Kentucky Coyote Hunting Season Dates and Regulations

Coyote Season Hunting and Trapping: Kentucky Regulations

Coyote Hunting Regulations

  • Season: Open year-round statewide.
  • Bag Limit: No limit on the number of coyotes that can be harvested.
  • Night Hunting Restrictions:
    • Prohibited during deer or elk firearm seasons within the respective county or area.
    • The use of artificial light and other night visibility means is banned from April 1st through May 15th and from July 1st through November 30th.
    • Such means of visibility must not be connected to or cast from a mechanized vehicle.
    • On public lands, nighttime hunters are restricted to bows, crossbows, or shotguns loaded with pellets.
    • On private lands, additional equipment such as breech-loading rifles or pistols of any caliber, shotguns firing a single projectile, or muzzleloaders with a .54-caliber or less is permitted from December 1st through March 31st and from May 16th through June 30th.

Coyote Trapping Regulations

  • Season Dates: November 13, 2023 - February 29, 2024.
  • Time Restrictions: Allowed half an hour before sunrise until the end of the season specified.

Licensing Requirements

Adults (Ages 16 and Older)

  • Hunting: Day Hunting License (1 or 7 Day), an Annual Hunting License, a Sportsman's License, or a Disability/Senior License are required.
  • Trapping: A Trapping License is necessary.

Youths (Ages 12-15)

  • Hunting and Trapping: An Annual Youth Hunting License or a Youth Sportsman's License is required.
  • Trapping: A Youth Trapping License is required.

Children Younger than 12

  • License Exempt: For both Hunting and Trapping.

For more detailed exemptions, requirements, and license purchasing, visit the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources’ official website or refer to the current Hunting Guide.

Additional Information for Coyote Hunters

  • Coyote Calls: Legal use of hand or mouth-operated and electronic calls that mimic wounded prey or coyote calls.
  • Baiting: It is permissible to hunt coyotes over animal carcasses, though these are considered bait. Baiting on WMAs and certain national forests and parks is prohibited.

Night Hunting Specifics

  • Light Use Period: Artificial light or other visibility means can be used only from December 1st through March 31st, and from May 16th through June 30th.
  • Mechanized Vehicle Restriction: No connection or casting of visibility aids from a mechanized vehicle, except for hunters with valid Mobility-Impaired Access Permits or Hunting Methods Exemption Vehicle Permits who can utilize a stationary vehicle as a platform.
  • Public Land Restrictions: On public lands, use only a bow, crossbow, or shotgun with pellets after daylight hours.

Area-Specific Bans on Night Hunting for Coyotes

Prohibited on Kentucky lands managed by the following:

  • Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
  • Daniel Boone National Forest
  • George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
  • Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
  • Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge
  • Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
  • Including specific Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) such as Beaver Creek, Cane Creek, Mill Creek, Pioneer Weapons, and Redbird.
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