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Meet New Zealand’s Oldest Hunter

Meet New Zealand’s Oldest Hunter

He’s a keen trout fisherman, whitebaiter, surfcaster, duck shooter and deer hunter and with over 75 years of hunting experience, Harold Pearpoint from Feilding has some great stories to tell.

At the age of 89, Harold was selected by the NZ Outdoor Hunting Magazine as the winner in their search for New Zealand’s Oldest Hunter. He was nominated by his son Philip.

“This past season was Dad's 74th duck shooting licence without missing a season. Even when stationed in Waiouru during the war he didn't miss opening morning, catching the train to Feilding on the Friday evening, shooting Saturday morning then back by train to camp, he even got away with it without being missed”, Philip explained.

As the winner of the magazine’s Oldest Hunter competition, Harold has yet another unforgettable hunting experience to look forward to. The prize includes a guided hunting trip, to be enjoyed with a companion, on a remote station in the Wanganui hills.

It’s a 2 -night/3-day hunting adventure, hosted by professional hunting guide Barry Hogg of New Zealand Outfitters. Harold will also be presented with a special trophy to honour his dedication to hunting.

“Dad is amazing at 89 years of age, and he can't wait for each next trip into the hills. His days of long hard slogs up rough creeks are gone but his enthusiasm and love of hunting is as strong now as it was when he started over 75 years ago, and how wonderful it is that three generations of our family can hunt together”, Philip said.

The competition was launched in August to celebrate NZ Outdoor Hunting Magazine’s 75th birthday. The leading magazine of its type in New Zealand, this publication promotes all aspects of hunting. Its contents are a mix of expert, professional writing combined with the average hunter telling ‘campfire hunting yarns'.

Harold’s story is featured in the special birthday edition of the NZ Outdoor Hunting Magazine, which is jam-packed with stories and photos of 75 years of New Zealand hunting history.


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