By Jack & Kay Danchak
The Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs of Sullivan County, NY held their 11th annual
statewide three-day coyote contest. 611 hunters participated in the hunt and brought in 61
Keith Burgher from Olive Branch, NY hunting in Ulster County won the contest with a 51.10 lb.
male coyote. Keith used a .223 cal. rifle and hunted over bait. Keith earned a check for $2,200,
$2,000 for the heaviest coyote of the hunt and $200 for the heaviest coyote taken on Saturday.
Taking 2nd place honors was Tom Orlando from Farmingdale, NY hunting in Delaware County.
Tom took a 47.55 male coyote using a .223 cal. rifle and the use of dogs. Tom earned $500 and $80
for another coyote.
Robert Ralph of Worchester, NY took 3rd place honors with a 46.25 lb. male coyote. Robert
hunted in Otsego County using a .17 Hornet rifle with the use of dogs. Robert earned a check for
James Boyles from Pine Plains, NY brought in the heaviest coyote on Friday, a 42.55 lb. male
hunting in Dutchess County using a 22-250 rifle and hunting over bait. James earned a check for
Saturday’s heaviest coyote was the winning weight taken by Keith Burgher 51.10 lb.
William Mastro of Wallkill, NY hunting in Ulster County brought in the heaviest coyote on
Sunday, a 44.95 male. William used a .270 cal. rifle and a rabbit call. He earned $200 and $80 for
another coyote.
Braedon Cronin of Middleburg, NY won the youth hunter division with a 41.10 male coyote
using a .22 Hornet rifle and the use of dogs. Braedon earned $100 and a $100 gift certificate from
Fur, Fin & Feather Sport Shop in Livingston Manor.
Dr. Emily Bold from Honesdale, Pa hunting in Wayne County, Pa won the female hunter division
with a 26.25 lb. coyote using a 12 ga. shotgun and the use of dogs. Emily earned $100 and a $100
gift certificate from Fur, Fin & Feather Sport Shop in Livingston Manor.
A total of 61 coyotes were taken: 21 on Friday, 31 on Saturday and 9 on Sunday. Gun raffle
winners were: Matt Peters of Jeffersonville, won the Mossberg 535 Camo 12 ga., Mike Paccione of
Woodstock won the Savage Axis .223 rifle, Carl Sherman of Middletown won the muzzleloader,
Sebastian Bonnanza of Cochecton won the crossbow and Mike Edwards of Downsville won the
Trail Camera.
Over 300 hunters & guests enjoyed a delicious roast beef dinner prepared by the White Sulphur
Springs Firemen. All were greeted by a surprise visit from United States Congressman John Faso,
who stated he supports the 2nd Amendment (right to bear arms) and is always available to hear
hunters and sportsmen concerns. Congressman Faso received a rousing ovation.
A very special thank you to the following merchants, individuals & companies for their generous
donations that helped to make this coyote contest a success: Southern Outdoor Supplies- VA,
Diamond Manufacturing- Chicago, Ill, Wildlife Research Center- Ramsey, MN, Sarge Knives-
Greer, SC, Z-BLADE- Marty Braden-Valencia, CA, Fox-Pro- Lewistown, Pa, Midway USAColumbia,
MO, E.L.K.- Inc, Livingston, MT, Cochecton Mills, Delaware Valley Agway- Callicoon,
Sportsmen’s Den- Callicoon, Rod’s Taxidermy-Callicoon, Buddenhagens Ford- Hortonville, Roche's
Garage- Callicoon, Fur, Fin & Feather Sports Shop- Livingston Manor, Everyday Apparel-
Monticello, Callicoon Supplies, Superior Lumber- Neversink, Ray Otto, Harold Buley, JB MakLiberty,
Liberty Agway, Neversink General Store, Linda Loughrey, Edie McArthur, Roscoe
Brewing Company, Roscoe Diner, Stonewalls Farms, Klien & Sons Logging, Wyde Lumber, Home
Depot- Monicello, Narrowsburg Feed & Grain, Shakelton Auto & Truck, Tractor Supply- Liberty,
John H. Escheberg, Sullivan County Coonhound Assoc., Jeannie Hillriegel, & Quaker Boy.
Please support the above mentioned because they support sportsmen!

By Jack & Kay Danchak
We have some more interesting stats of the 3-day statewide coyote contest held on February
9, 10 & 11, 2018. 61 coyotes were taken, 21 on Friday, 31 on Saturday and 9 on Sunday. 30
males and 31 females were taken. 50 during daylight hours and 11 at night including the
winning weight of 51.10 lb.
There was 35 coyotes taken with the use of dogs, 11 taken over bait, 10 were called in and 5
were trapped. One (1) was disqualified because it’s body temperature was under the required
temperature to qualify.
Hunters taking coyotes used the following firearms: .223 cal.-17 hunters, 12 ga.shotgun-12,
22-250 cal.-6, 22 mag.-6, 17 HMR-5, .243 cal.-4, .270 cal.-3, 22 LR-2, 30.06 cal.-1, 17 Hornet-1,
.22 Hornet-1, .308 cal.-1, .204 cal.-1 & 220 Swift-1.
Coyotes were taken from the following counties in New York State: Otsego-13, Sullivan-12,
Delaware-10, Ulster-9, Orange-3, Dutchess-2, Schoharie-2, Putnam-1 & Chemung-1.
Coyotes taken from counties in Pennsylvania: Susquehanna-5, Wayne-2 & Lackawanna-1.
Hunters taking more than one (1) coyote include: Derek Rollins-4, Colby Shaul-3, Dan
Baker-3, Ammon Bush Jr.-2, Brandyn Nichols-2, Bruce Brown-2, Charles Avery-2, Jeffrey
Paulsen-2, Robert Brown-2, Robert Ralph-2, Timothy Kautz-2, Tom Orlando-2 & William
There were 53 coyotes taken from New York State & 8 coyotes taken from Pennsylvania.
A special thank you to everyone who helped in anyway to make this event a huge success.
Another thank you to the White Sulphur Springs Firemen for putting on a delicious roast beef
A thank you to United States Congressman John Faso for taking the time to come to the
coyote banquet and address the hunters. Don’t forget he supports us hunters and the 2nd
Amendment (right to bear arms).
Last but not least, a thank you to all the hunters who participated and supported the hunt this
year. We are looking forward to having a great coyote contest next year. In behalf of the
Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs of Sullivan County, NY, THANK YOU!