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

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Coyote Hunting Nebraska Laws & Regulations

Are coyotes defined as furbearer, game animal, or other in Nebraska? Coyotes and woodchucks are non-game and thus not protected as furbearers.

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Do you need a license to hunt coyotes in Nebraska? Residents do not need a permit to hunt these species; however, nonresidents must have a hunt (small game) permit. A Habitat Stamp is not required: Coyote, Porcupine, Prairie dog, Woodchuck.

Can a non-resident hunt coyotes in Nebraska? Yes, all nonresidents who hunt coyotes, prairie dogs and other non-game animals must have a Nebraska hunt (small game) permit.

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

Is there a bag limit for coyotes in Nebraska? There are no bag limits or specific harvest units for furbearers. Nonresidents may harvest up to 1,000 furbearers, with an additional fee for each additional 100 furbearers taken. Hunting, trapping and running of applicable species is permitted statewide, except in federal and state refuges and sanctuaries.

What are the legal hunting hours for coyotes in Nebraska? Furbearer hunting and trapping is open 24 hours a day

Are electronic game calls legal in Nebraska? Electronic predator calls are allowed for hunting coyotes.

Are decoys legal for coyotes in Nebraska? Yes.

What firearms are approved/disapproved for coyotes in Nebraska? During the November firearm deer season, it is unlawful to hunt wildlife other than deer with a centerfire rifle or centerfire handgun.

EXCEPTION: This does not apply to a holder of a valid unfilled firearm deer permit while hunting in the unit for which the permit was issued. It also does not apply to a bona fide farmer or rancher who owns, leases, or resides upon such farm or ranch land or a member of the immediate family of such farmer or rancher while hunting on such farm or ranch land.

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It is illegal to have or carry a loaded shotgun in or on any vehicle on any highway or roadway. A shotgun is considered loaded if there is a shell or shells in the chamber, receiver or magazine.

Are suppressors allowed for coyote hunting in Nebraska? Yes, all game animals are legal.

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

Are there regulations for possessing, transporting dead coyotes, or pelts across state lines in Nebraska? Fur harvesters may hold carcasses and raw pelts of furbearers without a time limit, as long as they have a valid fur harvest permit.

All furs shipped by commercial carrier must have a document placed upon the package giving the name of the consignee, the number of his or her fur harvest permit, the date of expiration of the permit, which must be on or after the date of shipment, and a description of the kind and number of each kind of raw fur in the shipment.

Is night hunting for coyotes allowed in Nebraska? Artificial lights may be used only while hunting on foot to take unprotected species, including coyotes and the following furbearers: badger, bobcat, gray fox, long-tailed weasel, mink, Virginia opossum, raccoon, red fox and striped skunk. They may not be used to take any of these species if used from or attached to a vehicle or boat.

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Again, it is illegal to spotlight from a vehicle or vessel while in possession of a firearm or archery equipment;

Can you hunt coyotes from a vehicle in Nebraska? It is illegal to shoot from any public highway, road or bridge, including the traveled surface and the right-of-way, whether on foot or from a vehicle, or attempt to shoot any bird, sh or other animal from an aircraft.

It is illegal to communicate the location of any game animal or game bird by radio or other electronic device to or from any aircraft, vessel, vehicle, snowmobile, or other conveyance one day before or during the open season;

Can you hunt coyotes with bait in Nebraska? There are no published restrictions, check with your local game officer.

Can dogs be used to hunt coyotes in Nebraska? There are no published restrictions, check with your local game officer.

Is there a coyote bounty in Nebraska? Not at this time.

DEPREDATION – Any farmer or rancher owning or operating a farm or ranch may destroy or have destroyed any predator preying on livestock or poultry or causing other agricultural depredation on land owned or controlled by him or her without a permit issued by the Commission. For purposes of this subsection, predator means a badger, bobcat, coyote, gray fox, long-tailed weasel, mink, opossum, raccoon, red fox or skunk.

  • No hunt or fur harvest permit is required.
  • Furbearers harvested for depredation control may be sold or possessed only by individuals with a fur harvest permit and if the take occurred during the harvest season.

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: 11-13-2016

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  1. Cory Baker

    I was wondering if I can hunt coyote on Wildlife management Area or/and CRP land….

  2. Dalton

    I was wandering If night vision scopes are legal to use in Nebraska will coyote hunting

  3. Sean

    What are the rules on high capacity mags for coyote hunting in Nebraska.

    • Russell

      There is no restriction check with your local game officer

  4. Jody Bergstrom

    Do you have to tag a coyote that you have shot in the state of Nebraska?

  5. Tony

    Until last night I was not aware of how fast and quite these dogs are!! A Doe was shot at a hunters worst time Dusk..Found her trail of blood followed it found her and the coyotes had already gotten to her..This all happened in 35 minuets..

  6. Tommy Lowman

    Not true. you can hunt coyotes all year even during deer season.


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