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

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Coyote Hunting Ohio Laws & Regulations

Coyote Classification in Ohio: Furbearer, A fur taker permit is required to hunt or trap furbearing animals (except coyote) in Ohio.

Do you need a license to hunt coyotes in Ohio? Anyone hunting, trapping, or snaring coyotes must have a valid hunting license.

Can a non-resident hunt coyotes in Ohio? Yes, with a valid hunting license.

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

During deer season a deer hunter can: Hunt coyote and feral swine (wild boar) during the deer gun season, the youth deer gun season, the antlerless deer muzzleloader season, and the deer muzzleloader season with a hunting license and a valid deer permit, using firearms legal for deer hunting while visibly wearing a vest, coat, jacket, or coverall colored solid hunter orange or camouflage hunter orange. A valid deer permit is one that has not been filled out and used to check a deer.

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

What are the legal hunting hours in Ohio? If hunted during the deer gun season, hours and legal hunting devices are the same as for deer gun season.

Are electronic game calls legal in Ohio? Yes, Electronic callers may be used while hunting, except while hunting migratory game birds (waterfowl, rails and shorebirds), and wild turkeys. It is lawful to use electronic callers for crow hunting.

Are decoys allowed to hunt coyotes in Ohio? Yes.

What firearms are legal for coyotes in Ohio? Longbow or Bow: This would include compound bows and recurve bows. Crossbow. Handgun: Any caliber. Rife: Any caliber. Shotgun: 10 guage or smaller shotgun. Airgun.

During the deer muzzleloader season and youth deer gun season it is unlawful to hunt legal game with shot shells containing shot larger than No. 4. Waterfowl hunters must use nontoxic shot of any size.

Are suppressors allowed in Ohio? NEW LAW: A person authorized through state and federal law to own a firearm noise suppressor is permitted to use it to hunt legal game animals. A valid hunting license is required to hunt with a suppressor. A suppressor is also called a silencer.

OLD LAW: 1501:31-15-02 General hunting & trapping provisions. (D) It shall be unlawful for any person to use a gun equipped with a silencer or muffler, or deadfall of any type to take or attempt to take a wild bird or wild quadruped. (“Wild quadrupeds” includes game quadrupeds & furbearing animals.)

Are there regulations for transporting dead animals or pelts across state lines in Ohio? Hides of furbearing animals taken legally during the open season may be sold during that open season or may be held for sale until June 15 following the close of the season.

Persons desiring to buy green or dried fur must have a fur dealer’s permit.

Is night hunting allowed in Ohio? Yes, with the following provisions: Rifles and night vision scopes are legal for coyote hunting; however, rifles and night hunting between 1/2 hour after sunset and 1/2 hour before sunrise are prohibited during any deer gun and deer muzzleloader seasons.

During deer season a deer hunter cannot: Hunt coyote or feral swine (wild boar) between ½ hour after sunset and ½ hour before sunrise during the deer gun season, the youth deer gun season, the antlerless deer muzzleloader season, and the deer muzzleloader season.

Spotlighting of wild animals from vehicles, including illuminating with headlights, is prohibited. Spotlighting is illegal whether hunting implements are carried in the vehicle or not. Persons hunting, trapping, or pursuing furbearing animals at night must carry a continuous white light visible for at least 1/4 mile.

When two or more persons are hunting or trapping together for furbearing animals, only one light is required and may be carried by any member of the party.

Persons hunting foxes, coyotes, or raccoons with a call from a stationary position may use a single beam of light of any color.

Are there specified weapons allowed for nigh in Ohiot? Rifles and night vision scopes are legal for coyote hunting; however, rifles and night hunting between 30 minutes after sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise are prohibited during any deer gun and deer muzzleloader seasons.

Can you hunt from a vehicle in Ohio? No, all hunting from motor vehicles, except boats and machinery being used in farm operations, is prohibited. Hunting small game and furbearers except mink, muskrat, otter, and beaver is lawful from a boat or powercraft. Aircraft or drones are prohibited in hunting or the aid of hunting for all game.

Can baiting be used to hunt coyotes in Ohio? You may use grain such as corn, or fruit, vegetables, etc. as a lure like many people do for deer hunting.  This would be acceptable.  Using dead wild animals that are exposed, such as road killed deer, would not be allowed, since all flesh baits must be covered when trapping.  Using live domestic animals such as chickens or domestic rabbits to lure in a coyote would be allowed also as these would not be considered game animals.

It is unlawful for any person to distribute, place, or scatter salt, grain, or other feed capable of luring, enticing, or attracting wild birds on lands owned, controlled, or maintained by the Ohio Division of Wildlife, including those lands managed by the division by virtue of a lease or an agreement.

Can dogs be used to hunt coyotes in Ohio? It is unlawful to possess a hunting device while training or working a dog pursuing coyotes from sunset to sunrise.

Is there a bounty program in Ohio? Not at this time.

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