Hunting competition on again

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JOHN.COSGROVE@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

The annual Clutha Valley Roar hunting and fishing competition is on again and many keen outdoors people are already signing up for the two-day event.

The ninth annual roar will be held over the weekend of April 17-19, and will be based again at the Greenfield Tavern, in Clydevale.

Member of the organising committee and fishing co-­ordinator Ray Wilson said the annual event did a lot of good in the community.

The organisers’ goal was to raise money to support the Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust, the Balclutha St John, and other local charities.

“In the past eight years, we have donated more than $64,000 to these organisations,” Mr Wilson said.

He said it was better for people to enter the competition beforehand to get a better chance at the extensive prize pool.

“We will be having prize draws for the best stags, bucks and boars, salmon and trout.’’
Mr Wilson said competitors came from far and wide and they showed up on Sunday afternoon for the weigh-in with a wide variety of entries.

“We see entries from the West Coast, Catlins, Otago, Southland and further up the coast.

“Over the years, we have had a few people try it on at the Sunday weigh-in, so . . .now we don’t accept any frozen deer, pigs or fish.

“It’s all to raise money for charity and to also have a great family fun day out.

‘‘You would be surprised to see how many families enter the contest.’’

Over the years, the contest has become well known for the children’s entertainment which is put on during the weigh-in.

The weigh-in for fish is from 11am to 2pm and for deer and pigs from noon to 2pm on Sunday, February 19.

Entry forms are available at the Greenfield Tavern or through its Facebook site.