Coyote Hunting Iowa, Laws & Regulations
Coyotes are defined as furbearers in Iowa.
Do you need a license to hunt coyotes in Iowa? Coyotes may be hunted on a hunting or furharvester license. Residents 16 to 64 years old and all nonresidents regardless of age must also have paid the Habitat Fee. A Hunting License is not needed to hunt furbearers. Coyote and groundhog may be hunted with either a Furharvester License or a Hunting License. Nonresident furharvesters wanting to purchase an Iowa nonresident Furharvester License may do so only if their state of residence also sells a nonresident Furharvester/Trapping License to Iowa residents.
Can a non-resident hunt coyotes in Iowa? All residents and nonresidents regardless of age must have a Furharvester License to trap or hunt furbearing animals. Residents 16 to 64 years old and all nonresidents regardless of age must also have paid the Habitat Fee. A Hunting License All residents and nonresidents regardless of age must have a Furharvester License to trap or hunt furbearing animals. Residents 16 to 64 years old and all nonresidents regardless of age must also have paid the Habitat Fee. A Hunting License.
Is there a specified season for coyotes in Iowa? Continuous Open Season
Is there a bag limit for coyotes in Iowa? No Limit
What are the legal hunting hours in Iowa? No Restrictions
Are electronic game calls legal in Iowa for coyotes? Yes
Are decoys legal in Iowa for coyotes? Yes
What firearms are approved/disapproved for coyotes in Iowa? All firearms (except those deemed in Iowa Code as offensive/exceptionally dangerous) are legal for the taking of coyotes.
Are suppressors allowed in Iowa? No, Ownership is Prohibited. No further hunting regulations 724.3 UNAUTHORIZED POSSESSION OF OFFENSIVE WEAPONS. An offensive weapon is any device or instrumentality of the following types: 8) Any mechanical device specifically constructed and designed so that when attached to a firearm silences, muffles, or suppresses the sound when fired. However, this subsection does not apply to a mechanical device possessed and used by a person solely for the purpose of shooting a deer pursuant to an approved city special deer population control plan if the person has a valid federal permit to possess and use the mechanical device.
Legal ammunition or restrictions for coyotes in Iowa? None
Are there regulations for transporting dead coyotes or pelts across state lines in Iowa? You cannot possess game or furbearing animals or their pelts, except deer venison, for more than 30 days after the close of the season for that species.
You may possess game that has been lawfully taken outside the state and lawfully brought into the state, but you must be able to prove it was legally killed and legally transported into the state.
Is night hunting allowed in Iowa? Yes
Are there specified weapons allowed for night in Iowa? No restrictions
Can you hunt from a vehicle in Iowa? No, The use of motor vehicles on all game management areas is restricted.
A person shall not intentionally kill or wound, attempt to kill or wound, or pursue any animal, fowl, or fish from or with an aircraft in flight or from or with any vehicles commonly known as snowmobiles.
Can baiting be used to hunt coyotes in Iowa? Yes, you cannot use hazardous material, or illegally taken game animals.
“Bait” means grain, fruit, vegetables, nuts, hay, salt, mineral blocks, or any other natural food materials, commercial products containing natural food materials, or by-products of such materials transported to or placed in an area for the purpose of attracting wildlife. Bait does not include food placed during normal agricultural activities.
Can dogs be used to hunt coyotes in Iowa? Any method of take is legal on small game. You must have a Hunting License or a Furharvester License and habitat fee to train a dog on coyote or groundhog.
Is there a coyote bounty program in Iowa? No
Private Property: “Trespass” means entering property without the express permission of the owner, lessee or person in lawful possession, with the intent to commit a public offense; to use, remove therefrom, alter, damage, harass, or place anything animate or inanimate, or to hunt, fish or trap on the property. The term trespass does not mean entering the right-of-way of a public road or highway. Railroad right-of-ways are considered private property.
This paragraph does not prohibit the unarmed pursuit of game or furbearing animals lawfully injured or killed which come to rest on or escape to the property of another.
NOTE: You cannot use a two-way mobile radio transmitter to communicate the location or direction of game or furbearing animals, or to coordinate the movement of other hunters. (See the definitions of one-and two-way mobile radio transmitters in previous column.)
Exceptions: Coyote hunters may use two-way transmitters, except during the two regular gun (shotgun) deer seasons. A falconer may use a oneway mobile transmitter to recover a free-flying bird of prey that is properly banded and covered on a falconry permit. Hunters with dogs may use a oneway mobile transmitter to track or aid in the recovery of the dog.