North Dakota starting 'Coyote Catalog'
The idea of connecting hunters and trappers with landowners has worked before, so should it work again?
The North Dakota Department of Agriculture and North Dakota Game and Fish Department are partnering to launch the "Coyote Catalog" to connect hunters and trappers with landowners who would like to reduce coyote populations in their areas.
"Every year we hear of landowners concerned about the number of coyotes they are seeing in their area," said Stephanie Tucker, NDGF Department furbearer biologist. "We also get requests every year from hunters around the state that are looking for landowners that want hunters. It's just kind of a way to match up the two groups of people."
After just a few short weeks, the Coyote Catalog has 186 hunters and trappers and 18 landowners signed up of Wednesday. The number is expected to grow.
"We're trying to meet a need for the farmers or ranchers," said Doug Goehring, North Dakota agriculture commissioner. "For the hunters and trappers, they're looking to enjoy the outdoors and do something they find enjoyable."
Rick Tischaefer, the president North Dakota Fur Hunters and Trappers Association, said the association tried to put a collective effort together a couple years ago, but it didn't pan out.
"Any opportunity to put fur hunters and trappers with landowners that need help is awesome," he said. "I'm really glad the Game and Fish and Department of Agriculture did this."
"The system is already up and running," Tucker said. "It will be a year-round system. Hunters are probably going to be more willing to come out during the time of year when coyote fur has value. However, these hunters might make relationships with these landowners and get to know them."
The two joined in efforts to reduce the coyote population several years ago and most recently matched deer hunters with farmers and ranchers.
After landowners, hunters and trappers sign up, the landowner will receive information on hunters interested in hunting and/or trapping in their county. The landowner will be asked to make the initial contact with the hunters and/or trappers.
"This is a great partnership between our agencies," Goehring said. "We've worked together to bring all the stakeholders to the table. It's a solution to a problem and it also always the private sector to play in much of that role without having to expend state or federal dollars."
The Coyote Catalog will stay active for hunters and trappers through March 31 and will become available again next winter. However, information for landowners, hunters and trappers can be submitted year round. Coyote seasons for firearms, traps, archery equipment and purse with dogs is opened all year. Cable devices close on March 15.
"Even though its kind of late in the season, there's plenty of time to make (hunting and trapping) happen," Tischaefer said. "The catalog next year, especially on the trapping end of things, folks will be able to start a little bit earlier and get a jump on things."