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

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Coyote Hunting Oklahoma Laws & Regulations

Are coyotes defined as furbearer, game animal, or other in Oklahoma? Furbearer.

Do you need a license to hunt coyotes in Oklahoma? For a resident: A hunting license is required, or proof of exemption.

In addition to a hunting license, a trapping license is required for all persons who trap any furbearer, unless otherwise exempt. The trapping license is valid from Dec. 1, 2016 – Feb. 28, 2017. A fur license (bobcat-raccoon-river otter gray/red fox license) is required for all persons (regardless of age) who take these species by any means (trapping, firearms or archery) unless exempt. The fur license is valid from Dec. 1, 2016 – Feb. 28, 2017.

Lifetime licenses (lifetime hunting, lifetime combination, senior citizen hunting, senior citizen combination or lifetime disabled veteran) are exempt from the fur license and the trapping license.

Can a non-resident hunt coyotes in Oklahoma? Yes, you will need a nonresident hunting license or proof of exemption.

In addition, a nonresident (professional) trapping license is required for all persons who trap any furbearer. This trapping license is valid from Dec. 1, 2016 – Feb. 28, 2017.

A nonresident fur license (bobcat-raccoon river otter-gray/red fox license) is required for all persons who take these species by any means (trapping, firearms or archery). Such license is valid Dec. 1, 2016 – Feb. 28, 2017.

Is there a specific hunting season for coyotes in Oklahoma? Open year-round.

Is there a bag limit for coyotes in Oklahoma? No daily, season or possession limit.

What are the legal hunting hours for coyotes in Oklahoma? One-half hour before official sunrise to one-half hour after official sunset.

Are electronic game calls legal in Oklahoma for coyotes? Yes.

Are decoys legal for coyotes in Oklahoma? Yes.

What firearms are approved/disapproved for coyotes in Oklahoma? Daylight only: Any legal firearm or archery equipment.

Nighttime only: Hunters may possess a .22 caliber rimfire rifle or .22 caliber rimfire pistol and a light carried on the person while in pursuit of furbearers with hounds during the legal, open furbearer season, while possessing a valid hunting license, unless exempt.

Laser sights: Nothing in this section shall prevent a person from possessing a .22 caliber rimfire rifle or pistol with a laser sighting device while hunting or taking furbearers with hounds during legal, open furbearer season, while possessing a valid hunting license.

Are suppressors allowed for coyote hunting in Oklahoma? Suppressors (Silencers): If legally acquired and pursuant to all state and federal laws may be used to hunt game animals, game or nongame birds on on both private, public, and department-managed lands.

Are there any ammunition restrictions for hunting coyotes in Oklahoma? No special restrictions.

Are there regulations for possessing, transporting dead coyotes, or pelts across state lines in Oklahoma? Persons taking pelts during the season shall have 10 working days after the close of the season to sell or dispose of the pelts or notify the Department in writing of intent to hold pelts after the 10-day deadline. All pelts held after the 10-day deadline must be inventoried on a form provided by an authorized Department employee. All bobcats and river otters must have a permanent tag affixed for the current year, prior to being held for later sale.

Carcasses or parts of legally acquired furbearing animals and coyotes may be purchased, bartered, traded, sold or offered for sale.

Is night hunting for coyotes allowed in Oklahoma? It shall be unlawful to hunt, take or attempt to take coyotes from dark to daylight with the aid of any artificial light.

Spotlighting: No person may take, catch, capture, kill or pursue wildlife or otherwise attempt to use for any purpose a vehicle-mounted spotlight or other powerful light at night for any purpose on Department-managed lands, except as otherwise provided for hunting of furbearers and predators, taking of frogs, or for navigational purposes while in a water conveyance.

Headlighting / Spotlighting: No person may attempt to take, take, attempt to catch, catch, attempt to capture, capture, attempt to kill, or kill any deer, feral animal or other wildlife, except fish and frogs or except as provided by law, by the use of a vehicle-mounted spotlight or other powerful light at night, by what is commonly known as “head-lighting” (or “spotlighting”) or use any light enhancement device (night scope). Provided, however, nothing in this code shall prevent one from possessing a .22 caliber rimfire rifle or .22 caliber rimfire pistol and a light carried on his person while in pursuit of furbearers with hounds during the legal open furbearer season, while possessing a valid hunting license and fur license, unless exempt.

Can you hunt coyotes from a vehicle in Oklahoma? No person may harass, attempt to capture, capture, attempt to take, take, kill or attempt to kill any wildlife with the aid of any motor-driven land, air or water conveyance, except a non-ambulatory person may hunt from said conveyances with a non-ambulatory or motor vehicle permit. Provided, however, nothing in this code shall prevent the use of motor-driven land or water conveyances for following dogs in the act of hunting, when use of said conveyances is restricted to public roads or waterways. Said conveyances may be used on private property for following dogs in the act of hunting with the landowner’s or occupant’s permission.

Motor Vehicle Permit to Hunt from a Motorized Vehicle: Use of a motor vehicle for hunting is intended only as a means of facilitating access. During the actual taking of any wildlife, the vehicle being used by the permittee must be stopped and the engine must be turned off. (Application available at wildlifedepartment.com. Must include paperwork specified in application.)

A 5-year motor vehicle permit to hunt or take wildlife with the aid of a motor-driven vehicle on Department-managed lands may be issued to residents having a permanent disability which confines them to a wheelchair, or requires the use of crutches, a walker or other means of support or assistance for body mobility as certified by a medical doctor licensed to practice in Oklahoma or any state which borders this state.

Use of a vehicle on Department-managed lands by a motor vehicle permittee is authorized only on roads or trails specifically designated as open for such activity. Off-road travel by a motor vehicle permittee is prohibited.

Non-ambulatory Permit to Hunt from a Motorized Vehicle Use of a motor vehicle for hunting is intended only as a means of facilitating access. During the actual taking of any wildlife, the vehicle being used by the permittee must be stopped and the engine must be turned off. (Application available at wildlifedepartment.com. Must include paperwork specified in application.)

A 5-year non-ambulatory permit to hunt or take wildlife with the aid of a motor-driven vehicle on Department-managed lands may be issued to residents who are unable to walk due to a single or double leg amputation, paralysis of lower extremity(ies) and/or disease or injury and are confined to the use of a wheelchair as their primary source of mobility, as certified by a medical doctor licensed to practice in Oklahoma, or any state which borders this state.

Off-road use of a vehicle on Department-managed lands by a non-ambulatory permittee is authorized only on lands specifically designated as open for such activity. Maps of areas open to off-road use may be obtained from Department headquarters in Oklahoma City.

Can you hunt coyotes with bait in Oklahoma? The regulations do not specify, check with your local game warden.

Can dogs be used to hunt coyotes in Oklahoma? it shall be unlawful to hunt, take or attempt to take coyotes with the aid of any sight dog.

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

Exemptions from Regulations: Nothing in this regulation prevents the killing of furbearers actually found destroying livestock or poultry. In addition, nothing in this regulation prevents the running or chasing of coyote, bobcat, fox or raccoon with dogs for sport only, except on those public lands where such activity is prohibited.

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.

Last Updated: 11-14-2016

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4 Comments

  1. Richard

    Better check regs for shot size when using a shot gun. It used to be nothing bigger than BB unless it’s been change.

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  2. Jeff

    Is it legal to use thermal scopes to hunt coyotes in Oklahoma?

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    • xyz

      no it is not legal to use thermal scopes, night time hunting is illegal in Oklahoma. you have pretty much 30 minutes before and after the sunrise and the sunset.

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  3. Rudy Chupp

    Is it legal for landowners to shoot dogs used to hunt coyotes if they are turned out to run a coyote through your cow pasture?

    Reply

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