Boar hunt for a good cause
THE annual King and Queen of Central Queensland Big Boar Competition was a resounding success, according to event organiser Jess Gustafson.
Running from May 30 to June 1, pig and feral animal hunters came in numbers to Jambin to take part in a competition that aims to solve an important issue on rural properties.
"We work closely with the Capricorn Pest Management Group to try and eradicate the feral animal population,” Ms Gustafson said.
"The feral pig population is getting out of control with the drought and they are overrunning a bit.
"So it was awesome to see so many caught on the weekend.”
Ms Gustafson was excited by the haul of well over 200 pigs entered and weighed in all categories and 135 wild dog scalps, in addition to the number of participants across the weekend.
"We had 379 registrations, close to 700 pigs caught for the whole weekend, so it was fantastic,” Ms Gustafson said.
"We are currently still drought declared, so for everyone to come together and have a good time was great to see.”
Research and disease were also a key theme across the competition, with representatives from the Capricorn Pest Management Group on hand to perform tests.
"The Capricorn Pest Management Group had also set up a test for pig hunters to work out if there were any diseases in any feral pigs,” Ms Gustafson said.
"That was a major hit with some of our hunters to get test results from the liver and heart of pigs.
"For the CQ university to take and work out if there are any diseases going around at the moment.”
The bar has been raised on the expectations for next year's King and Queen of Central Queensland Big Boar Competition.
"We hope to be a bit bigger and plan to have a few changes,”Ms Gustafson said.
"We've gotten great feedback and reviews.”