This past weekend was our first-ever Coyote Calling Contest, and although we did get yet another round of snow, the contest went on without a hitch. I suppose we did lose some entries due to how much snow was on the ground, but 23 brave teams braved the snow and cold to participate. The rules meeting was held at the Sandhills Corral in Thedford. It was supposed to be at the Thomas County Fair Grounds, but the manager called me that morning and said there was a drift covering the door, and the likelihood of getting in the building was little to none! So we opted for the Corrals party room. As the contestants rolled in, they got the chance to check out some great raffle prizes from T & A Guns, Gun Cabinet, Evans Feed, Dry Creek Western Wear, Pizza Palace, Peppermill Steak House, DLK Popcorn, No Limit Power Sports, AgLand ATV, Suttons Power Sports, and the Cast Iron Bar And Grill. Thank you to each of those businesses that donated those items.
After all the entries were taken, the rules were read, and the teams were free to go. The competition went on until Sunday at 1 PM. A total of 75 coyotes were caught, and $1,000 was given out to our top 4 teams. 1st Place went to Daniel Priest and Travis & Trypp Schmitz with 11 coyotes. 2nd Place was awarded to Eric Frey and Ryan Clouse, with 9 coyotes & checking in at 1 pm. 3rd place was given to Lane Edis and Jade Lovitt. Finally, 4th place went to Cash Gurney and Cooper Stout. Each team was awarded cash prizes, door prizes, and beef brats! We also had a side pot award for the Largest Coyote, which went to Daniel Priest & Travis Schmitz, with a coyote weighing 38.9 pounds!
Considering the recent storm, I find this a win for everyone. We promoted predator control in a fun and competitive way, and we are very thankful for all those who participated. We are beginning to plan next year's event with added cash prizes and a gun raffle. Keep your eyes open for our contest next year!