One way to raise money is to build on what you have. Apparently the Bath United Methodist Church has varmints.
The weekend before Christmas this year, the small wooden church on the edge of Bath proper is hosting a varmint hunt. I receive the following information by e-mail:
- Bath United Methodist Church Varmint Hunt
- December 20-22
- Registration and Rules Meeting Dec. 20 at 6:30 pm at the church
- Check in Sunday Dec. 22 at 3:00 pm
- Points will be awarded for coyote, fox, badger, raccoon, rabbit, and squirrels
- $25 Entry fee per person
- 1-3 person teams
Notice: no points for skunk. Do not bring skunk to church.
This hunt is church, not state, but you still have to have at least a varmint license to shoot coyote, fox, raccoon, badger, jackrabbit, or ground squirrels. Cottontail rabbit and tree squirrels are not defined by law as varmints, but Bath United Methodist will still give you points for them. I don’t know whether it’s the same points for each critter or if varmint-hunters will get extra credit for degree of difficulty. The numbers from Governor Noem’s trap-o-rama indicate raccoon are far easier to find than fox and badger, so I would think points for raccoon would be lower. As for coyote and squirrel, well, I see a lot more squirrels than coyote around Brown County, so I’d think coyotes would be worth more points, but squirrels are smaller targets….
I’m neither Methodist nor a hunter, so I won’t be out shooting the weekend before Christmas. But if I take the sleigh out for a holiday ride on the tundra around Bath, I’ll make sure I wear my blaze-orange Santa hat.