Shooters operate in style

Ryan Udy (left) and his father Russell Udy, of Wyndham, look forward to shooting from the back of...
Ryan Udy (left) and his father Russell Udy, of Wyndham, look forward to shooting from the back of their vehicle in the Great Easter Bunny Hunt yesterday. Photo: Pam Jones.
Wyndham shooter Russell Udy claimed his bunny-hunting vehicle this year was "nothing special", but it still had three seats on the back, spotlights, a shooting frame and towed a caravan that would double as sleeping quarters "and a cookshop".

Mr Udy’s "Hair-raising mutineers" team was one of 21 in the Great Easter Bunny Hunt that headed for the hills around Central Otago yesterday morning in a variety of Mad Max-style vehicles with various embellishments.

Most featured shooting frames and spotlights but others went the extra mile, installing rows of old car seats on the back and barbecues.

Many took quad bikes with them and Mark Donald, of Alexandra, said he had gone upmarket and installed "a seat for the spotlighter this time. I’ve also got a  window wiper this year. I flogged it from my Terrano".

The event is a fundraiser for the Alexandra Lions Club and raises about $10,000 for community causes every year.

Alexandra Lions Club member Dave Ramsay said the number of teams this year was slightly down on last year. Fewer blocks of land were available because of landowner uncertainty about when the K5 virus, a variant of rabbit haemorrhagic disease, was being released.

Last year about 10,000 rabbits were shot, as well as other pests, including hares, stoats, ferrets and possums.

pam.jones@odt.co.nz

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