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Coyote Hunting

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The hunting season for coyotes on state lands shall be from September 15 until the last day in February, inclusive, and during the open spring turkey hunting season, April 25 – May 19, 2019. The hunting season for coyotes on Prudence Island shall be: on state land during archery season with a valid archery permit, during the small game season on private land, November 1 – 30 and on North Prudence during the small game season, January 1 – 31, 2019. There is no closed season for coyote hunting on private lands.

During the spring turkey season, coyote hunters must possess a valid turkey hunting permit while hunting on state lands.

Coyote hunters on state lands must wear a minimum of 200 square inches of fluorescent orange during the small game hunting season. During the shotgun deer season, 500 square inches is required.

The placement or use of carcasses or meat parts thereof is allowed on private property for the purposes of hunting coyotes. The placement or use of carcasses or meat parts thereof is prohibited for purposes of hunting coyotes on state lands.

Shooting hours are ½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour after sunset.

Legal methods of take for coyote hunting include shotgun (no lead shot larger than No. 2) and rimfire rifle not larger than .22 caliber at any time, bow and arrow and crossbow; however, on private lands from April 1 to September 30 (both dates inclusive), centerfire rifles not larger than .229 caliber may be used (RIGL 20-13-13) and by any means allowed during any concurrent hunting season. When coyote hunting during deer season, the hunter must be in possession of a valid deer permit.