Hall of Fame

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World Championship Coyote Calling Contest®

HALL OF FAME

revised 7/25/2017

The World Championship Coyote Calling Contest® (WCCCC®)  HALL OF FAME is a special place where coyote callers are honored by their peers in the skill. The history of coyote-956689__180
coyote callers is not as old as the history of the wonderful and very clever coyote though. The skill of coyote calling began to gain popularity back in the 1950’s from what we can tell. The Midwest, with its large number of the coyote predators, found a need to control them to reduce the danger and losses of livestock and crop damage. Texas was the real growth area for methods and techniques for calling this elusive yet aggressive predator.

Hard working farm wives raising chickens and selling eggs and such found losses to coyotes of their
finest hens unacceptable. Coyotes killed and ate their ducks, geese,  guinea hens, small piglets, puppies, quail. pheasants, a watermelon crops, goats, sheep, lambs, apples from the trees, and more to the clever coyote cut into the family budget. The need to develop control methods grew.

Pioneers in calling techniques like those developed by J. Morton Burnham, who is known as the father of predator calling,  are still used today (1903). He and Murry  Burnham, Johnny Stewart, J.R. Alcorn and many more began to offer “coyote whistles” as many farmers and rancher
refereed to them as. In Kansas the Kansas State Extension Service had a full time employee like F. Robert Henderson back in the 60’s and 1970’s who’s job was to teach farmers and ranchers how to do their own coyote control. Some learned and most were too busy farming or ranching to fool with it so the coyote caller was born.

The WCCCC®  Hall of Fame honors those that contributed to the sport the most. It has nothing to do with success in hunting or removing coyotes but everything to do with helping Americans better understand this crafty and dangerous predator. The WCCCC® is proud to host this distinction and recognition of those that contributed the most to the sport of coyote calling.

Each year the World Championship Coyote Calling Contest® organization asks for recommendations from across the Western Hemisphere and the World from coyote callers who feel that a specific person has contributed the most to the very needed activity of coyote calling. That person must meet specific criteria and qualifications when nominated.

Consider the following required qualifications;

  1. The Coyote Caller must have shown Excellence in the Field of coyote calling. Provide Details
  2. The Coyote Caller must have shown Excellence in the Design and Manufacturing of coyote calling equipment. Provide Details.coyote-937008__180
  3. The Coyote Caller must have shown Literary or Organizational Excellence in coyote calling. Provide details.
  4. The Coyote Caller must have made contributions to local coyote calling clubs and organizations in some way. Include information on organizations belonged to, offices held, committees served on, etc. Provide details. Provide Details
  5. State the specific Coyote Callers contributions to coyote calling education, including information such as radio broadcasts, television programs, public or private presentations, research papers written, articles and books written for publication, etc.  Provide Details
  6. State the Coyote Callers specific contributions for the better understanding of coyote calling for non hunters, youth organizations, educators, law makes, members of the media, and civic groups-detailed examples required. Provide Details
  7. State the Coyote Callers specific achievements, awards, and acknowledged accomplishments made in the coyote calling world.  Provide Details
  8. State the Coyote Callers areas of the world worked geographically on coyote calling. Provide Details
  9. Provide true and factual anecdotes and accomplishments made in the coyote calling world by the nominee. Provide Details
  10. Provide family information, including ancestors and descendants of the nominee. Provide Details
  11. Please submit photograph if available of the nominee. (Photograph will not be returned. No dead animals in the photograph please.) Provide Details
  12. Provide a brief life story of the nominee (up to about 1,500 to 2,000 words please). Provide Details
  13. The person recommended must respond to the following questions in detail;
    1. Have you ever been adjudicated (convicted) or has adjudication been withheld for a misdemeanor or felony in a province, tribal, state or federal/national court for a game law violation? YES              NO
    2. Have you ever been adjudicated (convicted) or has adjudication been withheld for a misdemeanor or felony in a province, tribal, state or federal/national court for the illegal possession or use of a weapon or firearm? YES              NO
    3. Have you ever been adjudicated (convicted) or has adjudication been withheld for a misdemeanor or felony in a province, tribal, state or federal/national court for a crime involving moral turpitude? YES              NO
    4. Have you ever been adjudicated (convicted) or has adjudication been withheld for a misdemeanor or felony in a province, tribal, state or federal/national court for a crime involving animal cruelty? YES              NO
    5. Are you or a member of your family a current member or past member of any animal rights organization? YES              NO
    6. Are you a convicted felon? YES              NO
    7. Are you a fugitive from justice? YES           NO
    8. Are you an illegal alien? YES    NO
    9. Are you or any member of your family a member of an animal rights activist organization? YES  NO (you may explain in written detail on a separate paper if you wish)
    10.  Do you represent any animal rights activist organization? NO     YES (If YES you may explain in written detail on a separate paper if you wish to considered).
    11. Do you represent any animal rights activist organization? NO     YES (If YES you may explain in written detail on a separate paper if you wish to considered).
    12. Have you been expelled from other coyote hunting contest- NO          YES- (If YES you may explain in written detail on a separate paper if you wish to be considered.)

The person selected for the World Championship Coyote Calling Contest® Hall of Fame is a person of the highest integrity, professionalism, and skill. Someone that all other coyote callers look up to and are proud of at all times. We know the qualifications are high and tough but the WCCCC® feels it is necessary to demonstrate and set examples for the rest of the world that has an interest in coyotes for any reason.

REMOVAL- It should be noted that this is NOT a permanent induction and those selected for the Coyote Callers Hall of Fame can be removed for cause by the members of the WCCCC® at any time. The qualifications, requirements, and achievements by the inductee must be maintained too. All members of the WCCCC® Coyote Callers Hall of Fame must maintain the highest level of integrity and continue to set good examples for other coyote callers and to continue to educate the public about the wonderful coyote.

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The World Championship Coyote Calling Contest® Organization and all its members are proud to honor the following members of the HALL OF FAME;

  1. 2015-BILL COUNTESS- OUR VERY FIRST INDUCTEE! Mr. Bill Countess is the Founder of the World
Founder Bill Countess

Founder Bill Countess

Championship Coyote Calling Contest® and is the first inductee into the Hall of Fame.  Bill has been a professional hunter and trapper most his life.  He has been involved with the event for all 28 years of it history.  Bill has kept this event together and going all those years.  Bill established the foundation of this great event, he set the high standards, established the tough rules, and kept the integrity the highest in the industry  to make it what it is today. Bill has won this event too! We honor Bill at the highest level and he deserves everyone’s respect and thanks!

Additionally the annual WCCCC® banquet has been officially named the “Bill Countess Banquet” permanently!  Congratulations  Bill from all of us!

2. 2016- Al Morris (Big Al)  The World Championship Coyote Calling Contest® organization inducted Big Al  into the Hall of Fame for all his personal dedication and improvements to the sport of coyote calling.  Big Al started many years ago as a guide for big game and entered many calling contests for wild game animals like Elk.  He proved to be an expert.  Big Al joined the large outdoor products corporation of Hunter Specialties and continued his calling and gave hunting demonstrations and calling seminars all across America.  Hunter Specialties produced many fine DVD’s featuring Big Al and his calling.  Big AL then moved to the very successful call making company FoxPro.  He continued his calling, began a very successful hunting television show, did regular calling seminars all across America, and does everything he can to support his fellow callers and coyote chasers. He is loyal to FoxPro too!

In all this, Al supports youth groups who want to hunt and call.  He helps the various youth groups with fund raising, making presentations, providing sponsors, and attends as many of the events as he can.  He very dedicated to the young hunters in America.  Big Al is also the Goodwill Ambassador for the World Championship Coyote Calling Contest®.  This position is very very special and Big Al is authorized to bring in new hunters who wish to join the most elite and skilled group of hunters in the World Championship Coyote Calling Contest® and they do not have a sponsor. This special job allows Big Al to interview the anxious hunters and determine if HE feels they would be a good additional to the group of very special coyote chasers in the world.  His word is final and taken without question.  No one else in the WCCCC® has that power! Big Al, who has a supporting family at home, finds time to do this special job, hunt, do television shows, put on calling seminars, answer hundreds of emails, talk to hunters on the telephone, support youth hunting groups, and compete in calling contests!  He is professional, dedicated, and 100% cares about every honest coyote chaser out there.  Big Al never turns down someone that needs help!

Big Al and his long time partner Garvin Young have won the World Championship Coyote Calling Contest® an unprecedented four (4) times starting back in the 1990’s! Big Al is a top coyote chaser, gentlemen, professional, family man, and friend!  He has ALL the qualities that the WCCCC® looks for in its members.

The World Championships Coyote Calling Contest® organization is proud to add Al Morris to the list of Hall of Fame members!fox-1143632_960_720