Of the 52 teams that entered last weekend’s Statewide Coyote Hunt, 32 teams came back to weigh-in. This was the second annual 3D Excavation Statewide Coyote Hunt, organized by Shane Anderson of Onida.
Those 32 teams that returned for the weigh-in brought 99 qualifying coyotes with them. Anderson said that three were disqualified for not marking them properly for the contest. Anderson said that there were probably more canines that the other teams just didn’t turn in because they probably weren’t in the running for prizes.
"The hunt went great," Anderson said.
According to Anderson, last year’s hunt only brought in 27 coyotes. He was pleased to see more participation this year.
"It’ll just keep getting better and better," he stated.
The top five teams split the purse of $7,605; the winning team was Mark Pitlick and Randy Roede who won $2,509.65. They also had purchased themselves in the calcutta, raking in an additional $1,257.80. The total calcutta was $3,811.50, which was split between the top five teams.
The team of Tommy Dale Vines and Vinnie Elsinger received $860 for the mangiest coyote; Kendall Kiel and Alan Etzkorn received the top prize of $960 for the heaviest coyote; and the award for the lightest coyote, totaling $920, went to Tim Bernstein and Clay Bernstein.
The total auction proceeds were $1000.
A total of $2,168.50 was raised and donated to the Onida Fire Department.
To see a list of event sponsors, turn to page 4 of this week’s issue.