Coyote hunt attracts crowd
BY ROBERT L. BAKER
- A record 841 hunters turned out for the 14th Annual District 9 Northeast Pennsylvania Trappers Association Coyote Hunt and brought in 58 wild dogs with Tim English of Frenchville taking the top honors for the heaviest animal over the weekend at 46.95 pounds.
He was awarded $2,000 along with the daily prize of $250 for the heaviest coyote taken on Friday.
English’s male coyote was harvested in State Gamelands 35 off Rt. 171 near Hallstead in Susquehanna County using a 12-gauge shotgun and dogs.
The hunt saw animals brought in from seven counties Friday through Sunday with weigh-ins at Triton Hose Company in Tunkhannock.
Ryan Gildea took top Saturday honors of $250 for his 46.25-pound coyote harvested in Luzerne County out of 28 brought in that day.
Glen Tucker’s 45.25-pound coyote harvested in Wayne County was the largest of 14 brought in on Sunday.
Steve Moxen of Gibson said hunters thought they were getting 1-4 inches of snow this weekend.
“That really would have helped with tracking,” Moxen said, but wasn’t complaining after bringing in two coyotes late Sunday morning, his first successes in three years of participating in the regional hunt.
Three years ago, the hunt brought in a record 59 coyotes.
Of the 58 coyotes taken this weekend, 32 were male.
Kyle Van Why was on hand to do some scientific sampling – pending hunter approval – for the USDA Wildlife Services Unit in Harrisburg, along with students from East Stroudsburg University and Juniata College.
District 9 director Bill Kalinauskis of Nicholson said that the hunter turnout was terrific and he was well pleased with a near record harvest.
The breakdown of county of harvest was: Susquehanna (16), Wayne (14), Wyoming (7), Luzerne (7), Bradford (5), Lackawanna (5), and Sullivan (4).
By day, each hunter’s name, coyote weight in pounds and county shot are as follows:
Friday: George Hayes, 33.95, Susquehanna; John Krzan, 35.7, Lackawanna; Craig Siegfried, 36.8, Bradford; Bob Reedy, 40.9, Lack.; Mark Brown, 37.05, Wyoming; Dave ‘Cliff’ Jennings, 35.9, Susq.; Charlie Allyn, 45.15, Brad.; Francis Nebzydoski, 27.35, Wayne; Jeff Lee, 38.95, Wayne; Tim English, 46.95, Susq.; Robert Shirey, 41.25, Susq.; Victor Guidetti, 31.9, Lack.; Ron Carluccio, 31.3, Lack.; Devon Franks, 36.4, Brad.; Shane Malicky, 37.55, Wayne; Steve Franchak, 35.15, Wayne.
Saturday: Michael Bonczek, 44.95, Wayne; David Konty, 36.45, Wayne; Sonny Dixon, 28.2, Luzerne; Daniel Smith, 34, Susq.; Jeffrey Politz, 20.8, Luz.; Clifford Jones, 37.85, Wayne; Walter Rohan, 35.8, Lack.; George Bleck, 31.1, Susq.; John Arnone Sr., 36.9, Susq.; Bob Brown, 37.75, Wyom.; Ryan Gildea, 46.25, Luze.; Alex Eastman, 45.25, Susq.; Ronnie Sands, 34.4, Wyom.; Roland Anderson, 34.65, Wyom.; Bill Babcock, 35.4, Luze.; Mike Wagner, 32.6, Luze.; Joe Shipsky, 40.65, Susq.; Wade Gray, 31.15, Susq.; Ryan Confer, 40.35, Sullivan; Ryan Confer, 42.3, Sull.; Shawn Lignore, 25.95, Sull.; Michael Berry, 35.45, Brad.; Philip Marsh, 30.9, Susq.; Philip Marsh, 36.35, Susq.; Robert Davy, 29.75, Wyom.; Dave Podunajet, 39.1, Wayne; Tim Rickard, 29.45, Wayne; Tim Rickard, 32.40, Wayne.
Sunday: William Shoemaker, 39.25, Wyom.; Michael Shovlin, 34.50, Luze.; David Korey, 35.45, Wayne; Steve Moxen, 28.95, Susq.; Steve Moxen, 38.95, Susq.; Gerard Devine, 37.60, Susq.; Bruce Tewksbury, 28.85, Brad.; Jesse Bixler, 35.35, Sull.; Robert Cragle, 43.45, Luze.; Percy MacMillan, 35.6, Wyom.; 34.7, Susq.; Rick Randall, 34.7, Susq.; Glenn Tucker, 31.25, Wayne; Glenn Tucker, 45.25; Wayne; Shane Malicky, 36.15, Wayne.