TTCU Coyote Hunt
Inside the Outdoors, January 15,
2016

As usual, I want to first touch on a subject different than the main subject topic.

Recently, a Derry Township angler approached me and showed off a beautiful trout he had recently caught while flyfishing with his brother at Rolling Rock Club. Apparently, he had caught it using a black woolybugger.

The reason I am brining this to the table is that with all the nice temperatures we are getting lately, it should bring some diehard fisherman back to the waters to try their hand at catching some coldwater fish. This is the second time I have heard that particular fly mentioned to winter fishing.

When the area gent proclaimed, “Isn’t that a beaut!” exhibiting the fish on his cell phone screen, I had only to agree with him, which put a big smile on his face.

And now on to the main story of the day.

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Back in the early 1900’s, the talk about the coyotes being in this neck of the woods was slim. Oh yes, occasionally someone would mention them, but really, only in passing, as the saying goes.

For instance, back in 1992, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) statistics, there were roughly 4,000 in the state. That may sound like a lot, but compared to the recent revelation, there were reportedly 40,000 as far back as 2012. No, folks, that’s not a typing error. I am just passing on what the PGC announced.

A matter of fact, according to an article written by Michael Rubinkam of the Associated Press which appeared in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Dec. 23, 2013, “Coyotes are gradually increasing in southwestern and especially southeastern Pennsylvania - - in Philadelphia and its suburbs - - where garbage and even pets can make for easy pickings,” Tom Hardisky, a PGC wildlife biologist stated.

Livestock have been the target of these animals yearly. Statewide, ever since the early 2000’s, it has been estimated that sheep, an easy prey for these scavengers, have killed approximately 100,000 per year.

Farmers have paid hunters and trappers to harvest these animals. In addition, organizations have established yearly hunts to harvest these animals. From January through March, 24 coyote hunts have and will be scheduled across the state this year.

Locally, New Florence’s Tubmill Trout Club Unlimited will sponsor its annual “Lucky Dogs” Coyote and Fox Hunt, Jan. 29-31. One may pursue these animals in five states, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, West Virginia, and Maryland. Both begin 12 a.m. Friday and ends 6 p.m. Sunday.

The “Coyote Hunt Prize-Pot” will be created from coyote hunt entrance fees that will be divided into three equal cash prize drawings. There will also be a “Fox Hunt Prize-Pot” created from foxhunt entrance fees that will be divided into two equal cash prize drawings.

Only hunters having taken a coyote or fox will have their names placed into respective drawings. The drawings will be held after 6 p.m., Sunday, January 31, 2016.

Prizes will be announced after eligibility requirements have been met. The award checks will be mailed Feb. 15, 2016. All cash and prizes shall be chosen by a drawing. Weight will not determine winners.

Registration fees for the coyote hunt are $25 and $15 for the fox hunt. If one wishes to hunt for both animals, the fee is $35. Five dollars will be taken out per entrants’ fees that will benefit “Kids Day,” May 14 and 15.

One can pre-register using the form found on Tubmill Trout Club Unlimited website disclosing one’s name, address, phone number, signature and email address. These have to be in by Jan. 22. Checks should be made payable to Tubmill Trout Club Unlimited. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

One may enter online using PAY-PAL until 11:00 p.m. Jan. 28. One can also register in person at the New Florence V.F.W. Jan. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Each registrant may bench one coyote/fox for examination. Internal temperature must be above 35 degrees Fahrenheit. The carcass must not fall below 35 degrees F. If so, either harvested animal (coyote or fox) will be disqualified.

Upon examination and registration, verification along with the hunter’s name shall be entered for award drawings. Each participant whether participating individually or hunting in groups must be registered or the entire group will be disqualified.

No trapping or cable restraint catch methods allowed. All coyotes and foxes must be “wild harvested” in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Maryland and West Virginia.

Check in stations can be found in New Florence at the V.F.W. Post 7622, Route 711 North, New Florence, 15944, Sat. 2-4 p.m., and Sun. 1-6 p.m. (724-610-6245); North-eastern hunters – Rich Harmony, 123 rocky Road, Greentown, PA 18426, by appointment only (610-392-3231).

For additional information, log onto the TTCU website or call Lin at 724-235-9798 after 6 p.m.


- Paul J. Volkmann
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