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

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Coyote Hunting Nevada Laws & Regulations

Are coyotes defined as furbearer, game animal, or other in Nevada? Coyotes are an unprotected species in Nevada.

Do you need a license to hunt coyotes in Nevada? They can be hunted by both resident and non-residents in the state without a hunting license.  However, if you are selling the fur, or trapping coyote, you will need a trapping license.  Additionally, special regulations may exist regarding the use of firearms for all the general public, depending on the county in which you will be hunting.

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Can a non-resident hunt coyotes in Nevada? Yes, non-residents can hunt coyotes in Nevada.

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

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

What are the legal hunting hours in Nevada? Hunting hours are sunrise to sunset except as noted.

Are electronic game calls legal in Nevada? Yes

Are decoys legal in Nevada? Yes

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

Are suppressors allowed for hunting in Nevada? All game animals legal

Legal ammunition or restrictions for hunting coyotes in Nevada? No restrictions.

Are there regulations for possessing, transporting dead coyotes, or pelts across state lines in Nevada? If you are selling the fur, or trapping coyote, you will need a trapping license.

Is night hunting allowed in Nevada? Yes in some counties, with some variations as listed below.

This list of state and county laws is only a partial list of the laws on firearms and the discharge of firearms in the state of Nevada. Each hunter is responsible to know the laws of the state and those of the county where one is hunting. Please contact NDOW for more state regulations and the County sheriff’s Department for county laws for the areas you will be hunting.

Washoe County – 50.162 Nighttime shooting and spotlight hunting prohibited.

Except as otherwise authorized by law, it is unlawful for any person to discharge a firearms of any kind between one-half hour after sunset and one =half hour before sunrise or shine a spotlight between on-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise for the purpose of hunting a wild animal in the unincorporated areas of the county.

Pershing County – 9.16.020 Unlawful Use of Spotlight:

It is unlawful for any person to cast a spotlight from or within three hundred feet (300′) of any motor vehicle in the unincorporated areas of the County while having a firearm in possession or immediate physical presence, between the dates of September 1 and February 28, inclusive, of each year.

White Pine County – Chapter 10.20 Firearms – 10.20.010

(b) It is unlawful for any person to discharge a firearm, shotgun, pellet gun, air gun, or spring gun anywhere in the unincorporated areas of White Pine County, NV, between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise.

Lander County – Chapter 9.16 – Weapons – Section 9.16.010 – Discharge of Firearms Prohibited –

It is unlawful for any person to discharge a firearm of any kind in the unincorporated areas of Lander County, between one hour after sunset and on-half hour before sunrise. Violation of this section shall constitute a misdemeanor.

Nye County Code – Chapter 9.16 – Weapons – Section 9.16.010: Discharge Prohibited:

Any person who discharges any pistol, shotgun, rifle or firearm within a radius of three (3) miles from the County Courthouse in Tonopah shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Elko County 7-102: Firearms, Discharge of:

It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge a firearm of any kind in the unincorporated areas of Elko County, between one-half (1/2) hour after sunset and one-half (1/2) before sunrise: provided, however, that this section shall not apply to the following circumstances:

A) Any peace officer discharging a firearm in the performance of his duties;

B) The discharge of a firearm in a shooting gallery or any designated pistol or file range.

C) The discharge of a firearm by any person in the necessary defense of himself, his family or property.

Douglas County – 9.68.030 Discharge of Firearms

A) It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge any firearm, gun, pistol, rifle, shotgun or other firearm across any county road or highway.

B) It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge any gun, pistol, rifle, or other firearm with the exception of shotguns or air rifles within one thousand five hundred feet of any dwelling occupied by any other person or persons within Douglas County without the permission of the occupant.

C) It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge any shotgun or air file within five hundred feet of any dwelling occupied by any other person or persons within Douglas County without the permission of the occupant.

D) This section shall not apply to peace officers, nor to persons shooting in any regularly established and authorized rifle range, gun club or shooting gallery, nor to any person lawfully discharging a firearm in protection of life or property.

Nevada Counties That DO NOT Prohibit Shooting at Night or Spotlighting in the Unincorporated Areas of the County:

  1. Churchill County
  2. Lyon County (see section 7.02.02 – Discharge of weapons in congested area)
  3. Humbodlt County
  4. Douglas County (see 9.68.030 Discharge of Firearms)
  5. Mineral County
  6. Nye County (see section 9.16.010 Discharge Prohibited)
  7. Esmeralda County (must be at least one mile away from an occupied residence)
  8. Carson City County ( see chapter 8.12 Firearms and 8.12.010 Discharge of Firearms unlawful)
  9. Storey County (see Chapter 9.16 Weapons)
  10. Clark County (see ordinance on congested areas)
  11. Lincoln County ( see ordinance on congested or incorporated areas)

Can you hunt coyotes from a vehicle in Nevada? It is unlawful to carry a loaded rifle or loaded shotgun in or on any vehicle which is standing on or along, or is being driven on or along, any public highway or any other way open to the public. It is unlawful to shoot at any game mammals or game birds with a weapon from an aircraft, helicopter or motor-driven vehicle.

Can baiting be used to hunt coyotes in Nevada? Bait can be used to hunt coyotes, but it can’t be used to trap them since traps are somewhat indiscriminate and other animals might be attracted.  Similarly, if someone were to be baiting coyotes and a mountain lion came into the bait, it would be unlawful to take that mountain lion over bait.

Can dogs be used to hunt coyotes in Nevada?  Dogs can be used to hunt coyotes.

Is there a coyote bounty program in Nevada? 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. CoyoteHunting101.com is not responsible for your own stupidity.

17 Comments

  1. YOTBUSTA

    Is a helicopter considered a moving vehicle?

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    • Chad

      “It is unlawful to shoot at any game mammals or game birds with a weapon from an aircraft, helicopter or motor-driven vehicle.”

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      • YOTBUSTA

        Coyote is not a game animal

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    • phil PALMER

      If it isn’t moving you are in big trouble.

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  2. Rob

    In Nevada, once you kill a Coyote and are not selling the fur or trapping, what are you to do with the animal? Is there a disposal for them? Can’t imagine its a good idea to just leave it to rot or for other animals to feed on in the field.

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    • Chad

      I’m not sure why you wouldn’t want to leave it to rot? Animals die everyday in the wild and are left to the buzzards. It’s part of the natural Eco-system for animals to die, get picked apart by scavengers and bugs, and turn into fertilizer. It takes less than a week sometimes to see the only remains are a pile of bones. Don’t worry about it, it’s natural.

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      • Sam

        I agree skin it and leave it…Or just leave it

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  3. Sam

    It is legal to hunt coyotes with a bow? and what are boundaries where bows can be used is it the same as guns?

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    • Skip

      My understanding is that there are no weapons restrictions to speak of, pertaining to coyote. So yes, a bow, or in my case, an airbow, would be legal. Be prepared to lose some arrows though. I’ve seen them run a looooong way with their vitals shot.

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  4. Marie

    Is there a regulation on how close you can shoot a coyote to a house? Our house backs up to open land, but the coyotes have been climbing on top of our fence, and we have dogs in our yard.

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    • Mike

      Send me your address and I will try to get them before they get on your dogs. [email protected]

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  5. arameus berkley

    Anybody know why Eureka County isn’t posted.

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  6. June

    Anybody know of any good spots to hunt coyotes In South Las Vegas

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  7. Tommy

    I’m new to coyote hunting and have been driving up from Sacramento to the Reno area. If anybody can give me some tips on where to go it would be much appreciated. Thanks

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  8. Drew

    Is it legal to hunt coyotes at night using a crossbow mounted with a night vision scope or thermal in Washoe, Nevada?

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  9. Drew

    In Washoe County you it is illegal to discharge a firearm at night. How about using a crossbow this a night optic?

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  10. Sharon

    I back up to BLM land. I was told they Legally trap coyotes in Lyon County. Last year our dog was trapped and lost his toe. (Still limping) this year I am making sure my dog doesn’t get out. How long is the Trapping season for coyotes?

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