The Pinnacle Big Boar competition is now the biggest boarhunt on the Australian calendar and this year attracted a record 493 hunterswho raised $26,000 for local schools and cricket club.
Held in the canefields around Mackay, Queensland, the eventsaw hunter registrations from all corners of the country with reports ofthousands of spectators coming to 70 pigs brought in over the July 28-29weekend.
Nearly six tonnes of wild pig were weighed with the biggesta sow tipping the scales at 129kg, while the heaviest boar weighed in at114.4kg.
There were other competitions as well, with the Ugliest Dogand Longest Tusk – a mongrel named Gooch picked up the former while a tuskmeasuring 207mm was handed in by Dean Jenkins.
Pinnacle State School was the major beneficiary from theevent with $21,000 going towards computer equipment and the establishment of aveggie patch. Mirani Kindergarten, the Pinnacle Cricket Club and Gargett,Eungella, and Finch Hatton State Schools each received $1000.
Organiser Paul McFarlane said while the competition is agreat opportunity for Australian boar hunters to come together and raise money,it also helped to keep down the number of feral pigs in the area.
“If we didn’t have recreational hunters here the farmswould be overrun,” he said.
“I know the blocks I hunt, if I leave them for over aweek they (the pigs) will move back in.
“We keep onto them – it keeps them on themove.”