High-flying ducks made it difficult for young hunters to bag
the bounty required for the Taieri College Hunting
Morgan Trafford (14), of Mosgiel, said she bagged a possum,
hare and duck at Lamb Hill, Hindon in the weekend and the
animals were weighed at Taieri Rugby Club yesterday.
The duck was the most difficult to bring down because it was
flying high in windy conditions.
''They can hear you from miles away,'' Morgan said.
She planned to eat the hare and duck but would bypass the
possum. Taieri College deputy principal Mike Newell said the
competition was a fundraising event for the college's sports
council to pay for sporting activity, including getting
pupils to tournaments and buying sports gear.
Past fundraising efforts included a golf tournament, a rugby
tournament and an adult social event.
''It's the first time we've done a hunting competition.''
Mr Newell said the competition was a ''win-win'' because it
raised money to get children active by getting children
In the three days from Friday, the 30 adult competitors
brought down nine boars and stopped five stags and the 50
children competitors, all under the age of 16, completed 34
bags of a paradise duck, possum and a rabbit or hare.
The hunters dropped in animals for weighing about 2pm
yesterday, he said.
The child with the heaviest bag of animals won prizes
including an air-rifle and archery set, he said.
The competition was well-supported by the community and
''They know it goes back to the kids.''
Children competed for prizes yesterday by carrying a dead
hare around an obstacle course.
Lyndon Gold, of Outram, had the heaviest stag (97kg), Brendon
Tisdale, of Mosgiel, had the heaviest boar (88kg) and Taieri
College pupil Neeve Wooltorton (12) won the children's
section, with a 9.74kg bag.