Coyote Hunting News

Coyote Numbers Increasing
Data, collected through observational surveys conducted annually by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Section, has shown a steady increase in coyote sightings during the past several years.
New Coyote Season
Beginning January 1, 2005 , it became legal in West Virginia to hunt coyotes at night with an amber colored artificial light, according to Col. James Fields, Chief of the Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The new season runs from January 1 to July 31, 2005.
Coyote and Fox Permits
Coyote and Fox permits will be available January 18 - February 17. Sale of permits will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays ONLY! Permits will be available at the following DFW offices: Pequest, Northern Region, Central Region, Southern Region, Nacote Creek and Trenton. Hours are 9 a.m to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Northern Coyote Hunting Closed During Deer Gun Season
Hunters are reminded that coyote hunting is closed in the northern third of the state during the gun deer season. This closure extends across northern Wisconsin from east of Wausaukee, near Michigan on the east, to St. Croix Falls on the Minnesota border on the west. The coyote closure extends through the firearm deer hunting season , Nov. 22 through Dec. 10, and any Zone T hunts in northern Wisconsin.
Coyote Control Takes a Back Burner
The Department of Game and Fish will discontinue coyote removal activities this spring except in situations where the program can demonstrate positive cost benefits. The State Game Commmission provided that directive to the Department after hearing an update on the program, which indicated deer populations had not significantly improved in those areas subject to coyote control.
Coyote Seminar September 27-28
Interest in coyote hunting is increasing in West Virginia as the predator becomes a larger presence, threatening both domestic animals and wildlife. Nationally-recognized predator hunter Tom Bechdel of Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania, will be presenting his popular coyote seminar during the 2003 West Virginia Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, to be held at Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park in Lewis County (Interstate 79 exit 91) September 27 and 28.
Predator Management in Unit 3A
Due to a four-year downward trend of antelope population numbers and fawn survival in Game Management Unit 3A, the Arizona Game and Fish Department is contracting with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to remove a portion of the coyote population to facilitate the recovery of that pronghorn population.
New Online Volunteer Coyote Hunter Program
An opportunity for coyote hunters to list their names and contact information online has been added to the state Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) website.
Increased Coyote Sightings
In response to an increasing number of calls from people who have sighted coyotes and are concerned about them, the Department of Environmental Management's Division of Fish and Wildlife advises Rhode Islanders that it is not unusual at this time of year to see coyotes active during daylight hours. Coyotes inhabit all communities in Rhode Island, except Block Island.
Late Season Hunting Still Available
Late season hunters still have time to get out in the field and enjoy North Dakota's upland game, small game, and furbearer opportunities.