack Ramsy with a 18 4/8 the winning set only 1/8 of an inch bigger than the other two at 18 5/8 going to young Jaxon Davidson and the fourth set was not much smaller.
Heaviest boar
1st Jaxon Davidson   150 pounds
2nd Tim Deidrich       145 pounds
3rd Richard Taylor     144 pounds
4th Courtney Ridings  135 pounds
5th Ash McCone           132 pounds
6th Mark Raine             131 pounds
7th Terry Ologhlin        130 pounds
8th Andy Odonnell       130 pounds
9th Jack Ramsey           130 pounds
10th Kelvyn Jones         129 pounds
Heaviest sow
1st Neil Forbs             118 pounds
2nd Dan Pemberton 107 pounds
Heaviest stag
1st Matt Bailey             266 pounds
2nd Tim Deidrich          251 pounds
3rd Corey Henderson  246 pounds
4th Grant Duncan         244 pounds
5th Paul Clemens          157 pounds
Best tusks
Jaxon Davidson  18 5/8