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6th Annual Coyote Cull Update; Still Time To Enter

Daryl Kirby | June 4, 2019

For the sixth summer in a row, GON has organized the Coyote Cull to provide incentive for hunters and trappers to get after coyotes during the fawning and turkey nesting seasons. 

Killing coyotes in May and June can make a real difference in fawn and poult survival. This effort happens only because of the generous support of Coyote Cull sponsors. Please thank them. And why aren’t there more companies stepping up? 

The Coyote Cull offers a bit of incentive for sportsmen to do something about what we feel is an important issue. This was never designed to produce the maximum number of dead yotes. For one, GON doesn’t have the resources or people to process a thousand Coyote Cull entries a month. But the primary reason we limit the entries to one per month per household is because we didn’t want the Coyote Cull to be overrun and dominated by entries from professional trappers, who are out there catching hundreds of coyotes a month and getting paid well to do it—that’s their incentive. We want to give incentive to the average sportsmen.

If nothing else, we are trying to bring awareness to the damaging impact this non-native, invasive species is having across Georgia. Meanwhile, everyone else is doing… well, pretty much nothing. 

There’s still time to enter the 6th annual Coyote Cull.  

There will be a random drawing of all entries for these three great prizes:   

• Franchi Momentum 6.5 Creedmoor Bolt-Action Rifle: Adventure Outdoors and Franchi are helping us give away a 6.5 Creedmoor bolt-action rifle. This Franchi Momentum features a black synthetic stock, 24-inch barrel and 44.3-inch overall length, This gun retails for $609. For more information, visit www.franchiusa.com/momentum. 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.

• Southern Snares & Outfitters Trapping Package: This great package includes six No. 2 Bridger Dogless traps to get after the coons, a dozen trap anchors and nine great lures and baits for predator trapping. The retail value is $210. See all of their great products at www.southernsnares.com, or call 912.288.6542. 

How to Enter

There’s still plenty of time to get out there and call up or trap a coyote. You’ll be helping fawns and turkey poults during this critical time of the year, and you’ll be entered for a drawing to one of three great prizes in this year’s GON’s Coyote Cull. 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 a great incentive to get folks out 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 [email protected] showing the dead coyote and the hunter holding this June issue of GON. The hunter must include their name, hometown and the county where the coyote was taken. Only dead coyotes can be entered.

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 2019 May or June issues of GON is so we know the coyote was killed during this year’s 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 18. The only rule is a limit of one entry per month, per household. If you entered last month holding the May GON, you (or someone from your household) can enter again this 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 18. Call 800.438.4663 with questions.

Hall County yote killed by Matthew Smith, of Murrayville. “Went out for a morning turkey hunt. This one makes four shot in the same area in the last few months,” Matthew said.

Oconee County: Trey McRorie, of Oconee County.

Brooks County: Robby Johnson, of Lowndes County.

Oconee County: Rick Hayes, of Winder, with yet another coyote killed during a turkey hunt.

Newton County: Luther Bouchillon, of Covington.

Catoosa County: Keith Swinford, of Cohutta.

Macon County: Joel Kaufmann, of Marshallville.

Jamey Thomas, of Watkinsville, said, “I killed this male at 3:20 p.m. May 13 in Wilkes County—10 steps away was close enough! This guy came slipping in thinking he was going to have turkey for supper after a series of yelps. He ate a No. 4 turkey load instead. Glad more fawns and turkey will make it with this guy not being around!”

Erik Hallmark, of Douglasville, said, “I was turkey hunting in Douglas County when this guy thought he was coming to the turkey dinner bell. He was wrong!”

David Harden, of Woodstock: “Here is one I got this morning in Fayetteville. Set traps yesterday at our hunting camp and found her in one this morning.
One down and many more to go.”

If you hunt or live in Stephens County, you should send Chris Lingerfelt a ‘Thank You’ card. This is the 18th coyote Chris has killed so far this year.

Gilmer County: Anthony Green, of Ellijay.

Morgan County: Andy Wheat, of Buckhead.

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