The Eastern US Predator Calling Championship has concluded in Wytheville, Va.
A total of 300 hunters participated. They each paid a $50 entry fee, which was all given back in prizes. The rules were simple: All hunters had to stay east of the Mississippi River and could only hunt between 6 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Sunday. There was no trapping, use of hunting dogs or collecting roadkill. Otherwise, competitors simply had to follow local laws and bring in as many predators as possible.
Brown and Mike Burgess, of Maryland were the winners of the most kills category. They rolled in with 31 foxes in a basket on the tailgate.
The $6,000 grand prize for most coyotes went to Alex Poole and Logan Jones, of Lynchburg. They counted 20 yotes, and they refused to reveal their secret hunting spot.
Unfortunately, it is a misunderstood sport. Competitors are killing nuisance species with no natural predators and out-of-control populations, said event organizer James Groseclose, of Dublin. They cause issues for farmers’ livestock and have wiped out other animal populations, like quail. For those of us that understand the need for predator hunting, especially of the Eastern Coyote, the event makes sense and is a great way to cut down on populations of these invasive species.
Competitions are designed to help keep ecosystems balanced. Wildlife officials were on site and were congratulating participants on such a great harvest.
This short video was just beginning as participants started to arrive.