The Maple Country Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Geauga County Coon Hunters are hosting their 4th Annual Coyote Open. Dates this year for the contest are Jan. 24-26, preregistration is required.
Prizes: 75 percent or more of entry fees collected. See official “Rules” for payout details. Dog Category or Open Hunt Category. Contact: Bill Trump 983-7203, Tony Bitner 221-9786, Adam Hollobaugh 313-7406, Matt McDermott 330-221-3063, or you can register on-line at: www.maplecountrynwtf.com and check out the “Official Rules” while you’re there.
Because of the need of snow for successful coyote hunting we will have alternate dates for the coyote hunt in February. In the case of no snow between the 24th and 26th of January we will postpone the contest until February dates of sunrise Feb. 21 to sunset on Feb. 23. Weigh-in time will be 7:30 pm on Feb. 23.
In the case of postponed dates, we will continue to register teams up till Feb. 19 at 7 pm.
Several Wild Game Dinners are scheduled, here’s a list of the ones I know of:
Crossroads Community Church, Jan. 26, 2013. Call 428-1435 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Peoples Church, Feb. 23, 2013. Call 466-2020 for more information.
Jefferson Nazarene, March 14, 2013. Call 576-6556 for more information.
As of Dec. 25, 2012 the deer harvest stats for Ashtabula County and some surrounding counties are as follows:
Ashtabula — Bucks taken 1608, does taken 2604, button bucks 700 — Total 4912.
Geauga — Bucks taken 600, does taken 1131, Button Bucks taken 310 — Total 2014.
Lake — Bucks taken 299, does taken 520, button bucks taken 129 — Total 948.
Trumbull — Bucks taken 1108, does taken 1752, button bucks taken 619 — Total 3479.
State Totals — Bucks 79,966, does 109485, button bucks taken 25,470 — Total 214921.
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