This year, the Randolph County Farm Bureau hosted its first coyote contest, which lasted from October 2011 to June 20.
From 2010 to 2011, it was estimated that farmers in Randolph County lost approximately $44,500 in livestock because of the coyote population. During the contest, there were a total of 71 coyotes checked in.
Organizers wanted to thank the Randolph County Commission for donating $2,000 to help start the coyote contest, which was matched by the Randolph County Farm Bureau. They also wanted to thank the following local businesses for agreeing to be a check-in station: See's Market in Valley Head, Midway Motors in Harman, Trickett Hardware in Elkins and Beverly Marathon in Beverly. A special thanks also went to Julie Dean for helping to orchestrate the event.
The Randolph County Farm Bureau hosted its first coyote contest this year. From left are Jean Knavenshue, treasurer; first-place winner Scott Campbell; and Portia Dean, president.
The prize drawing took place during the Farm Bureau's July cookout at Camp Pioneer. The first-place winner of $500, with 21 coyotes, was Scott Campbell of Beverly. The second-place winner of $250 was Lanny Thompson of Bowden, and the third-place winner of $100 was Jay Session of Elkins.
There also was a prize drawing for other contestants, which included prizes donated by the Farm Bureau, Trickett Hardware and Jack Cunningham. Those prize winners were Thomas Croston, Donald Hull, Brad Sacks, Keith Wegman, Brett Ware, Josh Burnside, Mark McCrary, Jeff Burnside, Kenny Burgess, Crystal Bee, Lynn Day and Jack Cunningham.
The 2012-2013 Randolph County Farm Bureau Coyote Contest will run from Oct. 1 through June 30.