Event turns Jambin into Australia's pig hunting capital
JAMBIN hit the national spotlight following the staging of the biggest hunting competition in the country.
More than 320 hunters registered for the second annual King and Queen CQ Big Boar Hunting competition held at Jambin on June 2-3, travelling from as far as Sydney in the south, Roma in the west and Mackay in the north.
A total of 248 pigs were weighed-in, but organiser Jamie Petrie said nearly 600 feral pigs were caught during the event.
"The whole weekend was a big success, with a lot of positives coming out of it.
"The big increase in registrations now makes us the biggest hunting competition in Australia.
"It is all about eradicating as many feral pigs as possible," Jamie said.
"These animals carry diseases like leptospirosis and brucellosis and cause significant damage to local properties."
He said the event was not only a great social outing for the hunters, put helped raise valuable funds for the Goovigen and Jambin schools who catered for the event.
"I guess the Jambin Hotel, also did quite well out of it," he said.
The "top 10" pigs all weighed more than 100kg, with the biggest pig, caught by Josh Allan, coming a whopping in at 138.9kg.
Reanna Mason caught the second biggest pig which weighed 110.7kg.
Prizes totalled more than $20,000 included donated items such as rifles, four-wheel-drive gear, hunting gear and family barbecues.
The scalps of 90 wild dogs were also presented at the event, with Banana Shire Council staff on hand to provide prizes for the most scalps and "biggest dog".
Mr Petrie said the carcases of the pigs weighed in over the weekend were donated to the Koorana Crocodile Farm - a total of about 10 tonne.
The competition began last year and had initial start-up funding from Cyclone Marcia recovery fund. The event and prizes are now sponsored by local businesses.
"Now that this year's event is over, we will now start planning for next year," Jamie said.