Collinsville, Oklahoma
January 6, 2019
4-H Predator Hunt
Teams To Compete January 26th
As calving season will soon begin, the Sperry 4-H is looking for ways to protect herds from an increase in predators with a fundraising hunt.

Registration costs $150 for each team, with groups up to three people, who will hunt on January 26th, 2019. Registration takes place on Friday The 25th from 6 - 8.30 p.m. at Country Corner Fire Station located at 6983 W. 113th St. N. Sperry Oklahoma 74073.

Teams are allowed to hunt anywhere but must return by checkin 8 p.m. at The fire station for the weigh-in. The days events will also include a chili super at 6-9.30 p.m. 5$ for adults and 3$ for kids 12 and under (Hunters eat free). Along with raffles, silent auction and giveaways it will be an event everyone will want to see.

Winners will be determined based on total weights of all animals combined. 60 percent of the buy-in money will be distributed for prizes. The rest will go to 4-H. Additional side pots for big dog, little dog, big cat and mangy dog with winners taking the pot.

Sperry 4-H leader Ronny Harvey said the idea came from the need to protect cattle and sheep during birthing season, which runs approximately from January through March.

With a rise in predators, such as coyotes, foxes and bobcats, they spread to find food and often feed on exposed calves, goats or lambs. “It’d be a good time to do it, because it’s not going to have a long-term effect on (the predators’) population as they are highly prolific. They breed rapidly.” Ronny spoke.

Predator population is rising with more coyotes seen throughout the day, said Dan Robbins, Shooting Instructor for the Sperry 4-H which is apart of Tulsa County 4-H. “It’s concerning when in the middle of the day you see predators wandering across the pasture.”

Although they do a tremendous amount of good by keeping the rodent population down, coyotes will frustrate cows during births and steal their calves.

For more information about the upcoming hunt contact Ronny Harvey (918) 519-8758 or Dan Robbins (918) 694-2190 as well as look up COYOTE PREDATOR HUNT HOSTED BY SPERRY 4-H on Facebook.

*Note Sperry 4-H has kids from Sperry, Skiatook, Collinsville & Owasso (all under the Tulsa County 4-H) in their club as many towns don’t have a club formed. -- Memori Robbins (4H parent)

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