Despite being a teenager from a small town in North Dakota, Luke Oyloe’s name and good deeds live on in perpetuity thanks in part to the efforts of CoyoteHunter.net and its director Jamie P. Olson.
Luke Allen Oyloe was born Jan. 10, 1993, and passed away just 16 short years later on April 6, 2009. Later that year, the Luke Oyloe Memorial Coyote Hunt was established to provide a scholarship in Oyloe’s name at the school he attended, Trinity Christian School in Williston.
“Luke was a terrific kid who loved all sports including coyote hunting,” Olson said. “Luke’s tragic passing broke the hearts of everyone in the coyote hunting community and establishing this scholarship in his name seemed like a fitting way for us to honor his memory.”
The Luke Oyloe Memorial Coyote Hunt is a one-day contest with a registration fee of $100 per team. A rules meeting and calcutta auction will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Edgar M. Boyd American Legion Post located at 115 1st Avenue East in Williston. The afternoon check-in will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at the same location. First 30 percent, second 25 percent, third 20 percent, fourth 15 percent and fifth 10 percent place finishes will be awarded to the teams with the highest one-day total. Additional prizes, likely to include guns and gas cards like last year, will also be up for grabs. Cash will be awarded for the largest and smallest coyotes.
After the tournament concludes, a scholarship (dollar amount varies from year-to-year based on participation in the tournament) will be awarded. Entrants must be in their senior year at Trinity Christian School in Williston and submit a 1,000-word essay on coyote hunting; a five-member panel of judges will select a winner from all entries received.
To raise money for the scholarship, the calcutta auction will be held Oct. 26 to auction the teams off to the highest bidder. Participation in the auction is open to all interested parties regardless of whether or not they register to participate in the hunt.
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Since its inaugural year in 2001, the Coyote Hunter Tournament Series has grown in every way imaginable. From a four-fold increase in number of participants to an upsurge in prize money of well over 1,200 percent the series has attained its place as the world’s preeminent coyote hunting tournament series. Today, predator hunters from nearly a dozen states regularly participate in the Coyote Hunter Tournament Series.