Pig hunting in New Zealand originated when European sailors first released pigs. Captain Cook’s liberations of pigs (Susa scrofa) in the 1770s, while not the earliest, were probably the first successful releases.
Wild black pigs, supposedly similar to the original type have become known as Captain Cookers. Today wild pigs come in a variety of colours as a result of interbreeding with domestic breeds over the last couple of hundred years.
Wild pig hunting in New Zealand is a significant sport in New Zealand, with over 20,000 pig hunters involved. There are many pig hunting clubs scattered around the country supporting regular pig hunting competitions and two dedicated pig hunting magazines are published.