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.

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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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52 Comments

  1. Sean

    Can you or can you not hunt coyote with an AR-15

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    • chrs mc guirk

      any caliber of rifle [ yes ar15 is a rifle ]

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  2. Brian

    Is there an ammo limit one can carry? For AR -15?

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    • Corey

      Good question

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    • Tim

      Not in Ohio

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    • Joe

      3 rounds in gun total

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      • Gary

        Rifle yes, pistol no. Go figure . . .

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    • Dwight Cimino

      If I’m not mistaken, what you can pack, is what you can carry. The old 17 rd magazine maximum was rescinded some time back, allowing for up to 30, and then that was done away with in 2015. So in effect, what you can take is what you can carry.

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  3. Joel

    Any caliber as .243 or 22-.250 or 30-30 is allowed for coyotes or feral swine, correct?? Speaking of any caliber that the gun store sells as high power or whatever??

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  4. Eddie

    is it unlawful to use a high powered rifle such as a .308 or 6.5 Creedmoor on public lands like deer creek, battle Darby

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    • Rodney

      Battelle Darby Creek does not allow any coyote hunting in their public hunting area.

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    • Chris

      As previously stated you can NOT hunt coyotes at the Battelle Darby Creek public hunting area. You can NOT use any center fire rifles at Battelle which includes the straight wall cartridge rifles that are legal for deer hunting in Ohio. I have a 44 mag. rifle so I called them to check and the ranger said no. According to the Ohio revised code, from what I can tell, you can not use any rifles or handguns on any public hunting land accept for during deer gun season when using legal deer hunting firearms. You CAN use a shotgun at battelle.

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      • harter

        unless specified by location (1) It shall be unlawful for any person to hunt any wild animal on any public hunting area administered by the division of parks and recreation listed on wildohio.gov with any device or by any means other than shotguns; falconry; longbow and arrow; muzzleloading rifles and shotguns; and crossbows and arrows. However, rifles and handguns may be used to take furbearing animals from six p.m. to six a.m., handguns may also be used to take squirrels during open seasons and handguns and rifles may be used to take deer during the deer gun seasons in accordance with rule 1501:31-15-11 of the Administrative Code.

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  5. Terry

    What is the best bullet to use for coyote in
    5.56 or 223?

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    • GW

      The 233 and 5.56 are basically the same round. The 5.56 is slightly more powerful of the two. When using the 5.56 make sure the rifle is rated for it. Some are rated for the 223 only. A rifle rated for a 5.56 can fire a 223 safely

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      • Jeremy

        i recommend a V-Max for a coyote

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        • MARK A HAHN

          Dilly Dilly

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        • Shan

          60 grain Vmax at 3100fps. Instant yote trip across the rainbow bridge.

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          • JOHN OWEN

            Or a 110gr 270 at 3,300 FPS.

  6. Susan Diane Burnside

    What is the State of Ohio stance on the killing of coyotes when faced in a dangerous situation, and your pet or livestock is being threatened. In some cases, this is occurring withing City limits. Is a hunting license required, since active hunting is not taking place? Merely protecting pets in the city limits? Or pets and livestock outside of the City limits.

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    • Tim

      If you are in a situation where your life is in danger you may eliminate the threat by killing the coyote. If you are on your own property you do not a hunting license to hunt. If it is in town you can call you local warden and/or and exterminator to eliminate the problem. You cannot discharge a firearm within city limits.

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      • kenneth

        so you are saying on one hand you can kill a cuyote that is threatening your safety, yes you cant fire a weapon in the city limits and if you do encounter a dangerous yote in the city limits you have to call the law and get chewed on while you wait for the law to arrive? fuck that shit kenneth

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  7. Richard Reynolds

    Thank you for the information above very informative

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  8. Tyler

    Can you hunt coyotes with a rifle during deer muzzleloader season

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    • Tim

      Only until midnight.

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  9. Brian

    Eddie and Joel, please explain. Joel says a .243 (very close to a 6.5 creedmore) and a 30-30 (30 cal similar to the .308) can be used but Eddie says no?? Or is the issue public versus private land?

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    • Tim

      You can use any caliber rifle to hunt coyote. There are certain restrictions for private land. The two mentioned are the only ones mentioned in the bylaws at this time. If you are to hunt on public land the best thing to do would be call ODNR and get the most recent laws about firearm usage.

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  10. Chris Edmisten

    Can I hunt the night before muzzleloader season and if so how long

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    • Tim

      Until midnight.

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  11. Laurence Michael

    Is it legal to use a lazer to hunt coyotes?

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  12. Greg

    Can you trap coyote on your own property without a valid hunting license. I am not taking fur just dispatch them.

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    • Dan

      Yes

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  13. Taryn

    Can you bow hunt for coyote outside of deer season?

    Also, can you use rotten meat to bait for said coyote?

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  14. Jana D Bellamy

    A coyote killed our cocker spaniel this week in Greene County, Ohio. Another dog (terrier) was also killed this week in Bellbrook, Ohio by coyote. A bounty needs to be put on them. They are all over the place! Who should these attacks be reported to and how can we be safe again???

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    • clint

      Local game warden

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  15. Scott

    Yes how much ammo are you alond to have in ur shotgun for coyote hunting is it 3

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    • Chris

      There is no limit to how much ammo you have in the gun while coyote hunting.

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  16. Jason

    May be a stupid question but I’m new to Ohio (from WV) and have been approached by a land owner of a pretty large cattle farm to dispatch the dozen or so yotes tearing up their animals. Is it possible to use a 30-06 to dispatch the coyotes?

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    • Chris

      You can use any caliber firearm on privat property to hunt coyotes. That being said, be aware of where the bullet will go if you miss. 30-06 will go a long ways if you miss and there is nothing to stop it here in flat Ohio.

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  17. Micah Williams

    Can you hunt a Coyote with an A.O.W ?
    “Super shorty shotgun” (12guage)

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  18. Doug

    If you are not interested in the coyote pelt can the carcass be left where it falls.

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    • Dakota

      Look for a fur buyer like myself might as well make few bucks

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      • Joshua Harrington

        Do you buy coyotes

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  19. Brian

    Is it legal for me to shoot Coyote on my private property at night where I live outside of any city limits and it’s legal for me to shoot outside at target’s any time I want during daylight hours. Basically I just need to know specific hours when it’s legal and when it isn’t legal.

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    • Dan

      Anytime

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  20. Branden

    My buddy has 20 acres outside of the city and i think its a good habitat for coyote im not sure. Theres plenty of rabbit around i know that and squirrel and theres deer around as well. Aee turkey decoys good to use? Or rabbits that are still alive? New to coyote hunting

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  21. april

    can you use dogs to hunt and allow the dogs to kill the animals you are hunting? such as game birds, rabbits, coyotes?

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  22. Albert nelson

    I would like to know after I harvest the coyote; What should I do legally to dispose of it? I do not know of anyone to take the hide. Can I just leave it lay where it died?

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  23. Dustin Crawford

    Can you trap/snare yotes year round in Ohio?

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  24. Steve Curtis

    Can I use a lazer beam sight to hunt coyotes in Ohio

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    • Bradley Wyatt

      As far as I know you can use a laser on private land to hunt any nuisance animal, not sure on public

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  25. Scott

    I understand I need a hunting license to hunt (not trap) Coyote in Ohio but do I need a Fur Bearing Permit?

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