ND Coyote Classic begins today
Since the inaugural North Dakota Coyote Classic 12 years ago, the tournament has grown in popularity.
“Dickinson has been just been a great area,” said Jamie Olson, organizer of the Coyote Classic. “The (Dickinson Convention and Visitors Bureau) has been very helpful with promoting the event. It allows us to raise some money for local charities. Dickinson has been known for years as the destination for hunting and outdoor enthusiasts. It just made sense for us to come to Dickinson and run a hunt.”
Olson said there are teams from around the Midwest, but also the West Coast. The number of states which hunters come from is normally around nine.
However, more states are always welcome.
“One year, I bet we had 15 different states represented,” Olson said. “We typically have nine to 11 different states. It is well-received and respected hunt.”
The cost for a two-person team is $300. Olson said there are around 40 teams signed up but he can have a maximum of 50. Teams can still register by calling 307-359-1848.
Teams aren’t allowed to night hunt or hunt from a vehicle.
Olson said it is basically for teams get out, do some hiking and calling. He wants teams to have success, but if the success is limited, he hopes the hunters find camaraderie with one another.
The Coyote Classic has more than $20,000 in cash and prizes to be awarded to the teams. It gives money and prizes to the hunters, and donates money to local charities.
The hunters also return the favor by spending money in Dickinson, Olson said.
“If you have 50 teams, those teams are spending anywhere from $1,200 to $1,500 per team,” Olson said. “It can be a fairly sizeable influx of cash into the community. You are probably looking at anywhere in the neighborhood of $50,000 to $60,000 that can come into the community. It’s been beneficial and a nice boost to some of the local businesses.”
Olson said there is diverse terrain within an hour north, south, east and west of Dickinson.
“Most people who aren’t from North Dakota and come for the first time — and see the painted canyons — are pretty surprised to what North Dakota has to offer,” he said. “It looks pretty flat from the interstate, but if you get out there, is some pretty rough country and it absolutely gorgeous along the Missouri River and (Theodore Roosevelt National Park).
“It’s a real treasure.”