The wild pig (Sus scrofa) was introduced to New Zealand by settlers as early as 1769. They are now widespread throughout the North and South Island. Wild pigs are one of New Zealand’s most prolific pest species. They create extensive damage to agricultural land and native flora and fauna.
Wild pigs are recreationally hunted for sport, meat and pest control. A mature free-range boar can weigh in excess of 90kg (200lb), while an average mature sow can weigh up to 50kg (110lb). The average boar will typically possess 1.5 – 2.5” tusks with large tusks reaching 4”. They are commonly black in colour, but it is not uncommon to see different colour variations from ginger, sandy brown, grey or blue.
The most favourable way of hunting pigs for sporting purposes in New Zealand is with the use of a team of trained pig dogs to find and bail or hold the boar, while the hunter dispatches the pig with a knife or rifle. Mike and Maddie have their own team of pig dogs and hunt regularly for both pleasure and meat. Pig hunting in New Zealand is adrenaline packed and certainly offers an unforgettable once in a lifetime experience. It cannot be compared to pig hunting anywhere else in the world.