Coyote Hunting in Idaho, Laws, Regulations, Season, & License Info

Website: Idaho Fish and Game
Contact Phone Number: (208) 334-3700
Address: 600 S. Walnut, Boise, ID 83712
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Coyote Hunting Idaho Laws & Regulations

Are coyotes defined as furbearer, game animal, or other in Idaho? The coyote, striped skunk, spotted skunk, long-tailed weasel, raccoon and ermine, also considered furbearers, are classified as predatory wildlife and are open to hunting or trapping.

Predatory wildlife is defined as the following species: coyote, raccoon, jackrabbit, skunk and weasel

Do you need a license to hunt coyotes in Idaho? A hunting license is required to hunt. A trapping license is required to trap gray wolf. In addition, a tag is required for all big game species.

Can a non-resident hunt coyotes in Idaho? Yes, you are required to have valid Idaho hunting license to hunt coyotes. You can use a 3-day small game hunting license or a nongame hunting license, each cost $35.50.

Is there a specific season for coyotes? Some animals are classified as “predators” or as “unprotected” and can be hunted and taken all year. Animals classified as predators in Idaho include coyotes, raccoons, jackrabbits, skunks, weasels, and starling. The most frequently hunted unprotected animals include marmots, fox squirrels, porcupines and Columbian ground squirrels, English sparrows, Eurasian-collared doves, and feral pigeons. These species may be taken in any amounts and at any time by holders of the appropriate valid Idaho hunting, trapping or combination hunting license, provided such taking is not in violation of state, county, or city laws, ordinances or regulations.

Is there a bag limit for coyotes in Idaho? None.

What are the legal hunting hours in Idaho? Big game animals may be hunted only from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

Are electronic game calls legal in Idaho? Yes, for Coyotes.

Are decoys legal in Idaho? Yes

What firearms are approved/disapproved for coyotes in Idaho? No restrictions.

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Are suppressors allowed in Idaho? It is legal to hunt in Idaho with a suppressor. Keep in mind that there is a federal permit required to possess a suppressor in Idaho and the weight of your weapon must stay under 16 lbs.

Legal ammunition or restrictions for coyotes in Idaho? None.

Is night hunting allowed in Idaho? It is illegal to hunt any animal or bird by aid of a spotlight, flashlight or artificial light of any kind; except unprotected or predatory animals on private land after obtaining written permission and on public lands after obtaining the required permit from an Idaho Fish and Game Regional office. It is lawful to hunt raccoons on public lands without a permit if such taking is not in violation of state, county, or city laws, ordinances, or regulations.

Can you hunt from a vehicle in Idaho? It is unlawful to hunt big game or game birds from or by the use of any motorized vehicle, except for holders of a valid handicapped person’s Motor Vehicle Hunting Permit when vehicle is stopped and off public roadways. Use any motorized vehicle to molest, stir up, rally or drive any game animal or game bird.

It is unlawful to operate or use as an aid to hunting a motor vehicle in violation of area, trail, or road restrictions.

Can baiting be used to hunt coyotes in Idaho? It is unlawful to hunt any game animal by means of baiting with the exception of applicable rules for the black bear baiting permit. Bait is defined as any substance placed to attract game animals, except liquid scent for deer and elk.

Can dogs be used to hunt coyotes in Idaho? It is unlawful to hunt big game with dogs except for black bears and mountain lions.

Is there a coyote bounty program in Idaho? No

NOTE: It is unlawful to intentionally interfere with the lawful taking of wildlife or lawful predator control by another.

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: 11-17-2016

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  1. Frank

    I’m 73 and wish to trap coyote.and muskrat.I well bring all my licens up to date after the first of the year.

  2. Frank

    I’m going back to trapping do to health reasons .I need to walk a lot .I am a good trapper.I have always checked my trapes or snares every day. I take care of what I take.

  3. Lani thurst

    Is it illegal to leave animals caught in a coyote trap to suffer and die in the trap?

  4. Beth

    new California transplant in our area is playing a poor quality electronic coyote call for hours. Dogs including mine are barking up a storm. I do not want to alienate him, but he apparently thinks his 20 acres can let him do anything.
    Is there a way to address this?
    I could show him how to be more effective, but he will likely be offended.


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