Do not — I repeat — do not be drinking water, coffee, tea or soda when you read the paragraph below. It’sÂ a GazetteÂ newsÂ staffer’s waggish interpretation of a press release from the Smokie Coyote Hunting Club, a Wyoming County-based organization that pays $25-a-head bounties to members who kill coyotes:
“Coyotes can be trapped, shot, garroted, shanked, speared, darted, tire-ironed, bitch-slapped,Â run over or overdosed with prescription drugs.”
All this mayhem isÂ to take place during a “four-stage coyote killfest” that the club plans to conduct Feb. 16-18, March 14-16, April 18-20 and April 26-27.
Club officials plan to pay out $10,000 in bounties during those periods. Coyote carcasses can be checked in at Park Center Sporting Goods in Rainelle, Flat Top Arms in Beckley, Uncle Sam’s in Man, Dee’s Pickette and Sporting Goods in Hamlin, Great Outdoors in Ripley, Crossroads General Store in Newark, Jerry’s Sporting Goods in Weston, Gander Mountain in Charleston, and Johnson’s Sporting Goods in Summersville.
Anyone who wants more information about the contest can call (304) 682-8146.