Hunters in Kentucky may now pursue coyotes at night.
A news release from the Department of Fish and Wildlife says new regulations allow hunters to use a shotgun to take coyotes at night year round. Lights or night vision equipment can only be used from February 1 through May 31.
Program coordinator Steven Dobey says the new opportunity offers landowners another tool to assist in the removal of coyotes, which often overtake livestock.
While the Kentucky’s General Assembly enacted a law allowing night hunting of coyotes earlier this year, lawmakers left it to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife to create regulations for the seasons. The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the new regulations in the spring and the proposed regulations recently won all the necessary approvals from legislative committees to open a season.
Hunters on private property must have permission from landowners to be there.
Daytime hunting for coyotes is open year round. Hunters may use shotguns, centerfire rifles, bows, crossbow, air guns with a minimum size of .22-caliber and rimfire rifles during daylight hours.
There is no limit on the number of coyotes which hunters may take at night or during the day.