WEIGHING IN. Eric Price, center, Polo Legion Adjutant and Becky Martinmaas, far right, check the weight of one of the 37 coyotes brought in for the Varmint Hunt in Polo. Kade Hieb and Logan Single watch as their “prettiest” coyote is weighed in.
The second annual Polo Legion Varmint Hunt, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26 and 27, after Friday night’s meeting and team sign up, brought hunters from throughout the area. Thirty-two teams headed out to the fields to take on the challenge of bringing in the most coyotes.
The sun warmed the freezing temperatures to add enjoyment to the excitement and suspense of the hunt, which netted 37 coyotes and 42 rabbits. Several coons were shot but were not in the count.
Hunters have gathered in Polo many years for South Dakota’s pheasant and deer Seasons. In 2012 another reason to bring the hunters to Polo was added when then-Commander Sam Schaefers suggested the Polo Legion sponsor a “Varmint Hunt.”
Polo Commander and co-chair Paul Schaefers was “glad we had such good weather for our hunt this year and that everyone had a good time. I really appreciate the hunters who came from all the surrounding communities and across the state to support our Varmint Hunt. It also means a lot to us to have so many businesses who donate prizes for the winners and door prizes. They enjoyed the hunt and that makes it a worthwhile project..”
“We were very pleased with the turnout for the 2013 varmint hunt,” said Eric Price, Polo Legion Adjutant and co-chair. “We had 32 teams register from throughout South Dakota and we were thankful everyone had a safe and successful hunt. Hopefully those who hunted will return to hunt again next year and possibly we will have even more teams register for the annual event”
Price added, “The Legionnaires of the Polo American Legion Richard Clement Post #299 especially appreciate the businesses who donated prizes to help ensure a successful event. We are grateful for their support for The American Legion.”
Winners and prizes were; 1st Place, Lorne Weber and Craig Martinmaas (6 coyotes – 8 jackrabbits) won two Savage 22-250 Rifles; 2nd Place, Spence Pollock and Zach Pollock (5 coyotes-5 jackrabbits) – twoTool Sets; 3rd Place, Matt McCloud and Payton Mewes (4 coyotes – 13 jackrabbits) -$200 Mooseback predator; Largest coyote (38 1.2 lbs), Mike Herman and Perry Fisher; Smallest coyote (23 ½), Chris Howard and Brad Parmely; Prettiest coyote – Logan Single and Kade Hieb, Rifle Slings; Ugliest coyote – Tyson Nuhsbaumer and Keith Jaton; Longest Tail (15 inches) $100 Mike Hermann and Perry Fisher; Farthest Team – $25 Gift Certificate and $25 cash Rory Wieseler (Rapid City) Jerry Giovannettone (Sioux Falls); Female Team – Lacy Sprenger and Jamie Sprenger two $25 Gift Certificates.