BY COLLEEN MCALEER
The District 9, Pa. Trappers Association will host the 21st annual Northeast Regional Coyote Hunt Jan. 29 through the 31. A $2,000 grand prize will be awarded to the hunter with the heaviest coyote. Also, a $250 daily prize will be awarded for the heaviest coyote weighing in each day, and $100 will be awarded for all other coyotes turned in during the hunt.
Weigh-ins will be held at the Triton Hose Co., 116 W. Tioga St. in Tunkhannock, from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Weigh-ins will end at 2 p.m. sharp on Sunday, Jan. 31.
Coyotes taken on the three days of the hunt in Bradford, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming, Lackawanna, Pike, Luzerne and Sullivan Counties may be entered for weigh-in. Coyotes may be taken by hunting only. No trapped or cable-restrained coyotes are allowed.
Pennsylvania Game Commission regulations must be strictly adhered to. Coyotes must be taken by fair chase/stalk methods. In case of a tie, the first coyote weighed in, wins.
All members of a hunting party must be registered in the hunt.
All coyotes entered become the property of the Hunt Committee.
The hunter who makes the kill must present the coyote for registration. The Hunt Committee may not award prizes for up to seven days after the hunt ends to allow review of the animals and verification of rules compliance.
An autopsy may be done on animals the Hunt Committee deems suspicious.
By paying the entry fee the hunter agrees that the decision of the Hunt Committee is final. Any infractions will result in immediate disqualification of the hunter(s) involved, and all prize monies and entry fees will be forfeited.
The $30 entry fee was due by Jan. 6 and covers the three days of the hunt. A $35 late registration fee is required after Jan. 11.
Registrations will not be accepted after 10 p.m. on Jan. 26.
Registrations can be mailed to Northeast Regional Coyote Hunt, 3833 Old Newburg Turnpike, Union Dale, PA 18470.
For more info call: 570-885-9224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with “coyote hunt information” in the heading of the email.