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    Coyote Hunting questions

    What are the rules for Coyote hunting in MI? I assume you need a base license, but what about tags? They're becoming a nuisance in my area.

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    New laws this year on not shooting SongDogs with pups

    https://wgrd.com/michigan-coyote-hunting-restriction/

    theres another thread here somewhere

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    Shooting coyotes on your own property at any time is legal....also on property where you are an invited guest to shoot problem coyotes....you cannot shoot them on State or Federal land April 15-July 15....
    Just make sure you have a current hunting license.....

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    Just make sure it's not a Wolf.
    Teachers leave them kids alone
    Hey! teacher! leave us kids alone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JWJR View Post
    theres another thread here somewhere
    Original thread: https://www.migunowners.org/forum/sh...hunting-season

    Quote Originally Posted by coyote wacker View Post
    Shooting coyotes on your own property at any time is legal....also on property where you are an invited guest to shoot problem coyotes....you cannot shoot them on State or Federal land April 15-July 15....
    Just make sure you have a current hunting license.....
    As discussed in the thread linked above, that is not 100% correct.

    WCO 2.5(3) A person shall not use a centerfire rifle or centerfire pistol to take an animal during nighttime hunting hours as specified in subsection (2) in any state park or recreation area. Within the limited firearms deer zone as defined in section 1.2, a person may use a centerfire rifle or centerfire pistol during nighttime hunting hours, as specified in subsection (2), only on private land.
    strike-through text is what was deleted with the new change

    You cannot hunt at night in any state park or recreation area...not a blanket 'any state land'. Why is that distinction important?
    State Parks are considered closed to hunting unless posted open.
    State Recreation Areas are open to hunting unless posted closed.

    WCO 3.610(1) The statewide open season for taking coyote by hunting shall be all year from July 15 to April 15 except:
    (a) Coyotes shall not be taken in state park and recreation areas from April 1 to September 14.

    That leaves September 15 to April 1 in State Parks/Recreation Areas that are open to hunting.

    You can hunt at night on public land statewide now. (not just in zones 1 and 2) New July 15 to April 15 season applies.
    Public lands are defined (by the DNR) as “managed primarily for wildlife habitat, wildlife watching and hunting.”
    These areas include DNR Wildlife Division "Dedicated" land (i.e.; SWA's, SGAs, "Wildlife-Lands", "WLD-lands", WLD-Focus-areas, WLD-Project-areas, etc.)
    Here's a current list of all DNR WLD/public land.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnJak View Post
    Just make sure it's not a Wolf.
    I thought about this after I made the post. It looked pretty big, I thought maybe a wolf but I'm not an expert at decerning the difference.

    I assume shooting a wolf would be a big no no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 93bandit View Post
    I thought about this after I made the post. It looked pretty big, I thought maybe a wolf but I'm not an expert at decerning the difference.

    I assume shooting a wolf would be a big no no?
    If it has a radio collar, could be a hassle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy View Post
    If it has a radio collar, could be a hassle.
    Good point, didn't see a collar on it. Not sure how visible they are though.

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