3 replies [Last post]
Joined: 03/05/2011
Posts: 6
2011 Indiana Predator Challenge Recap

The 2011 Indiana Predator Challenge was another successful, safe and fun event for all in attendance!  This year we once again expanded the IPC event and its reach across the community.  Despite a week full of blizzards, ice storms and power outages nearly 90% of our hunters made it to Friday’s sign-in.  Many teams showed up early to meet and greet other competitors before the 11am shotgun start.

The 2011 IPC started off under bluebird skies and mild temperatures but no one expected that to hold up long!  Friday evening’s fair weather gave way to sleet and snow overnight.  Teams scattered out in areas spanning as much as 100 miles en route to areas they’d scouted previously or located with aerial photos.  One of the first reports back to headquarters, just hours after the kickoff, was that of a bobcat coming in on a team’s 2nd stand of the hunt.  Lifetime residents of Indiana, this was the crew’s first encounter with a bobcat!  

Later in the evening a couple of coyotes fell, one gray fox was put down overnight, and four teams found themselves on the scoreboard coming into Saturday’s check-in.

Saturday Check-In Totals:

Long Shots: 1pt   -Coyote

Tail Chasers: 3pts    -Coyote & Gray Fox

Predator X: 1pt   -Coyote

Flat Liners: 1pt   -Coyote


Saturday afternoon brought big wet snowflakes and a cold breeze so hunters were glad to congregate indoors for a meal.  This year’s lunch was prepared by Master Chef Larry Jean from Louisiana and his son Paul who came in from Australia to help out by-way-of Mississippi.  These guys travelled for the better part of two days to provide our hunters with some phenomenal BBQ pork ribs and tenderloin.  They did a wonderful job and their effort is greatly appreciated!

After filling up on BBQ, corn, taters and dessert teams shuffled outside for the 6th Annual IPC Rifle Contest.  It seems lately everyone has figured out what to expect from the IPC Rifle Contest, nothing less than the unexpected!  Some shooters struggled to initiate targets while others simply couldn’t acquire the ones that appeared right in front of them!  The first ten shooters marked scores of 0/5 and 1/5 as driving snow blew in from down-range.

When the shooter from “Predator X” came up to the plate, a team with 2 Rifle Contest wins under their belt in previous events, the crowd knew some targets were going to fall.  3/5 was the benchmark set in just over 49 seconds.  The next shooter failed to locate a single target, or fire a single round, but the following shooter would surprise us all!  3/5, including one running target, went down in just under 48 seconds securing the 2011 Rifle Contest win for the first time entry “Tail Chasers”.

Rifle Shoot:

Tail Chasers:  3/5 in 48.4 Seconds = 2pts

Predator X:  3/5 in 49.2 Seconds= 1pt


Saturday afternoon was fairly productive for the rejuvenated teams.  The 2010 Champions “Predator X” scored another coyote as did the “Flat Liners” who were sitting pretty in 2nd place by nightfall.  Overnight, with time winding down, another team put themselves in contention by scoring their first points of the weekend.  The “Pardners” called up a nice Red Fox, worth 2 points, and knew that one more critter could put them in contention for 2nd place.   It was simply too close to call, with only hours remaining in the hunt.

As daylight came on Sunday morning, several teams knew they had a reasonable shot at placing if they could just get in ONE productive stand!  The Flat Liners felt like any animal they added to the scoreboard would secure them a victory: so they were elated when a coyote trotted up to the call for a 30 yard shot just before check-in!   Little did they know, the “Tail Chasers” had struck gold just before daylight… with another Gray Fox for their tally!

Sunday Check-In Totals:

Pardners: 2pts    -Red Fox

Tail Chasers: 2pts    -Gray Fox

Predator X: 1pt   -Coyote

Flat Liners: 2pts   -2 Coyotes


When the dust settled, all teams were signed in, and all animals were inspected: a new set of Champions would be crowned!    Not only did they tie the previous record for total points in a contest, and win the 6th Annual Rifle Contest, the “Tail Chasers” managed to dominate their FIRST EVER APPEARANCE in the IPC event.  This just goes to show you, it’s anybody’s game!  

2011 Indiana Predator Challenge Champions – “Tail Chasers”

2011 Indiana Predator Challenge Runner Up – “Flat Liners”


Congratulations to all the successful hunters and thanks again to the staff for their hard work!   Registration for the 2012 Indiana Predator Challenge will open on July 15th, 2011.  We will be hosting another “Summer Shindig” on the weekend of July 15th-16th where teams can register, visit with other participants, and bring their families along for some great food and activities!   More details about the 2011 Summer Shindig will be available on www.TheNPHA.com/events as they are finalized.

Joined: 03/05/2011
Posts: 6
Registration for the 2012

Registration for the 2012 Annual Indiana Predator Challenge opened up yesterday and we're already approaching 20% of the registration capacity for the 3 day hunting event.

The 7h Annual Indiana Predator Challenge will be hosted January 27th, 28th & 29th of 2012. The rules, scoring and itinerary will be similar to years past. As always, teams will arrive on Friday morning for the opening of the hunt. Saturday afternoon there will be a mandatory check-in, free meal and the ever-challenging (and newly redesigned) rifle contest. Sunday we’ll reconvene around noon to authenticate the results and award an improved set of prize packages for the top two teams. Again, only coyote, red fox and gray fox will be scored if they are called and shot on designated properties. Entry fees are $65.00 per man, contact hunt organizers at [email protected] for instructions on making payment and mailing in registration forms.


group2011.jpg37.48 KB
hunter25's picture
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Colorado western slope
Joined: 11/13/2009
Posts: 3040
Sounds like a great contest

Sounds like a great contest and a great get together for everyone. I have rarely tried calling them in but would enjoy to get into it more soon. Maybe in a few years after a bit of practice I would be willin to give a contest like this one a try.

Thanks for posting.

Joined: 03/05/2011
Posts: 6
hunter25, You should come out


You should come out and visit us at the National Predator Hunters Association's first annual convention in Rocky Ford Colorado in October.  That'd be a great place to learn more about calling predators, meet some very knowledgable people from across the country and enjoy a great event!   Learn more at www.TheNPHA.com and make sure to check out other events and membership benefits while you're there!

Registration for the 2012 Indiana Predator Challenge is still open but we'll be unable to add new teams between 8/1 and 8/15 since our crew will be traveling.  Any applications that come in the mail during that time will be accepted based on the time-stamp on the letter issued by the post office.  Please check out www.IndianaPredatorChallenge.com for more information and paperwork needed to get your team signed up!


Related Forum Threads You Might Like

ThreadThread StarterRepliesLast Updated
interest to hunt in qc ?steven10lol309/29/2011 16:46 pm
2012 Indiana Predator Challenge RECAPJason R. Bruce002/01/2012 06:24 am
Best Optics Buysgr8fuldoug005/15/2010 07:01 am
Back by Popular Demand Salegr8fuldoug004/27/2010 12:35 pm
Camera Land Post SHOT Winter Salegr8fuldoug002/08/2010 10:06 am