BASTION MOUNTAIN RANCH - TALES OF A FARM FAMILY


My family lived on a Ranch full time from 1993 until 2015. We were a 5th generation family farm.
I am writing this blog to share my experiences living there. It is best to read the blog chronologically by going through the archives, starting with the introduction in January of 2010.
The blog starts with the arrival of my great-grandparents to the farm in 1947 and will follow the families to the present.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Pig Dogs

Eddy wrote long and regular letters to his family on the farm while on his extended honeymoon in New Zealand.  The letters gave news of his adventures which included pig hunting.  There were a large number of wild pigs and goats in New Zealand at the time and Eddy joined friends to go hunting.  He explained that the hunters used dogs to chase the pigs and capture them by pinning them to the ground.  The hunter would then use a knife to slash the pig's throat.  Guns were carried but only used in case of real "distress".
I am not sure if Eddy meant on the part of the pig, the dog, or the human.
Pigs were introduced to New Zealand in the 1770s by Captain Cook.  It is considered a traditional sport and dogs are specially bred to track the pigs and then pin them down until the hunter arrives.  The traditional way of killing the pig is with a knife.  The boars can grow to 100 kilos and have large tusks, they are predominately black.

Murray Ball is the author of the above cartoon strip.  He has been writing this highly successful comic series titled "Footrot Flats" since 1974.

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