Swamp Comp 2020


What is the Swamp Comp?


It’s the event where hunter/conservationists trap ferrets, stoats and weasels, freeze the tails then bring them in for counting in November each year. Each tail equals a chance in the prize draws. The competition is running again in 2019 so keep trapping and collecting those tails.  


Why Trap Wetland Predators?


We get that our endemic species evolved without the impact of predators, and that 'Predator free NZ by 2050' is the ultimate vision to protect them.  What's changed is that we now need to give mallards a helping hand when they are nesting and raising broods to ensure there's a harvestable population for the next hunting season.  In New Zealand habitat degradation makes nests easier for predators to find, and of course predators here have a safe life and without our intervention could expect to die of old age.

Fish & Game's research suggests predator control could be a game changer. Alongside predator control it is believed that enhancing the breeding habitat for mallards by fencing off nesting areas, planting up dam corners or farm ponds creates nesting and brood rearing cover which provides beneficial protection for nesting mallards. 


Swamp Comp details as below:

COST:  Entry is FREE! 
WHAT: Target stoats, ferrets or weasels. (Wild cats, rats, hedgehogs and possums killed are a bonus to the environment, but sorry, they can't be entered). 
DRAWS: Each tail = A 'ticket' in the prize draw.  Draws are conducted after event closes in December. Prizes drawn in value sequence starting with the most expensive, one prize per entrant. 
WHERE: Wetland habitat where possible, but predators range over vast areas so any dead one is a good one no matter where it was trapped. 
WHEN: Year-round but predator numbers build around wetlands through the nesting season. 
WHO:  The Swamp Comp is open to anyone. Need Trapping Advice - Check out www.bbem.co.nz - John Bissell. 
HOW: Remove ferret/stoat/weasel tails while they're fresh-keep tails in your freezer - Bring tails in for counting at your Hunting & Fishing New Zealand store in November (ONLY). 
PAPERWORK: Nothing to do before you bring tails in. But complete the in-store entry-form clearly and completely when your tails are counted-if we can't read it or contact you, we're forced to re-draw your prize. 
DISPUTES:  Judges decision is final - some conditions may apply.



Terms and Conditions:


  1. Start trapping stoats, weasels and ferrets now!  The competition is underway and runs right through to the end of the wetland bird nesting season - closing on 30th November 2020.
  2. To qualify for this competition, you must be registered by completing a registration form in one of the Hunting & Fishing New Zealand stores.
  3. November (2020) is the only month tails will be collected and counted.  Your drop off point is your local Hunting & Fishing New Zealand Store, keep them frozen or dried out until November! Rotting or Decomposed tails will not be accepted.  Only tails of stoats, weasels and ferrets count.  Note;  The Trust encourages the control of wild cats, rats, possums etc, but for the purposes of this competition these other predators cannot be entered. 
  4. The winner will be contacted by email and/or phone.  The Waterfowl Enhancement Trust will make reasonable attempts to contact the winners but if they are unable to be contacted within 7 days of the drawing date, then Hunting & Fishing New Zealand may draw another winner.
  5. Prizes are not transferable or redeemable for cash.
  6. The Judges decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  7. Prize winners will be listed on the Trust website and in Hunting & Fishing New Zealand publications.
  8. By entering the competition, you may be asked to be photographed and to have your name and photograph used for publicity purposes – to encourage others to trap predators.  The winner may also be asked to participate in publicity activities that the Trust may reasonably request.  The winner is not entitled to any payment or other compensation in connection with these activities. 
  9. Entry is consent to become a member of the Waterfowl Enhancement Trust and to receive the Waterfowl Enhancement Trust plus Hunting & Fishing New Zealand email newsletters and promotions – however you can unsubscribe at any time.
  10. The Waterfowl Enhancement Trust is not liable for any manufacturer’s warranty on the prizes provided.
  11. The Winner takes the prize entirely at his/her own risk and indemnifies the Waterfowl Enhancement Trust in respect of any claim for any accident, injury, property damage or loss of life that may occur in connection with the prize. The Winner is responsible for all insurance, tax or other costs that may be associated with the prize.
  12. To the fullest extent permitted by law the Waterfowl Enhancement Trust will not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever (including but not limited to direct or consequential loss) or for personal injury as a result of Promotion entry or winning the Promotion prize.
  13. Competition is open to New Zealand residents only.
    1. Competition is not open to Trustees of the Waterfowl Enhancement Trust, their immediate family members or companies associated with this competition. 
    2. Competition is not open to commercial or professional trappers.  Entrants are asked to respect that this initiative is aimed at wetland habitat.  In the spirit of the event, please do not enter tails gathered from unrelated forest control programs in areas where wetland birds do not exist.
    3. No responsibility will be taken for lost, late or misdirected entries.
    4. Prizes may change without notice, and in the case of Firearms prizes pledged, these can only be presented to those with a current Firearms Licence.
    5. Because the prize pool exceeds the minimum for a random draw, to be officially entered and fully eligible for most* prizes, you must correctly answer the question of skill.  (*See firearms prize requirements above.)
    6. By submitting an entry, you accept these terms and conditions.

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