Wild Boar

Current wild boar records are as follows:

Place Name Score Date Location
1st Peter Kinane 31½ 25/09/08 MangakahiaValley
2nd Matt Willis 31¼ 1/09/96 D'UrvilleIsland
3rd Matt Willis 31 7/10/06 D’UrvilleIsland
4th Daniel Lloyd 30 4/09/15 Kaeo
5th Owen Young 29½ 5/10/14 Wellsford
6th= Matt Willis 28¾ 5/01/07 D’UrvilleIsland
6th= Tony Hopkins 28¾ 5/04/07 D’UrvilleIsland
8th Gary Snooks 28¼ 26/07/13 Tutamoe
9th= Cody Weller 28 24/10/06 WaihopaiValleyMarlborough
9th= Leith McKenzie 28 1/08/10 Tutamoe
11th= Cody Weller 27¾ 29/06/00 MarlboroughSounds
11h= Matt Willis 27¾ 10/02/01 D’UrvilleIsland
13th Simon Ward 27½ 24/01/07 Mohaka
14th Darrel Hodgkinson 27¼ 22/07/07 AvonValley
15th= Matt Willis 27 28/10/01 D’UrvilleIsland
15th= Matt Winter 27 23/06/02 D’UrvilleIsland
15th= Paul Huxtable 27 30/10/04 D’UrvilleIsland
15th= Cody Weller 27 10/06/06 MarlboroughSounds
15th= Darrel Hodgkinson 27 14/01/10 D’UrvilleIsland
20th= Philip Bullivant 26¾ 10/08/85 MangamakoStreamUrewera
20th= Tony Hopkins 26¾ 19/05/01 D’UrvilleIsland
20th= Matt Willis 26¾ 26/12/07 D’UrvilleIsland
20th= Cody Weller 26¾ 7/02/12 MarlboroughSounds
20th= David Towgood 26¾ 28/10/13 Tutamoe
20th= Ricky Russ 26¾ 20/09/14 MarlboroughSounds
About Feral Pigs

Pigs were introduced to New Zealand as early as 1769 by the French explorer Jean Francois Marie de Suville. A year later, Captain James Cook further brought more pigs with him, gifting some animals to local Maori that were then bred. These pigs occasionally escaped to form the wild pig populations that we have today

Feral pigs are generally smaller than domestic pigs with more muscular bodies and males especially having massive forequarters and smaller hindquarters. Males stand nearly 1000 mm at the shoulder and can weigh as much as 45 – 205 kg with females smaller at 600 mm high and weighing up to 114 kg.

Pigs are most commonly black but there is considerable local variation in colour with ginger, sandy brown, white, grey and smoky blue, or combinations of these colours.

Tusks extend out from the lower jaw and curve upwards, outward and backwards. Triangular in cross section the tusks can protrude 150 mm plus.

Pigs are mainly active in daylight although where subjected to hunting pressure may become more nocturnal or restrict their activity to early morning and late afternoon. Relatively sedentary feral pigs, where food, water and cover are suitable, will occupy home range areas in mobs of both sexes. Females with litters and older males will often live alone.

Feral pigs are omnivorous, eating a wide variety of food including grasses, roots, seeds and other plant material as well as carrion, earthworms and insects.

Feral pigs breed throughout the year with main time spring and summer, the gestation period is about 112-114. Litter size is 6-10 piglets with survival likely to be 3-6. Newborn piglets stay within or near the nest for first 2-3 weeks, weaning occurs at 2-4 months and young pigs stay with the sow until the next litter is due.