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The New Zealand Pig Hunters Handbook



The New Zealand Pig Hunters Handbook

Paul Askin

220 x 165mm

192pp, colour and b/w photographs

November 2010

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The New Zealand Pig Hunters Handbook

Paul Askin

At last a book that covers all aspects of Pig Hunting in New Zealand, practical information based on experience, written by a skilled and knowledgeable hunter. It covers everything an aspiring hunter needs to know and a lot of information an experienced hunter can learn from, subjects include:

Wild pigs in NZ

Getting started as a pig hunter

Dogs -Training a dog to hunt pigs - Kiwi: protecting a National Treasure, Kiwi Aversion Training

Pig Hunting Gear - knives - firearms:

Pig Hunting Skills

Pig to Pork

Processing the carcase - Enjoying Wild Pork on the Table

Pig Hunting Competitions

Trophies: jaws and mounts

Cameras: recording the moment

Bovine TB and the pig hunter - Trichinosis

Wild Pork and the Law

Pig Hunter Etiquette

Pig Hunter Terminology


The author lives in North Canterbury, and things on the hunting front are continuing to develop.  He has a good pack of dogs, and a pup coming on. Some excellent places to hunt, both on private and public land.  He is enjoying his hunting more than ever, and is enjoying more success than ever before. He claims as he gets older; “the hills are getting steeper and the big pigs are getting heavier, to compensate I’m trying hard to become more cunning.


“Rather than moan about the inevitable, I’m doing all I can to make the most of these years. My attitude is perhaps best summed up in the words I saw on a house bus recently; “Adventure before Dementia!”