Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large
Safari Club International has recognized predators and predator hunters with the Predators of the World Inner Circle Award. A total of 41 predator species are recognized worldwide. North America is well represented with 17 species. A minimum of six are required for the award's copper level, while 15 are necessary for the diamond level. Whether or not you participate in the SCI awards program, you can still create your own "North American predator slam," which includes some species close to home and some that often require significant time and travel.Coyotes
, for example, are now found in every state except Hawaii, and many states offer extended seasons. In our Feb. 2015 issue (Article 3496
), we covered coyote hunts across the US. Coyotes and coyote hunts are not created equal. For example, northeastern coyotes are often hunted with hounds and provide a completely different hunt (and a much larger trophy) than a western coyote calling experience.Black bears
are currently hunted in at least 27 states and across Canada, and their range is expanding. In areas of Alaska, bears are more common than coyotes. Depending on the state or province, black bears can be hunted with hounds, over bait, or by spotting and stalking, providing an opportunity for hunters of all physical abilities. SCI recognizes coastal black bears as a separate group, and these are targeted with outfitted hunts from southern British Columbia through southeast Alaska. All nonresident hunters need to be outfitted in BC, and black bear tags in SE Alaska are drawn, so advanced planning is usually necessary....