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hey can anyone take part in this in New Zealand or do you have to be a local?
i've heard this is as popular down there as moose or deer hunting in New Brunswick Canada

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Hi Jim, sorry for the very late reply, I have been working on a contract- fancy stainless steel work for Dubious Super Yachts, oh to be a multi millionare!!

Yes anyone can stick pigs and it is popular here in NZ. A few hunting guides offer this service but I personally would not take a client on such an outing for reasons of safety and my own piece of mind.

Hunting pigs with dogs and a knife was for most of the previous century considered the only way to hunt these elusive animals in NZ. Even now, a hunter who stalks pigs with a rifle is considered to be a cheat, even though it takes more skill to locate a pig without dogs. This stems back to the days where a man was measured by his ability to use his braun only. To a pig hunter, the true challenge is in grabbing the cornered pig by the hind legs, flipping the beast over and plunging a knife into the neck angled down to the heart. The hunter typically goes out with a minimum of three dogs, a finder and bailers. The finder finds the pig and barks back to the owner to give out its location while the bailers attempt to corner the pig. Holder dogs were very popular for many years but due to the violent deaths that holders usually suffer in their attempts to grab pigs by the ears, these dogs are not so much in use now. A bailer will mainly nip and generally aggravate a pig until it gives up running and stands to face the dogs. The hunters job is to run after the dogs as fast as possible, usually up and down steep dense forest and through swamps. Those who guide often find that the client cannot possibly keep up their green beret level activities. The guide will then have to finish the pig before any dogs get hurt. Other times a client will arrive to find the pig bailed but cannot muster the stupidity needed to grab the wild animal by the legs. A cornered boar simply does not make normal pig sounds and is capable of growling while sharpening its tusks, the two sounds combined making the hunters neck hair stand on end.

Small boars of around 80lb are very dangerous due to their razor sharp tusks and high manuverability. Large boars are even more dangerous due to their confrontational attitude, armour plating and long exposed tusks.

Many hunters find that pig hunting is an addiction, to the point that they cannot help poaching activities as well as avoiding work and relationships to endulge in the adrenalising sport. The sport does seem to appeal to those who are more physically oriented or have a predisposition towards dangerous adrenilising challenges (such as armed robbery and ram raiding ATM machines).

Rifles are only ever used as a last resort. An early favourite was the M92 .44-40. Today the .44mag is the most popular followed by the .357mag followed by the .30-30. Rifles of choice are the Rossi Puma, marlin 336 and Winchester 94. Cartridges used are chosen for their ability to not produce full penetration and cause risk to dogs.

In my own experience, pigs taken with dogs do not taste as good as pigs shot by a rifle hunter. The meat is usually bruised and tough from adrenalin.

Last year my wife, baby and I located a boar that had killed two dogs and wounded another. My wife shot it from a ridge top 180 yards away and ended its reign. Some neighbours became interested when we climbed the ridge and told them that the pig was too heavy to carry out but they were welcome to fly it out with their chopper and keep it for bacon. After this the newspapers got involved as along with a big boar story, they also heard that my wife was out on a ridge, looking for the boar and after locating it, stopped to breast feed while waiting for the right shot. To cut a long story short, my wife was not popular with the local pighunters (dogs) as she had stalked and shot it rather than sticking the pig. I still wonder at the small minds of this fraternity expecting a woman with child to flip a killer boar that I could not lift and kill it with a bayonet. Included is a pic of the Boars head on the back of our Quad bike, please note the thickness of the cross sectioned piece of skin beside the head.

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Cross sectioned skin measures 1" thick

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Mum, Bubs and the Boar. Rifle was a Montana 1999 left hand, .280 Rem, 150 grain Scirocco at 2980fps.

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That fresh minty flavour of clean teeth.

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Wow, great story and photos!!!!!!!
My hat is off to Mum she is welcome at my fire anytime.

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thanks for the info.
in my opinion as long as the hunt was fair and the animal given a quick death it doesn't matter wether you use a knife, a spear, a bow, a rifle or a shotgun.
yeah i don't think i'll ever be able to do it since i stretched and tore tendons in my right knee but it just seemed to me to be just about the biggest rush you'll find out there thats legal.
i don't see why anyone would be down on anyone that killed an animal that was destroying peoples dogs.
hell here in canada i got told off for breaking the neck of a deer that had been hit by a car (i didn't have a knife with me).
some people just can't seem to accept anything that differs from their accepted reality

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You wouldn't have to go so far to stick a pig.

My friends talk about doing it in California.
(But there's always the possibility that it's actually illegal or they're just plain lying.)

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Congrats to her Thumbs up , great story and pics, thanks for sharing Big smile Big smile

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