Coyote Hunting Montana Laws & Regulations

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Address: 1420 East Sixth Avenue, P.O. Box 200701 Helena, MT 59620-0701
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Coyote Hunting Montana Laws & Regulations

Are coyotes defined as furbearer, game animal, or other in Montana? Montana statute classifies predators as coyote, weasel, (striped) skunk, and civet cat (spotted skunk).

Do you need a license to hunt coyotes in Montana? Predator shooting is not regulated by federal or state law or regulation. Predators can be shot in Montana year-round without a license by both resident and nonresident hunters. A Conservation License, or a state school trust lands recreational use license, is required to shoot predators on state school trust lands. Permission must be obtained to shoot predators on private land.

Can a non-resident hunt coyotes in Montana? Predators can be shot in Montana year-round without a license by both resident and nonresident hunters. Nonresidents are required to purchase a Nonresident Trapping License to take nongame or predatory species using traps and/or snares.

Is there a specific season for coyotes in Montana? Year-round.

Is there a bag limit for coyotes in Montana? None.

What are the legal hunting hours in Montana? Authorized hunting hours begin one-half hour before sunrise and end one-half hour after sunset each day of the hunting season.

Are electronic game calls legal in Montana? Electronic Game Calls are legal for the following species: Coyote, Fox, Bobcat, Bear, and Mt. Lion.

Are decoys legal in Montana? Yes.

What firearms are approved/disapproved for coyotes in Montana? No restrictions.

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Are suppressors allowed in Montana? Yes, you must have a federal permit to possess the suppressor.

Legal ammunition or restrictions for coyotes in Montana? No restrictions.

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

Is night hunting allowed in Montana? You can hunt at night with or without lights for predators or non-game species.

Can you hunt from a vehicle in Montana? No.

Can baiting be used to hunt coyotes in Montana? Yes

Can dogs be used to hunt coyotes in Montana? Yes

Is there a bounty program in Montana? No.

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. Dee Hadley

    You need to take another look at the North Dakota regulations for hunting coyotes at night.
    It states:
    Firearms at night – Opens: November 21 – Closes: March 15
    Coyote and fox (red and gray) may be hunted at any hour. Any person who engages in coyote or fox hunting from 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise must hunt exclusively on foot. Use of spotlights or any other arti- cial light is prohibited. Use of night vision equipment, elec- tronically enhanced light gathering optics or thermal imag- ing equipment is allowed.

  2. Levi

    Is it illegal to drive down a non maintained county road and spotlight from the road


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