When other work was not available rabbiting provided an income for rural workers in the South Island. These men are at a summer camp in 1909, although rabbiting often took place in winter when the skins were at their best. The conditions were hard – but the men obviously made time for some trout fishing to supplement their diet.
Listen to New Zealand hunter and author Barry Crump being interviewed about his days as a rabbiter.
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