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

Website: Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
Contact Phone Number: 360 902-2200
Address: Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501
Licenses: Washington Hunting License

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Coyote Hunting Washington Laws & Regulations

Are coyotes defined as furbearer, game animal, or other in Washington? Coyote are unclassified wildlife and are not regulated by the department.

Do you need a license to hunt coyotes in Washington? Forest grouse and unclassified wildlife (including coyote) may be hunted with either a small game license or a big game license.

Can a non-resident coyote hunting Washington? Yes

Is there a specific season for coyote hunting in Washington? Year round.

Is there a bag limit for coyotes in Washington? None

What are the legal hunting hours in Washington? These are lawful hunting hours (one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset) for game animals and forest grouse (ruffed, blue, spruce) during established seasons.

Are electronic game calls legal in Washington? For Coyotes, yes.

Are decoys legal in Washington? For Coyote, yes.

What firearms are approved/disapproved for coyotes? Hunting during modern firearm deer or elk seasons (WAC 232-12-242): You may not hunt wildlife during any modern firearm deer or elk season, with any firearm .24 caliber or larger or containing slugs or buckshot for big game, unless you have a valid license, permit and tag for one of the following: deer, elk, black bear, cougar, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, or moose. During any modern firearm deer or elk season, it is illegal to hunt any wildlife after legal hunting hours.

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It is recommended that you check with your local authorities for ordinances that may restrict use of firearms in your area. There may be other weapons you can use besides firearms. Even weapons such as high-powered air rifles can kill a coyote.

Are suppressors allowed to hunt coyotes in Washington? Yes, you must have a federal permit to possess the suppressor.

Legal ammunition or restrictions for coyotes in Washington? No specific restrictions, but each county has their own restriction. Check the county you intend to hunt in before going out.

Are there regulations for possessing,  transporting dead coyotes, or pelts across state lines? No restrictions.

Is night hunting allowed in Washington? Coyote may be hunted at night with lights year round, EXCEPT it is unlawful to hunt coyote at night during the months of October, or November during the dates established for modern firearm deer or elk general seasons in eastern and western Washington.

Night hunting (WAC 232-12-242): It is illegal to hunt wildlife at night during the months of September, October, and November in any area open to modern firearm deer or elk hunting.

Hunting with artificial lights (RCW 77.15.450): Hunting big game with the aid of an artificial light, spotlight, or night vision equipment is prohibited. Night vision equipment includes electronic light amplification devices, thermal imaging devices, and other comparable equipment used to enhance night vision.

Using night vision and laser sights (WAC 232-12-045): It is illegal to hunt deer or elk with the aid of infrared night vision equipment or with laser sights (not to include range finders) capable of projecting a beam onto the target, while in possession or control of a firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow.

If so, are there specific weapons allowed for night in Washington? There are no weapon restrictions placed on coyote hunting. Since they are unclassified wildlife any weapon may be used to hunt them.

Can you hunt from a vehicle in Washington? Using a motor vehicle (WAC 232-12-057): It is unlawful to hunt wildlife from a motor vehicle.

Can baiting be used to hunt coyotes in Washington? Bait may be used to hunt coyotes.

Can dogs be used to hunt coyotes in Washington? Coyote may not be hunted with dogs. A small game or big game hunting license is required.

The use of dogs to hunt black bear, bobcat, coyote, and cougar (except as noted below) is prohibited year round. Dogs may be used to hunt raccoon and specific permit-only cougar hunts, EXCEPT it is unlawful to hunt raccoons with dogs during the months of October, or November during the dates established for modern firearm deer or elk general seasons in eastern and western Washington.

(WAC 232-12-242): Hunting or pursuing any big game animal, bobcat, or coyote with dogs is prohibited, except cougar hunting as permitted by the Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Is there a bounty program for coyotes in Washington? No

Hunter Orange: Anyone hunting in an area that is open for modern firearm deer or elk hunting must meet hunter orange requirements if they are hunting any of the following species: Bear, Bobcat, Cougar, Coyote, Deer, Elk, Fox, Grouse, Hare, Rabbit, or Raccoon.

Anything else that you would like to note about coyote hunting in Washington? Hunting Contests (WAC 232-12-169): It is unlawful to hold a hunting contest without a permit from the department. Only non-profit organizations may sponsor hunting contests.

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. Benny Cutright

    Is it leagal to shoot coyote from the air (heocopter,plane etc.)

    • Aaron Jacobs

      Also, is it legal to shoot coyote from under water?

  2. Beverly

    You can not hunt any animal from a motor vehicle in Washington. Helicopters and airplanes are motor vehicles.

  3. James

    So hang-gliders are ok?

    • Bill

      You can hunt from a boat as long as the motor/engine is turned off when you shoot.

    • PK

      Yes. Be aware that automatic mounted Gatling guns should be used in synchronized pairs unless you have a rudder. Significant airspeed may be lost on large caliber bursts. Forward mounted 30 packs of PBR can prevent a untimely stall in the event of overzealous coyote shredding and or yup suppression.

  4. Beverly White

    How in the name of all that us holy do you propose to fly a hang-glider and hunt at the same time?

  5. johnny

    You CAN hunt and shoot from a vehicle if you have a disabled permit!

  6. Travis

    Hot air balloon? They use them for hogs in Texas!

  7. William Demers

    Can you hunt Coyotes with a crossbow and can you hunt coyotes with a compound bow?

  8. Paul Reese

    Yes and yes. It says above that there are no weapon restrictions on hunting coyote.

  9. Ronald Burgin

    Is it legal to hunt coyote with night vision? It says its illegal to hunt big game with night vision. But coyote is not big game are they?

  10. Jeff

    I can not seem to get a straight answer on this. Can someone shoot coyotes on their own property, at night, with thermal scope on a 223? I know that you can not suring modern deer/elk season Sept-Nove, etc. But what about the rest of the year? Any help here would be great, and if you have a ruling to cite that would be helpful

    • Bill M


  11. JR

    Can you live cage trap coyote in WA state if you have a small game license? I could not find anything saying otherwise. Thank you

  12. Rae Smith

    Are you allowed to shoot a coyote if it’s after your animals if you don’t have a permit?

  13. RidgeRunner

    Jeff, You still need to comply with all other laws. So, you need to break your question down into reasonable bites. 1. Can you hunt coyotes on your own property? If hunting on your property is legal then yes. 2. At night? Yes. with a thermal scope? As long as not during deer or elk modern firearms hunting season. 4. With a .223? Refer to # 1. Is shooting a .223 at your proposed location legal otherwise?

  14. Lastrega

    Does it matter? It’s your property.

  15. Tom

    Can you shoot it and leave it there

  16. Ricky

    Can they be shot even in city limits? I cannot seem to find anywhere it specifically mentioning this. Trying to determine if I can shoot one of these pet killers in my own yard.


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