2019 Coyote Banquet

Richie Post (left) & Deming Lindsley at the gun raffle table.

                              2019 Coyote Banquet

Karen Leeroy (left) & Liane Danchak at the registration table.


By Jack Danchak




     The Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs of Sullivan County, NY held their 12th Annual  Statewide 3-DAY Coyote Contest on February 8, 9 & 10, 2019. 652 hunters participated in the hunt and brought in 76 coyotes, 21 on Friday, 29 on Saturday & 26 on Sunday.

     Edward Wright from Pennelivelle, NY, hunting in Oswego County, won the contest by taking a 50.60 lb. male coyote. Ed used a .223 cal. rifle & used a predator call to lure the coyote within shooting range. Ed earned a check for $2,280, $2,000 for the heaviest coyote of the contest, $200 for the heaviest coyote taken on Sunday & $80 for another coyote.

     Taking 2nd place honors was Cody Fronckowiak from Fleischmanns, NY hunting in Greene County, took a 50.15 lb. male coyote using a .204 cal. rifle & used a FoxPro predator call.  Cody earned a check for $500.

     Taking the 3rd heaviest coyote of the hunt was Keith Burgher (last year’s winner) of Olive Branch, NY and hunting in Ulster County took a 48.40 lb. male coyote using a .223 cal. rifle and hunted over bait. Keith earned a check for $250 for his 3rd place finish plus $160 for two more coyotes.

     Warren Lounsbury from Pine Plains, NY, hunting in Dutchess County, brought in the heaviest coyote on Friday a 46.30 lb. male.  He earned a check for $200.

     Cody Fronckowiak from Fleischmanns, NY, hunting in Greene County, brought in the heaviest coyote on Saturday a 50.15 lb. male.  Cody earned a check for $200.

     Edward Wright (the winner) had the heaviest coyote on Sunday, a 50.60 male from Oswego County.

     14-year old Tanner Macumber from Deposit, NY, hunting in Broome County, won the Youth Division with a 33.95 lb. male. Tanner earned $100 plus a $100 gift certificate from Fur, Fin & Feather Sport Shop in Livingston Manor and $80 for his coyote.

     Billie West from Elizavile, NY, hunting in Columbia County, won the Female Hunter Division with a 44.65 lb. male coyote & earned a $100 plus a $100 gift certificate from Fur, Fin & Feather Sport Shop in Livingston Manor. She also earned $720 for bringing in nine (9) coyotes during the 3-day contest.  This is the first time a hunter brought that many coyotes in the contest.  Congratulations Billie West!

     Gun raffle winners were:  Walt Zeitschel of Neversink won the Mossberg 12 ga., Chris Hermann of Monticello won the .223 cal. Savage rifle, Patrick Tobin of Pearl River won the muzzleloader, Joe Alvarado of Greenfield Park, NY won the crossbow, Nick D’Angelo of Swan Lake won the trail camera & Paul Lindsley of White Sulphur Springs won the electronic caller.

     Over 300 hunters & guests enjoyed a delicious roast beef dinner prepared by the White Sulphur Springs Firemen. In attendance were:  Sullivan County Sheriff Mike Schiff, Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell, Assistant Sullivan County Clerk Russell Reeves & Cynthia Dolan (candidate for Sullivan County Judge).

     A very special thank you to the following merchants, individuals & companies for their generous donations that helped to make this coyote contest a success:  Sarge Knives-Greer, SC; Wildlife Research Center-Ramsey, MN;  FoxPro Inc-Lewistown, Pa; Midway USA-Columbia, MO; PFI Inc Z-Blade Knives-Valencia, CA; Southeastern Outdoor supplies-Martinsville, VA; National Wildlife Research Center-Fort Collins, CO; Rod’s Taxidermy-Callicoon; Marino’s Outdoor World-Hancock, NY; Sportsman’s Guide-St. Paul, MN; Fur, Fin & Feather Sport Shop-Livingston Manor; Big Dog Arms-Roscoe; John Eschenberg-Callicoon; 52 Vine-Wine & Spirts-Jeffersonville; White Lake Liquors; Auto Zone-Liberty; Trading Post-Liberty; Schmidts Wholesale-Monticello; Cochecton Mills-Cochecton; NAPA Shalelton Auto Parts-Jeffersonville; Wyde Lumber-Monticello; Klien & Sons Logging-White Sulphur Springs; Pete’s Mkt-Narrowsburg; Home Depot-Monticello; Glenn Loudes Dog Food; Tractor Supply-Liberty; Roscoe Diner; Advance Auto-Liberty; Delaware Valley Agway-Callicoon; Fosterdale Equipment; Citgo Mkt-Mongaup Valley, NY; Neversink General Store-Neversink; Ray Otto; Linda Loughrey; Edie McArthur; Jeannie Hillriegel; Tavern on Main-Jeffersonville; MichaelAngelos-Jeffersonville; Sorrelas Pizza-Kauneonga Lake; Everyday Apparell-Monticello; Peppino’s-Callicoon; Paefano Pizza-Liberty; Riverside Café-Roscoe; Catskill Mountains Resort-Barryville;  Barryville Sportsman;  Il Castello Pizza-Barryville; Grahamsville Deli; Zanetti Service Station; Blue Hill Lodge-Claryville, NY & Superior Lumber-Neversink, NY.


By Jack Danchak




     Here are some more interesting stats of the 3-day statewide coyote contest held on February 8-10, 2019.  A total of 76-coyotes were taken, 21 on Friday, 29 on Saturday & 26 on Sunday.  Three (3) coyotes were disqualified because they failed the required body temperature. 47-males & 29 females were taken.  35 coyotes were taken during daylight hours & 41 at night.

     30 coyotes were taken by calling, 25 taken over bait, 18 with the use of dogs & 3 were trapped.  Hunters taking coyotes used the following firearms:  .223 cal.-22 hunters, 12 ga. shotgun-13, .204 cal.-6, .22 mag-5, .270 cal.-4, .308 cal.-4, 22.250 cal-4, .220 Swift cal.-2, .22 cal-2, .22 Hornet cal-1, .17 Win Mag cal.-1 & .7mm08 cal.-1.

     Coyotes were taken from the following counties in New York State:  Sullivan-17, Dutchess-16, Delaware-7, Greene-7, Columbia-7, Ulster-6, Broome-3, Oswego-2, Orange-1, Onondaga-1, & Cayuga-1.

     Coyotes taken from counties in Pennsylvania:  Wayne-5, Susquehanna-2 & Lackawanna-1.

     Hunters taking more than one (1) coyote include:  Billie West-9, Adam Bissonnette-3, Keith Burgher-3, Tim Kautz-3, Shane O’Dell-3, Edward Wright-2, John Barrett-2, Bruce Brown-2, Dennis Eacott Jr.-2, Todd Faulker-2, Cody Fronckowiak-2, Joshua Gavin-2 & Casey Miller-2.

     There were 68 coyotes taken from New York State and 8 coyotes taken from the state of Pennsylvania.

     The payouts this year included:  73 coyotes at $80 each = $5,840; 1st  place $2,000, 2nd place $500, 3rd place $250 =$2,750; $200 for the heaviest coyote each day = $600 & $100 each to the youth & female hunter winners = $200.  The total payout was $9,390.

     Total coyotes taken during the twelve (12) year contest is 718.

            2019 Coyote Banquet

Mark Puerschner at the sleigh of cheer