Introduction

The 26th annual Pureora Hunting Competition for red deer is due to begin from 17 March to prizegiving day on 27 April.

DOC's Pureora Hunting Competition is set to turn 26, thanks to the help of generous sponsors.

The competition for 2014 will run from Monday 17 March to Sunday 27 April.

As usual to enter you will need a current DOC hunting permit, and the heads need to be presented to checkpoints within 72 hours to be eligible for a prize.

Hamills from Te Awamutu will be present for their second year as major sponsors and will have a shop onsite, so bring your wallets and snap up some savings. Sika Country Taxidermists, Hunting and Fishing and Helisika are also back as large sponsors to the event and there will be some great prizes on offer. In addition to the 10 largest heads, every entry qualifies for a prize pack from Hunting and Fishing to the value of $1,500, so every head is worth entering.

This year the major demonstration will be a butchery display showing how you can make the best use of your hard-earned animal; and the roaring competition will be open to three levels – junior, intermediate and senior. The roaring horn prizes are worth entering, which may be done on the day.

Head scoring is taken care of by the Te Awamutu Deerstalkers association and friends, and we are indebted to their continued support after such a long time. The Douglas Scoring system is employed by the association, and hunters are encouraged to come and watch the heads being scored and learn about this New Zealand scoring invention.

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