If you wanted to bag a wild pig for the freezer, 200 yards out in a lake is hardly the first place you’d look.
But a fairly average fishing expedition turned into a successful hunting foray for Kuratau, New Zeland, man Bob Monteith and a mate recently when they caught a wild sow they found swimming in Lake Taupo.
The pair were on the first day of a three-day fishing trip this month and were afloat in Kawakawa Bay when they heard a dog “going to town” in the distance.
They set off to see what the fuss was about and about 200m offshore they came across a pig paddling like crazy towards the open water, with a dog in hot pursuit.
They maneuvered their boat between pig and dog, channelled their inner cowboys to lasso the pig, pulled the tired animal on board and promptly finished it off.
The dog headed back to shore, empty-pawed. The hunter was never seen, somewhat to Bob’s relief, who thought they might have landed someone else’s dinner.
“I was waiting for a shot across the bows from the hunter.”