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Furbearer Regulations

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Bobcat

Hunting hours ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset. Hunting is limited to Zones 1-8. All bobcats taken must be checked within 4 working days of the end of the season (see Furbearer Check Stations).

Coyote & Fox

Hunting hours begin ½ hour before sunrise and end at midnight, except 1) on WMAs stocked with pheasant or quail during the pheasant and quail season when hunting hours begin at sunrise and end at sunset and 2) when hunting coyote during the shotgun deer season (see below). Coyote and fox may be hunted with shotguns, muzzleloaders and archery, as well as rifles and handguns with special nighttime restrictions (see Hunting Prohibitions). Coyotes may be hunted with shotguns using numbered or lettered birdshot (≤ 0.230 inch pellet diameter), except during the shotgun deer season (see below). Fox may be hunted with numbered birdshot only (≤ 0.160 inch pellet diameter). It is legal to hunt coyote and fox using bait, decoys, electronic or manual calls and dogs. Artificial lights are prohibited. Coyote and fox pelts must be checked within 4 working days of the end of the season (see Furbearer Check Stations). It is legal to hunt coyotes, but not fox, during the shotgun deer season; however the following additional regulations apply:

  • Hunting hours begin ½ hour before sunrise and end ½ hour after sunset.
  • Use of manual or electronic calls and dogs are prohibited.
  • Rifles and handguns are prohibited.
  • Shotguns and muzzleloaders loaded with slugs, single balls or buckshot may also be used.
  • Hunters must wear a minimum of 500 square inches of hunter orange on their head, chest and back.

Raccoon

Limit of 3 raccoons from sunset of 1 day to sunset of following day by 1 person; limit of 6 by 2 or more persons hunting in same group. Night hunting on WMAs (except Delaney and Flint Pond WMAs) is permitted from sunset to sunrise except from Oct. 15 to Nov. 26 on areas stocked with pheasant or quail, when
raccoon may be hunted only from 9pm to 3am.

Opossum

No bag limit on opossum. Night hunting on WMAs (except Delaney and Flint Pond WMAs) is permitted from sunset to sunrise except from Oct. 15 to Nov. 26 on areas stocked with pheasant or quail, when opossum may be hunted only from 9pm to 3am.

Open Season
(All Dates Inclusive)

Daily Bag Limit

Possession Limit

Season Limit

Bobcat

(Zones 1-8)

Jan. 1 – Mar. 8
Dec. 20 – Mar. 8, 2012

Coyote

Jan. 1 – Mar. 8
Oct. 15 – Mar. 8, 2012

Fox (red or gray)

Jan. 1 – Feb. 28
Nov. 1 – Feb. 29, 2012

Raccoon

Jan. 1 – Jan. 31
Oct. 1 – Jan. 31, 2012

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Opossum

Jan. 1 – Jan. 31
Oct. 1 – Jan. 31, 2012

Regulations in red are new this year.

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