2014/2015 PVCI Club Hunt Rules

                                                                   ‘Best of Seven Hunts’ Rules 
      
1. All ‘Monthly Scramble Hunt’ rules apply.    
2. The participants do NOT need to be enrolled in the P.V.C.I. AZ pin program or the ‘Team Field Championship’ (6 Month Hunt) in order to be eligible for this award.    
3. The points are based on only the one ‘Scramble Hunt’ per month, September through March, for a total of seven hunts.    
4. There will be NO additional cost to participants.    
5. Participants can hunt with a different person every month, or can keep the same hunt partner.    
6. The Hunt Chairman will keep the official points, but each person should verify their total number of points awarded for their placement.    
7. Points to be awarded to each person are as follows:            1st Place: 3 points            2nd Place: 2 points            3rd Place: 1 point    
8. Ties will be broken by the most 1st placed hunts. If a tie still exists, the winner is determined by the person who has the most calling points for the seven monthly ‘Scramble Hunts.,’  In the event of another tie, the person who has the most shooting points for the seven monthly ‘Scramble Hunts,’ will be declared the winner.    
9. Awards will be given for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd highest point totals.

                                                                     Monthly Scramble Hunt Rules
 
1. All individuals hunting in the Monthly Scramble Hunts will be current members of P.V.C.I. and will have paid the $10.00 hunt fee prior to the hunt. Guests are allowed to participate in only ONE (1) monthly scramble hunt, before they must become a member of P.V.C.I.  All members will abide by the Arizona G. & F. regulations, as well as the P.V.C.I. Bylaws and hunt rules. This includes not using electronic calling devices (except for those individuals with a ‘CHAMP’ permit) or live animals as bait, attractant, or for retrieval.
2. Participants do NOT need to be enrolled in the P.V.C.I. AZ. Pin Program, in order to participate in these monthly scramble hunts.  
3. Teams can consist of not more than three people. Exceptions may be made for the September and March Novice Hunts, but check with the Hunt Chairman first.
4. All team members must hunt as a team (remain together) while in the field. NO EXCEPTIONS.     
5. Monthly Scramble hunts will be held the first weekend following that month’s general meeting, unless noted otherwise. The first hunt of the season will be the Novice Hunt in September, and the last hunt will be the Novice Hunt in March. The exact hunt dates may be changed because of holidays or other scheduling conflicts; however, any changes will be announced at the general meeting before that particular hunt.     
6. ‘Proof of call and harvest’ will be tails only, unless the hunt is classifies as a whole skin or a whole animal hunt. Note that this is an honor system, and as members of this club, you are bound by the Sportsman's Code of Ethics to compete fairly with your fellow members and competing teams. Any violation of the Arizona G. & F. Dept. regulations, P.V.C.I Bylaws or hunt rules will immediately disqualify such person(s) from that particular Monthly Scramble Hunt. Upon review by the P.V.C.I Board of Directors, said person(s) may be removed from other club hunts and/or have their club membership(s) revoked.
7. Only ONE (1) of the team members must be present at the night of the general meeting in order to sign up for that month’s hunt. If there is a scheduling conflict, please contact the Hunt Chairman. ALL team members must be present at the SUNDAY night check-in, unless instructed otherwise at that month’s general meeting, in order for the team to get credit for their call and harvest for that month’s Scramble Hunt: NO EXCEPTIONS.
8. Check-out location will be at that month’s general meeting, unless instructed otherwise. The check-in location will be determined by the Hunt Chairman and announced at that meeting, prior to each hunt.
9. Check-in time will be from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m., MST, Sunday night, unless instructed otherwise at that month’s general meeting.  The required ‘proof of call and harvest’ will be shown to the Hunt Chairman, who will also ‘keep’ the official time. Ties will be broken by the arrival time of the first complete team to check in. Where the ‘proof of harvest’ for that month’s hunt are skinned hides, but all of the animals have not been skinned when the team arrives at the check-in location, the check-in time will be when the last animal to be turned in, has been completely skinned: NO EXCEPTIONS.  These decisions will be final and no protests will be considered.
10. Awards for the Monthly Scramble Hunts will be based on the highest point totals determined from the ‘proof of call and harvest.’  First, Second and Third place awards will be given to the top three teams.  
11. Calling points will be awarded as follows: Ringtail: 10 points. Raccoon: 10 points. Fox: 10 points. Badger: 10 points. Coyotes: 20 points.  Bobcat: 50 points.  Mt. Lion: 100 points.  Bear: 100 points.

                                                                Team Field Championship (6 Month Hunt)
 
1.
All participants must be current members in good standing with P.V.C.I. and have a valid Arizona Hunting License. However, they do NOT need to be enrolled in the P.V.C.I. AZ. pin program in order to be eligible for this event.
2. The entry fee for the ‘Team Field Championship’ will be $20.00 per person for the season, which is defined as starting the day after the October general meeting and continuing until the day of the April general meeting of the following calendar year.
3. The deadline for entry into the Team Field Championship will be the end of the November general meeting: NO EXCEPTIONS.
4. A team may consist of 1 or 2 club members
5. All hunts are to be in accordance with Arizona Game and Fish Departments regulations and all PVCI bylaws and hunt rules. Electronic calling devices, of any kind, are NOT allowed, since the main purpose of P.V.C.I. is to promote and instruct others in the use of hand held mouth blown calls for attracting varmints and furbearers.  The only exception will be individuals that have a current and valid ‘CHAMP’ permit, issued by the Arizona Game & Fish Dept., will be permitted to use electronic calling devices for their personal use, only, and must follow every requirement in that permit, as set forth by AG&F, while using it.
6. There are 2 different divisions: (1) Novice: A person who has called in less than 5 coyotes that were harvested or has been a club member for less then 2 years at the start of the season. (2) Expert: A person who has called in 5 or more coyotes that were harvested or has been a club member for more then 2 years at the start of the season.
7. In order for a ‘Team Field Championship’ team to qualify, they must participate, as a team, in at least two of the six ‘Monthly Scramble Hunts’ during the hunt year. This must take place after you have signed up for the ‘Team Field Championship,’ not before: NO EXCEPTIONS.
8. Proof of call and harvest will be TAILS only, unless otherwise specified by the Hunt Chairman. The animal, either whole or skinned, or a taxidermist receipt is also acceptable; all of which will be subject to verification.
9. All proofs of calling and harvesting must be turned in no later than the conclusion of the April general meeting. If this is not done, the caller will be awarded the points for the AZ pin program only: NO EXCEPTIONS.
10. The Hunt Chairman will keep individual, as well as team records for the year.  This information will be available, upon request, from the Hunt Chairman.
11. The winning team will be determined by total calling points that were accumulated and turned in to the Hunt Chairman between the October general meeting and the April general meeting, the following year. There are no half points or splitting of calling/shooting points: NO EXCEPTIONS.
12. Any Expert that takes a Novice, or Novices, on the ‘September Monthly Novice Hunt’ ONLY will have their calling points added to their ‘Team Field Championship’ total, as a bonus for instructing a Novice: See item #6.
13. No club member will be permitted to use any live animal(s) as bait, attractant, or for retrieval, during any of the clubs sanctioned hunts or events.
14. Calling points will be awarded as follows:  Ringtail: 10 points. Raccoon: 10 points. Fox: 10 points. Badger: 10 points. Coyotes: 20 points.  Bobcat: 50 points.  Mt. Lion: 100 points.  Bear: 100 points.

        


Clarification of the September and March
Novice Monthly Scramble Hunt Rules

Novices (as defined in item #6 of the ‘Team Field Championship,’ (6 Month Hunt) rules), please be aware that these two hunts are for your benefit.   The Experts, who have agreed to chauffeur and instruct you on these hunts, are giving of themselves, as well as their time and money for that explicit purpose.  Some of these Experts participate in the competition of the ‘Team Field Championship.’ Under item #12 of those rules, a requirement for them to get a September ‘bonus’ month, where their Experts team’s harvest will be added to their 6 month totals, that team must accompany and instruct a Novice.  If you ‘cancel’ on them, you are doing them a great disservice as well as insulting them.  Therefore:

  1. For the September Novice Hunt, any Expert team that has the intention of participating in the ‘Team Field Championship’ should register and pay for that contest at this time.  They will then be permitted to pick or be assigned only one Novice, of those Novices that wish to participate.  This is to insure that those Expert teams will be able to take advantage of this extra month’s hunt.  Any remaining Novices then will be added to these or any other teams as necessary, until no Novices remain.  Then, any Expert team that has their Novice(s) ‘cancel’ on them, so that no Novices remain on that team; that team may hunt by them self/themselves and will be permitted to count that harvest, toward the ‘Team Field Championship,’ as if the Novice(s) would have attended.  However, either the Novice canceling, or one of the Experts on that team must notify the Hunt Chairman of the cancelation(s) at any time, starting from ‘sign-up’ until No Later Than one (1) hour before ‘legal hunting time’ of the beginning day of the scheduled hunt.  They must provide the Hunt Chairman with the name and phone number of the Novice(s) canceling (if it isn’t the Novice(s) that has/have called), so that it may be verified that the Novice(s) has/have truly ‘canceled’ and not just been ‘left out’ or stranded/ignored by the Expert team, when they did still wish to attend.  No refunds will be given to the Novice(s) ‘canceling ‘and any Expert Team ‘ignoring’ or’ stranding’ their Novice(s) will forfeit their ‘Team Field Championship’ contest for the entire hunt year.
  2.  For the March Novice hunt, since this is the last month of the ‘Team Field Championships,’ the same rules as for the September Novice Hunt will apply, with the added stipulation that if ALL Novices wishing to participate in this hunt, have registered, paid and been assigned to Expert teams participating in the ‘Team Field Championships,’ any remaining teams, Expert or otherwise, may hunt, as they normally would in the October through February Monthly Scramble hunts.

 

                                                                        
                                                                         Top Caller - Top Shooter Rules 
 
1.
In order to be eligible for these 2 awards, individuals must be current paid-up members of P.C.V.I., as well as be enrolled in the P.V.C.I. AZ pin program.  However, they do NOT need to participate in the ‘Team Field Championship’ (6 Month Hunt) or in any ‘Monthly Scramble Hunt,’ for that hunt year.
2. The ‘Expert’ member that has accumulated the most points for calling all of the animals, which were harvested during that calling season, will receive the ‘Top Caller’ award.  NO half points or splitting of calling/shooting points will be permitted. The calling season is defined as starting the day after the August general meeting and continuing until the day of the April general meeting of the following calendar year.
3. The ‘Expert’ member that has accumulated the most points for shooting the animals, which were harvested during that calling season, will receive the ‘Top Shooter’ award. There will be only ONE (1) shooting point awarded per harvest, regardless of the animal taken. NO half points or splitting of points are allowed, with the calling season being defined under item #2.
4. The ‘Novice’ member that has accumulated the most points for calling the animals, which were harvested during the calling season, will receive the ‘Top Novice Caller’ Award.
5. Any violation of the Arizona Game and Fish Dept. regulations or the P.V.C.I. Bylaws or hunt rules will immediately disqualify such person or persons from this particular contest and at P.C.V.I. board discretion, may remove said person or persons from other club hunts and/or P.V.C.I. membership. This includes the use of electronic calling devices (except for those with ‘CHAMP’ permits) and/or the use of live animals as bait, attractant, or retrieval. 

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