Deputy Editor Gerald Bethge was at the first-ever Sullivan County, New York coyote contest Feb 8-10. With $2,000 prize awarded to the hunter with the biggest coyote, sportsmen came out in droves to participate. Here he is, above, inspecting a coyote pelt.\n\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\tAn adult male coyote that's a bit worn in the tooth.\n\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\tRadio collars help track coyote movement.\n\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\tEar tags removed from a collared male coyote.\n\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\tA radio-collared male that was taken on Saturday morning.\n\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\tHunt officials track the day's take and method of harvest.\n\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\tWarren Krum skins a big coyote.\n\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\tA 45-pound comes to the scales.\n\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\tThe hide of the hunt's biggest coyote.\n\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\tThis black male coyote was taken in Ulster County, New York.\n\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\tWarren Krum skins a mature male coyote.\n\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\tHides from Saturday's hunt lie ready for the stretchers.\n\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\tHunters gather in Warren Krum's skinning shed.\n\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\tThe pelt from the radio-collared coyote.\n\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\tWinner Robert Mir from Liberty, New York accepts congratulations- and a check for $2,200 from Sullivan County Federation of Sportsmen Club's Jack Danchak.\n\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\tHunters celebrated the weekend's events with a roast beef supper.\n\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\nWhat do 500 hardcore hunters do once deer season comes to a close? Well, go coyote hunting, of course. By Gerald Bethge.