Coyote Hunting NY Laws & Regulations

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Coyote Hunting NY, Laws & Regulations

Coyotes are defined as a furbearer in New York.

Do you need a license to hunt coyotes in NY? Yes, To hunt furbearers, you must possess a Resident or Nonresident Hunting license. A trapping license does not allow you to hunt furbearers.

Can a non-resident hunt coyotes in NY? Yes

Is there a specified season for coyotes in NY? Coyote season NY is October 1st – March 29th.

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

What are the legal hunting hours in NY? They may be hunted during the day or night.

Are electronic game calls legal for coyotes in NY? You may use a call, including an electronic call.

Are decoys legal for coyotes in NY? You may use decoys.

What firearms are approved/disapproved for coyotes in NY? Furbearers may be hunted with a bow, crossbow or firearm. You may hunt furbearers using any handgun, shotgun, muzzleloading rifle, bow, crossbow or air gun. See state regulations for deer season hunting.

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Are suppressors allowed for hunting coyotes in NY? No, § 11-0931. Prohibitions on the use and possession of firearms. 1. No person except a law enforcement officer in the performance of his official duties shall use in hunting or possess in the fields or forests or on the waters of the state for any purpose: a. the apparatus known as a silencer.

Legal ammunition or restrictions for coyotes in NY? Certain county’s restrict anything over .22 caliber. Check your local county for restrictions.

Are there regulations for transporting dead coyotes or pelts across state lines in NY? None.

Is night hunting for coyotes allowed in NY? Yes, spotlights, night vision, thermal and laser devices are permitted for furbearer hunting. They may be attached to the firearm. All laws pertaining to the use of a spotlight apply. Hunters should consult with local government officials for any laws that may prohibit the discharge of firearms at night.

Are there specific weapon restrictions  for night hunting coyotes in NY? No special restrictions.

Can you hunt coyotes from a vehicle in NY? You may not hunt from any motor vehicle, including an ATV or snowmobile.

Can you use bait to hunt coyotes in NY? Yes. This is one of the few exceptions that allow the use of bait to hunt wildlife.

Can dogs be used to hunt coyotes in NY? Dogs may be used to hunt small game, except: You may not use dogs to hunt wild turkey in the spring. In the Northern Zone, if you are hunting with a dog, or accompanied by a dog, you may not possess a rifle larger than .22 caliber rim-fire or possess a shotgun loaded with slug, ball or buckshot unless you are coyote hunting with a dog. In the Northern Zone, crossbows may not be possessed afield when hunting small game (except coyotes) with the aid of a dog or when accompanied by a dog.

Is there a bounty program for coyotes in NY? Not at this time. Check with your local county.

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.

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  1. Darin

    Good accurate info. Just one fyi. Bounties “check with local county” bounties were made illegal in all of nys. (I think in the early 70’s)

  2. Patrick Harrington

    Can I shoot one that is coming up to my house every day I have kids here

    • Jerry andrews

      U can defend your family and animals. But I would call the dec or a hunter or trapper.any sportsman would help you out if he is really a outdoors man
      I will help you of you are close to me.

  3. Melissa

    we have a pack of maybe 10 or more that frequent my neighborhood. its a small residential area, what are the laws on dispatching coyote if they come in close proximity of my home?

    • Jerry andrews

      You can defend you family and animals But need nabors to ok if you are not the legal distant from them

    • M Leybra

      Coyotes don’t travel in packs, (normally travel singularly or in pairs) unless may be an adult w/ pups which is temporary & dependent on time of year. If u see a “pack of 10 or more” coyotes, that would be worth trying to get a picture. You can kill any wildlife on your property but check w/ DEC. regarding proximity to neighbors & local laws on using firearms.

  4. Betty Wayman

    Can you use a rifle to hunt coyotes .

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    • Jerry andrews

      Yes anything

  5. Colt

    Can you use a rifle in Monroe country? I seem to get many conflicting answers.

  6. bobby giro

    can i use a crossbow during bow only season if im only shooting coyote? i dont want a game officer thinking im hunting deer with it.

  7. Tom Pahl

    What caliber rifle can I hunt coyotes in Greene County?

  8. Ben Chase

    Can you carry a rifle and shotgun while calling in New York like in the Midwest? Has proved to be beneficial there and could see where it would be here if it’s legal.

  9. Aaron

    Question: Who died and made ya’ll god? Killing predators for what? Fur? Im ashamed of all of you, even the guy worried about his kids. Watch your kids when they are outside. Don’t let Whil E. Do it for you. People are so intersested in the easy way that they want to slaughter wildlife. There are billions of humans. How many coyotes do you think there are. Build a fence. Buy motion detectors rigged for sound.

    • Andre

      who made you judge jury and executioner? I agree you should take precautionary measures like you mentioned. But when it comes to your family I don’t think you should take any chances. Even when you are watching, things can still go very south. If you are asking me to choose between animals rights/life or the possibility of my child getting hurt. I think you would know the answer i would give you and the answer that most parents would probably give you. dog eat dog world and I have no issue killing to protect mine. Fences and “sound” are not foolproof and neither is watching eyes.

    • Joe Shmoe

      You’re an idiot! I hope you get attacked by a coyote so we can blame you for it.

    • jim hunter

      If they get too close yo HAVE TO KILL THEM!

      I love animals, but once aggressive kill them including dogs, etc.!

    • Paul Watson

      In the bible book of Genesis Chapter 1 verse God fave man dominion over all the fish of the sea fowl of the air and over cattle and over everything that creeps or crawls in the earth.

  10. Jeffery Termini

    My definition of a hunter: A boy that never grew up. He still thinks he’s playing pop gun with the neighborhood kids. Grow up guys. Nobody hunts anymore!

    • ken mullins

      your comment PROVES how truly ignorant you are

  11. Beth

    The packs are actually families – parents and offspring, siblings. As with pet dogs, they have fear, loyalties, mourn for loses in their group. Please don’t kill for “sport.” The ones around my house seem to hide by day and venture out at night. They are afraid of people and won’t chase after us nor my horses. I don’t let my pets out at night and my chickens are shut in their coop then, too. If you choose to, you can live with coyotes as “neighbors.” You don’t need to kill them just because you can. Thanks for considering my perspective.

  12. GPC

    Glad to see a couple of voices of reason, esp Aaron, Beth and Jeff. Of course, always be cautious, but you have just as much or more to be concerned about with human predators and so many other dangers. You know that. So, monitor kids and small pets. Don’t leave food attractants available, and consider reading COYOTE AMERICA by Dan FloreS. Knowledge is power.

  13. Mike

    Can you shoot coyotes out of season on your own property at night?

  14. Mike

    Can I shoot from the deck of my house without neighbors permission

  15. DWN

    Fascinating how the anti-hunting folks will troll a question like this so they can spout off their vitriol. GPC and Beth aren’t as nasty as many, although it’s unfortunate that GPC describes Jeffery as a “voice of reason”. He strikes me more as an emasculated wanna-he who, despite being ill-informed (nobody hunts anymore”), has chosen to jump on his keyboard and remove any doubt as to his ignorance. Besides enjoying the taste and healthy benefits of consuming wild game which hasn’t been grown on a farm and fed chemicals to make it look more appealing on your grocer’s shelves, many of us hunt for the feeling of self-sufficiency that hunting and gardening/farming gives us. The truth of the matter is that, God- forbid, should we ever have to resort to basic survival skills, you know, if China or North Korea or Iran or any other nut-nation should ever decide to make good on their constant threats to attack with either chemical, biological, or weapons or if they just decide to completely crash the internet and make a direct attack on our financial system, those of us who DO still hunt and Do still know how to grow our own food will be glad for the lack of competition as idiots like Jeffery run around in their chinos wondering where to buy a latte and some tofu.


    There ought to be open season on coyotes. They are worse than wolves in numbers. They attack livestock and pets. Seems like DEC wants to protect “wild” animals more than domestics. Not fair and very dangerous. Property owners, especially, need to be able to defend and protect their domestics 24/7 365.

  17. Mark A Bice

    Coyote hunters in my area hunt from vehicles , twenty guns , 4 dogs , all to shoot one coyote , while burning hundreds of gallons of gas , meanwhile trespassing on land that there not allowed on . I call them inbreds . I believe in hunting coyotes by placing bait in a field you have permission to use , sit there call , wait , shoot , the right way . Not from your truck or car and not on land your not allowed.

  18. Pau Post

    Those coyotes with the flat bushy tails are NOT coyotes — they are a crossbred coyote and eastern timber wolf. Coyotes are not aggressive or bold but the crossbred are not at all intimidated by humans. It is these crossbreds that are the really big issue and pose serious dangers to children and family pets. You definitely do not want to get into it with them without some firepower to even the field. They are stronger, faster, and built to kill. You folks who are adverse to killing /hunting are no match for them. Do not mess with them. They will hurt you if they think you are a threat, especially to their pups, or messing with what they consider “their” territory. They don’t share an aversion to bloodletting. If they are approaching you, it is not to become your best friend.

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  21. Tim

    How many rounds can you have in a gun when hunting fox or coyotes

  22. M Leybra

    Reply to D Gregory, U.S. had open season on all ‘wild’ animals, even paying bounties to kill them up until early 1900’s when few were left. DEC allows coyotes to be killed 24/7 six months a year today & that’s close enough to late 1800’s when ur great grandpappy was wiping out the last of all ‘wild’ animals.

  23. M Leybra

    What happened to my comment reply to (Melissa on August 10, 2017 at 3:24 am
    we have a pack of maybe 10 or more that frequent my neighborhood. its a small residential area, what are the laws on dispatching coyote if they come in close proximity of my home?) that was awaiting “moderation.” Was something wrong w/ it because it has disappeared?

  24. Cal

    Don’t think this is a stupid question but can you hunt coyote with last year’s hunting license


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