In 2006, GON began sounding the alarm about the impacts coyotes were having, specifically on deer fawns. Dozens of articles and a decade later, the evidence is overwhelming. Coyotes have hammered deer, dropping fawn survival rates so low that deer hunting is being restricted through increased buck-only days to limit harvest. Talked to a turkey hunter recently? We simply don’t have the birds we used to. The experts can talk about habitat all they want, but we don’t have the birds on national forests and big tracts where the habitat should be better than ever.
We think predator control—particularly on coyotes which are a non-native, invasive species in Georgia—is very important. To offer incentive to gets folks after a few coyotes right now when fawns are being born and turkey poults are hatching, GON created the Coyote Cull. It’s designed to be very simple to enter (see details on page 29). There will be a random drawing from the entries for these four great prizes:
- 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. For more info, call (888) 818-0278 or visit TrinityCustom.com.
- Savage Axis II Rifle: Adventure Outdoors is helping us give away a Savage Axis II bolt-action rifle that comes with a mounted and bore-sighted 3X-9X-40mm Weaver Kaspa scope. Visit Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna to thank them for their support of the Coyote Cull since the first year, or check out their website at www.adventureoutdoors.us.
- Mammoth Discovery MD60: Win a 48-quart, Roto-molded construction cooler with heavy duty hinge system and secure lid latches. The from Mammouth Discovery is guaranteed for life, and it has a retail value of $310. For more info, visit MammothCooler.com.
- Predator Tactics Buck Lantern: The ultimate head-lamp will go to a drawing winner. The Buck Lantern features an adjustable focus with three modes: bright white, dim white and bright red. Continuous burn time of up to 10 hours; identify game from 300 yards. Retail value is $120. Visit PredatorTactics.us.
How To Enter
The Coyote Cull is designed to be uncomplicated. It’s not a contest to kill the most coyotes or the biggest. There are no check stations. The prizes are simply an incentive to get folks to the woods right now doing what we should all be doing anyway—taking out some coyotes right at the time of year fawns and turkey poults are being born.
To enter, go kill a coyote. Then e-mail a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org showing the dead coyote and the hunter holding this May issue of GON or the upcoming June issue of GON. The hunter must include their name, hometown and the county where the coyote was taken. There is no entry fee, and you don’t even have to buy the current issue—you can borrow one from a friend. The only reason we require that the hunter hold the 2016 May or June issues of GON is so we know the coyote was killed during this Coyote Cull and not a few years ago.
One picture-entry per coyote—your buddy can’t take a picture with your coyote and enter. We will accept entries through June 20. The only rule is a limit of one entry per month, per household. If you enter this month holding the May GON, you (or someone from your household) can enter again next month holding the June issue. That’s a maximum of two entries per household.
Your entry photo and details can also be mailed to GON Coyote Cull, 4331 Seven Islands Road, Madison, GA 30650, but we must receive them by June 20. Call (800) 438-4663 with questions.