We missed it. The statewide three day coyote hunt is over. Well, it ends today. I mean to hunt this every year, and every year I forget about it.
I don’t know how or why. A very good friend of mine has been hunting coyotes in this hunt for a long time. So far, he hasn’t seen a coyote, let alone kill one. But at least he goes. Not me, I stay at home, inside, sucking up the warmth of the fireplace, thinking about the reasons I forgot to go again.
For those not familiar, the hunt takes place in western PA. This year, there is a new twist. At least three clubs have joined together to increase the cash prizes. A hunter could register with all three clubs and enter the same coyote in each. The clubs, Mosquito Creek Sportsmen’s Association, St. Marys Sportsmen Club, and Sigel Sportsmen’s Club.
Seems like the success rate is about 1%. Last year, there were around 4,000 hunters. Only 42 coyotes were killed. The winning yote weighed just over 53 pounds. Over 4,400 hunters registered this year.
For more, see this article from the Associated Press.
There are several forums discussing this hunt too.
As you can imagine, PETA is not at all in favor of this hunt. Next year, I need to get in this game.
UPDATE: Here are the results,
102 coyotes killed. Each hunter got $107.18
First Place: 45.5 lbs $5,466.25
Second Place: 43.9 lbs. $3,279.75
Third Place: 43.5 $2,186.50