Applications for coyote hunt still being accepted

KINGMAN - There is still time to drop off applications for the Mohave Sportsman Club annual Antelope Eaters hunt.

According to MSC Treasurer Bill Schleeter, the early bird application period has ended, and about 50 teams have already been entered into the hunt.

It is designed to remove coyotes from prime antelope and other big-game fawning areas. Hunters are requested to hunt in any unit that has a population of antelope.

The cut-off date to register and pay the entry fees with a check is Friday. After that, only cash will be accepted. The last day to enter the hunt is March 6, and entries will be taken until 10 p.m. that day at the Black Cat Bar in Seligman.

Entries are still being accepted until Friday at the MSC 7 Mile Hill Range and at some local gun shops.

Fees for the hunt are $50 for a two-person team and $75 for a three-person team. In 2014, there were 120 teams. with 285 hunters from across Arizona and neighboring states, who participated in this hunt.

Hunters can begin at daylight on March 7, and the mandatory check-in is at 9 p.m. On March 8, hunters can begin at daylight with a 2 p.m. check in.

Hunters have asked if Boquillas Ranch is going to be open for the hunt, and the answer is yes, but they must receive a free ranch pass prior to the hunt.

They will need to pick up their permits March 6 from Cindy Seff at the Black Cat Bar.

Hunters must have a copy of the ranch permit with them, along with a signed liability waiver, before going on the ranch. Having the state's Game and Fish green or florescent orange sign-in tag is not acceptable.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department will be on hand to collect samples of coyotes that were taken in the area where the federally endangered black-footed ferret resides.

The department collects samples from the coyotes for diseases that may be fatal to ferrets.

MSC also is giving away a pair of Rock River Arms AR-15 rifles. Get more information when you sign up for the hunt.