GON is bringing back our annual Coyote Cull this May and June, and this year we are offering four great prizes with a total value of more than $1,800, including a $725 rifle.
By leveraging great support from industry sponsors who are as concerned about the coyote situation as we are, GON uses the Coyote Cull as an incentive to get sportsmen out on their property during a time of year when they might not otherwise get after yotes. We do the Coyote Cull in May and June because this is when fawns and turkey poults are being born and when they are extremely vulnerable to coyotes.
It’s now been 11 years since GON first began publishing a series of articles that sounded the alarm about the impacts coyotes were having on deer. Dozens of articles and a decade later, the evidence is overwhelming. Coyotes have lowered fawn survival rates enough that Georgia deer hunting is now restricted in much of the state through buck-only days to limit harvest.
Something is also impacting turkey numbers and poult survival, even on large tracts with very good timber and habitat management. While there seems to be lack of research on what’s happening to our turkey poults, poult survival rates started plummeting just as coyotes were increasing in numbers and spreading across Georgia.
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 coyotes right now when fawns are being born and turkey poults are hatching, GON created this effort four years ago. There’s no entry fee and no check stations. The Coyote Cull is designed to be very simple to enter (see below). There will be a random drawing from among all entries for these four great prizes:
• Beretta Tikka T3x Lite .223 Bolt-Action Rifle: Adventure Outdoors and Beretta are helping us give away a Tikka T3x .223 bolt-action rifle. This gun retails for $725. Visit Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna to thank them for their support of the Coyote Cull since the first year, or visit www.adventureoutdoors.us.
• 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.
• The Mammoth Ranger 65 Cooler: Win a 65-quart, Roto-molded construction cooler with heavy duty hinge system and secure lid latches. The Ranger 65 from Mammouth is guaranteed for life, and it has a retail value of $300. For more info, visit MammothCooler.com.
• Predator Tactics Nightmare Predator & Hog Gun Light Kit: The Nightmare Kit from Predator Tactics is a must-have for any serious predator or hog hunter who hunts at night. The retail value is $289.95. See all the features of this great light at 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 a great incentive to get folks to the woods right now doing what we should all be doing anyway—taking out some coyotes during 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 2017 May or June issues of GON is so we know the coyote was killed during this two-month period of the Coyote Cull.
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.