For four summers now, GON has organized a Coyote Cull effort to provide an incentive for hunters and trappers to get after coyotes during the time of year when fawns are dropping and hen turkeys are trying to nest and raise a brood of poults.
The Coyote Cull is not just about numbers, although this year we set a record with 129 entries. Our goal is to raise awareness about the damaging impact this non-native, invasive species is having.
We also want folks to realize that if you have a coyote problem, it’s up to you to do something about it. The Coyote Cull hopefully got some folks to their property to get after the yotes. We know that killing coyotes in May and June is tough, but if you can kill a coyote now, it can make a real difference in fawn and poult survival on your property.
For the Coyote Cull, we conducted a random drawing from among the 129 entries. Here are the 2017 Coyote hunters and trappers who won great prizes:
- Beretta Tikka T3x Lite .223 Bolt-Action Rifle: Brandon Hutto, of Columbus, won the new rifle. Thanks to Adventure Outdoors and Beretta, we gave away a Tikka T3x .223 bolt-action. This gun retails for $725. Please stop by and visit the folks at Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna to thank them for their support of the Coyote Cull.
- Trinity Custom Homes $500 Cash Prize: Offering more than 70 customizable home designs, Trinity has helped countless Southerners complete their dream of building on their own land. In Coyote Cull, Trinity helps with a $500 cash donation that was won by Roy Cadenhead, of LaGrange. To thank this generous company, visit TrinityCustom.com.
- The Mammoth Ranger 65 Cooler: Jack Green, of Hawkinsville, won the Ranger 65 from Mammouth cooler, which retails for $300. Please visit MammothCooler.com.
• Predator Tactics Nightmare Predator & Hog Gun Light Kit: The Nightmare Kit from Predator Tactics, with a retail value of $289.95, went to Neal Kennedy, of Newnan. To see all the features of this great light, please visit PredatorTactics.us