Recreation committee considers raccoon hunting event in 2009
by Alan Reed
Jan 16, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Trigg County Recreation Complex Board of Directors entertained a proposal at its Monday night meeting to host a major raccoon hunt at the facility in 2009.

Raccoon Hunter Barry Hall said, “We’ve had a major hunt in Indiana for the past five or six years and now we’re looking at Kentucky because there are so many hunters here. The least one has ever made for a community is $150,000 and the most is $251,000 in a three day event.”

Hall said that hunters would use the facility as a staging area and to report at deadlines. A 24-hour kitchen would serve the needs of hunters on the site. “We’ve driven down here and everyone loves it.”

With the hunt, Hall said to expect between 250-700 hunters for the event, along with vendors and show dogs. “If there are 50 or so campground spots on the site, you’ll make a killing.” He asked for the inclusion of additional electrical outlets, fresh water sources and the covering of the Complex Pavilion with a tarp on two sides to protect dogs and vendors.

“The big kicker is that we think the world of the place. If this many people attend the hunt, you can go to your local government and get the money you need for other projects,” said Hall.

Another hunter, Steven Audas said, “If there are no hotels or camping facilities open for 100 miles, people are going to use tents.”

Hall said that he hoped that the Complex would agree to host the event and quote a price for the rental during the next week.

“There’s no way we can do it this week,” said Complex Chairman Kevin Terrell. “There are too many moving parts and we have no money to use. We might have an answer by the end of the month.”

Board Member Sonny Davis said, “It would be a tremendous help to us to know what other facilities charged and had to offer.”

Read more on the hunt and other recreational events at the Complex in The Cadiz Record.
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