The 8th Annual Carolina Coyote Classic is on!

Carolina Coyote Classic
Coyotes are in the crosshairs for the 2021 Carolina Coyote Classic Feb. 19 - 21. (photo courtesy of Kaitlin Lospinoso)

Carolina Coyote Classic scheduled for Feb. 19 – 21

The 8th Annual Carolina Coyote Classic is scheduled for Feb. 19 – 21, 2021. This is the most popular hunting tournament in the Carolinas for going on a decade, and this year it is set to be even bigger and better than ever.

This tournament is organized by 704 Outdoors, with the help and support of Stanly County and the Stanly County Convention & Visitors Bureau. The headquarters of the tournament will be the American Legion Post 76 at 24302 US 52 Hwy S. Business in Albemarle.

The tournament is actually split into two classes — the Fat Dog Contest and the Coyote Derby. Hunters can only participate in one class.

The Fat Dog Contest is open to hunters in both Carolinas. This contest is a competition for the heaviest coyote brought to the scales. The derby is for most coyotes killed during the event. And this year, the derby has an expanded range.

One big difference for this year’s C3 is the boundary lines for the derby. In previous years, the hunting boundaries included all counties in both Carolinas. This year, both Carolinas are still included, as well as all adjoining states. This includes the Carolinas, Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia.

Both categories feature great prizes

The Fat Dog Contest can have a maximum of four hunters per team. All hunters on each team must hunt together (if any members are absent, your team may continue as long as they all hunt together). The registration fee for the Fat Dog Contest is $25 per team. A side pot in the Fat Dog Contest is the Largest Female Contest. This is an optional side tournament with a $2 entry fee and 100% payout.

The prize package for the winner of the Fat Dog Contest is a Predator Hunting Rifle Package, thanks to Hal’s Pawn and Gun in Concord. The second place prize is a Sniper Hog Lights 66LRX Rifle Light Package.

The Coyote Derby is open to teams with a maximum of three hunters. It has a guaranteed $3000 cash payout. The derby has a 100% payout, so the prize purse may grow depending on team numbers. A bounty is also a possibility if a certain number of teams sign up. Registration for the Derby is $200 per team.

All coyotes entered in either category must be killed during the dates of the Carolina Coyote Classic. Tournament organizers will ensure this with methods discussed in the tournament’s rules, where all the details of the contest are available.

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