New hunting regulations have been approved for Michigan State, recently allowing for a year round coyote hunting season and new furbearer hunting regulations.
Coyotes can now be hunted year round after recent approval from Michigan’s Natural Resource Commission.
The approval is effective immediately and new regulations including nighttime hunting for coyotes and other species have been addressed and approved. This approval is for coyote hunting and nighttime furbearer hunting regulation change only and does not affect the trapping season dates and regulations currently in place.
Prior to the change, coyote hunting was only allowed between July 15th through April 15th.
This decision has come to the table after an increase of coyote sightings. Aside from the rise in sightings, Detroit Free Press published an article about a Coyote Attack that Killed a Family Dog back in March 2016. The increase in activity had many worried even though most coyotes are usually harmless to humans. The main worry comes from the damage they can do to property and both family and farm animals.
In order to hunt coyotes in Michigan both resident and nonresidents require a valid base license while nonresidents require an additional fur harvester license. Other furbearer species hunted by residents will then require a fur harvester license according to the NRC Report.
In addition, nighttime hunting must be done with aid from predator calls and/or dogs, and can only be taken with a bow and arrow, crossbow, rimfire in calibers equal to or less than .22 caliber.
Nighttime hunting can also be done with a shotgun with 3 and 4 size buckshot. Dogs however cannot be used to hunt between April 16th through July 7th.
No nighttime hunting is permitted with centerfire rifle, however during daytime hunting, centerfire rifle use is allowed.
Expectation of a large harvest number change is less likely expected state wide. The movement was made mostly to impact private land owners and give them greater options at controlling local coyote population within their own property.