Elm Grove sets area wide predator hunt

Varmints in and around McCulloch County should be on the look out now that Elm Grove has announced its annual predator hunt scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16-17. Registration is planned from 8-11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 16 at the intersection of FM 765 and the Elm Grove turnoff. Varmint check in will be from 8-10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 at the same location. Fee for the hunt is $50 per team (teams may consist of up to three people), and no professional hunters or trappers will be allowed. Varmints may be killed in San Saba, McCulloch, Brown and Mills Counties, and all state and federal laws will apply. Prize money will go to first through third place finishers. Sixty percent of the registration fees will go toward prize money with the remaining 40 percent benefitting the Elm Grove community. Scoring will be as follows: mountain lion’50 points; coyote’20 points; wild hog’15 points; bobcat’10 points; red fox’10 points; grey fox’5 points; badger’5 points; raccoon’2 points; ringtail’2 points; beaver’1 point; possum’1 point; nutria’1 point. There will be a five point deduction for every skunk entry. Highest point total will decide the winners, and a tie-breaker will be decided by a coin toss. All fur bearing animals become the property of Elm Grove and will not be returned to contestants. All wild hogs must be taken away by team members after check in. All animals must be killed during the hours of the hunt which is from 11 a.m. Feb. 16 through 10 a.m. Feb. 17.

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