Wyoming Best of the Best Rules 2017-2018
1. No hunting from any aircraft, snow machine, motor cycle or any tracked vehicle. The use of any ATV to include side by sides are allowed in WBOTB tournaments for the purpose of traveling between stands. A four wheeler for use with two man teams and a side by side for three man teams must follow all Game & Fish and Federal BLM/USFS rules.
2. No baiting or hunting coyotes over “known” dead piles. It is against WBOTB rules to call or take coyotes over dead carcasses that have been placed at a site either by the hunter or by another person that contributes to attracting coyotes for the purpose of increasing their harvest during a WBOTB contest.
3. No hunting with dogs (leave them at home during the day of the hunt). If you have a dog with you in your vehicle at any time, you will be disqualified.
4. No trapped, snared, poisoned, road killed or penned coyotes.
5. Only coyotes shot by your team will count. No combined tallies.
6. Teams must stay within the same vehicle at all times, including ATV’s.
7. At least one member of your team must be present at Friday night registration with all paperwork signed for other team member(s) if they are not present including release for accidents, injury, or death while participating in a WBOTB hunt.
8. Remote registration is allowed at all qualifiers. Remote registration can only be completed by contacting the specific hunt coordinator at least one week preceding their qualifying hunt. This pre-registration will consist of texting, faxing, or emailing a complete registration form to the hunt coordinator or by contacting them to fill out the registration form over the phone. A team number will be assigned and you will be responsible for providing the blocks for your own team. The remote team must then mail their entry fees, big dog/little dog and Calcutta to the hunt coordinator in the form of a check or money order, payable to that specific hunt coordinator(not WBOTB). All funds must be received prior to the Friday night registration or that pre-registered team will not be entered into the contest. No exceptions will be made. It is the remote registered team’s responsibility to make certain that funds will be delivered through the postal service in the required time frame. An effort will be made by the hunt coordinator to contact remote teams where funds are not received by Friday night registration. Any team whose funds were not received will not be allowed to participate in the contest check-in Saturday night. No arguments will be entertained and the hunt coordinator’s decision is final. Addresses and phone numbers for all hunt coordinators are listed on the web site. Please contact the appropriate coordinator in advance of the hunt for which you would like to participate in. There will be a $20 fee per team implemented to remote register. A circuit point will be awarded for the pre-registered team. For example, a team participating in the Rock Springs hunt that is from Casper may remote register. They will need to contact the Rock Springs hunt coordinator, at least one week prior to the hunt, and have an entry form completed by one of the four methods. The hunt coordinator will then assign a team number and instruct the team to produce blocks with the appropriate assigned number. The hunt coordinator will await payment prior to his hunt. Once payment is received, the remote team will be entered into the hunt. The remote team must, however, check in Saturday night at the hunt city they are participating in for their coyotes to count. In this case, it would be Rock Springs. No remote check-ins on Saturday night.
9. Teams must be checked in no later than 7 p.m. on Saturday night/NO EXCEPTIONS. All members of each team must be present at check in for their coyote tallies to count.
10. Any violation of any state Game & Fish, Tribal, and/or Federal laws is grounds for disqualification.
11. Hunting hours for the WBOTB hunts are half hour before sunrise to half hour after sunset.
12. Placings will be determined by total weight of coyotes. A maximum entry of three coyotes will be weighed for any qualifying hunt. If more than three coyotes are harvested during any qualifying hunt the team members will choose which three coyotes are to be weighed for their entry.
13. Placings for the Championship hunt will be determined by total weight of coyotes. A maximum entry of ten coyotes will be weighed. If more than ten coyotes are harvested during the two day hunt the team members will choose which ten coyotes are to be weighed for their entry.
14. All ties during a contest will be broken based on total weight of coyotes checked in followed by weight of big dog if needed.
15. The judges’ decision is final.
16. Encouragement of youth participation in hunts will include: A team may have up to four members as long as at least one is a youth (aged 12 or younger). These youths will be allowed to participate in the hunt without paying any extra entrée fees. Anyone over the age of 12 must pay an entry fee. For two man teams with one participant being a youth, an entry fee must be paid by both hunters.
17. No less than 2 hunters per team and no more than 3 total hunters with the exception of youth participation with the total capped at 4. No single person teams.
18. Only paid members/youths on your team allowed in your vehicle during the day of the hunt.
19. All coyotes will be core checked for temperature to determine same day kills.
20. All coyotes must be photographed with the hunter harvesting the coyote after each kill. The time and sequential number of coyote killed must be visible in photograph. If no photo taken the coyote will not count at check-in.
21. All coyotes must be properly blocked or they will not count.
22. No blatant alteration of any harvested coyote to effect weight for big dog/little dog and/or total weight.
23. All coyotes are subject to skinning and gutting. The WBOTB reserves the right to withhold prize money until verification of questionable kills are determined to be within the rules.
24. All coyotes checked in during a WBOTB hunt are property of the local hunt.
25. State Championship will be a two day hunt. Thursday night registration must be attended by all participants with Calcutta immediately following. Friday hunt “text in” will require a photo of all coyote’s harvested and total number of coyotes killed. Saturday night check-in will be 6 p.m.
26. The top placing teams at the any WBOTB hunt may be submitted to a lie detection test administered by WBOTB officials to assure that all rules were followed during the hunt. Failure of the test may result in the team being disqualified and/or banned from all future/present WBOTB hunts. Also, all prize money received during the qualifying hunt or total of all the season’s hunts will be required to be returned to WBOTB.
27. Absolutely no tolerance for cheating. If you are caught cheating you will forfeit all winnings and entry fees and be banned for life.
WBOTB Circuit Champion Rules and Qualifying Standards
– Each team will be awarded 1 point for registration Friday night and 1 point for checking in on time Saturday Night. Remote registered teams will also be awarded 1 point for Friday night.
– 1 point will be awarded for each coyote harvested during the qualifying hunt up to a total of three coyotes or 3 points.
– The point totals for placing in each qualifying hunts will be awarded as follows:
1st Place – 5 points
2nd Place – 4 points
3rd Place – 3 points
4th Place – 2 points
5th Place – 1 point
– Teams must hunt in 4 of the 7 qualifying hunts to be eligible for the circuit title. This means your team must register/check-in on both Friday and Saturday nights. If you are late for the Saturday night check in, the hunt does not count towards the four hunts. State does not count towards the qualifying hunt total.
– You must hunt with the same team the entire year for your points to accumulate towards your team’s total. If you start as a two person team you must hunt with that same partner at every hunt in order to accumulate points for that team. If you start as a three person team you cannot drop one of your members without creating a new team. Every time you add or drop a member it creates a new team and a new circuit point total.
– Cumulative point tie breakers for the circuit championship will be determined by the following format: number of qualifying hunts attended, number of coyotes killed (up to three coyotes per hunt), total weight of coyotes killed, and then the big dog weight.
This award is to recognize consistent hunters who stick together and endure the whole season as a team. If this is an award you are wanting to win, make sure your hunting partner or partners are on board with you for the entire season no matter what. It’s like a marriage, “Until Death Do Us Part”!
Your team hunts in 5 qualifiers. Your team registered locally at three hunts. Your team registered remotely at two hunts. You checked in Saturday night at all hunts on time except on one hunt you were late for check-in. Your team harvested 5 coyotes, 3 coyotes, 1 coyote and 4 coyotes during the hunts where you checked in on time. Your team placed 1st at one hunt, 3rd at another hunt and 4th at another hunt. Your point total for the circuit champion would be:
Friday night registration: 5 points
Saturday night check in: 4 points
Total Coyotes: 10 points
Placing’s: 10 points
Total Points: 29 Points