Ollie Loos with the paint ball gun with Guy Abraham who helped run the ‘Shoot the Turkey’ event which proved to be very popular with the kids.

Pig & Possum Hunt


The Hororata Primary School Pig and Possum hunt took place over the weekend of April 20th to 22nd.

This is the fifth annual event, and saw a large number of entries, in what has become a much talked about and looked forward to competition.

Those keen on hunting enjoyed the challenge of securing the title of heaviest in the event’s varying categories.

Weigh-in closed at 2pm on Sunday. Many came along to enjoy the fantastic, family, fun day beforehand, as well as making the most of the outdoors and the gorgeous weather.

As in previous years there was a range of activities for people to participate in including the ‘Hare Carrying’ and ‘Possum Throwing’ competition, plus ‘Shoot the Turkey’, which were highlights for many.

Children too got to participate in the hunt and were given the opportunity to weigh in pigs, deer, hares or possums. “It is thanks to our great sponsors that we were able to have free entry for those fourteen years and under,” organiser Rebecca Smith said.

The event had some fantastic sponsors again that the Hororata Primary School PTA sincerely thank for their support.

Though the event is about raising funds for the School, it is also about utilising and patronising local businesses and having an event that brings families and community members together. Funds raised from the event go towards the Hororata Primary School PTA for the benefit of pupils at the School.

OPEN section

Heaviest Boars

1: Tairi Mullen (185lbs)
2: Brad Watson (168.2lbs)
3: Brent Shearer (144.2lbs)

Best Tusks (Douglas Score)

Tairi Mullen (17 6/8)

Average Weight Boar

Jack Hill (125lbs)

Above Average

Dillan Wright (138lbs)

Below Average

Calab Matthews (117.8lbs)

Heaviest Stag

1: Rodney Inch (279.4lbs)
2: Dean Encell (258.4lbs)
3: Andrew Bower (228lbs)

Best Antlers (Douglas Score)

Jack Hill

Heaviest Fallow

1: David Hynam (149.6lbs)
2: Greg Taylor (145lbs)
3: Tairi Mullen (125lbs)

Best Fallow Antlers (Douglas Score)

David Hynam

Junior section

Heaviest Boar

1: Cooper Holland (161.4lbs)
2: Jono Irving (147.8lbs)
3: Jade McKay (122lbs)

Heaviest Stag

1: Angus Cleland (224.8lbs)
2: Jade McKay (217.4lbs)
3: Toby Penny (172.2lbs).