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

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Coyote Hunting Mississippi Laws & Regulations

Are coyotes defined as furbearer, game animal, or other in Mississippi? Mississippi Code Ann. §49 – 7 – 1, as amended, classifies nutria, beaver, fox, skunks, coyotes  and wild hogs, as “nuisance” animals.

Do you need a license to hunt coyotes in Mississippi? Persons hunting nuisance animals must possess a valid Lifetime, All Game, or Sportsman’s License, unless otherwise exempt.

Nuisance animals may be hunted, trapped, taken, killed, chased, or pursued on private lands.

  1. Landowners and any leaseholders may hunt nuisance animals year – round at any  time  of  day  or  night  with  no  weapon/caliber  restrictions  on  property  titled  in  their  name  or  otherwise owned, or leased by them.
  1. Designated agents of the landowners / leaseholders may hunt nuisance animals  year – round at any time of day or night with no weapon / caliber restrictions, provided they have  written  permission  from  the  landowner  or  leaseholder  in  his  or  her  possession,  when  hunting  nuisance animals.

Permission letters must be signed and dated by the landowner or leaseholder,  shall include:

  1. the contact information of the landowner or leaseholder;
  2. the contact information of the permitted person; and
  3. a specific a date of expiration.

Can a non-resident hunt coyotes in Mississippi? All Non-Residents (NR) sixteen years of age or older hunting nuisance animals must possess a NR-All Game type license.

Either a NR-All Game License, NR 7-Day All Game License in addition to a NR Archery / Primitive Weapon Permit, or a NR 3-Day All Game-Archery / Primitive Weapon License is required for non-residents hunting nuisance animals during any archery/primitive weapon season.

Is there a specific hunting season for coyotes in Mississippi? Year round.

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

What are the legal hunting hours for coyotes in Mississippi?  Legal shooting hours for resident game are one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise to one-half (1/2) hour after sunset. Legal shooting hours for migratory birds are one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise to sunset.

Are electronic game calls legal in Mississippi? Nuisance animals may be hunted with the aid of electronic calls.

Are decoys legal for coyotes in Mississippi? Yes. No live decoys allowed.

What firearms are approved/disapproved for coyotes in Mississippi? Persons hunting nuisance animals with archery equipment and/or with primitive weapons during archery or primitive weapons season must possess either a valid Lifetime, Sportsman License, or an All Game Hunting License and the Archery/Primitive Weapon Permit, unless otherwise exempt.

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Are suppressors allowed for coyote hunting in Mississippi? All game animals legal.

Are there any ammunition restrictions for hunting coyotes in Mississippi? No specific restrictions listed.

Is night hunting for coyotes allowed in Mississippi?  Raccoon, fox, opossum, beaver, and bobcats may be legally hunted at night, with or without the use of a light, and with dogs, except during the spring turkey season.

Can you hunt coyotes from a vehicle in Mississippi?  It shall be unlawful for any person to hunt, if such person is in the possession of a firearm that is not unloaded, on any street, public road, public highway, levee, or any railroad which is maintained by any railroad corporation, city, county, levee board, state or federal entity or in the right-of-way of any such street, road, highway, levee or railroad. “Unloaded” means that a cartridge or shell is not positioned in the barrel or magazine of the firearm or in a clip, magazine, or retainer attached to the firearm. An unloaded muzzleloading caplock firearm is one with the cap removed. An unloaded muzzleloading flintlock firearm is one with no powder in the flashpan. It is illegal to hunt or kill any game animal, furbearing animal or game bird from any motorized vehicle or boat. However, squirrels and game birds may be hunted from a boat if the motor is off and the progress of the boat has ceased.

Can you hunt coyotes with bait in Mississippi? Permits for baiting Hogs are available, no other species may be hunted or killed under this permit. Areas must be clear of all bait for 10 days prior to hunting game animals.

It is illegal to hunt or trap any wild animal or wild bird with the aid of bait. Liquid scents may be used. Electrically operated calling or sound-reproducing devices may be used for hunting nuisance animals and crow only.

Can dogs be used to hunt coyotes in Mississippi? Nuisance animals may not be hunted or pursued with dogs during the open spring turkey season.

Is there a coyote bounty program in Mississippi? 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: 11-16-2016

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  2. Franklin Kemp

    does the “there are no weapon/caliber restrictions” cover a ‘night/day’ scope for nuisance animals?. Is it legal to use a night scope that works either day or night for deer hunting during legal shooting hours. I am 70 years old and the night scope would help verify legal size antlers during very low light conditions during early and late legal shooting times.


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