Carlisle, Newville hunters bag big coyote in Cumberland County

2013-02-18T20:56:00Z 2013-07-16T13:50:17Z Carlisle, Newville hunters bag big coyote in Cumberland CountyBy Travis Kellar, The Sentinel The Sentinel
February 18, 2013 8:56 pm  • 

It’s not every day that you see a coyote weighing more than 50 pounds.

That is exactly what Donn Reid of Carlisle and Mike Wonders of Newville saw at this year's Mosquito Creek Sportsman’s Association, Inc. 22nd annual coyote hunt. The hunt weigh-in took place Feb. 15-17 in Frenchville, located in northwestern Pa. near Clearfield. Close to 4,000 hunters registered for the hunt, according to the association’s website. Coyotes could be shot in any county in Pennsylvania.

Reid and Wonders said they bagged their coyote in Cumberland County and the animal weighed in at 51.2 pounds to garner first prize of $7,880. The second-place coyote weighed in at 45.35 pounds.

"It was exciting," Wonders said. "It’s probably a once-in-a-lifetime situation here.”

The duo set out early on Friday morning once Reid could see the crosshairs of his Remington VTR 22-250 with Burris Optics. After a short time of calling, the pair killed one coyote and immediately switched from a mouse squeaker to a distress call. It was a short time later when they took the year’s largest coyote, and it would only be the third coyote weighed in during the competition. They did not realize how big it was until they went to investigate.

“I tried to pick it up with its back legs, and by the time I got its body three-quarters off the ground, I couldn’t lift it anymore with one arm,” Reid said.

Wonders said their coyote is one of a select few in the competition’s history to weigh more than 50 pounds. Reid said he and Wonders have been participating in the hunt since high school — taking a coyote that large, however, has made them “ecstatic.”

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  1. mjslear
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    mjslear - February 21, 2013 8:04 pm
    the coyotes were killed in cumb. co.
  2. pystil
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    pystil - February 21, 2013 11:44 am
    Come on reporter.....WHERE in Cumberland County? I am surprised.
  3. Scott 123
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    Scott 123 - February 19, 2013 3:41 pm
    This story is totally wrong liek Kelli - They didn't get these Yotes in Cumberland COunty!!!!!!
  4. Scott 123
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    Scott 123 - February 19, 2013 3:39 pm
    ome diseases and parasites, like rabies and mange can affect people and pets. Mange is contagious and spreads when wildlife overpopulate. This can spread to domestic dogs and, on rare occasions, humans.
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    Scott 123 - February 19, 2013 3:38 pm
    to the mis informed -Hunting and trapping help maintain a balance between wildlife and people by reducing or preventing expensive damage to agricultural crops, buildings and other property. When wild animals become too numerous, they cause problems for humans, as well as their own. Overpopulation can lead to parasitism such as mange and diseases such as rabies and distemper. As more and more animals crowd together, diseases increase. Large die-offs due to disease are common. Some diseases
  6. KeliH
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    KeliH - February 19, 2013 2:16 pm
    A recent story published by PennLive.com interviewed some of the hunters who participated in this hunt. One of them were quoted as saying that he loves to see coyotes brought in dead because it is "one less coyote out there killing our deer."
    So, he hates coyotes because they eat the same deer to survive that he wants to kill for fun? He forgets that the majority of a coyotes diet is mice, rats and rodents, the animals that most people consider pests. It's time to end these senseless hunts.
  7. heather Carlisle
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    heather Carlisle - February 19, 2013 12:08 pm
    Where in Cumberland County?
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