Bunny hunt back after three years

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After a hiatus of three years, the Alexandra Lions Club’s Great Easter Bunny Hunt is back.

Convener Dave Ramsay said the new and improved Bunny Hunt would now be held over two nights instead of 24 hours, from 8am Friday April 2 to noon on Easter Sunday.

In addition, the launch and property allocation draw as well as the final count and shooters’ lunch would be held at the Dunstan Equestrian Centre on the old racecourse.

‘‘We have had great assistance from the equestrian club and they have made everything nice and tidy for us.’’

The last hunt was held in 2017 when a team from Rangiora shot 875 of the 7601 rabbits killed.

‘‘We didn’t hold it in 2018 as we wanted to help the Otago Regional Council with its K5 rabbit virus release programme.

‘‘Then in 2019 we had an extreme fire risk and a lot of farmers said they did not want us there, and last year it was the Covid-19.

‘‘However, this year we have had huge interest from both farmers and the shooting fraternity.’’

Property owners have made 18 farms available for teams to shoot on and 22 teams of 12 shooters from throughout the South Island and lower North Island have registered to take part.

Mr Ramsay would like to hear from more farmers who wanted to offer their land for the shoot.

Some of the farmers he had talked to said rabbit numbers were up again.

The hunt had its 25th anniversary in 2016.