D&R Sports Center
Next Event - January 24th-26th, 2025
Team Captains will be asked to sign a copy of the rules at registration.

Great lakes region predator challenge predator hunting competition

rules & Regulations

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​​​​Participant Registration, Information and Rules:

Acknowledgement of Participant Responsibility
I understand as a participant of The Great Lakes Region Predator Challenge/Hunt that I must conduct myself in a manner which abides by all Michigan Game Laws as written and administered by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. It is the participant’s responsibility to familiarize themselves with the laws as they relate to the event of The Great Lakes Predator Challenge/Hunt. Furthermore the officers, volunteers and sponsors assume no risk or liability as it relates to the participants during the course of The Great Lakes Region Predator Challenge/Hunt event.

The Great Lakes Predator Challenge Rules
The purpose of the rules is to make the event more enjoyable for the participants and communicate the foundation from which the winners will be announced. As stated, all participants will need to adhere to federal, state and local laws while conducting themselves during the event. Any violation of the laws and or event rules will result in disqualification and forfeiture of your registration fee for the event.

1. Teams will consist of 2 or 3 people.
2. All participants must possess a current State of Michigan hunting license(s) and Fur Harvesters License required for fox and bobcat (Bobcat must be taken in legally designated areas only).
3. The event will be held at D&R Sports Center: 8178 W. Main Street Kalamazoo, MI 49009
    -Phone: 269-372 -2277 - Ask for Hunter Jordan
4. The contest will begin Friday, January 26th, 2024 at 7:30 pm (no early starts).
5. The contest will end Sunday, January 28th, 2024 at 11:30 am. Gates will be locked at 11:30 am and no further animals will be counted after this time. No exceptions.
6. Calling, stalking, and baiting are acceptable methods.
7. The use of dogs for the hunt is prohibited.
8. The use of snares and traps are prohibited. Any animal with signs of trapping will be disqualified.
9. NO OUT OF STATE HUNTING. All predators must be harvested in Michigan.
10. High fence ranches, game preserves, hunt clubs, and other caged/high fence hunting is not allowed – ALL HUNTING MUST BE CONDUCTED UNDER FAIR CHASE.
11. Trespassing will result in disqualification.
12. All animals will be checked to ensure they were harvested within the time frame of the hunt; all animals must be tagged and properly documented. Documenting harvested animals will require:
- Taking a picture with a designated mobile device including the following information:
- 8x10 inch signage with legible information including: Team Name, Date & Time of Harvest
- Image must include 2 of the 3 team members, or 1 of the 2 for 2-person teams
- The team will be required to text the image to a designated number within 1 hour of the picture being taken.
- An acknowledgement will follow and the animal will be counted or further instructions will apply.
- If a picture is not received or acknowledged the animal does NOT count
13. Appointed judges at check-in or in the field will have the final determination on any discrepancies and/or disqualifications.
14. You must be registered to win and participate in the event. No registrations will be taken after the start of the hunt.
15. This is a TEAM event. This means you must hunt with the other members of your team. Team members are not allowed to split up or hunt in separate locations away from the other members.
16. The proceeds will go towards the winnings and to cover any related cost for conducting the event. Final winning amounts will be determined by number of participants.
17. The winners will be determined by the TOTAL WEIGHT OF THE FIVE BIGGEST COYOTES. In the event of a tie the team with the LARGEST coyote will be declared the winner.
18. Core temperatures will be taken to ensure animals were killed within the time frame of the event.
19. Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st - 10th place teams.
20. In the event that there are not 10 placing teams, the extra prize money will be distributed equally among the other placing teams.
21. There will be an optional $10/team side pot for biggest (heaviest) coyote. There will be a second optional $10/team side pot for the most coyotes. These side pots are cash only, and will be collected the first check-in day.
22. In the event of a tie for biggest (heaviest) coyote, the coyote with the longest tail will win.
23. Protest of Winning Team(s): In the event of a discrepancy of the winning team(s), the Team Captain may file a written protest within 60-minutes of the announcement of said teams. The Rules Committee will randomly select 5 participants to bear witness to the hearing of protest. At the end of the hearing, the 5 participants will determine if a polygraph test is to be administered to the Team Captain of the team(s) in question.
​24. Each team is responsible for their animals at the end of the hunt.
*All Rules Subject to Change*

Teams understand that all of the predators to be taken during the Great Lakes Region Predator Challenge will be done legally and in regard to the rules and regulations listed above. Furthermore, teams agree that in the event of a protest they may be subjected to a polygraph test.