5 Jul 2012

Hunter missing in south Waikato

10:03 am on 5 July 2012

Search and rescue teams are continuing to look for a pig hunter missing in south Waikato.

Kevin Hayward, 41, was reported overdue on Tuesday when staff at the Waipapa Dam on the Waikato River, north of Mangakino, noticed his ute had been parked there since Monday morning.

Police say the Ohaupo man is an experienced hunter who regularly goes into a pine forest on the eastern side of the Waikato River, normally only on a day hunt.

They say two of his hunting dogs have been found and three are still missing.

Forty-five people are involved in the search along with a police dog, a helicopter and a boat.