A Department of Environmental Conservation official said in a statement that the DEC “does not endorse or sponsor competitive hunting events.”
An official for the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in N.Y. spoke out telling reporters the DEC “does not endorse or sponsor competitive hunting events,” and will not have a staff member present at the upcoming Bod Evans Memorial Predator Calling Hunt.
Steve Joule with the DEC told reporters;
This morning I spoke to Independent Fur Harvesters of CNY President, Al LaFrance, about the Bob Evans Memorial Predator Calling Hunt. Since DEC does not endorse or sponsor competitive hunting events, reference to a DEC biologist examining all hunted animals entered in the contest has generated lots of calls from the public. Al LaFrance indicated that the statement ‘A New York State DEC biologist will be on site…’ is incorrect and he confirmed that no DEC staff are involved with the event.
This is in response to a release for the Bod Evans Memorial hunt which read, “No frozen carcasses or road kills will be accepted. No hound hunting allowed. No trapped carcasses will be accepted. Please understand this is a calling contest. A New York State DEC biologist will be on site to examine all carcasses.”
It turns out there will be no DEC biologist on scene.
The winner of the contest will claim first prize based on a point system considering the number of coyotes, bobcats, and foxes called-in and shot by hunters. The hunt is scheduled to take place on Jan. 9-11, and the weigh-ins will be held at the Pompey Rod and Gun Club.
The first place hunter of the contest will receive $1,000, the second place hunter receives an electric caller, and there will be a bonus cash prize for the heaviest coyote harvested. All proceeds will fund Advance Strategy Adventures, an organization that provides hunting and fishing opportunities for physically challenged individuals.