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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
David Pask and Hieke Amtink 18 3/8
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
1st Kiaran Moriarty 94.6 pounds
2nd Shaun Olerenshaw 50.9 pounds
1st Shaun Olerenshaw 21.6 pounds
2nd Kiaran Moriarty 18.7 pounds
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
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.
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.
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.
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
1st Neil Forbs 118 pounds
2nd Dan Pemberton 107 pounds
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
Jaxon Davidson 18 5/8
Finally got a decent boar to give my back a good work out. I was hunting with my three dogs, only Fog was running without a muzzle. It was Fog that found and bailed this boar three hundred meters away down in the gully. Both Lightning and Snow where quick to head to the bail and join in until I arrived. Most of the way down to the action was open mature pines which was easy going but as usual the boar was in the thick native right in the gully.
As I came in on him he tried to make a break for it. I had my camera in one hand trying to film when I saw him making a run for it so I quickly lifted my rifle with one hand and took a shot at him. He managed to run another ten meters through the scrub where Snow carried on bailing. By the time I approached him he had just kicked his last. I think shooting clays with a shotgun must be helping my shooting as it was a quick shot on the run and I knew all of the dogs were clear. The shot had hit him on the left of his spine and gone up through into his stomach killing him almost instantly. He had run that last ten meters on adrenaline. Once I had him gutted I had to drag him out of the prick of a spot that he was in and the first thing through my mind was he does not fell to heavy.
I have always found this to be a good ploy to tell myself a pig is not that big as it makes it easier to carry out. If you tell yourself that the pig is heavy and it is going to be a hard carry out this just makes it harder. The first place that I got the boar on my back was in the creek. I had gutted him and tied his legs up on a two foot bank which was going to make it easier to get him up on my back and see how it was going to cope. This was going to be my first real test on my back since my accident four months ago. I still have trouble believing that breaking nineteen bones in my body including my neck and back and here I was about to carry a 139 pound boar up out of this gully.
With the boar on my back I did not notice any of my broken bones the only problem that I did have was a lack of fitness. Some of my carries on the steeper ground I only made forty meters before needing a rest. The last eighty meter carry I wanted to stop and put the boar down but I could see the bike so I kept on forcing myself to make it. I had a great feeling of elation as I lowered the boar down onto the carrier on the bike. Not at one point did I consider ringing up one of my sons to come out and give me a hand. Next morning when I woke up I thought that I might have a few aches and pains but I’m all good.
This is another very well supported competition run by the Ashley pub in north Canterbury. There were a lot of animals weighed in on the day with 69 pigs and 19 deer, this kept our lifters very busy. Stu owns and runs the pub and at this comp he had volunteered to be one of our lifters.
By the end of the weigh in Stu had lost a lot of sweat but had done a very good job of keeping the animals moving to keep things flowing. One thing that stands this competition apart from the many others is they give away a lot of food as there are always meat sandwiches and sausages in bread handed out for free to the many people that were present. This is also one of the few comps that has a section for sow’s and hinds.
1st Quaid Campbell 168.5 pounds
2nd Gerard Smith 165.4 pounds
3rd Simon Moir 164.7 pounds
4th James Fowler 160.7 pounds
1st George Adams 100.1 pounds
2nd Dan Stewart 93.7 pounds
3rd Jenny McMurdo 88 pounds
Average weight boar George Adams 110 pounds
Below Average Jo Hewson 108.7 pounds
above average Steve Tapp
Average weight sow Bart Van Den Bos 77.8 pounds
Below average Moose Joyce 77.8 pounds
above average Jenny McMurdo 88 pounds
Overall average Jenny McMurdo 104.4
1st Brad Caswell 269.4 pounds
2nd Brad Watson 257.1 pounds
3rd Duncan Mackintosh 249.2 pounds
1st Tim Diedrich 214.1 pounds
2nd Richard Tapp 148.6 pounds