Coyote Contest Time

President's Weekend is fast approaching and with it, two of the biggest coyote-hunting contests in the Northeast.

The 2010 Mosquito Creek Sportsmen's Association Coyote Hunt is slated for Feb. 19 to 21. A registration fee of $10 is required, but $8 of each fee is paid out to successful hunters. Joushua Simcisko claimed a check of $7,600 in last year's contest with his 50.95 pound dog. There were 3,800 registered coyote hunters last year. Thursday, February 18 is the last day to register. For more information, call 814-263-4510 or 814-263-4991.

Meanwhile in New York, the Sullivan County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs annual coyote hunt is set for the same weekend. There is a $30 registration fee with prizes awarded for the heaviest coyote overall ($2,000), heaviest coyote each day ($200), junior hunter with the biggest coyote ($100) and $100 for every coyote entered. The entry fee includes a roast beef dinner and $5 gun raffle ticket. For more information, contact Edna Calkin at 845-932-8929.