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6TH Annual X RING CUSTOM Coyote Competition
Friday & Saturday
January 27-28, 2017
74 Teams - 111 Coyotes
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6th Annual Coyote Competition – GREAT TURNOUT
X RING CUSTOM held their 6th Annual Coyote Competition on Friday, January 27, 2017 and Saturday, January 28, 2017. On Friday, at 5:00 pm, a total of 74 teams from throughout Illinois (grand total of 148 hunters) arrived at X RING CUSTOM eager to pick up bite sticks (that had to be properly placed in the coyote’s mouth in order to be counted for the competition), door prize tickets, and a competitor drawing ticket for the X RING CUSTOM $200.00 Gift Card. Teams called in downed coyotes throughout the two-day hunt with morning and evening coyote check-ins.
With perfect weather conditions, an impressive total of 111 coyotes were called in by the competitors. There were 108 coyotes checked in, weighed, and counted on Saturday. The check-in crew carefully inspected each coyote to ensure it was a fresh kill. Food, awards, and drawings took place at the Toledo American Legion starting at 6:00pm. Many hunters received various door prizes consisting of Realtree thermometers, clocks, flash lights, headlamps, hats, coyote urine, gun cases, backpacks, and other hunting gear from area and corporate sponsors including: Zander’s Sporting Goods, Predator Tactics Hunting Lights, Hall’s Fur and Game Farm, and X RING CUSTOM.
Winning the drawing for the Savage Axis II 243, donated by X RING CUSTOM, was Dave Staley of Newton, IL. The winner of competitor drawing for the X RING CUSOM $200.00 was Will O’Leary of Kinmundy, IL.
Cash prizes and custom designed coyote skull mount trophies, made by Colin Cole of Toledo were given to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Biggest, and Smallest coyote winning teams. Cash prizes were awarded to 4th and 5th place.
Winning 1st place with 17 coyotes, weighing 545.45 lbs, was Jake Hewing and Kyle Steele both from Greenup, IL. Jon Schoonover of Carterville and Daniel Webster of Kinmundy downed 10 coyotes weighing 333.45 lbs which earned them the 2nd place trophy. Coming in 3rd place (which was a 2-way tie with 9 coyotes, so the largest combined weight was the determining factor) was Lance Dasenbrock of Effingham and Roger Shaw of Urbana with 9 coyotes weighing 287.2 lbs. Mike Russell and Travis Gillett of Salem also snagged 9 coyotes weighing 267.8 lbs earning them 4th place. 5th place went to Seth Green and Caleb Middleton both from Kinmundy for grabbing 6 coyotes weighing 188.45 lbs.
Matt Jackson of Toledo and Brian Miller of Olney snatched the biggest coyote which weighed 44.9 lbs. The smallest coyote, 21.4 lbs was brought in by Mike Russel and Travis Gillett of Kinmundy.
After the hunt, many red-eyed hunters enjoyed the hot chili, chicken noodle soup and sandwiches, told their interesting hunting stories, and made various hunting memories from the competition. X RING CUSTOM is looking forward to the 7th Annual Coyote Competition in 2018!