Hunters also set sights on deer in pig hunt

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Hunters will be taking aim at pigs and deer in their favourite hunting spots next month as they take to the hills for a chance to be in to win at the annual Mandeville Tavern hunt.

The hunt, run over May 11, 12 and 13, has been expanded this year to include deer.

Tavern owner Lindsay Peters says deer are plentiful and many younger hunters had been asking for deer to be included in the line-up.

“We decided to add them in this year to see how it goes,” he says.

Hunters are expected to come from near and far to compete in the Mandeville Pig Hunting Club’s hunt, which winds up on Sunday, May 13, with the final weigh-in at 3pm at the tavern in Raven Quay, Kaiapoi.

The event is open to 100 hunters.

There will be a prize pool of more than $6000, with a firearm up for grabs for one lucky entrant.

The winner must present their Firearms Licence to be eligible to claim the prize.

Last year a 101.5kg boar captured “somewhere in Canterbury” took out the top prize. Matt Neal’s boar was 27kg heavier than the second placed animal entered by Ryan Nesbit.

Around 30 pigs were hung up last year.