I have been following this event for 13 years, and how it has evolved, my comments are based on my ability to see both sides of the issues. I respect the rights of all citizens based under the constitution and laws we live by.
Well it’s that time of year again and the airwaves and internet are filling up with THE CONTESTS.
I remember back 13 years when there might have been 2 coyote calling contests one of them was the JMK hunt in Crane Oregon, it was billed and sold as a friendly get together to help out ranchers and give some help to the wildlife, for those who remember or have done some research on that event we know it went south real fast. I always thought it was odd that not one person or group stepped up to support the Attorney fees to fight back, not one attorney came forward and offered free services we all just stood around and bitched about the liberal gun grabber.
Fast forward 13 years and as in most cases money, prizes and 15 min. of fame have corrupted the so-called calling contest. It seems to me that the contest now has turned into a way to make money, money for the bills, money for a club, money to help my brother, money to get more people to show up, big contest requires lie detectors to make sure you are being honest lol we have night vision night scopes night lights night binos, the rules list is now a page long lol. And let’s not fool ourselves the coyote population is stronger now than ever, killing coyotes for fame and money will not control the coyote population in most cases the next 2 year numbers can triple.
I now am able to understand why the average person, the guy who has no weapon, never hunts and could care less has a sour taste in his mouth when he sees a group of people killing mass numbers of animals for money and prizes and some belt buckles. Don’t get me wrong I like a good coyote hunt and I have killed my fare share of coyotes in the last 13 years and I respect the rights of others to kill animals any legal way they see fit, but I do have to say killing any animal for money , prizes, and fame just isn’t right.