Billie West, Bill Danchak, Jack Danchak, Linda Loughrey at 2020 Coyote Banquet

            2020 Coyote Banquet

                              2020 Coyote Banquet

Good times at Coyote Banquet

Coyote Weigh-In Committee


By Jack Danchak




          The Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs of Sullivan County, NY held their 13th Annual statewide 3-day Coyote Contest on February 7, 8 & 9, 2020.  636 hunters participated in the contest including 31 female hunters and 9 youth hunters.  A new record take of 118-coyotes were brought in, breaking the previous 2017 total of 85 coyotes.  22 coyotes were brought in on Friday, 45 on Saturday & 51 on Sunday.

     Ken Vanderpyle of Glen Wild, NY hunting in Sullivan County won the contest with a 50.30 lb. female coyote.  Ken used a 22-250 rifle & hunted over bait.  Ken earned a check for $2,440, $2,000 for the heaviest coyote of the contest, $200 for taking the heaviest coyote on Sunday and $240 for 3 more coyotes.

     Second place honors went to Keith Mitchell Jr. from Ellenville hunting in Ulster County, took a 49.45 lb. female coyote using a call & a .308 rifle.    Keith earned a check for $700, $500 for second place and $200 for the heaviest coyote taken on Saturday.

     Taking the third heaviest coyote was Codie Nichols of Otego hunting in Otsego county took a 49.15 lb. male coyote hunting with the use of dogs and using a .204 rifle. Cody earned a check for $410 that includes 3rd place $250 & $160 for two coyotes.

      Dan Baker from Oneonta hunting in Otsego County brought in the heaviest coyote on Friday, a 46.10 lb. male.  He earned a check for $200.

     Keith Mitchell had he heaviest 49.45 lb. on Saturday and Ken Vanderpyle had the heaviest on Sunday.

     The youth division was won by Lane Hartwell of Phoenicia hunting in Ulster County took a 29.25 lb. coyote using a call and a 17 HMR rifle.  Lane received a  $100 for winning the youth division, a $100 gift certificate donated by Fur, Fin & Feather Sport Shop in Livingston Manor and $80 for his coyote.  He earned a check for $280.

     The female division was won by Billie West of Elizaville¸NY hunting  in Columbia County, she took a 45.35 lb. male coyote and earned $100 plus a $100 from Fur, Fin & Feather Sport Shop in Livingston Manor, a $500 cash prize from the Roscoe Brewing Company and for bringing in six coyotes $80 for each.  She earned a check for $1,180.

     Over 300 hunters & guests enjoyed a delicious roast beef dinner prepared & served by the White Sulphur Springs Firemen.  In attendance was Retired Judge Frank Labuda, Sullivan County Clerk Russell Reeves, Sheriff Mike Schiff, Under Sheriff Eric Choboty, Acting District Attorney Megan Gallagan and candidate for NY Senate Mike Martucci.

     A very special thank you to the following merchants, individuals and 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 2 Blade Knives-Valencia, CA, National Wildlife Research Center-Fort Collins, CO, Roscoe Brewing Co,- Roscoe, NY, Fur, Fin & Feather Sport Shop-Livingston Manor, NY, Delaware Valley Agway-Callicoon, John Eschenberg Inc-Callicoon, Bisbee Lumber Supply, Hancock¸ Kohler Lumber-Jeffersonville, Roscoe Diner, Roscoe Lumber, Marino’s Outdoor World- Hancock, Peppino’s Restaurant-Callicoon, Fallsburg Lumber, Klein & Son Logging-Liberty, 52X Vine Wine Spirits-Liberty, Callicoon Supply & Lumber, Narrowsburg Feed & Farm Home & Garden, Advanced Auto-Monticello, Liberty Trading Post, Lake Huntington Auto Motive Service, Monticello Home Lawn & Garden, Schmidts Plumbing Heating Wholesale-Monticello, Mower’s & More-Youngsville, Marcia Fink, Edie McArthur, New Munson Diner-Liberty, Liberty Tractor Supply, Cochecton Mills, Shalketon Auto & Truck Center, Auto Zone-Monticello, Dirlam Lumber-Narrowsburg, M & B Peppermills & Wood Work-Liberty, Jeannie Hillriegel, Il Castello Pizza-Barryville , Rod’s Taxidermy-Callicoon & Muthig Farms.

     Please support the people, businesses and companies mentioned above because they support us sportsmen!



By Jack Danchak




          Some more stats of the 3-day statewide coyote contest held on February 7, 8 & 9, 2020.  A new record take of 118 coyotes were brought in, 22 on Friday, 45 on Saturday & 51 on Sunday.  Three (3) coyotes were disqualified because they failed the required body temperature.  60 female & 58 male coyotes were taken.  50 coyotes were taken during daylight hours and 68 were taken in the dark.

     54 coyotes were taken over bait, 33 by calling, 24 with the use of dogs & 7 coyotes were trapped.  Firearms used in taking coyotes:  .223 cal.-40, 22-250-20, .243-16, 12 ga.-10, .22 mag.-4, .308-4, .270-4, 30/06-4, .204-3, .22 Hornet-2, 7mm mag.-2¸ 6MM-1 & 6.8 SFC-1.

     Coyotes were taken from the following counties in New York State:  Sullivan-27, Ulster-18, Delaware-14, Dutchess-11, Columbia-10, Otsego-8, Broome-5 Rensselaer-4, Orange-3, Cortland-3, Putnam-1, Tompkins-1, Schenectady-1 & Albany-1.

     Coyotes taken from counties in Pennsylvania:  Susquehanna-5, Wayne-3 & Tioga-2.

     Hunters taking more than one (1) coyote:  Dan Baker-2, Adam Bissonnette-2, John Bold-2, Robert Brown-2, Keith Burgher-2, Sal Disimore-2, Wayne Elwood-3, Brittney Engler-2, Todd Faulkner-3, Jeremy Harvey-2, Ed Hatch-2, Brian Hillriegel-2, Jeannie Hillriegel-2, Tim Kautz-2, Steve Lisoky-2, Codie Nichols-2, Steve Noel-2, Bryon Otis-2, Matt Pelletter-3, Ben Prentice-2, Robert Ralph-2, Leland Rausch-2, Jack Sorber-3, Dan Vandermark-2, Ken Vandermark-4, Charlie Wacha-4, Billie West-6, Rich Widley-2, William Woolley-2 & Fred Zurn-2.

     There were 108 coyotes taken from New York State and 10 coyotes from Pennsylvania.  The payouts this year in coyotes and prize monies was $12,750.  Total coyotes taken during the 13-years of the Federation’s contests is 836.

     Sorry to report there was a miscalculation by the Weigh-in Committee determining the youth winner, 15-year old Ben Prentice of Pine Plains, NY hunting in Dutchess County is the youth winner.  Ben took a 41.10 lb. male coyote.

     I also want to thank Liberty Agway for their generous donation to the coyote banquet.

     The coyote gun raffle winners included:  1. Mossberg 835 Camo 12 ga Shotgun was won by Zoanne Deckelman of Jeffersonville, NY, 2. Savage Axis .223 Rifle was won by Wayne Miller of Livingston Manor, NY, 3. Muzzleloader was won by Carl Sherman of Middletown, NY, 4. Bear Crossbow Package was won by Brianna Meres of Downsville, NY, 5. Bushnell Trophy Trail Camera was won by Russell George of Hawley, Pa, 6. Trail Camera was won by Fred Robertson of Monticello, NY & 7.  Coyote Electronic Caller was won by Richard Murtie of Warwick, NY.

     The Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs of Sullivan County, NY & I would like to thank everyone who participated and all who supported this year’s coyote contest for making it a huge success.  We are already preparing and looking forward to next year’s contest.