Coyote Calling Contest and Hunt to challenge hunters

The annual Fallon County Coyote Calling Contest and Hunt will be held Jan. 10-12, 2014. Hunters can sign up from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at the Plevna Bar in Plevna.

 

 

 

 

Posted January 3, 2014

By Lori Kesinger

The annual Fallon County Coyote Calling Contest and Hunt will be held Jan. 10-12, 2014. Hunters can sign up from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at the Plevna Bar in Plevna.

An entry fee of $50 per man is due at signup and all entry fees will be jackpotted with an added purse. A bounty will be paid on every coyote brought in, not just first through fourth places. There will also be a jackpot payout for the largest and smallest coyote with a $10 entry fee per person per category – winner take all. A rules meeting and calcutta will follow signup.

Teams will consist of two or three members with one vehicle. Coyote calling will only be allowed on land where permission has been given and permission slips have been signed. Coyotes can be harvested beyond Fallon County.

No alcohol will be permitted during the competition and the use of aircraft or snow machines is prohibited. Organizers reserve the right to disqualify any team deemed to have broken any laws or rules related to the hunt. All coyotes must be taken in the prescribed time limits and with a firearm.

ID blocks must be placed in the coyote’s mouth at the time of kill with name of shooter and time of kill written on the block. All coyotes will be tested to determine if they were shot during legal hunt hours. All teams must be back and checked in by 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, or they will be disqualified – no exceptions. In the event of a tie, a winner will be determined by the weight of the harvested coyotes.

Coyote hunting is becoming a fast growing sport nationwide. Coyotes have established large populations in every state and are becoming trouble for domestic pets, livestock and people. The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimated cattle and calf losses from animal predators totaled nearly 220,000 head during 2010. Coyotes and dogs caused the majority of cattle and calf predator losses. The overpopulation of coyotes has also taken a severe toll on wildlife in many areas. Coyote damage has prompted the interest in contests to manage populations with an estimated 500 calling contests held nationwide.

For more information on the local contest, contact Jerrid Geving at 406-891-0024.

      



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