Pureora Hunting Competition 2010 - now open
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IntroductionIt's time for the annual Pureora Forest Park Hunting Competition. The competition is run over the roar period with this year's dates set from 20 March to 24 April.
Date: 22 March 2010
It’s time again for the annual Pureora Forest Park Hunting Competition. The competition is run over the roar period with this year’s dates set from 20 March to 24 April. This year’s prize-giving will be held on Saturday 24 April.
Entry is free and the competition is open to anyone hunting with a current hunting permit in Pureora Forest Park or contiguous forested areas. Permits are available from Department of Conservation Te Kuiti office, Waikato Conservancy office in Hamilton, or Pureora Field Centre.
The major prize for the event is decided by lucky draw, with each head entered giving hunters a chance to win. In addition, a subsidised helicopter trip is up for grabs in the Helisika jaw draw. Brent Beaven, DOC's National Hunting Advisor will be the guest speaker during the prize giving and around to answer questions throughout the day.
The competition was established to improve the relationship between DOC and hunters, who are currently the biggest recreational users of Pureora Forest Park. In addition to providing contact and communication with hunters, the heads and jaws collected in the competition also provide DOC with valuable information about deer populations and forest ecosystems.
The support of sponsors and volunteers has always been crucial for the success of the competition. Prizes are generally donated and members of local hunting clubs generously give up their time to assist with measuring of heads on the day. Thanks to the sponsors and the volunteers for their assistance and support.
For further information about the hunting competition, contact John Keene or Richard Hemara at DOC Pureora Field Centre, +64 7 878 1080.