Take on Captain Cooker
The Wild Boar or Wild Pig is one of New Zealand’s most popular game animals and a regular source of meat for many local hunters. Two strains of pig combined to create New Zealand’s unique ‘Captain Cooker’, a pig named in honor of the great explorer and sea captain who was one of the first European navigators to explore New Zealand’s waters.
A Big Boar ‘Cooker’ can weigh up 300lbs and with his razor sharp ivory tusks that can draw out to 6 inches, presents as a formidable foe to any animal, including man.
With a keen sense of smell, and good hearing, the Wild Boar is a challenging animal to hunt. Spotting and foot stalking with rifle and bow are popular, as is the traditional Kiwi method of hunting using dogs and a knife, known as pig sticking. This hunting method is not for the squeamish, as the well-trained pig dogs find the pigs, bail and hold them until the hunter comes to dispatch them with a knife. It is an adrenaline-charged hunt and the unpredictability of tangling with a Big Boar hand to hand can produce some very exciting moments.