HuntFest expects record exhibitors

PREPARATIONS for this year’s Narooma HuntFest are well under way with the event organisers managing to attract a record number of exhibitors.

FESTIVAL SET: South Coast Hunters Club president Dan Field and HuntFest coordinator Onno de Smeth and are getting ready for the June long weekend.

FESTIVAL SET: South Coast Hunters Club president Dan Field and HuntFest coordinator Onno de Smeth and are getting ready for the June long weekend.

The show will again be held at the Narooma Sports and Leisure Centre and will run over two days of the June long weekend, June 7-8.

“Traditionally the long weekend in June is a quiet commercial time for our district and local businesses will relish the influx of visitors,” HuntFest coordinator Onno de Smeth said.

“Accommodation businesses are already reporting receiving strong bookings for the event.”

One of the features of HuntFest is the photographic and video competition, which has attracted some very impressive entries for both amateur and professional sections, he said.

Winning entries will be on show during the event.

“The scope of the event has been extended to encompass a far greater range of interests besides firearms related activities like hunting and target shooting,” Mr de Smeth said.

With a larger outdoor area being available this year, the organisers have been able to secure exhibitors to include interests such camping, outdoor cooking, ATV and UTV vehicles, 4WD equipment, boats and kayaks, knife making, archery, hide tanning to name a few.

An added feature this year is the inclusion of a containerized archery range, which Mr de Smeth said was designed to give those who have never held a bow a chance to fire a number of arrows at close targets while under the supervision and instruction of a professional.

There will also be a full bow service facility available for those who already have archery equipment which may be in need of repair.

The indoor exhibits will include firearm and knife displays, hunting and target shooting equipment, reloading equipment, archery and bow hunting supplies, pig dogging equipment, GPS equipment and programs, hunting outfitters and guides, hunting clubs, camping accessories etc.

Over the two days of the event there will demonstrations of game skinning techniques and butchering of game animals.

There will also be demonstrations of field processing and preserving of game meat.

There will be a number of skills workshops conducted during both days covering topics such as; How to whistle a Fox, Hunting with a Quad bike, Hunting with Ferrets, Hunting Sambah Deer and GPS Operations.

“These workshops will be of particular interest to those who have never had a chance to learn tips and tricks from an experienced practitioner or just want to try something new,” Mr de Smeth said.

Times for both the demonstrations and skills workshops will be posted on the website when the scheduling is finalized.

A children’s colouring-in competition will again be held over the two days of the event with the best entries judged at the end of the final day.

“So sharpen your pencils kids - colour pencils will be provided.”

“The organszers want HuntFest to be a family friendly show and with that in mind have set the entry price at $10 for adults and children under 16 are free.”

Food and beverages will be available from a range of vendors.

More information may be gained from the HuntFest website –