Skandia – January 24, 2013 – Pulling up to the Skandia Township Hall last night you would’ve had to find a place to park alongside the road because the U.P. Predator Challenge, the U.P.’s Original 11th Annual Predator Hunt, kicked off and the parking lot was full!
Inside wasn’t much different. Teams of hunters showed up between 4-7 p.m. for a mandatory registration. They got a ticket for door prizes and a ticket for a Pasty meal! They were also able to buy tickets to sign-up for bigger prizes along the wall..which included all kinds of knives and three different caliber guns, provided by the West Branch Sportsmen’s Club.
The club members set the whole thing up every year and they work with sponsors, like Midway Rentals and Sales, to get the prizes for the winning hunters.
Mike Crawford, a member of the Sportmen’s Club said, “This would not happen if it wasn’t for Midway Rentals and Sales. They’ve been really really good to us. I can’t say enough about Joe and the family. They (sponsors) put up the money that pays the hunters, the prize money.”
First place takes home $800, second is $400, third is $200 and fourth is $100! Mike went on to say, one year, he was “just about floored” when Midway Rentals and Sales paid for all of the prizes!
“I preach to them at our meetings and to everybody here, ‘Please go in there (Midway Rentals and Sales) and say ‘Thank you’ or patronize their business,’ because they’re helping us out,” Mike said. “I appreciate what they do and I definitely try to go back there myself!”
The hunt started out in 2003 when rabbit hunting was the only thing to do in the winter for sportsmen. A club member was bored and the rabbit population was dwindling, so he came up with the idea of hunting predators. It was legal and bobcats could be hunted until the end of February. Now, 11 hunts later, the challenge continues to grow with the help of Midway Rentals and Sales.
After the Pastys were gone and the prizes were handed out, Mike sent the hunters on their way into the woods for a long weekend of hunting. Come Sunday, he’ll see them at the West Branch Sportsmen’s Club with bags under their eyes and predators in their trucks, hoping this year the 800 bucks will be theirs!
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Go to uppredatorchallenge.com to learn all about the U.P. Predator Challenge and to sign up for next year!
Take a look at all of the posts for the 2013 U.P. Predator Challenge There will be updates after the hunt has completed. Thanks to everyone who helped make this event possible and especially Michigan Rentals and Sales!