Organizers announce second annual coyote hunt returning to Reynolds area in January

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Posted: Friday, November 8, 2019 6:00 am

Attention wily coyote hunters: The second annual Reynolds Coyote Hunt will start at sunup Jan. 25.

Organizer Jordan Adams announced the date for the upcoming hunt in a Facebook post Tuesday.

The first Reynolds Coyote Hunt attracted 19 four-person teams, including one from Ellendale, N.D., more than 180 miles southwest of Reynolds.

Hunters harvested 10 coyotes in the inaugural hunt, a number Adams said he hopes will increase with better weather conditions in 2020.

“Last year’s hunt was a little blustery and it was freezing out,” he said Wednesday. “We’re hoping we can get as large a turnout or better for our next one.”

Adams has a personal interest in curbing the number of coyotes in Traill and Grand Forks counties.

He hears coyotes howl every night while doing chores at his residence in rural Reynolds.

“You can hear them pretty much every night at the same time on the dot,” Adams said.

Jim Job, an outreach biologist for the state Game and Fish Department, said coyote numbers appear to have ticked upward in North Dakota the past year.

“Coyote populations tend to trend with our deer populations, which have been coming up steadily the last few years,” said Job, reached in Williston, N.D., on a coyote hunting trip Wednesday.

“I am seeing more this year, but coyotes won’t be easy to hunt this year if some of these crops are still up when (the Reynolds) hunt happens.”

The Game and Fish Department doesn’t have rules for coyote hunting tournaments.

However, participating in-state hunters are required to have a hunting certificate, a general game and fish license and a furbearer license, Job said.

“It’s a fun sport, plus you can make money by selling off some of your pelts,” he added.

Adams said the Reynolds Coyote Hunt also is a good fundraiser for charities.

Organizers donated 40 percent of last January’s entry fee to the Reynolds Fire Department.

A similar percentage from the 2020 coyote hunt will be given to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley in Fargo.

The winners of the first Reynolds Coyote Hunt bagged three coyotes and took home $1,300.

Runners-up collected $900 while the third-place team received a check for $400.

Adams said the rules for January’s hunt should be similar to the one 10 months ago.

Hunters will take part in a rules meeting at the Beehive restaurant in Reynolds on Jan. 24, the night before the event, and scatter at sunup the next day.

Participants can travel anywhere in the state, although coyotes need to be hunted and not trapped.

Adams said he’s still collecting sponsorships for this year’s hunting tournament, which drew support last January from Grand Forks businesses like Home of Economy and Scheels.

“It’s not just a Reynolds thing,” he said.

Anyone interested in sponsoring or participating in the hunt can learn more by searching for Reynolds Coyote Hunt on Facebook or contacting Adams by email at racer20a@gmail.com.

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