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Outdoor notebook: Night hunt for coyotes to benefit youths in Council Grove

Josh Rouse
Topeka Capital-Journal
The Morris County Sharp Shooters 50/50 Coyote Challenge, set for Jan. 16 at the Morris County 4-H Building in Council Grove, will benefit the MCSS and youths in 4-H shooting sports programs.

A benefit for area youth will include a night hunt for coyotes thanks to a new rule that went into effect Jan. 1.

The Morris County Sharp Shooters 50/50 Coyote Challenge is set for Jan. 15-16 at the Morris County 4-H Building at Council Grove, with two divisions available: a regular hunt and a night hunt. Entry is $100 per two-person team, plus side pots, with the option to include youths 15 and under. Payback is based on entries.

A pre-contest registration will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 15 for the event, which benefits the Morris County Sharp Shooters and 4-H Shooting Sports Projects. Proceeds will help purchase equipment and supplies for the 4-H youth and help fund the program.

The night hunt will begin following the registration on Jan. 15, while the regular hunt will take place Jan. 16, with a 7:30 p.m. weigh-in.

The new night hunting season for coyotes kicked off on New Year's Day after it was approved during a Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission meeting last August, along with the use of night-vision and thermal imaging equipment and other artificial lighting to pursue coyotes at night. The season runs from Jan. 1 until March 31 and is the only season in Kansas to allow night hunting. A regular coyote season also runs year-round.

The group also hosts the Ethan Carroll Memorial Coyote Hunt during the fall.

For more information, contact Tim King by phone at 620-767-2133 or by email at bassfish34@gmail.com.

Wellsville hunt

Another coyote tournament will also take place in Wellsville this month, with the Kansas Vets Outdoors Coyote Tournament slated to run from Jan. 29-31.

Check-in will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 29 at 37685 W. 247th Street in Wellsville. Entry is $100 per one- to four-person team. Electronic and mouth calls are allowed, as are dogs. No trapping is allowed, and teams will not be allowed to work together. Registration will take place the day of the tournament with cash payments only. Night hunting is allowed.

The Awards/Closing Ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Jan. 31.

For more information or to pre-register to this event, go to https://tinyurl.com/y4kjudex/.

Catfish Chasers tourneys ahead

The 2021 tournament schedule for the Catfish Chasers Tournament Series kicks off at 7 a.m. March 6 at Milford Reservoir, with a tournament the following month on Jefferson County's Perry Reservoir.

The March tournament on Milford, located near Junction City, will have a $150 entry fee with $5,000 in added money. The ramp location for that tournament has yet to be announced, and fishing ends at 4 p.m.

On April 3, the series will head to Perry's South State Park Ramp for the tournament, which kicks off at 7 a.m., as well, and ends at 4 p.m. Entry is $150, with $1,500 added.

Things heat up in July, with an event July 10 at Coffey County Lake (Wolf Creek), followed by a second tournament a couple weeks later on nearby John Redmond Reservoir. The Wolf Creek event is an overnight event that kicks off at 7 p.m. with a check-in at the main ramp and runs through 8 a.m. July 11. The event is pre-registration only, with just 40 teams allowed to enter and a $150 entry fee. A recommended meeting will take place at 7 p.m. July 9. The John Redmond event will kick off at 7 a.m. July 24 at the ramp located near the dam, and runs through 4 p.m. Entry is $150.

August will see two tournaments, as well, with the Victory Chevrolet Classic running overnight from 7 p.m. Aug. 7 to 10 a.m. Aug. 8 on the Missouri River, with the takeoff and weigh-in at the French Bottoms Ramp in St. Joseph, Mo. There will be a mandatory meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 6 at the St. Joseph Frontier Casino. Pre-entry fee is $200 if postmarked before July 30, or $225 after. This event will see a large payout.

The Calamus Catfish Classic follows on Aug. 21-22 at Burwell, Neb., with fishing from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and check-in/weigh-in at the Homestead Knolls ramp. Entry is $250 if postmarked before Aug. 9, or $300 after, with a guaranteed $5,000 for first place. The event is limited to the first 80 entries received. There will be a mandatory captains meeting at 5 p.m.

The season ends where it began, at Milford Reservoir, with an event Sept. 25. That tournament runs from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will have a $150 entry fee.