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

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Coyote Hunting Missouri Laws & Regulations

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

Do you need a license to hunt coyotes in Missouri? Yes, with a trapping permit or small game hunting permit.

During fall deer season, hunters must have an unfilled firearms deer hunting permit and a permit to hunt small game.

During spring turkey season, coyotes may be taken using only methods allowed for spring turkey hunting, and hunters must have an unfilled spring turkey hunting permit and a permit to hunt small game.

Can a non-resident hunt coyotes in Missouri? Yes, with a Nonresident Furbearer Hunting and Trapping Permit or Small Game Permit.

Is there a specific season for coyotes in Missouri?Coyotes may be taken all year. January 1, 2016 – December 31st, 2016 Coyotes may NOT be hunted during daylight hours from April 1 through April 17th, 2016.

Is there a bag limit for coyotes in Missouri? Daily limit: Any number Possession limit: Any number

What are the legal hunting hours in Missouri? One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Coyotes may NOT be hunted during daylight hours from April 1 through April 17th, 2016.

Are electronic game calls legal in Missouri? Mouth and hand calls may be used any time.  Electronic calls or electronically activated calls may be used to pursue and take crows and furbearers. They may also be used to take light geese during the Conservation Order. Electronic calls may not be used with artificial light or night-vision equipment.

Are decoys legal in Missouri? Yes.

What firearms are approved/disapproved for coyotes in Missouri? Fully automatic weapons are prohibited for all hunting.

During spring turkey season, coyotes may be taken using only methods allowed for spring turkey, and hunters must have an unfilled turkey permit and a permit to hunt small game.

Other Prohibited Methods:

• Arrows containing any drug, poison, chemical, or explosives.
• Poisons, tranquilizing drugs, chemicals, or explosives.
• Motor driven conveyances may not be used to take, drive, or molest wildlife
• Artificial lights to search for, harass, or disturb wildlife
• You may not take wildlife from or across a public roadway with a firearm, bow, or crossbow.

Are suppressors allowed for hunting in Missouri? All game animals legal

Legal ammunition or restrictions for hunting coyotes in Missouri? No restrictions.

Is night hunting allowed in Missouri? No.

Artificial lights may be used to hunt:

  • bullfrogs
  • green frogs
  • raccoons and other furbearing animals when treed with the aid of dogs

Landowners and lessees may use artificial lights on their property, but while doing so may not be in possession of — or be in the company of someone who possesses — a firearm, bow, or other implement used to take wildlife.

Artificial lights may not be used to search for, spot, illuminate, harass, or disturb other wildlife than the above.

You may not possess night vision or thermal imagery equipment while carrying a firearm, bow, or other implement used to take wildlife.

Can you hunt coyotes from a vehicle in Missouri? Motor driven transportation may not be used to take, drive or molest wildlife. A motorboat may be used to hunt wildlife, except deer, if the motor is shut off and the boat’s forward progress has stopped.

Can baiting be used to hunt coyotes in Missouri? Yes.

Can dogs be used to hunt coyotes in Missouri? Dogs may be used in hunting wildlife — except deer, turkey, muskrat, mink, river otter, and beaver. Learn more about the rules for hunting with dogs.

Dogs may not be used to hunt coyotes during daylight hours statewide from November 1 to the close of the November portion of the firearms deer season and during the antlerless portions in open counties.

Is there a coyote bounty program in Missouri? 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. CoyoteHunting101.com is not responsible for your own stupidity.

Last Updated: 11-13-2016

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