PKC Coon Hunter Who Just Turned 18 Increases Earnings Over Weekend to $83,000
Dawson Illinois Man Wins $30,000 Top Prize in World Hunt
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Casey Stallard displays plaque from winning World Youth Hunt and finishing 3rd in adult World Hunt
Photo by Bruce Kropp

An Ohio teen who just turned 18 has increased his prize and scholarship winnings to $83,000 with a first place win in the PKC Youth World Hunt and third place finish in the adult World Hunt held in Salem over the past two weeks.

Casey Stallard says he's been involved in coon hunting all his life.

"My dad has been doing it ever since he was a little kid so it's all I've known since I was born. Probably the first one I remember going on I was six or seven just a pleasure hunt. I've been hunting in PKC since I was 13," said Stallard. "I've won a pile of them, I've not counted them up but thousands I guess."

Stallard won his first prize during his first year of hunting at the age of 13.

"Just hunting every night keeping your dog in shape. Making sure you can compete at a high level because everyone else is coming prepared. You just try to keep your dog as ready as you can and have some good breaks and luck along the way."

Stallard says most of his winnings have come with one dog he raised from a pup. His earnings during the hunts in Salem the past two weeks include $6,000 in cash and scholarships for winning the youth world competition and $10,000 for taking third in the World Hunt. Stallard plans to use his scholarship money to go to college, but says he'll stay active in coon hunting.

The top winner in the World Hunt is Steven Smith of Ellijay, Georgia. He was awarded the $30,000 cash prize when the event came to an end early Sunday morning.

"A lot of walking, we had a good time and a good hunt."

Smith's dog Wipeout 3 Sum treed two Raccoons by himself to score 375 points to win the championship. Anthony McLaughlin of Dawson, Illinois won the second place prize of $15,000.

Organizers of the annual event say its been a great two weeks in Salem with the number of participants being up this year in both hunts. 1,125 dogs from around the country and Canada hunted in the World Hunt last week. 177 hunted in the youth hunt the week before. Organizers also praised Salem for its hospitality to the hunters.

Trainer Steven Smith of Ellijay, Georgia and owner Rayburn Prince of Jasper, Tennessee capture the $30,000 first place prize in the World PKC Hunt that concluded Sunday in Salem.
Photo by Bruce Kropp
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