28 May 2023

Hunting and Wildlife Magazine - Winter Issue 221

Words By: Carolyn Heffernan

The only Department of Conservation organised and managed hunting competition in New Zealand, now in its 35th year was held at the end of April this year for animals taken in the Pureora Forest Park. Since its inception in 1988 the competition has provided DOC with a platform to inform the public and hunters on the flora and fauna present in the Pureora and DOC’s efforts to protect their uniqueness, as well as catering for recreational hunters through wild deer improvement and management. These events don’t run themselves and a large number of volunteers assisted with 11 NZDA Douglas Score measurers, Te Kuiti Pig Hunting Club members and of course a number of DOC staff. A BBQ lunch was provided by the DOC organisers which went down very well. The prize giving and display of heads was held on the 30th April at the Barryville Road DOC Pureora Field Base. There were various displays around biodiversity and deer aging. Around the walls were the winners from throughout the years that the competition has held. Along with deer and pigs, there was also a category for possums and a roaring competition. Competitors did not go home empty handed with many great prizes for placings and numerous spot prizes handed out on the day.

2023 Results

Category Sponsor Prize Winner Douglas Score
Best Douglas Score
Red deer 1st
Sika Country
Taxidermy DOC
Voucher - $2000 deer
head mount
Brett Kearins

278 5/8


Hunting and Fishing Taupo Backpack (full of goodies valued at $1000) Brett Stockman 265 2/8


NZ Hunter Magazine Traeger - meat rubs. NZ Hunter Magazine subscription Andrew Jardine 262 3/8


Universal Beef UBP Limited Knife set Kurt Davison 254


Pratt Motorcycles Motorcycle helmet Bruce Stroobant 235 4/8

Deer Jaw Draw

AC Petfoods Voucher for petfood Paul Kearins

Heaviest Deer

Universal Beef UBP Limited
Timber Trail Lodge
Knife set and
Voucher - One night’s
accommodation for 2 -
including meals
Brett Kearins 70.3kg

Ugliest Deer Head

Blackfern Lodge Voucher - One night's
accommodation for 2
Alex Rye

Heaviest Pig 1st

Mid-West Helicopters DOC $1000 helicopter
trip voucher
Kurt Davison 62.2kg


Kilwell Gun case, face paint,
quarter bag, buttstock
holder, cartridges
Brett Kearins 59.4kg


Good Nature Rat Trap Brett Kearins 56.5kg


Dave Gibson Locksmith
and Gun Shop
Buffalo … knife + other Macie Kearins 29.4kg

Spot Prize

Pratt Motorcycles Motorcycle helmet

Average Weight Pig

Universal Beef UBP Limited
Highway Adventures
Knife set. Tokirima
Taster Experience
for 2
Brett Kearins 56.5kg

Youth: Heaviest Possum 1st

Various Camping package Mia Kearins 4.2kg


Te Awamutu Locksmith
and Gun Shop
Knife and other
assorted items
Macie Kearins 3.8kg

Roar - Senior

Pitcon Engineering Angle grinder Richard Yanko

Roar - Junior

Highway Adventures
Tokirima Taster
Experience for 2
Te Rangiaio


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