Wyoming Coyote Hunting Laws & Regulations

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Address: 5400 Bishop Blvd. Cheyenne, WY 82006
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Wyoming Coyote Hunting Laws & Regulations

Are coyotes defined as furbearer, game animal, or other in Wyoming? Coyotes are defined as predators in Wyoming. Coyotes and jackrabbits are legally classified as predators along with raccoons, red fox, porcupines and skunks. Under Wyoming law, these animals may be taken year round and no license is required. However hunters must still abide by other laws pertaining to the taking of wildlife, i.e. prohibition of shooting from roads, fulfilling hunter safety requirements, hunting using artificial light etc.

Do you need a license to hunt coyotes in Wyoming? There are no license requirements or stamps required to hunt coyotes in Wyoming. The only restriction on take of coyotes is you cannot harvest a coyote from any public road.

Can a non-resident hunt coyotes in Wyoming? Yes.

Is there a specific season for coyotes in Wyoming? Under Wyoming law, coyotes may be taken year round and no license is required.

Is there a bag limit for coyotes in Wyoming? There are no bag limits.

What are the legal hunting hours in Wyoming? The legal shooting hours for taking game are as follows: from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset, on private ground with written permission, 24 hours a day.

Are electronic game calls legal in Wyoming? Yes for Coyote only.

Are decoys legal in Wyoming? Yes.

What firearms are approved/disapproved for coyotes in Wyoming? No restrictions.

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Are suppressors allowed in Wyoming? Yes, on February 18, 2003 Governor Matt Mead signed SF0132 into law, granting hunters in the state of Wyoming the right to use legally owned suppressors while hunting all varmint, big game, and trophy animals.

However, it is important to note that under the new law landowners may restrict the use of suppressors on private land.

Legal ammunition or restrictions for coyotes in Wyoming? No restrictions.

Is night hunting allowed in Wyoming? No it is not, at least if you’re on public land. Wyoming law prohibits the taking of wildlife with the aid of artificial light or a lighting device. If you are on private land you may use a light to take animals classified as predators provided you have written permission from the landowner.

Can I use my spotlight to hunt predators in Wyoming? Wyoming law prohibits the use of artificial light to hunt any wildlife except that predators may be taken by aid of artificial light if on private land and written permission from the landowner is obtained. Predators may not be hunted using artificial light on public lands with the exception that raccoon’s may be taken by aid of a hand-light provided the hunter is accompanied by a raccoon hunting dog and if on private lands, permission of the landowner is first obtained.

Can you hunt from a vehicle in Wyoming? It is illegal to shoot any wildlife except predatory animals from any motorized vehicle.  This includes off-road vehicles and snowmobiles.  To legally fire a weapon, a person must be out of the vehicle.

It is illegal to shoot or attempt to kill any wildlife from any public road or highway.  No person shall fire any firearm from, along, or across any public road or highway.  A public road is defined as any road that is open to vehicular traffic to the public.  The road surface, the area between fences on a fenced public road or highway, and the area 30 feet perpendicular to the road surface on unfenced public roads is considered the public road.   Two-track trails on public land are not defined as public roads.

Can dogs be used to hunt coyotes in Wyoming? Yes.

Is there a bounty program in Wyoming? Not at this time, there has been in past years.

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.

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  1. Brenda Patten

    Change.org is claiming that Wyoming allows people to torture coyotes by running over them with snowmobiles and bashing their head until they are dead. Is this cruel and barbaric activity truly legal in Wyoming?

    • Josh Settelmeyer

      Well because these animals are a nuisance predator you can pretty much kill them anyway you see fit. I am an outdoorsman from Wyoming and although I don’t condone this activity it is 100 percent legal because there are no laws in place. Wyoming is heaven on earth, prove me wrong.

      • owen

        Amen sir,i live 14 miles outside of Pine Bluffs, and it is amazing. Also, while it is legal, nobody in their right minds really does this, unless absolutely necessary. Here, people, especially ranches, like mine, deal with predator issues through trapping and/or hunting (much more ethical solutions) the fact of the matter is, like it or not, coyotes are an issue, and nobody wants them completely gone. Honestly, this is just another attack on the hunting community, but this is a free state, and while maybe not the best option, i don’t believe it should be illegal, after all the entire state is completely against government over involvement.

    • Bick Munsinger

      Wyoming also allows coyotes to eat your cat or dog on your front porch; and leave the remains behind for your son, or daughter to find when they open the door! That is “barbaric ” as well Brenda Patten! It’s called predator control and it’s needed!!!

  2. Karen Saner

    Brenda- There are always a few bad apples in every barrel. Those that chose to kill a coyote the way you describe would be one of those bad apples. Most People in Wyoming respect animals and try to kill them quick and clean.

  3. Catherine Blake

    Does anyone know or if there is a bounty for coyotes for 2019? Or who can I call to find out? TIA

  4. asdf

    What to expect from a state that lies in its laws/regulations by calling a jackrabbit a “predator”.

  5. Will

    So what about using thermal optics? It’s not artificial light nor is it a lighting device?

  6. Jeanette

    If I walk my dog around 5:00 am each morning will I be attacked or my dog be attacked. My dog is small 16 lbs.

  7. Craig Miller

    How hard is it to get permission on private land?

  8. Jim Hickey

    The most dangerous animal, in my opinion, is a moose. It depends on where you are walking your dog. Coyotes do like taking dogs up to 40 pounds and some areas you have cougars, wolves and bears. However walking your dog in Wyoming (among barbarians) is much safer than walking your dog in a democrat run sanctuary city that where they are always preaching “kindness, but hang Trump.”

  9. Mark

    Brenda, Mile Meyers made a movie where a ‘security guard’ got run over by him using a steam roller. That is also a legal means of ‘hunting’. Using this method I expect to kill 2 a decade, if I can catch them asleep.
    As to running down a coyote or for that matter anything on a snow mobile. Watch some YT videos. You will find a new word, “elusive”. Let change.org provide a video link to any video at all of this happening.
    Trappers do catch coyote and approach very close to kill. Some use spears as they get that close. Again, if that has ever happened, then why are they refusing to persuade you with video? Barbarism is not the point. Getting numbers of animals so as to protect domestic dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, and every farm animal all the way up to calves is the point.


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