Coyote/Predator Contests are doomed. Why?

Are we just a bunch of rednecks who grew up with a culture of participating in Killing Contests?

Are we just a bunch of rednecks who grew up with a culture of participating in Killing Contests?

As I spoke with Adam Piestewa after he finished 1st in a recent coyote calling contest and my team finished 3rd, I couldn’t help but think, “I don’t know how many of these we have left?”

I shook his hand and said, “unfortunately man, we are cursed because we are good at something which will never be celebrated by anyone but us.”

Coyote Contests are doomed.

I personally feel predator/Coyote calling contests will be illegal in almost every state before too long.  Many in our society just can no longer handle us killing predators, let alone celebrating and competing in contests.  It’s based on their own ideological principles, but when you are out numbered and we as a predator hunting community are, you are ultimately doomed.

Recent Coyote Contest Closures & Petitions:

 

How main stream & some of our hunting peers view us…

A recent Facebook post from the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

A recent Facebook post from the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

Even our peers are turning against predator hunting contests.

Even some of our hunting peers are turning against predator hunting contests.

For many, we are nothing more than savages.  We are considered heartless and we do nothing but kill every predator we come across on these hunts.  That’s how they market and sell contests to the general public, legislators and to our FELLOW hunters; it’s working too.

Many of our peers don’t mind if we hunt and kill predators, but what they hate is us competing.  Yes, they hate us competing and celebrating our culture.  They believe it is irresponsible and reflects hunting in a bad light.  To be honest, I have thought about this many times while scouting for an upcoming predator contest.

“Why the hell am I up at 1 am?  Why am I spending hundreds of dollars on fuel and gear, to compete against others in a contest which no one but me and a handful of people will ever remember?  Because I love the challenge of the hunt and I love the comradery coyote calling contests provide!”     

Management & Prizes (Competition)

Coyote contests do help with predator management, but NO where near like trappers, highways and recreational hunting.  Coyote calling contests are set for specific dates, so it doesn’t matter if it rains, snows or shines, you have to hunt those dates.   Keep in mind, recreational predator hunters will hunt the best days, because they want to be productive.   So, coyote contest numbers fluctuate based on the conditions.  To argue that coyote calling contests have a horrible impact on coyote populations is just ridiculous!  Trappers, highways and recreational hunting have a far greater impact!  

So, why have the contests then???

I was raised to hunt predators because I was from a ranching family and the fur market was booming when I was a kid.  Contests are just a bi-product of the predator hunting culture, no different than fishing tournaments or big buck contests.  Predator hunters join together to celebrate our way-of-life by competing with our peers.   Local contests are something which we all look forward to every year, they are events marked on the calendar.  Coyote hunting is something you can do in my state through-out the ENTIRE year, but contests are a special event and most contest hunters save some their best predator hunting spots for these events.

DING! DING! That means…

IF YOU BAN COYOTE CALLING CONTESTS, we are going to kill coyotes anyway and probably at a much more efficient rate!

So, if we agree that coyote contests are not as effective as other forms of predator management, then why do you want them banned?

IDEOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES, just admit it!

-Craig Steele