Every year hunters highly anticipate The Predator Challenge, our annual competition focused on reducing the coyote population. This year we’ve been receiving emails about the competition, getting asked in-person, and we even had a team register to the competition before it was announced! So yes, there is a lot of excitement around the competition. Last year at the check-in one of the participants told me that his team looks forward to the competition every year because it’s a weekend they plan ahead for, enjoy spending time together, and going hard competing against Mother Nature and other hunters in the state. He said it was an annual tradition for them and that was great to hear. Why a Coyote Hunting Competition It’s important to keep in mind the ultimate reason why we host this competition. We spend time and energy hosting this competition to help raise awareness about the damage that coyotes are doing to our game populations and to farmer’s livestock across the state. SCDNR’s studies based on tracking fawn mortality rates related to coyotes have shown that coyotes are a “player” in the landscape of deer management. We all know they are getting after more than deer though. So, we host the competition to give everyone a weekend to focus on coyotes, to meet other coyote hunters, and to spread the word about the growing sport of coyote hunting. 2016 Updates Many of you reading this are familiar with the competition and simply want to know what’s new this year and the logistics of the competition. So here you have it: Date : Jan 22-24, 2016 Check-In Location : Sportsman’s Warehouse, Columbia, SC (right off I-26) Updated Rules : This year, based off post-competition-survey feedback from participants, we are COYOTE ONLY . This means that bobcats and foxes will NOT earn you any points If you want to read the complete list of rules then see the Coyote Competition page . You can now begin registering your teams to the competition and we will be populating the sponsors section over the next few months. If you’re interested in sponsoring the competition just contact us. We hope to see you at the check-in on Jan 24!