Hunting to help hospice

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The inaugural North Otago Boar ‘n’ Stag Muster is being held this weekend to raise funds for the North Otago hospice who are planning to improve services in Oamaru.

The event kicks off on Friday morning at 6am and weigh-in takes place at the Loan and Merc from 1-3pm on Sunday. Prizegiving is at 3.30pm, with more than $25,000 in prizes up for grabs.

Junior hunters can enter in the heaviest boar, rabbit, hare or possum categories.

Organiser Craig Gibb said he wanted to help fundraise for hospice after his father received care in Dunedin for some time and he felt the organisation was worthy of support.

Mr Gibb has been hunting around North Otago for 20 years, shooting his first pig when he was 10.

He has joined forces with Sally-Ann Donnelly and Steve Clark to bring the weekend’s hunt together and to help progress plans for the hospice building. The trio are aiming to raise $10,000.

More than 50 sponsors are supporting the event, which Mr Gibb said was an “amazing show of support”, and the prizes donated were “incredible”.

One hundred and sixty-two entries had been received by lunchtime yesterday and organisers were hoping to reach 200 by the time entries closed tomorrow evening.

Mr Gibb hopes the event will be staged annually to continue support for the North Otago hospice.

Entry forms are available from North Otago Hunting and Fishing or email Craig Gibb at hoghunta23@windowslive.com

By LINDA MCCARTHY

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A GOOD DAY OUT: Craig Gibb, organiser of the North Otago Boar and Stag Muster, and pig dog Rusty had some good luck while out hunting recently and brought home a 172 pound pig from Dansey’s Pass.