The annual Pureora hunting competition is set to roar into life again with trophy stag hunting about to begin.
Everyone who holds a valid DOC hunting permit for Pureora between the dates of March 21st and April 17th is automatically entered in the competition, where hunters vie for a range of prizes from our generous sponsors.
The top scoring head will be mounted free of charge courtesy of Vern Pearson Taxidermist, and there are prizes for the top ten heads. A deer jaw competition is also held, with a helicopter ride to the value of $450 generously sponsored by Helisika helicopters, and a lucky prize for the most deer jaws bought in on the day.
Prize giving day is to be held on Sunday 17th April, with registrations starting at 12 noon and running until 2pm, in case participants want to get in a last hunt before the competition ends. The roaring competition is being run across three categories – under 10, 10 -18 and seniors with prizes available for each category winner, and people are welcome to bring a possum along to enter in the possum competition as well. A free bbq will be provided, and all the head measuring action can be viewed as douglas scorers will be onsite to measure on the day.
The day will conclude with the presentation of the mystery prize to the value of $300, with everyone that has a registered head in the competition eligible. This prize is sponsored by Fly and Gun Hunting and Fishing Taupo and JRK Drainage and Roading Contractors Te Kuiti.
The Pureora hunting competition is designed to connect DOC with hunters, currently the largest recreational users of the Pureora forest park.
This will be the 24th year the competition has been run.