A total of 28 coyotes were brought in at the conclusion of the one day contest, Jan. 10.
Posted Friday, January 16, 2014
By Lori Kesinger
Despite the bitter cold weather, there was a great turnout for the first annual Southeastern Montana Coyote Calling contest held Jan. 9-10. Twenty-two teams, 58 hunters competed for the top four places starting Jan. 9. A total of 28 coyotes were brought in at the conclusion of the one day contest, Jan. 10.
First place team was Rusty Knuths, Doug Stickney and Guy Stickney – bringing in four coyotes. Second place team was Charles Moore and Arnie Beardsley with three coyotes. Third place team was Will Ecord, Joe Teini and Levi Swyres with three coyotes. Fourth place team was Andy Cathey, Joe Brown, and Zane Williams with three coyotes. Second through fourth place finishers were determined by total weight of the coyotes brought in.
The little dog and big dog competition were both won by the first place team – Rusty Knuths, Doug Stickney and Guy Stickney. Three guns were given away as door prizes. Two guns raffled were won by Luanne Gentilini and Guy Weimer. Three landowner gift certificates were given away and those winners were Jarrett Hadley, John Tronstad, and Doug and Randi Wenz.
Coyote calling contests have steadily increased in popularity nationwide in the last decade. The contests help manage coyotes that are increasingly impacting livestock and wild game populations. The local hunt is a result of a great team of volunteers and outstanding support from local businesses, farmers and ranchers.