Coyote Hunting North Dakota, Laws, Regulations, Season, & License Info

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Contact Phone Number: 701-328-6300
Address: 100 N. Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck, ND 58501
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Coyote Hunting North Dakota Laws & Regulations

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

Do you need a license to hunt coyotes in North Dakota? Yes, Hunting licenses in the form of stamps must be affixed to the back of a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate. Stamps and licenses must be signed in ink.

Except for residents under 16 years of age, a furbearer license is required to hunt or trap furbearers. Nonresidents may not take furbearers, except they may hunt fox and coyote if they possess a furbearer and nongame license.

Exceptions: Residents of a state that allows North Dakota residents to trap within that state, may purchase a nonresident reciprocal trapping license to trap in this state. Nonresidents having this license may not take bobcats, mountain lions or fishers.

Hunters and trappers are required to purchase licenses, except any resident, or member of his or her family permanently residing with him or her, may hunt small game, trap or use cable devices during the open season without a license upon land owned or leased by him or her, but otherwise is governed by seasons, limits and all other regulations.

Residents do not need a license to take unprotected species of wildlife (prairie dogs, rabbits, skunks, ground squirrels). Nonresidents hunting only unprotected species of wildlife need only a nongame license.

A combination license, which consists of fishing, small game, general game and habitat, and furbearer license, is available for residents.

A resident who is on leave and on active duty with the United States military may hunt small game or trap furbearers during the season without a license. Contact the Department for details.

Hunter education requirement – Hunters born after December 31, 1961 must complete a certified state or provincial hunter education course to purchase a North Dakota hunting license.

Exceptions: Persons who hunt only on land they own or operate, youth under age 12 if they have appropriate licenses and are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Minimum age – There is no minimum age for hunting furbearers, but anyone under age 15 afield with firearms must be under direct supervision (must be able to have unaided verbal contact) of a parent, guardian, or adult authorized by their parent or guardian.

Can a non-resident hunt coyotes in North Dakota? Yes, see above.

Is there a specific hunting season for coyotes in North Dakota? Open year-round (officially from April 1 – March 31)

Is there a bag limit for coyotes in North Dakota? Unlimited numbers of any furbearer may be taken and possessed, unless otherwise specified.

What are the legal hunting hours for coyotes in North Dakota? Hunting hours are from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset except for beaver, raccoon, and fox/coyote “hunting at any hour” season.

Are electronic game calls legal in North Dakota? Yes.

Are decoys legal for coyotes in North Dakota? Yes.

What firearms are approved/disapproved for coyotes in North Dakota? Coyote may be hunted statewide using legal firearms, archery equipment or pursued with dogs during regular hunting hours. Coyote may be trapped statewide using legal traps (including footholds and body-gripping traps).

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Are suppressors allowed for coyote hunting in North Dakota? All game animals legal.

Are there any ammunition restrictions for hunting coyotes in North Dakota? No specific restrictions listed.

Is night hunting for coyotes allowed in North Dakota? Red Fox, Gray Fox, and Coyotes may be hunted at any hour of the day from November 21, 2016, through March 15, 2017.

Coyote and fox (red and gray) may be hunted at any hour. Any person who engages in fox or coyote hunting from 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise must hunt exclusively on foot and use a predator call. Use of spotlight or any other artificial light, night vision equipment, electronically enhanced light gathering optics or thermal imaging equipment for hunting or locating game is prohibited.

Can you hunt coyotes from a vehicle in North Dakota? It is illegal to drive vehicles off established roads and trails during the deer gun season while attempting to take furbearers with firearms, archery equipment, and dogs.

Can you hunt coyotes with bait in North Dakota? It is illegal to place traps or cable devices (snares) within twenty-five feet of any sight-exposed bait.

Can dogs be used to hunt coyotes in North Dakota? Badger, coyote, and fox (red and gray) may be hunted statewide using legal firearms, archery equipment (including crossbows) or pursued with dogs during regular hunting hours. Badger, coyote and fox (red and gray) may be trapped statewide using legal traps (including footholds and body gripping traps).

Is there a coyote bounty in North Dakota? Not at this time.

Can aircraft be used to hunt coyotes in North Dakota? Aircraft may not be used to take coyote, fox or other furbearers without a special permit.

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.

Last Updated: 11-15-2016

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    Is it legal to run shelterbelts and ravines with vehicles to scare out coyotes and shoot them?

  2. Eric

    This year2018 it is legal to use night vision and thermal, still no red lights allowed.

  3. Matt Hullinger

    Where can a non resident hunt coyotes near Watford City, ND ?

  4. Herb Schmidt

    Can coyotes be shot out of a vehicle window?

  5. Mark

    Is it legal to carry a gun for coyote hunting while pushing deer for my friends who are hunting deer


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