Friend of Sporting Shooter Goran Pehar, from Vortex Optics, had a marvellous trip to NZ. This image shows a red-wapiti cross stag shot in a sublime snow-clad alpine scene. Magnificent scenery and great hunting go hand in hand across the ditch.

Hunting for a better education

A local community in New Zealand is hosting a family-friendly hunting competition to raise money for its school … and no one is raging against it!

As you’ll read in Snap Shots this week, the Lake Tekapo community’s four-day festival will give away $9000 worth of prizes in a competition that costs up to $50 to enter and targets more than a dozen species, from eel and duck to wallaby and red stag. They’re even giving away a rifle.

And it’s all for the good of the kiddies.

Hunting for a better education – I like the sound of that and all its potential interpretations. Charity organisers, feel free to use it as a slogan if you plan a similar fundraiser.

“We are hoping that the event will attract a lot of families especially with the wide range of classes and prizes and being open to all ages,” Lake Tekapo event organiser Tim Rayward told the South Canterbury Herald.

“We are hoping the younger hunters will have a go at getting the heaviest rabbit or hare. It gives them a good chance at getting a prize.”

And you know what? No one appears to be railing against it, screaminging about turning children into mass murderers or creating US gun cultures or shooting innocent picnickers.

Contrast that with the frenzied end-of-the-world viciousness of the rabble trying to shut down Narooma’s HuntFest, an event that’s primarily an exhibition of hunting photography, videos and game food on the NSW South Coast. There’ll be no firearms, let alone shooting.

I’m sure you’re all aware of it: elected representatives telling the most outrageous lies about hunters and hunting, linking US street-gang gun violence with law-abiding hunters here; individual hunters being targeting in their own homes by anonymous bullies, and their children being vilified. (See the related stories listed on the right if you’re not up to speed on this one.)

New Zealand’s gun laws prove what a farce ours are, and its communities demonstrate what an insanely twisted mindset has been allowed to develop in parts of our society.

The NZ media reports on the Lake Tekapo hunt in a positive way, while ours regurgitates the unfounded paranoia of gun-hating animal rights loonies.

It makes you sick. But I hear the clear air of New Zealand is very good for your health and wellbeing.




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Mick Matheson

Mick grew up with guns and journalism, and has included both in his career. A life-long hunter, he has long-distant military experience and holds licence categories A, B and H. In the glory days of print media, he edited six national magazines in total, and has written about, photographed and filmed firearms and hunting for more than 15 years.