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Nothing boaring about Gympie's big pig hunting weekend

JUST A BABY: Pig hunt organiser Ron Owen says there are plenty of feral pigs bigger than this one, brought down by Gympie man Lucas Ruitenberg.
JUST A BABY: Pig hunt organiser Ron Owen says there are plenty of feral pigs bigger than this one, brought down by Gympie man Lucas Ruitenberg.

THERE is nothing feral about the pig to be served to guests at Sunday's weigh-in at the Queensland Big Boar Hunting Championships.

But the animal on the spit will be the only civilised pig there when hunters from all over Australia bring in the feral pigs they will have been shooting since Friday.

Event promoter Ron Owen says the three-day hunt is partly fun and partly in support of a very serious cause, the Wandering Warriors, a veterans welfare project initiated by the Australian SAS Association.

The contest also aims to promote the image of shooters and to help reduce the environmental and economic scourge of feral pigs.

"It will be a family event too, with kids' entertainment all weekend.

"And we have so many donated prizes, you are almost certain to win something if you have nominated.

"We've got more than 300 nominations, he said.

Saturday will also feature a barbecue dinner from 6.30pm and a free family concert with entertainers Steve Lee, Kelly Parker and the singing band Krysalus, all performing at no charge.

Constant kids' entertainment will include jumping castles and computer hunting simulators on Sunday.

"The Shooters Party has donated two rifles, MP Tony Perrett will donate a rifle for the hunter with the largest number of pigs, with a total of 14 firearm prizes all up."

Donors include Harvey Norman, Pro Max, woodwork artist Jim Sweeny, Down Under Taxidermy, A1 Buck-off Taxidermy, GI Pigs, Solar Installations, BCF, Chemist Warehouse, Advance Tyres, Auto Barn, Gympie Master Locksmiths, Engine Parts Centre, Goodyear Tyres, Mooloo Mountain Produce and Saddlery, Landmark, Sharon's Barber Shop, Mama and Papa's pizzeria, Tom Grady, Unearthed, Mr Executive, Apron, Music Land, The Stock Exchange, Blissful Beingness, Batik Boutique, Bendigo Bank, Gympie Family Dental, Gympie Times, Owen Guns, Wide Bay Hydraulics, Vanderfield, Shaws Meats, Handy Hire, ADG Panel Service, Gympie Feed Barn and Queensland Rural Supplies.

Gympie Times

Topics:  feral pigs, guns, pig hunting, shooting




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