Coyote Hunting Arkansas, Laws, Regulations, Season, & License Info

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Coyote Hunting in Arkansas Laws & Regulations

Are coyotes defined as furbearer, game animal, or other in Arkansas? Furbearer.

Do you need a license to hunt coyotes in Arkansas? Furbearer hunters and trappers 16 and older must have a valid Arkansas hunting license.

Can a non-resident hunt coyotes in Arkansas? Yes

Is there a specific season for coyotes in Arkansas? July 1st, Sunrise – February 28th, Sunset. During youth turkey hunts, only youths may take coyotes.

Is there a bag limit for coyotes in Arkansas? No limit.

What are the legal hunting hours in Arkansas? 30 Minutes Before Sunrise Until 30 Minutes After Sunset

Are electronic game calls legal in Arkansas? Yes

Are decoys legal in Arkansas? Yes

What firearms are approved/disapproved for coyotes in Arkansas? Coyote may be taken with archery equipment, firearms of any caliber or shotguns with shot no larger than T shot.

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Foxes, Bobcats and Coyotes may be taken during daylight hours with firearms of any caliber.

Bobcats and Coyotes also may be taken during any open deer, bear or spring turkey season with weapons legal for that season.

Are suppressors allowed in Arkansas? All game animals legal.

Legal ammunition or restrictions for coyotes in Arkansas? Coyote may be taken with archery equipment, firearms of any caliber or shotguns with shot no larger than T shot.

Are there regulations for possessing,  transporting dead coyotes, or pelts across state lines in Arkansas? Buy or sell wildlife (or their parts) except for pelts or carcasses of furbearers, squirrel tails and pelts, rabbit pelts, turkey bones, deer antlers, deer hides, elk antlers, elk hides or feathers not protected by federal regulation 50 CFR §20. For more information, refer to AGFC Code of Regulations 05.04.

It also is illegal to dispose of unused portions of game animal carcasses on cemetery property; in streams; rivers, ponds and lakes, or within 50 yards of the center line of a public road.

Is night hunting allowed in Arkansas? Day hunting only for Coyotes. Bobcats, opossums and raccoons may be taken at night only when treed by dogs and only with firearms no larger than .22 caliber rimfire and shotguns with shot no larger than T shot.

Can you hunt from a vehicle in Arkansas? You may not hunt wildlife from a moving motorized land vehicle.

Can baiting be used to hunt coyotes in Arkansas? Baiting is defined as the direct or indirect placing, exposing, depositing, distributing or scattering of salt, grain or other feed that could serve as a lure or an attraction for wildlife to, on or over any areas where hunters are attempting to take them. It is legal to feed wildlife, with these exceptions:

  • Bears may not be fed or baited for any reason, including photography or viewing, unless it is 30 days before bear season through the end of bear season on private land in bear zones 1, 2, 5 and 5A. See page 39. Wanton Waste
  • Baiting is not allowed on wildlife management areas.
  • Migratory birds, wild turkeys, waterfowl or crows may not be hunted over bait if the hunter knows, or should reasonably know, the area is baited.
  • An area is considered baited for 10 days following complete removal of the bait.
  • Alligators may not be hunted over bait.

Can dogs be used to hunt coyotes in Arkansas? Dogs allowed except when deer seasons for that deer zone prohibit the use of dogs.

Is there a bounty program in Arkansas? Not at this time.

This information is for informational purposes only. This website has no affiliation with any department of the above mentioned state. For your own safety please contact your local office to verify the information presented. is not responsible for your own stupidity.

Last Updated: 11-15-2016

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  1. Nehemias Lopez Zavala

    Can you hunt coyotes on public land with rifles? If yes when does season start and end?

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  3. Timothy

    Can you shoot coyote at night If They are trying to get at small dogs

    • Johnny Beach Esq.

      You may kill any type of animal, wild or domestic that is endangering any domestic animal or human on you own property at anytime.

  4. angel

    Coyotes Clean up road kill, rodents, rabbits. They are one of the animals that cleans up Arkansas forests and roads.
    Coyotes usually don’t kill cattle, sheep, goats and chickens.
    I have seen places where there has been 5 to 1O coyotes killed by people in any season.
    Arkansas residents are proud to call it the natural state, Coyotes are part of the nature. which needs to have stricter laws about killing them,

    • Saline_Hunter

      You statement on coyotes not killing livestock is very false, just last week I had three get trapped in my Chicken coop and killed over 20 of my hens!If anything Arkansas needs to lax even more on the hunting of coyotes just as they have for feral hogs. With less hunters hunting them and their population growing we are going to have nothing but more problems!

    • Greg Thorpe

      Coyotes decimated 2 covey of quail on my property, kill em all.

    • Rob

      Coyotes are opportunistic feeders, they are both predator and scavenger, but due to their secretive nature they do very little to clean up road kill. They will however attack and kill small pets when the opportunity presents itself, and they can wreak havoc on turkey and rabbit populations. They are also not as easy to kill as some seem to believe…

  5. Duke

    Questions for some of you expert hunter out there. If I’m a landowner in Arkansas. If a coyote, fox, or deer comes on my property. Can I kill any one of these animal through snare traps, gun, or bow without having a hunting license? Thank you in advance.

  6. William

    If coyotes come onto my property (I have a Chihuahua) can I shoot wthout having a license or permit ?

  7. Randy Griffin

    angel…My father and I were fishing down in Louisiana back years ago and I head something that I didn’t really know what it was. I got out of the boat and ran the coyotes off from where they had killed a fawn, you know, baby deer. I found out later that coyotes will follow a doe when she is about to give birth and when she drops the baby having birth, the coyotes are just waiting for a tasty meal. It sounds kinda bad but that is nature. The only thing is, if you have a really large pack of coyotes, you end up with less and less deer year after year from them taking the fawns at birth. That is one reason I hunt coyotes. I think a deer is more important to nature than coyotes and would rather have a good large deer population than a large coyote population. It just makes better sense to me to have the deer that people hunt for food and also enjoy when they feed in peoples back yards and things like that…

  8. T Jones

    Do non-residents have to have a hunting license to chase coyotes in Arkansas with dogs if they DO NOT HAVE A FIREARM. THANKS

  9. Tonya

    Do I have a right to shoot a coyote if they come after my pig or any livestock at that?? Tonight err this morning around 2:30 ish I ran off 3 coyotes or dogs and yes they was in my pigs pen. They took a chunk of her ear out, so I’m not a happy person right now. I own my property too.

  10. Eddie Roberts

    You have the right to use whatever means necessary to eliminate any threat to yourself, others, your property, your animals, home. The 2nd amendment is far more than simply the right to bare arms. It is the right of self preservation. It guarantees amnesty to those who come to the defense of others to protect them from anyone who intends to do them harm. Hunting license or no license has no bearing on your right to come to the defense in order to protect a victim. The fact your must have a license to hunt itself is arguably not Constitution. All citizens have the right to harvest bounty of all federally owned lakes, rivers, streams and forest. For the purpose of self preservation. Read the 2nd amendment it is quite lengthy.


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