Matt Weinstock, March 19, 1960
March 19, 2010 | 4:12 pm
Pig Stickers, En Garde
Sportsmen who complain they have to go farther and farther for good fishing and hunting -- prepare to drool. Dr. Louis Higger of L.A. writes from Kati, New Zealand: "Here we are on the other side of the globe. This is an unspoiled area on the Bay of Plenty, where in a few hours one can catch two or three striped marlin that will go 250 to 300 pounds. Occasionally one can tangle with a mako shark, 800 to 900 pounds, a tremendous fighter when the hook has been set.
"In a few days we leave here (North Island) for South Island, where the hunting is fantastic. Up to about 75 years ago there was no native game. They were imported, flourished (no predatory animals) until they threatened to overrun the country, with the result the government sent out extermination crews to thin out the herds. Now there are all kinds of deer -- chamois, thar, fallow, whitetail, sambar and elk. All over the area are European boar. Local sports go in for pig-sticking. Dogs track down the boar and drag him by the ears. Then the hunter steps in with his knife. This can be ticklish, as wild boars go up to 500 pounds and don't like the idea of having their throats cut. By the way, no hunting license is needed, and there are no game limits.