Children also get involved at the Malvern Game Hunters Club hunt day activities

Celebrating the hunt

by Ann van Engelen

The Malvern Game Hunters Club is holding its 26th annual fundraiser at Coalgate Tavern, which supports the Westpac Chopper on Sunday, July 28.

Proceeds from the competition are also used by the club to pay for access to the local forestry and the necessary safety equipment for hunting in these areas.

“The hunt helps to contribute to the control of introduced pest species in the district. Our normal club activities in the forestry keeps the number of deer and pigs under control, while also helps to reduce the incidence of illegal poaching,” says Malvern Game Hunters Club president Lewis Sparrow.

“Deer and pigs damage growing trees and pigs also kill newborn lambs and cause extensive damage to farmland digging up pasture. If you join a club, you can go through the proper process of having permission to hunt in such areas. Everything is expected to be done in a safe manner, and the gun safety rules adhered to.

“It is a community focussed day with Glentunnel School providing food and drinks for sale. There is a children’s competition with animal carry and weighing, which is free to enter on the day. The children run around the paddock and have a lot of fun. There are prizes for various categories such as the Douglas Score for the antlers and tusks. Friends compete against each other with some people participating since it first started and has become a family tradition. We encourage anyone who is interested to come along and see what it is all about.”

The competition is open to any hunter, for more information, go to the Malvern Game Hunters Club Facebook page.