New Zealand Offers Exciting Side Trips For Hog Hunting With Dogs


Published: March - 2010

New Zealand correspondent Greg Morton has been looking into the growing popularity of hog hunting with dogs there. Though not a new style of pig hunting to New Zealanders, it seems more traveling hunters are pursuing this opportunity there. While you might not go all the way to New Zealand just to hunt wild boar, Morton says it's a fun add-on if you are already there and would like to try something thrilling. Here's how he describes his own experience on one of these hunts:

"There are few hunts in New Zealand that involve jogging, running, crawling, using a long knife and perhaps even climbing a tree, but boar hunting behind dogs requires all of that. It is an adrenalin rush and recently is attracting a bit of a following with visiting North American hunters. Most hunting outfitters in New Zealand don't own pig-dogs, but the one or two who do can go pig hunting at the drop of a hat and are finding willing clients ready to experience the whiff of danger and sense of unpredictability this adventure creates. In addition to the excitement and being a great safari add-on, there is also the possibility of taking a trophy size boar.

"Brendan Matthews of Matthews Trophy Hunting is the main outfitter who has noticed and is satisfying this spike in boar hunting interest. He is based in the South Island three hours south of Christchurch, which has an international airport. Over the last big game hunting season Matthews had several clients from North America who chose to upgrade their hunts to include the boar hunting option. The reason was simple. They saw the boar tusks hanging on Matthews wall, observed the scars on his dog pack and saw the photos in his album. Upon hearing the lurid descriptions of these hunts they wanted to experience the hands-on `pig-sticking' nature of it for themselves. Once `blooded,' so to speak, many describe the experience as the highlight of their trip.

"Pigs originally arrived in New Zealand in the 18th century with the English explorer Captain James........(continued)

 
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