Teams from all over the state participated in the inaugural Lone Star Predator Calling Classic last weekend.
The event, sponsored by the Hoffpauir Group and Lone Star Outdoor News, pitted teams of up to four hunters against each other in a 24-hour hunt for coyotes, bobcats, gray foxes and raccoons. Teams were allowed to hunt anywhere in Texas, but all team members had to stay together for the entire 24-hour period.
Teams weighed their animals Sunday at the Hoffpauir ranch in Nix to determine the winners. Prize money went to the team with the highest total weight of animals, as well as to the teams with the heaviest coyote, bobcat, fox and raccoon.
The total payout was $25,750.
The top two teams for total stringer weight both were from Falls County.
Brush Country Boys -- Shay Snyder, Kenneth Snyder, Seth Snyder and Justin Young -- recorded 91.2 pounds and received a payout of $12,720.50. The team also bagged the most dogs.
Bonds Ranch -- Allen Carthel, Clint Hegefeld and Richard Halbert -- took second with 90.2 pounds and won $4,892.50.
The heaviest individual animals, and the teams that killed them, were as follows:
• coyote, 42.8 pounds, Team Anthrax.
• bobcat, 27.7 pounds, Team Gregory.
• raccoon, 21.6 pounds, by the Beer Belly Varmint Hunters.
• fox, 11.2 pounds, by the Rabbit Creek Killing Crew.
Jason Maroney, who works for the Hoffpauir Group and ran the contest, credited Joe Francks of Cisco with developing the competition format, which Maroney said was very popular with the hunters.
The competition had 103 teams entered, with contestants from as far away as Lubbock, Corpus Christi and DeKalb.
"We expect it to quadruple by next year," Maroney said.