Biggest-ever Sinnemahoning Coyote Hunt; 14 killed
Some 409 people from more than a dozen counties in Pennsylvania and two in New York registered for the event. Fourteen of them shot one of the wily furbearers and brought it to contest headquarters.
Purpose of the event is to provide an organized hunting activity and raise money and recognition for the club.
“We also think it’s important to raise awareness of man’s role as the coyote’s only effective predator, and to control populations of the species,” said club president Tim Horner. “I appreciated the opportunity to meet many of our members and discuss some of the issues affecting hunting and outdoor recreation.”
Talk of the hunt was a fullbodied male eastern coyote brought in by David Prince of Genesee, Potter County. It tipped the scales at a hefty 44.4 pounds. Prince won a cash prize of $1,227. Other successful hunters were also awarded prizes for coyotes shot in Potter, Elk, Clinton, Lycoming and Crawford counties.
Coyotes could be hunted anywhere in Pennsylvania, using any technique allowable under state law. The Game Commission has an open season on coyotes, including Sunday hunting and even jacklighting.
“Some hunters used dogs, some used calls, and some were just walking and sitting,” Horner said.
“It was an outstanding weekend for hunting,” he added, citing sufficient snow cover for good visibility and temperatures that were comfortable for mid-February.
Eight of the 14 coyotes were taken in Crawford County, where the hunt was well-publicized.
Horner expressed appreciation to club members Sam Brunatti, Dale Wood, Bonnie Ramsey, Rich Filer, Don Brunatti and Shireen Sipe for their help in making the event the most successful ever.