For the fifth consecutive year, 704 Outdoors will be holding their annual Carolina Coyote Classic next month. The tournament will begin on Feb. 9 and end on Feb. 11. And this year’s event will be the biggest one yet.
We’ve all heard the story about how the SCDNR or the NCWRC brought coyotes into the Carolinas to keep the deer population in check. Some of us even have a friend who swears he killed a coyote with an ear tattoo from one of those agencies back in the early days (no photo though).
We have plenty of fishing tournaments throughout the Carolinas, even this time of year, but what about hunting tournaments? It would be a logistical nightmare to run a hunting contest in the same manner fishing tournaments are run, but many deer processors run big doe contests, big buck contests, etc, and CarolinaSportsman.com holds an annual Bag-A-Buck contest.
In an effort to help control the population of hogs, coyotes, and armadillos, the state has some very liberal allowances for hunters going after the non-native animals. Baiting is perfectly legal, as is the use of electronic calls, artificial lights, and night vision. Hunters are allowed to use any legal firearm, bow, or crossbow. Anyone using a center-fire rifle must be elevated at least 10-feet off the ground.
Coyotes. They are everywhere in North Carolina, and it’s no secret that the predators have put a hurting on the deer population throughout the state. The NCWRC has some fairly liberal hunting policies for the animals, but it still doesn’t seem to help out much. 704 Outdoors, a hardcore group of hunters based around Stanly County, is doing their best to bring awareness to the damage coyotes inflict on the populations of more desirable game animals like deer.