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Ninth Annual "Size Doesn't Matter" Coyote Hunt
February 17, 18 & 19, 2012

Results of 2012 Coyote Hunt:

Total Hunters - 165

Coyotes Harvested - 18

Total Money - $1,155.00

Each successful hunter received - $57.75 for each coyote entered.
[Prize money divided equally among all Coyotes entered.]

Bill Thompson - winner of the Lucky Dog Drawing (10% of purse) - $115.00

The coyotes were weighed for club records only.

A big thank you to all you coyote hunters who participated in our hunt.

2012 Winners

Name County Date Time Weight Sex Gun Method
Joe Kuniak Elk 2/17 745pm 25 F .204 Treestand
Ivan Smith Elk 2/18 645pm 27 F .243 Call
William Rising Indiana 2/17 725am 32 F .243 Call
R. Guy Anderson McKean 2/18 800am 35 M 12ga. Dog
R. Guy Anderson McKean 2/18 200pm 38 M .22mag Dog
Randy McDonald Erie 2/17 745am 25 F .218 Dog
Randy McDonald Erie 2/17 200pm 42 F .22-250 Dog
John McDonald Erie 2/17 900am 40 M 12ga. Dog
Rich Hoffman Elk 2/17 1220pm 30 F .223 Call
Robert Blood Crawford 2/17 915am 26 F .223 Dog
Gordon Blood Crawford 2/17 100pm 27 M .22-250 Dog
Bill Thompson Crawford 2/17 1100am 27 M .22mag Dog
Ken Rodgers Erie 2/17 1000am 26 F .243 Dog
Wayne Daniels Crawford 2/17 430pm 28 M .243 Call
Wayne Daniels Crawford 2/18 510pm 26 F .22mag Call
Russell Bauer Clarion 2/18 400pm 28 M 12ga. Dog
Roger Bauer Clarion 2/18 1200pm 27 F .260 Dog
Roger Bauer Clarion 2/17 1000am 26 M 12ga. Dog


2012 Sponsors

Bob's Army & Navy
V.H.A., Inc.
Frost Cutlery
Ka-Bar Knives
St. Marys Home & Hardware
Buck Knives
Knight & Hale
Straubs Brewery
Critter Buster Game Calls
Deprators Beverage

2012 Pictures


Click Here for a printable Membership Application
and Coyote Hunt Registration Form

Coyote Hunt T-shirts are available:


Order on the registration form.

Rules and Regulations


The Coyote Hunt begins at 12:01 AM Friday, February 17, 2012 and ends at 3:00 PM Sunday, February 19, 2012.


Registrations are available at Elk County Ammo & Arms (246 Brusselles Street, St. Marys, PA) or from an officer of the club.  You may also register via the website by mailing an application along with payment.  Proof of membership will be required or a membership application must be submitted along with the Coyote Hunt registration form. An additional $1.00 administration fee must be remitted with mailed applications.


The registration fee is $8.00 (includes administrative fee).  Each participant must be registered for the Coyote Hunt.  The participant must also be a paid 2012 member of the club. 


Registrations must be received and processed before 5:00 PM, Thursday, February 16, 2012. Mailed registrations must be received by February 11, 2012.


When hunting in groups, each member of the group must be registered or the entire group will be disqualified.


Coyotes may be bagged anywhere in Pennsylvania and they must be bagged during the hours of the hunt. 


No trapped, snared or penned Coyotes will be accepted.  Road kills also do not qualify.


Participants must have a valid Pennsylvania hunting license or furtakerís license.  Any violation of the rules of the hunt or Pennsylvania Game Laws will disqualify the participant and all members of his hunting party.


The club reserves the right to have all Coyotes inspected by a certified professional.  An autopsy may be performed if any suspicious conditions exist.


Coyotes may be checked at the Sportsmenís Club during the following hours:

Friday, 9 AM Ė 5 PM, Saturday, 9 AM Ė 5 PM, Sunday 9 AM Ė 3 PM


Each successful participant must dispose of his/her coyote carcass.


The St. Marys Sportsmenís Club Coyote Hunt is being run concurrent with and in cooperation with The Mosquito Creek Sportsmenís Club hunt and the Sigel Sportsmen's  Wylie Coyote hunt.  Coyotes may be entered at all clubs provided the participant is registered with and a member of the clubs.


The Coyote

     The coyote, or "little wolf" as the Native Americans call it, is a member of the dog family. It is the topic of many Native American folklore tales.  Its name comes from the Aztec word "coyotl."  Its scientific name is "canis latrans" which means "barking dog."
     The coyote, usually associated with the open lands of the west, is now found throughout the United States.  Not native to Ohio, its presence here shows the animal's ability to adapt to new environments.  Coyotes' good sense of smell, hearing and vision, along with being sly, enable them to even live in some urban areas.  For example, a pair was found in New York City in the Spring of 1995.  Presently coyotes can be found in all of the 88 counties of Ohio.
     The coyote has the appearance of a medium-sized dog or a small German Shepherd.  Coyotes are about one and a half to two feet tall and between forty-one and fifty-three inches long. Weight ranges from twenty to fifty pounds.  They have a bushy tail that is tipped with black.  Most are grey, but some show rust or brown coloration.  Coyote tracks are more elongated than dog tracks.
     This nocturnal animal is most active at night, but if not threatened by man they will hunt during the day.  The coyote is omnivorous.  They will eat fruits, grasses, and vegetables along with small mammals.  The coyote has a bad reputation for killing sheep and other livestock, but studies show that livestock accounts for only 14 percent of the coyotes' diet.
     Coyotes mate for life.  Between January and March is the breeding period.  Most do not breed until they are two years old. The female selects and maintains the den.  They usually dig their own dens but sometimes they use an old badger hole or fix up a natural hole.  Dens are usually hidden from view.
     Females carry their young for over two months.  One to twelve pups are born in either April or May.  Pups are born blind and helpless.
     Both parents hunt and feed the young.  At three weeks old the pups leave the den under close watch of their parents.  Once the pups are eight to twelve weeks old they are taught to hunt.  Families stay together through the summer but the young break apart to find their own territories by fall.  They usually relocate within ten miles.  Between 50 and 70 percent of the young coyotes die before adulthood.  Of the young that die, 80 percent is the result of human trapping, shooting, poisons, or other control methods.
     The coyote is capable of producing fertile offspring with many other animals from the dog family.  It occasionally breeds with the domestic dog, wild dogs, and wolves.  This mixed offspring has created great confusion about whether a real coyote has been seen.  The only way to tell the difference is by examination of the skull.  The coyotes' skull is narrower and more elongated than the domestic dog.  In Ohio 98 percent of the animals sighted, captured, or killed are real coyotes.
     More often you will hear a coyote rather than see one.  Its howl can be very deceiving.  Due to the way the sound carries, it seems as though it is in one place, where the coyote is really some place else.  Coyotes have two howling seasons.  The first is in January and February.  During this time they are trying to find a mate by howling.  The second season is in September and October.  During this period the female is calling to her offspring.  The young then call back in unison.
     After the move westward by settlers, coyotes thrived on ranchers' cattle and sheep.  In response, the ranchers aggressively tried to eliminate the coyote, and almost succeeded.  However, due to its intelligence and ability to adapt to changes in its environment, it has not only survives but flourished.

Links to other Coyote pages:

Ohio Division of Wildlife; Life History Note; Coyote

The Coyote


Dog Owner's Guide; Electronic Edition; The Coyote

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