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

Website: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
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Coyote Hunting Utah, Laws & Regulations

Are coyotes defined as furbearer, game animal, or other in Utah? In the state of Utah, coyotes are not considered “protected” wildlife, therefore they are classified as “unprotected.” Furbearer means species of the Bassariscidae, Canidae, Felidae, Mustelidae and Castoridae families, except coyote and cougar.

Do you need a license to hunt coyotes in Utah? You do not need a license to hunt, harvest or trap coyote, muskrat, raccoon, red fox or striped skunk.

Looking for a guide? Utah Coyote Hunting Guides

Can a non-resident hunt coyotes in Utah? Yes, as no license is required to harvest coyotes.

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

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

What are the legal hunting hours in Utah?  Harvesting furbearers by means other than trapping is restricted to 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

Are electronic game calls legal in Utah? Yes.

Are Decoys legal in Utah? Yes.

What firearms are disapproved for coyotes in Utah? Because coyotes are defined as unprotected, there are no restrictions on firearms.

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Are suppressors allowed in Utah? Yes, all game animals legal.

Legal ammunition or restrictions for coyotes in Utah? Because coyotes are defined as unprotected, there are no restrictions on types of ammunition or weapon.

Are there regulations for transporting dead coyotes in Utah? You do not need a furbearer license in order to transport coyote, muskrat, raccoon, red fox or striped skunk.

You may not export or ship the green pelt of any furbearer from Utah without first obtaining a valid shipping permit from the Division. You do not need a furbearer license in order to export coyote, muskrat, raccoon, red fox or striped skunk from Utah.

A furbearer license is not required to sell or possess coyote, muskrat, raccoon, red fox or striped skunk or their parts.

Is night hunting allowed in Utah? Harvesting furbearers by means other than trapping is restricted to 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset, unless you have a permit from the county to spotlight coyote, red fox, striped skunk or raccoon.

Some counties allow spotlighting if a hunter is trying to harvest coyote, red fox, striped skunk or raccoon. See Utah Code 23-13-17 and your county laws and ordinances for more information.

Night Hunting in Utah By County

Beaver CountyYes (1)(435)
Box Elder County(435)
Cache County(435)
Carbon County(435)
Daggett County(435)
Davis County(801)
Duchesne County(435)
Emery County(435)
Garfield County(435)
Grand County(435)
Iron County(435) 867-7500
Juab County(435)
Kane County(435)
Millard County(435)
Morgan County(801)
Piute County(435) 577-2893
Rich County(435)
Salt Lake County(385) 468-9898
San Juan County(435)
Sanpete County(435)
Sevier County(435)
Summit County(435) 615-3500
Tooele County(435)
Uintah County(435) 789-2511
Utah County(801)
Wasatch County(435)
Washington County(435)
Wayne County(435)
Weber County(801)

Beaver County Night Hunting: PDF of complete requirements. Spotlighting & Night Hunting in Beaver Utah Application.

NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF ORDINANCE:  On the 1 day of June, 2015, the Beaver County Commission adopted Beaver County Ordinance No. 2015-7: An Ordinance allowing night hunting including spotlighting with a weapon.

A copy of the full ordinance is available at the office of the Beaver County Clerk, located at 105 East Center in Beaver. Summary of Ordinance: This ordinance allows night hunting including spotlighting with a weapon pursuant to U.C.A. §23-13-17. DATED this 3 day of June, 2015. GINGER McMULLIN Beaver County Clerk

As of June 16, 2015 you must obtain an annual permit from Beaver County Clerk\’s Office for $20, in order to be in compliance of this new ordinance. Please feel free to call 435-438-6463 for more information.


Iron County Night Hunting: Official ordinance: Iron County Ordinance 2015-1 Iron County Night Hunting Permit: Apply Here. News Story: Read Details.

An ordinance of Iron County, Utah allowing night hunting including spotlighting with a weapon: Ordinance 2015-1.

Iron County has adopted an ordinance which allows night hunting and spotlighting. Species that may be taken while spotlighting are limited to coyote, red fox, striped skunk, raccoon, and jackrabbit. Before being able to spotlight, a person must first obtain a spotlighting permit from the Iron County Sheriff’s Office. The fee for each permit is $20.00. You may apply for a free permit, only if you are under the age of 16 and your legal guardian purchases or possess a valid permit. Permits are valid for only 365 days from the date issued.


Even if your county’s laws do not permit spotlighting, you may still use spotlighting to hunt coyote, red fox, striped skunk or raccoon if you are one of the following individuals:

  • A landowner (or his agent) who is protecting crops or domestic animals from predation by those animals.
  • An animal damage-control agent, acting in an official capacity under a memorandum of understanding with the Division.

Are there specified weapon restrictions for night hunting in Utah? No restrictions.

Can you hunt from a vehicle in Utah? No, you may not take any wildlife from an airplane or any other airborne vehicle or device (including drones), or from any motorized terrestrial or aquatic vehicle, including snowmobiles and other recreational vehicles.

Can baiting be used to hunt coyotes in Utah? Because coyotes are defined as unprotected, there are no restrictions on baiting.

Can dogs be used to hunt coyotes in Utah? There are no restrictions on using dogs.

Is there a coyote bounty program in Utah? Yes, the Utah Predator Control Program

The Utah Legislature passed the Mule Deer Protection Act in 2012. The law directed the Division to reduce coyote populations for the benefit of mule deer, particularly in areas where predation occurs.

To comply with this law, the Division implemented a predator control program that provides incentives for members of the public to remove coyotes. Participants in the program receive $50 for each properly documented coyote that they kill in Utah.

Utah’s Predator Control Program

The DWR predator-control program provides incentives for hunters to remove coyotes. Participants receive $50 for each properly documented coyote that they kill in Utah.

Are you interested in participating? Follow the links below to register for the program, find check-in locations, download the compensation form and obtain answers to frequently asked questions. Please keep in mind that this information may change and be updated at any time.

Utah Code 23-13-17. Spotlighting of coyote, red fox, striped skunk, and raccoon — County ordinances — Permits.

(1) Spotlighting may be used to hunt coyote, red fox, striped skunk, or raccoon where allowed by a county ordinance enacted pursuant to this section.

(2) The ordinance shall provide that:

(a) any artificial light used to spotlight coyote, red fox, striped skunk, or raccoon shall be carried by the hunter;

(b) a motor vehicle headlight or light attached to or powered by a motor vehicle may not be used to spotlight the animal; and

(c) while hunting with the use of an artificial light, the hunter may not occupy or operate any motor vehicle.

(3) For purposes of the county ordinance, “motor vehicle” shall have the meaning as defined in Section 41-6a-102.

(4) The ordinance may specify:

(a) the time of day and seasons when spotlighting is permitted;

(b) areas closed or open to spotlighting within the unincorporated area of the county;

(c) safety zones within which spotlighting is prohibited;

(d) the weapons permitted; and

(e) penalties for violation of the ordinance.

(5) (a) A county may restrict the number of hunters engaging in spotlighting by requiring a permit to spotlight and issuing a limited number of permits.

(b) (i) A fee may be charged for a spotlighting permit.

(ii) Any permit fee shall be established by the county ordinance.

(iii) Revenues generated by the permit fee shall be remitted to the Division of Wildlife Resources for deposit into the Wildlife Resources Account, except the Wildlife Board may allow any county that enacts an ordinance pursuant to this section to retain a reasonable amount to pay for the costs of administering and enforcing the ordinance, provided this use of the permit revenues does not affect federal funds received by the state under 16 U.S.C. Sec. 669 et seq., Wildlife Restoration Act and 16 U.S.C. Sec. 777 et seq., Sport Fish Restoration Act.

(6) A county may require hunters to notify the county sheriff of the time and place they will be engaged in spotlighting.

(7) The requirement that a county ordinance shall be enacted before a person may use spotlighting to hunt coyote, red fox, striped skunk, or raccoon does not apply to:

(a) a person or the person’s agent who is lawfully acting to protect the person’s crops or domestic animals from predation by those animals; or

(b) an animal damage control agent acting in the agent’s official capacity under a memorandum of agreement with the division.

Amended by Chapter 297, 2011 General Session

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.

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  1. Robert

    A friend keeps bragging about shooting coyotes in Utah from a helicopter. You state, “Can you hunt from a vehicle in Utah? No, you may not take any wildlife from an airplane or any other airborne vehicle or device (including drones), or from any motorized terrestrial or aquatic vehicle, including snowmobiles and other recreational vehicles.”

    But coyotes are not regulated by DWR as wildlife.

    So where can I find the definitive statement of law or policy that says whether or not coyotes can be hunted from planes or helicopters?

    • Chad

      I would call and talk to the DWR. I can almost guarantee you it is not legal. The DWR uses helicopters for predator control in some remote areas, but it’s not legal for an unauthorized predator control agent.

      • Robert

        I will check with DWR. Thanks for the quick response!

        • brad

          you ever get more info on that?

  2. travis

    are you sure there are no license requirements for hunting coyotes in utah?dont you need a fur bearers license?if you read the furbearer guidebook it doesnt state coyotes can be hunted without license

    • travis

      disregard brother i found it it does state you do not need a license

      • Chad

        Yeah, no license or furbearers permit needed for Coyotes or Red Fox. Furbearers is required for Grey Fox.

  3. Mike

    What are the Hunter Orange Requirements for Coyote Hunting in Utah?

    • Chad

      Utah Code § 23-20-31 If you’re hunting in an area where a centerfire rifle hunt is occurring, you must wear a minimum of 400 square inches of hunter orange material on your head, chest and back.

      A camouflage pattern in hunter orange meets this requirement.

      There are some exceptions to the hunter orange rule. You’re not required to wear hunter orange if you’re participating in a bighorn sheep hunt, a bison hunt, a moose hunt or a mountain goat hunt—or a hunt that requires you to possess a statewide conservation permit or a statewide sportsman’s permit—unless a centerfire rifle hunt is in progress in the same area.

      • Mike

        Thank you, so basically, It’s my responsibility to know if a centerfire hunt is happening. Utah has so many seasons, plus sportsman permits, limited entry hunts, and dedicated hunter programs that it’s just so hard to keep track of who might be hunting what, and when.

        • Justin

          You need not worry. You will be safe any time of the year.

  4. Mike Drury

    What are the requirements for night hunting jack rabbits and coyote in Tooele county, Tooele, Utah? I want to do it legally. Can you night hunt, spot light jack rabbits?

    • Loren

      I just spoke with Topeka County Sheriff department, they do not allow spotlight/night hunting for any animals unfortunately

  5. Rob

    Anyone know the specifics of using nightvision and/or thermal to night hunt in Utah (for coyotes only)? Everything I’ve read refers to spotlighting. If you are not using artificial light, is night hunting allowed or are you restricted to specific counties such as Beaver & Iron that allow spotlighting?
    Seems absolutely ridiculous that they would use tax payer dollars to pay for $50 per coyote, yet not allow me to go out and shoot them with nightvision for free. We need to look at what Texas has done to combat their predator problems–allow all means necessary!

    • Brian S Adair

      DWR defines light as any light. Including Infared (IR) illuminators. Which eliminates most infared nightvision scopes commonly available. Only thermal, and or scopes using ambient light would technically be legal in a non-spotlighting county.

  6. Hagen

    Can you have a spot light on your firearm while predator hunting in Utah

  7. Joe

    I have taken a hunter’s safety course. Do I still need my hunting license to kill coyotes?

  8. Dylan

    Does anybody know what the dog age limit is? Can we kill pups?

  9. riley brown

    got a buddy whose wants to hunt coyotes he doesn’t have hunter safety can he still hunt coyotes if he is part of the UTAH PREDATOR CONTROL PROGRAM

  10. Gary

    What if the bow hunt is running, Can I use my rifle to hunt coyotes? And during the rifle hunt do i still have to wear orange?

  11. Stephen Austin

    I see no aerial coyote shooting, but can I scout coyote from the air then land nearby and shoot – and repeat? I ask because there is typically a 48 hour wait on aerial scouting before shooting (e.e. bug game in Colorado).

  12. Nathan

    No, there is no license necessary for coyotes in Utah because they are not protected. If you look up coyote hunting in Utah one of the first results will have basically all the QA info you’re looking for.

  13. Nathan

    I’m sure you still need to be self aware of what areas bow hunting is going on in and stay restricted from them until the posted hunt is over. From earlier comments it sounds like you’d only be required to wear orange for a centerfire hunt

  14. Queston Wallace

    If I trap coyotes in utah, what is the process for getting my traps registered and what licenses do i need?

  15. Nick Philpott

    I find it disgusting, rather curious, as to why The Tooele County
    Law Enforcement and the Tooele City Council
    flat refuses to let citizen’s that are not Property Owners hunt Coyote’s on Private Property so long as we have the Property Owner’s permission to do so. They claim they are concerned about the potential of Poaching on Public Land by the [regular lowlife] citizen’s that do
    not own any Private Property. Might this be their way of saying that
    the Property Owner’s would never, under any circumstance consider
    Poaching? Their way of saying That the Property Owner’s would never for a moment think stooping
    that low? Like Hell…
    Take a look at the Jacob
    City Loop for just one of countless examples.
    The Tooele County Law
    Enforcement Officials let those that own Property up there actually close of the Public Access Roads.
    Trails that I was riding when I was in my early
    twenties. Folks, there is no longer a Jacob City Loop, period. You can go up either Soldier Canyon or [Jacob City],
    Dry Canyon. One or the other, period. They even let the owner’s of the surrounding property fence of the Jacob City Mine Site, a
    Utah, Tooele County Landmark. Something that literally everyone should have a right to see. They have sold out the Citizen’s of Tooele County numerous times in the past, and I
    believe they will continue to do so. Obviously, there is a reason behind their support for the Property Owners. I can’t say for certain though that money is involved. Look at that beautiful Canyon on Tooele’s East side for yet another example.
    Don’t bother going up there folks. If you’re not hiking or riding a horse, you are not allowed access at all.
    I suppose the roads, trails in that entire canyon were never intended for use as Public Access as well.
    An entire canyon all to
    themselves folks. I’d like to know if the Property Owner’s get to collect the $50 00 Bounty on the Coyote’s they kill? If they can, it
    is unfair to everyone else involved, period.
    When Property Owner’s kill Coyotes, it should be done [only] to protect their animals, not to collect $50.00 from Utah’s non
    Property Owner’s, Utah’s underprivileged,
    regular citizens. Tooele wants everyone to believe that it is Salt Lake’s Backyard, Salt Lake’s Playgrounds. Not hardly folks. You can drive for miles and miles and see nothing but fences. If you are not a local property owner, don’t make any plans to hunt, or to ride here in Tooele County.
    Spend all that money in another county. Much sooner than you might think, if the City Council and our local Law Enforcement continue selling us out, the 5 Mile Pass may be the nearest Trail Head….



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