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Coyotes are designated as an “unprotected species” and will be hunted in White Pine County as part of an event called the Coyote Challenge on Jan. 4
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Coyotes are designated as an “unprotected species” and will be hunted in White Pine County as part of an event called the Coyote Challenge on Jan. 4

An event that is making its second time here in White Pine called the Coyote Challenge has created a few calls from unnamed sources.

The flyer that’s been posted around several merchant stores and establishments talks about a 24-hour Coyote Challenge sponsored by 6 Pack Predator Hunters.

It’s a cash only entry of $40 a person and $20 a child under the age of 12. Yes, children can hunt coyotes as well, provided they have their hunters safety cards

The event is scheduled Jan. 4 with rule reading beginning at 7 p.m., after that the hunters have 24 hours to hunt or call in a coyote. Coyotes that have been killed will be presented at the event on Jan. 5 at 7 p.m.

Coyotes are found in all continental states and Alaska. While the coyote is deep rooted in the history and lore of the American west, they are considered unprotected according to NDOW’s website.

Coyoes are scavengers. They hunt rabbits, rodents, while deer and antelope fawns are occasionally taken in by a coyote or pack hunting for a meal.

An annual litter of three to nine pups are born from March to May.

Nevada coyotes are classified as “unprotected,” meaning they are not protected by state law or regulation. While a hunting license or permit is not required to hunt unprotected mammals, including coyotes, every person who take a coyote by trapping, or sells raw furs for profit shall procure a trapping license.

There are several counties that do not prohibit shooting at night or spotlighting in unincorporated areas, such as Humboldt, Churchill, Douglas, Mineral, Esmeralds, Nye, Carson City, Lincoln, Clark and Storey.

It’s uncertain whether the sport of calling a coyote in and shooting them, or trapping them is the thrill of a challenge, an effort to reduce the popultion or a money making venture. A pelt could sell for as much as $25-85 depending on the size.

The location for registration is 463 E. Aultman St., according to they flyer. When one of the organizers for the event was reached, Ben Cruz noted that there was no event permit needed since the rules are read at the beginning of the event, and registration for the event is being held on private property.

Cruz explains that a rule reading is read at the beginning of the evening of registration, and that the challenge is not restricted to White Pine County only.

The District Attorney’s office was contacted regarding a previous ordinance that restricted hunting at night. That ordinance was repealed several years ago, according to District Attorney Mike Wheable.

NDOW was contacted and explained that coyotes are an unprotected species in Nevada. They can be hunted by both resident and non-residents in the state without a hunting license. However, if you are selling the fur, or trapping coyote, you will need a trapping license.

Some of the other unprotected animals include badgers and skunks.

There are several different names used for coyote hunting events. Some call it a hunt, some call it a challenge but these events have been happening all across Nevada. Events are held in Reno, Austin and Elko, even multiple times per year.

States such as Vermont and California have banned coyote-killing contests.