North Carolina Trashy Squirrel Hunt

A Hunt for Squirrels and Trash on NC’s Public Lands

 February 4-16, 2019


 

Gather your partners, trash bags, & waypoints—it's time to bag some tails and litter on NC’s public lands! This is a statewide competition that pits district against district in a knock-em-down drag-it-out battle for the grandest prizes ever in all of history: the Right to Brag and…wait for it…the Trashy Trophy! (And keep waiting cuz he’s still in the dressing room. Also, we will find a local establishment to host Trashy for at least a year when the reigning champs might be unseated in 2020.) Rules are below and you need to read ‘em, but the short story is that there has never been anything more worth your time and effort than this Trashy Squirrel Hunt.

When you read them rules, PLEASE NOTE how to submit your hauls for counting! Arguably, the most important part of that submission is to include the district for which these points will accrue in the subject line of all emails you send to northcarolina@backcountryhunters.org so we can distribute points accordingly. Furthermore! Please give us permission to use your photos on our social media pages (Fb & IG) along with a little description and any names and IG handles you want us to tag.

Finally, we’ve got an extra little prize for the person that cooks up the best squirrel dish. All you have to do is take a snapshot of your stunning table fare and send it over to us with a recipe and permission to share. The winner gets some swag and, more importantly, the gratitude of a hungry nation.

 

MAY THE BEST DISTRICT WIN!


Rules


  • Rules and Regulations set for the 2018-19 season by the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission (NCWRC) must be adhered to at all times by everyone.

  • Competing teams are defined by the NCWRC’s nine districts (shown here)

  • Participants may hunt and clean on ANY public land (federally managed or state owned) and all points accrued will contribute to the participant’s team regardless of where the points are obtained

  • Points will be awarded via tail-count & poundage with bonus points available for bringing out new hunters & signing up new members to BHA

    • 100 points per tail

    • 5 points per oz of trash w/ a maximum point value of 500 per single item

    • Bonus of 300 points for each new hunter in the day’s party. An individual can only qualify for the new-hunter bonus for one hunt during the tournament. A new hunter will be defined by an individual that either does not have a hunting license or received their first hunting license for the 2018-19 season. Those participants without a hunting license need only be present for the duration of a hunt and must follow all rules and regulations set by NCWRC

    • Bonus of 500 points per new member sign up. The person must become a member of BHA sometime during the dates of the tournament and show proof of membership via receipt (email or screenshot). The new member does not have to participate in a hunt for a team to receive the bonus points

    • E.g., Three days into the tournament a group of five participants get together for a morning hunt in the Uwharrie. One of the five in the hunting party is both a new hunter and became a member of BHA the previous evening. During the three-hour hunt the party takes 7 squirrels and 33lbs 8oz of trash. For this hunt the team will receive the following points:

      • 700 (tails) + 536 (trash) + 300 (new hunter) + 500 (new member) = 2,036 points total for the hunt.

      • If that new hunter/member goes on an evening hunt later that day, the team will neither receive the 300 nor the 500 bonus points again.

    • The Honor System will be the guiding principle, but teams will nonetheless have to submit photos proving (1) tail count (at/next to public land signage if possible but not required), (2) a scale readout showing poundage, (3) screenshot/receipt for new members, and/or (4) the new hunter with at least one licensed and experienced hunter in the photo frame

  • ONLY squirrels taken and trash removed from Public Lands (State or Federally-managed) will be counted (see Honor System comment above)

  • Use of squirrel dogs is permitted where permitted