By ROBYN BRISTOW
Hunters have been helping fill the coffers of local Waiau organisations for more than two decades.
They have headed to the hills annually to hunt for the largest boars and sows to enter in the Labour Weekend Waiau Pig Hunt.
The event has raised thousands of dollars for community organisations, clubs and education providers in the district.
This year it is the turn of Waiau School to benefit and run the Labour Weekend hunt, on October 23, 24 and 25.
Interest in the hunt today is as strong as it was when it began in 1999, and is popular as a fun family day.
While pigs are the focus, there is also a competition for stags, while the kids can enter a variety of critters such as possum, hares and rabbits. This year, even mice, rats, stoats and ferrets can be weighed-in.
Mum, dad and the kids all get a chance to show off their prowess with carrying competitions for pigs, hares and rabbits, over and through a variety of obstacles.
Weigh-in is at the Waiau Rugby Club grounds between 1pm and 4pm on Sunday, October 25.
For adults planning to enter the Open section, those who get their entry paid by Thursday, October 1, will go into an early-bird prize draw. All paying entrants will go into the draw on the day for major spot prizes.
There will also be a children’s lucky draw on the day for everyone entered and paid-up in the heaviest junior boar category. They do not need to catch or weigh in an animal to win this, but must be present at weigh-in to claim the prize, or it will be re-drawn.
Entries are $45 per person (Open) and $25 for Junior Boar (8 to 16 years). Entry is free for children aged 14 and under in the heaviest possum, hare and rabbit category.
Entries close on Wednesday, October 21.
Hunting starts at 1am on Friday, October 23.
Entry forms and enquiries can be emailed to email@example.com or visit the Waiau Pig Hunt Fundraiser Facebook page. No BYO alcohol is permitted. A fully licensed bar will be available along with food.