The 2017 Carolina Coyote Classic was a huge success, with an increase in participation by 23 hunters, and a total of 10 more coyotes being weighed in than the previous year. 134 hunters participated in this year’s event, 51 coyotes were harvested, and 43 coyotes were officially weighed in.
John MacPherson of 704 Outdoors said that of the 43 coyotes that were weighed in, 16 were females and 27 were males.
Team Bullseye won the 1st place trophy after weighing in a 41.5-pound male. They were awarded the winner’s trophy, $335 cash, a Mossberg Patriot Predator 6.5 Creedmor Rifle with a Konus 2-10x44 illuminated reticle scope from Hal’s Gun & Pawn, a FoxPro Fusion electronic predator call, a handmade rabbit in distress call from Bob’s Custom Calls, a Tree Jack Lite, a Southernized Gear decal, and a Carolina Coyote Classic t-shirt for each team member.
Second place went to Predator Life with a 39.1-pound male coyote. On top of their 2nd place trophy, they won $201, the 66LRX Predator Hunting Light Package from Sniper Hog Lights, a FoxPro CS-24C electronic predator call, a handmade rabbit in distress call from Bob’s Custom Calls, a Tree Jack Single, a Southernized Gear decal, and Carolina Coyote Classic t-shirts for each team member.
Team Snyder weighed in a 37.5-pound male coyote to secure the 3rd place trophy. They won $134, a FoxPro Inferno electronic predator call, a KP40 headlamp from Sniper Hog Lights, a Rubber Dummies 3D torso target, a handmade rabbit in distress call from Bob’s Custom Calls, a Tree Jack Single, a Southernized Gear decal, and Carolina Coyote Classic t-shirts for each team member.
Predator Life also won the Most Coyotes Trophy with 15 coyotes, winning a guided bow fishing trip with Fatal Flight Bowfighting Charters.
The Big Female award went to Windwalkers Kryptonite with a 34.7-pound ‘yote, earning them $246. They also won the Little Dog trophy with a 22.4-pound female, which added another $200 to their winnings.
MacPherson said everyone is already looking forward to next year’s event, which will be held Feb. 9 - 11 to accommodate hunters’ requests.
“We took a survey from a few random teams on what moon phase and time of year, and we moved the dates a couple of weeks earlier to see if it will increase the amount of coyotes harvested,” he said.
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