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

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Coyote Hunting Pennsylvania PA, Laws & Regulations

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

Do you need a license to hunt coyotes in Pennsylvania? Outside of any big game season (deer, bear, elk and turkey), coyotes may be taken with a hunting license or a furtaker license, and without wearing orange. During any big game season, coyotes may be taken while lawfully hunting big game or with a furtaker license.

Can a non-resident hunt coyotes in Pennsylvania? Yes, with a license as specified above.

Is there a specified season for coyotes in Pennsylvania? No closed season.

Is there a bag limit for coyotes in Pennsylvania? Unlimited.

What are the legal hunting hours in Pennsylvania? Legal hunting hours for all small and big game in Pennsylvania are from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.  However raccoon, fox, coyote* and bobcat may be hunted any hour, day or night, except during restricted periods: : Outside of any big game season (deer, bear, elk or turkey), coyotes may be taken with a hunting or furtaker license, and without wearing orange. During any big game season, coyotes may be taken while lawfully hunting big game or with a furtaker license.

Sunday Hunting: It is unlawful to hunt wildlife, except foxes, crows and coyotes, on Sundays.

Are electronic game calls legal in Pennsylvania? It is unlawful to hunt with any electronic contrivance or device except: 1) Electronic callers may be used to hunt bobcats, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and crows, and snow geese in the conservation hunt season.

Are Decoys allowed for hunting coyotes in PA? Yes. Electronic calls and decoys are permitted for coyote hunting.

What firearms are disapproved for coyotes in Pennsylvania? Firearms legal for hunting furbearers include manually operated rifles or handguns of any caliber, manual or semi-automatic shotguns and, bows and crossbows.

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It is unlawful to take furbearers, including bobcats, with shotguns using shot larger than size number 4 buckshot, or implements that are not lawful firearms, bows or crossbows. Manually operated rifles or handguns of any caliber, manual or semi-automatic shotguns and, bows and crossbows can be used.

NEW 2017: Semiautomatic rifles and air guns now can be used for hunting small game and furbearers statewide, and there is no magazine restriction for either. These arms remain prohibited for hunting big game.

*Big game season coyote hunting firearm regulations apply. Please see second bolded subheader above.

How can I hunt coyotes during big game seasons with my general license in PA?  If you do not have a furtakers license, during big game seasons you may only hunt coyotes if you are lawful to hunt the big game that is season. That includes but is not limited to:

  • wearing the appropriate fluorescent orange for the big game season.
  • using the appropriate arms for the big game season.
  • having appropriate licenses and unused tags for the big game season.
  • abiding by the hunting hours listed in the digest for the big game season.

Are suppressors allowed in Pennsylvania? Yes, all game animals legal.

Legal ammunition or restrictions for coyotes in Pennsylvania? It is unlawful to hunt small game, furbearers, turkeys, waterfowl or crows with a manual or autoloading shotgun unless the magazine is limited to a two-shell capacity. A plug must be a one-piece filler installed so it cannot be readily removed without disassembling the gun or magazine.

Are there restrictions for transporting dead coyotes in Pennsylvania? No restrictions.

Recovering Dead or Injured Wildlife: It is unlawful for a hunter to refuse or neglect to make a reasonable effort to retrieve any killed or injured game or wildlife. Hunters attempting to recover wildlife are not permitted to enter private property without permission. A hunting license does not give you the right to trespass on private property.

Is night hunting allowed in Pennsylvania? Raccoon, fox, coyote* and bobcat may be hunted any hour, day or night, except during restricted periods in paragraph 1 (see furtaking section).

A person hunting raccoons, skunks, opossums, bobcats, weasels, foxes and coyotes on foot may use a handheld light, including a gun-mounted light. Furbearer hunters still may not use a flashlight or spotlight that projects a laser light beam.

Can you hunt coyotes from a vehicle in PA? It is unlawful to 1) hunt from a vehicle; 2) shoot at wildlife on a public road or right-of-way open to public travel; 3) shoot across a road unless the line of fire is high enough to preclude any danger to road users; and 4) alight from a vehicle and shoot at any wildlife until the shooter is at least 25 yards from the traveled portion of the roadway. NOTE: These provisions do not prevent an individual, who may not qualify for a Disabled Person’s Permit, but who has health concerns or problems to sit in or near a legally “parked” vehicle and watch for game. Loaded firearms may never be placed in, on or against any motor vehicle at any time.

Can baiting be used to hunt coyotes in Pennsylvania? Except in the southeast Special Regulations Areas, it is unlawful to hunt in or around any area where artificial or natural bait, food, hay, grain, fruit, nuts, salt, chemicals or minerals, including their residues, are used, or have been used within the past 30 days, as an enticement to lure game or wildlife regardless of the type or quantity. Hunters are responsible for ensuring that the hunting area has not been baited before they begin hunting. They should physically inspect the area and question landowners, guides and caretakers. This section does not pertain to hunting near areas where accepted farming or habitat management practices are taking place (example: hunting near food plots on game lands is legal). Any natural or man made nonliving bait can be used to attract coyotes for hunting or trapping. Bait cannot be visible from the air when trapping.

Can dogs be used to hunt coyotes in Pennsylvania? There is no prohibition on using dogs to hunt coyotes.

Is there a Coyote Bounty in PA? PA no longer has a bounty.

Hunter Orange:  Coyote hunters must wear 250 square inches of daylight fluorescent orange during the regular firearms season for deer or any bear season from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.

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. Marcus

    New at hunting coyote…

  2. James

    After I hunt a coyote, where can I take it ?

  3. Jack

    Is a 17hmr to small to hunt coyote in pa. ?

  4. N

    You all don’t know what on the other side do you. You want me too tell you well i wont. Becouse you all who Hunt God I nascent Anumals will not last long.

    • Chris P. Bacon

      No one understands a word you just said because you misspelled almost every word.

      • Charlie


      • guy

        what he,s saying is stop killing Gods animals

    • Andre Chenot


    • Peteyraymond

      1. Go back to first grade.
      2. Learn how to read & write.
      3. Clearly write down all your thoughts & opinions on paper.
      4. Then burn the paper because nobody gives a damn what you think.

      • anthony lattanzio

        there go I but for the grace of god..

    • anthony lattanzio

      you have know idea the damage coyotes do to the deer population when left unchecked the cross breed with wild dogs,I’m seeing fifty sixty pounders..the kill pets smaller dogs and and will kill small children

  5. Nick

    Can I hunt coyote with a rifle in spring turkey season or can I only use a shot gun it has been a confusing thing for me to understand some people say no some say yes you can it says you can only use a firearm for the season selected for the big game season that is in

  6. Mark D LeDonne

    Are semiautomatic.22 caliber legal to hunt small game in special regulation areas such as B2?

  7. Justin

    During big game season. What firearm has to be used at night and do you need a furbearer liscense to hunt at night?
    Thank you

    • Marc Messinger

      No hunting at night during big game season

    • Frank

      That is a good question!

  8. Scott

    Coyote is open ALL YEAR? As long as you have a furtakers license? Am I understanding this correctly?

  9. David

    If you have to ask questions to simple issues spelled out in your manual…….you should not be in the woods!

  10. anthony lattanzio

    coyotes are a very dangerous animal,they kill anything they think they can handle,fawns in the spring. working together which they do at times to bring done full grown deer,the females will mate with any breed of canine,wolf,any large dog,etc..I’ve seen fifty,sixty pound coyotes in upper pa.they will stalk and kill family pets,small children. when I hunt in pa,if I see one and can kill it I do. what do I do with it,open it up leave it for the next one to come along,hunt them in the spring,they have pups to feed and they are on the move none stop..

  11. James Dehaas

    Seen my 1st coyote ever on last day of buck season 2019 and decided to take him, 57 piunds

  12. Randy Santucci

    Eastern Coyotes truly are Coywolves. It has been prooven by genetic DNA research by Dr. Roland Kayes a decade ago that their gene string contained wolf DNA from cross breeding. Henceforth the larger dog and they have the ability to pack hunt which the smaller Eastern coyote does not. Coyotes like the recently ( starting in the 90s) PGC ptopagated Fisher have no benefit to sportsmen or society in general. Fisher numbers are expolding and are an apex predator, nothing in Pa. can kill them other than maybe a bobcat because they can climb a tree to escape a threat like a squirrel. They are vicious and are now in over 57 of the 67 Pa. counties. Thank you PGC……. another detriment to small game and our state bird the Ruffed grouse we did not need.

  13. Joseph Galloway

    ok. On going question in a group on FB… Can you hunt fox/coyote using FULL METAL JACKET? since ammo is very hard to find these days and what you can find is nothing but FMJ.

  14. Jacqueline

    A couple guys brought their dogs to my road , let the dogs run in the woods and chase the coyotes to the road . Then they shot the coyotes while they (the 2 hunters) stood on the road. Is that legal?

  15. Geo Wolf

    If I was you I would thank them,because coyotes are very dangerous for home pets and especially children.if they have a chance they don’t even hesitate to attack grown up man.


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