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Time to chase the coyotes for a change

Published: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 10:39 p.m. CDT

Well, just in case you were looking for something to do on February 8th, you may stop looking now.

The Wolf Pack is back, with the third annual Coyote Tournament that promises to be an awesome time. When Gabe Olinger and the boys started this deal up a few years back, it was strictly something they could do to have a great time. Well, it turned into that … and so much more. Now the boys view it as a way to not only share their passion and have a great time, but also try to protect and save a few whitetails along the way.

You see, with the coyote population on the rise and the deer herd seemingly struggling, promoting the sport of coyote hunting is a way these good old boys are doing their part to help stem the tide, so to speak.

Coyotes can be very hard on older deer, as well as pregnant mothers and fawns that will be coming along here in a couple months. So if they can harvest a few extra predators, then they save a few extra deer as well. That’s what I call a win-win for all of us.

Now, it just ain’t the deer that benefit from the harvesting of more of these toothy critters. Coyotes are very hard on many of our other local wild animals, including pheasants, quail and rabbits, to name a few.

So let’s review what we got going on here: We got a bunch a good ol’ boys. We got a chance at winning a little money. We got a chance to save a couple of fawns, or a bunch of baby rabbits from predation. Along the way, you can chase old Wile E. Coyote all over the countryside all day long.

Seems like a great time to me. I mean, I’m not a coyote hunter, but I love the idea behind this, and what these guys are trying to do. Plus, a cold adult beverage and a hot pizza at Cragel’s afterward sound awfully good as well.

OK, I came through again and gave you something awesome to do out of doors ... you can thank me later. Just get signed up for this here deal as soon as you can.

Now, you can call Gabe at 815-631-6834, or you can haul your happy butts to Rigler’s in Rock Falls or Exner’s in Morrison and register in person. It’s only 25 bucks to get it, and you weigh your two largest coyotes. You only have until 5 p.m. on February 7th to register, so git ‘r’ dun.

Now, just make sure you’ve got that FOID card with you, make sure  you’ve got your gun cased, and you keep it unloaded in the vehicle. You know what I mean: keep it legal, keep it safe, and have a good time.

You all be good ’til next week … and it wouldn’t hurt for more of you to join me in praying for warmer weather.

Go Catfish!

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