By Sherry Lind, Editor
The third annual Hannaford Coyote Hunt, put on by the Prairie Riders Motorcycle Club, was held on Saturday, January 19, 2013. Twenty-six two-person teams pre-registered with twenty-three participating due to the frigid temperatures and 55 mile per hour winds causing whiteout conditions.
Only the team of Adam Larson and Derek Bendickson of Cooperstown bagged a coyote, winning them $600. The coyote weighed 32.15 pounds giving them the Big Dog cash prize of $100. The rest of the $700 prize money was paid out over seven $100 cash prizes via a drawing of team numbers from teams that checked in by the 6:00 p.m. deadline.
The hunt was listed on several websites: fishingbuddy.com, nodakoutdoors.com, and coyotehunter.net and drew teams from all across North Dakota, from as far away as Williston. There were also teams from Minnesota and South Dakota, thus bringing money into the area. One reason the hunt drew so many people is because they are strict on the rules so as to prevent cheating. For example, all coyotes turned in need to have a regulation mouth block zip-tied on with the time the animal was shot. Core temperatures are taken in the chest cavity and the rectum to assure the animal was taken that day.
Organizers of the hunt were Chris Hook, Matt Monson, Steve Dahl, and Don Adams, all but Monson are members of Prairie Riders. “None of this would be possible without all of the support from sponsors across the community, said Hook. Forty-four businesses helped with prize money and the many door prizes of everything from caps and clocks, to steak and hunting knives, to a case of motor oil.
“We’re looking forward to seeing everyone next year for the fourth annual Hannaford Coyote Hunt,” said Hook. “After two tough years in a row we should be due for better weather.”