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Stop Killing Coyotes for Fun and Money

Stop Killing Coyotes for Fun and Money

Every year, coyotes are targeted in cruel “wildlife killing contests” across much of the United States. These competitions are not held due to overpopulation or predator control. They are held for entertainment. Competitors at these events hunt down, shoot, and kill coyotes for the sport of killing. Company sponsors often provide cash prizes to individuals for the most coyotes killed, as well as for the largest and smallest coyote killed. The following “killing contests” are taking place soon:

February 10:

  • Arizona Coyote Calling Championships in Holbrook, AZ, sponsored by firearms manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.
  • Iowa Coyote Classic in Carlisle, IA, sponsored by Sportsman's Warehouse, Theisen's and Scheels.

February 17:

  • Cast and Bang State Predator Championship in Oklahoma City, OK, sponsored by Cabela’s.


Call to Actions:

  1. Please contact the sponsors and tell them to stop sponsoring wildlife killing contests.

    Advocacy letters cannot be sent to some sponsors except through their corporate forms. You can use the forms or call the following companies directly:

    Sturm, Ruger & Co. or call CEO Chris Killoy at 336-949-5200

    Sportsman's Warehouse or call CEO John Schaefer at 801-566-6681

    Scheels or call CEO Steve M. Scheel at 701-298-2918
  2. Spread the word! Share this page with your social network.



  • Thomas L. Millner, Cabela's CEO
  • Jim Theisen, Theisen's CEO


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Stop your sponsorship of wildlife killing contests

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask you to stop your sponsorship of wildlife killing contests that focus on killing large numbers of animals--specifically coyotes--solely for entertainment. These animals are important predators to sustain the ecosystem, and killing contests aren't about hunting for food or even predator control.

Scientific studies widely accepted by natural resource agencies show that coyotes rarely target livestock, but subsist on smaller animals and birds and the leavings of other animals. They don't attack humans and seldom attack pets unless they are left unattended outside in an area where coyotes also live.

Yet hundreds of coyotes--and other animals--are killed in contests over a period of days because of your sponsorship. These killing contests leave animals injured and bleeding as hunters focus only on the number of animals they can shoot for a prize.

Please stop funding these contests--there are better ways that corporate money can be spent than sponsoring a bloodbath of slaughter.

Thank you for your consideration.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]