While everyone was down in the southwest this weekend at the big tournament, we had our own little calling contest up here in western Nebraska!! Teams hunted all day (daylight hrs) on Sat. and a 1/2 day on Sun. (had to be checked-in by 2 p.m).
This hunt is unique in the fact that each team draws a rep Friday night during the festivities. This rep becomes the neutral 3rd party to ensure everything is legit but also becomes the 3rd member of the team. This year 15 reps killed coyotes for their teams!! Also, teams are allowed a 3rd member (or 4th counting the rep) if that team member is 14 years old or younger.
All in all, 29 teams from NE, CO, KS, and WY were represented. Reps came from all across NE, SD, CO, WY & MO. The weather was about ideal as you can get for this time of year. In about a 200 mile radius, most teams had 5-15 mph winds all weekend, temps in the low 30's, and even a dusting of snow Sat. night! The unusual SE and E winds threw a curve into things but the teams responded.
Overall, 120 coyotes were checked in by 24 of the 29 teams! Making over a 4 coyote/team average!! Of the 120 coyotes, 30 had mange. Heavy coyote of the contest was 40lbs, 8 oz and the small dog was 17lbs, 1 oz. The winning team had an amazing 32lb average with their 9 coyotes!!! All ties were broken by the total weight of your teams' coyotes.
Congrats to all the teams for making this year's hunt a great success!! Also, thank you to all the great sponsors that participate and donate!Results
1st place-9 coyotes-D. Patterson (Ogden, KS) & N. Bosley (Loveland, CO) & Rep--Nick Hartmann (Lincoln, NE)
2nd place-9 coyotes-T. Minor & C. Jeary (Hyannis, NE) & Rep--Austin Patzer (Saratoge, WY)
3rd place-8 coyotes-M.Adkins (Morrill, NE) & R. Brown (Scottsbluff, NE) & Rep--Brandon Mossberg (Kimball, NE)
4th place-8 coyotes-C. McBride & son Gauge (Big Springs, NE) & D. Markussen (Ogallala, NE) & Rep-Bob Nemnich (Gering, NE)
5th place-8 coyotes-J. Cooper & L. Cooper (Oshkosh, NE) & Rep. Shawn Whipple (Kearney, NE)
6th place-8 coyotes-M.Brown (Wellington, CO) & J. Bopp (Loveland, CO) & Rep--Ken Jones (Colorado Springs, CO)
7th place-7 coyotes-A. Leisy (Bridgeport, NE) & G. Doremus (Bayard, NE) & Rep--Chris Culek (Gering, NE)
8th place-7 coyotes-T. Sheets & S. Gorwill (Hyannis, NE) & Rep--Randy Shaw (Missouri)
9th place-7 coyotes-C. Greckel and 2 sons Nathan & Blake (Scottsbluff, NE) & Rep--Aaron Powell (Scottsbluff, NE)
10th place-6 coyotes-D. McCormick (Mitchell, NE) & H. Cross (Lyman, NE) & Rep--Nick Orchowski (Denver, CO)
The winning team and their haul of coyotes!!!
The lucky recipients of new DPMS AR's!!!!
Coyote mounts for taking the 2nd biggest coyote of the contest. Biggest received matching .243's.
The goodie table!!