The fifth annual Carolina Coyote Classic, presented by 704 Outdoors, saw a record number of coyotes brought to the scales this past weekend at the Albemarle, N.C. American Legion Post 76, which served as the headquarters and weigh-in site of the tournament.
A total of 67 coyotes were killed during the Classic, which included 88 hunters from both North and South Carolina. And while the biggest winners from this tournament were deer and small game across the Carolinas, the first place trophy, along with $1500 cash, a Bob’s Custom Calls distress call, and a collection of Southernized shirts went to Stephen Davis, who killed 14 coyotes during the contest.
Team Windwalkers Kryptonite took second place with 10 coyotes, winning $1000 cash, a trophy, Bob’s Custom Calls distress call, and some shirts from Southernized.
Third place went to Night Lyfe for their seven coyotes. They won $500 cash, a trophy, a Bob’s Custom Calls distress call, and Souternized shirts.
Davis not only won first place for the most coyotes killed, he also took top honor in the Fat Dog Contest, winning a trophy, a Ruger American 6.5 Creedmoor Predator Series Rifle and scope, a FoxPro Patriot electronic call, a FoxPro caller bag, more Southernized shirts, another Bob’s Custom Call, and $220 cash. Davis won the Fat Dog contest with a 40.7-pound male coyote, and donated his FoxPro call to a youth attendee, doing his part to pass the Carolina Coyote Classic tradition to the future.
Second place in the Fat Dog portion of the event went to South Mountain Team with a 39.9-pound male coyote. They won a trophy, a Sniper Hog Lights rifle hunting package, a Tree Jack Lite, a $50 gift card to Diggs Huntin & Fishin, Southernized shirts, a Bob’s Custom Call, and $132 cash.
Team Smokum Outdoors took third place Fat Dog award with a 39.6-pound male, winning a trophy, a Tree Jack Single, a gift card to Diggs Huntin & Fishin, Southernized shirts, a Bob’s Custom Call, and $88.
Rounding out his truck load of awards, Stephen Davis also took Little Dog honors with the smallest ‘yote of the contest, lining his pockets with an additional $150. Windwalkers Kryptonite won the Big Female Side Pot, adding another $174 to their winnings.
Of the 67 coyotes killed during the contest, 40 were males, and 27 were females. The Carolina Coyote Classic is a yearly event, and was founded to educate hunters about the importance of doing our part to keep the coyote population in check, to spread the word on the most effective tactics to kills coyotes, to pair landowners that have coyote problems with hunters willing to help, to promote coyote hunting, and to serve as a gathering point for like-minded hunters.
The Classic has grown each year, in terms of hunter participation, number of coyotes killed, and number of sponsors and prizes. Click here for more information on the Carolina Coyote Classic, and follow their Facebook page for announcements about future events.