States response to night hunting

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  1. Cantmisum

    Cantmisum 8 pointer

    Last edited: Jan 28, 2010
  2. Cantmisum

    Cantmisum 8 pointer

    Indian let see

    Predator Calling
    It is legal to hunt fox and coyote with the use of mouth- or hand-operated calls, or with
    the use of recorded calls. Spotlights may be used to take fox and coyote. There are no
    restrictions on hunting hours or firearms for hunting fox and coyote. It is illegal to hunt
    fox or coyote from a roadway or with the use of any motor-driven conveyance.

    Furbearers Hunting Seasons
    Red and Gray Fox Oct. 15, 2009 – Feb. 28, 2010
    Coyote and Striped Skunk Oct. 15, 2009 – March 15, 2010
    Raccoon and Opossum Nov. 8, 2009 – Jan. 31, 2010
    Dog Running (Raccoon and Opossum only) Feb. 15, 2009 – Oct. 14, 2009
    Feb. 15, 2010 – Oct. 14, 2010
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  3. jmo05

    jmo05 Fawn

    Dec 22, 2009
    You are not allowed to deer hunt with "high powered" rifles in Indiana. Yet there are no firearms restrictions for coyote or fox, day or night!?!?! That is very interesting since I live right across the river from IN. This just dosen't seem fair:(
  4. Cantmisum

    Cantmisum 8 pointer


    Hunting: Coyote, fox, or raccoon may be hunted without hunting hour
    restrictions except:
    1. During the bear and bow deer seasons when hunting hours listed in the tables on
    pages 30-32 apply to hunting all species with a bow or crossbow.
    2. During the regular gun deer season from November 21–29, when normal hunting
    hours listed on pages 30-32 apply to hunting all species. This restriction does not
    apply during the muzzleloader or CWD deer seasons, or antlerless deer hunts in
    Herd Control or EAB units where raccoon, coyote and fox may be hunted at night
    during these seasons.
    Blaze orange: Coyote, fox, and raccoon hunters are exempt from the blaze orange
    requirements on page 10, if hunting ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise.
    Use of lights: A flashlight may be used to find your way and at the point of kill while
    hunting raccoon, fox, and coyotes. Lights may not be used to shine or search for
    these animals. Flashlight is generally defined as a battery operated light designed
    to be carried and held by hand.

    Coyote Season is open all
    year statewide, except in
    northern Wisconsin where
    it closes for the 19 day
    period of the regular gun
    deer and muzzleloader season
    and antlerless-only deer hunts in
    October and December. Season is
    open in units without antlerless hunts
    and during the Youth Gun Deer Hunt.

    Use of devices
    It is illegal to:
    • hunt any animal with the aid of any aircraft.
    • use any device other than legal firearms, bows, or crossbows to kill or catch wild
    animals, except traps and falconry birds may be used under the appropriate license
    or permit and seasons.
    • use Draw-Lock type mechanisms that can hold a compound bow at full draw unless
    authorized to use a crossbow (page 6).
    • use or possess any electronic or electronically amplified calls while hunting migratory
    game birds, or wild turkeys.
    Note: It is legal to use any type of call or amplified sound for attracting foxes, raccoon,raccoon,
    crows, coyotes, and Unprotected Species during the open season.
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  5. Cantmisum

    Cantmisum 8 pointer

    jmo05 gun regs IN,

    here you go
    Indiana Department of Natural Resources

    Hunting Equipment
    Legal Firearms
    Shotguns, handguns, rifles with legal
    cartridges, muzzleloading long guns and
    muzzleloading handguns are legal during
    the firearm season. Only muzzleloading
    firearms are legal during the muzzleloader
    Hunters may carry more than one type of
    legal firearm when hunting during the firearm
    season only. Shotguns must be 10-, 12-,
    16- or 20-gauge or .410 bore loaded with
    slugs or saboted bullets. Rifled slug barrels
    are permitted. Combination rifle-shotguns
    are not allowed.
    Muzzleloading firearms must be .44
    caliber or larger, loaded with a single bullet
    of at least .357 caliber. Saboted bullets are
    allowed, provided the bullet is .357 caliber
    or larger. A muzzleloading firearm must be
    loaded from the muzzle. Multiple-barrel
    muzzleloading long guns are allowed.
    Rifles with cartridges that fire a bullet of
    .357-inch diameter or larger; have a minimum
    case length of 1.16 inches; and have
    a maximum case length of 1.625 inches are
    legal to use only during the deer firearm season.
    Some cartridges legal for deer hunting
    include the .357 Magnum, .38-.40 Winchester,
    .41 Magnum, .41 Special, .44 Magnum,
    .44 Special, .44-.40 Winchester, .45
    Colt, .454 Casull, .458 SOCOM,
    .475 Linebaugh, .480 Ruger, .50
    Action Express, and .500 S&W.
    Legal Handguns for
    Deer Hunting
    Handguns, other than muzzleloading,
    must have a barrel at
    least 4 inches long and must fire
    a bullet of .243-inch diameter or
    larger. The handgun cartridge
    case, without the bullet, must
    be at least 1.16 inches long. Full
    metal-jacketed bullets are not
    Handguns are not permitted
    on any military areas.
    Some types of handgun
    cartridges legal for deer hunting
    include .357 Magnum, .41 Magnum,
    .44 Magnum, .44 Special,
    .45 Colt, .45 Long Colt, .45 Winchester
    Magnum, .35 Remington
    and .357 Herrett.
    Some illegal handgun cartridges
    for deer hunting are .38
    Special, .38 Smith and Wesson,
    .38 Colt New Police, .38/200,
    .38 Long Colt, .38 Super, .38
    ACP, .38 Colt Auto, .45 ACP, .45
    Automatic and .45 Auto Rim. All
    .25/.20, .32/.20 and .30 carbine
    ammunition is prohibited.
    Muzzleloading handguns are allowed.
    The muzzleloading handgun must be
    single shot, .50 caliber or larger, loaded
    with bullets at least .44 caliber and have
    a barrel at least 12 inches long, measured
    from the base of the breech plug excluding
    tangs and other projections to the end of
    the barrel, including the muzzle crown.
    Carrying Firearms
    It is legal to carry a handgun while
    hunting deer during the archery, firearm
    and muzzleloader seasons, as long as the
    handgun is possessed under a personal
    protection permit. It is not legal to take
    a deer with a handgun except during the
    firearm and muzzleloader seasons and in
    compliance with DNR regulations.
    Legal Archery Equipment
    Legal equipment includes long bows,
    compound bows or recurve bows and
    The bow must have a pull of at least 35
    Arrows must be tipped with broadheads
    that are metal, metal-edged, or napped
    flint, chert or obsidian. Poisoned or exploding
    arrows are illegal.
    Bows drawn, held or released by means
    other than by hand or hand-held releases
    may not be used. No portion of the bow’s
    riser or any track, trough, channel, arrow
    rest or other device that attaches to the
    bow’s riser can guide the arrow from a
    point back beyond the bow’s brace height.
    The common overdraw is still allowed
    as long as it does not extend beyond the
    string when the bow is relaxed.
    It is illegal to possess firearms while
    hunting deer with a bow and arrow, except
    for a handgun that is possessed under a
    personal protection permit. A bow may be
    possessed in the field before and after legal
    shooting hours only if the nock of the arrow
    is not placed on the bow string.
    Crossbows are legal hunting equipment
    during the late archery deer season and can
    be used to harvest deer of either sex only in
    the late archery season.
    Crossbows must have a minimum
    125-pound pull and a mechanical safety.
    It is illegal to have an arrow placed on the
    crossbow string outside of legal deer hunting
    hours while in the field.
    Deer Hotline
    If you have questions about deer hunting
    regulations, call (812) 334-3795, 8:30 a.m.
    to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. This is
    not a toll-free call.
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  6. Cantmisum

    Cantmisum 8 pointer

    the boys in Illinios follow these regs.

    Night Hunting with Lights,
    Shining Wildlife
    It is unlawful to use lights of, any light from,
    or any light connected to a vehicle or conveyance
    in any area where wildlife can be
    found. This does not prohibit normal use of
    headlamps for driving upon a roadway. EXCEPT:
    Skunk, opossum, red or gray fox, coyote and
    raccoon may be taken during the open season
    by the use of a small hand-operated light by a
    person who is on foot and not in any vehicle.

    Hunting Hours Restrictions
    It is unlawful to hunt any wild game EXCEPT
    during hours specified in the table on page 2.
    (see Sunrise-Sunset tables on pages 43-47).

    Fox (Red and Gray)
    Nov. 10, 2009 - Jan. 31, 2010 (Statewide).
    Closed Nov. 20, 21 and through 6 p.m. Nov. 22 and closed Dec. 3-5 and through
    6 p.m. Dec. 6 in counties open for firearm deer hunting
    Except Nov. 10
    Opens at sunrised
    Limit:No Limit

    Coyotee and Striped Skunk
    Year round (Statewide).
    Closed Nov. 20, 21 and through 6 p.m. Nov. 22 and closed Dec. 3-5
    and through 6 p.m. Dec. 6 in counties open for firearm deer huntingde
    Hours:1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hr.
    after sunset; open 24 hours during
    Nov.10, 2009-Feb. 15, 2010d,e
    Limit:No Limit

    d. During the Archery Deer Season bow hunting hours for coyote, striped skunk, raccoon, opossum, red fox and gray fox will be 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.
    e. Hunters with unfilled firearm deer permits may take coyotes during firearm deer season by shotgun with slugs, muzzleloader or handgun from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.

    Hunting Devices and Ammunition Restrictions
    It is unlawful to:
    hunt any protected species except with a
    gun or bow and arrow.
    use any shotgun larger than 10 gauge
    while taking or attempting to take any protected
    species. Barrel length shall not be
    less than 18 inches, and the overall length
    shall not be less than 26 inches.
    hunt with, or have in your possession while
    hunting, a shotgun shell with shot larger
    than lead shot size BB, steel shot size T or
    number BBB of any other non-toxic shot.
    EXCEPT: Shot size is unrestricted for
    furbearer hunting and white-tailed deer
    may be taken with a shotgun no larger than
    10 gauge or smaller than 20 gauge loaded
    with slugs.
    take any species of wild game except deer
    with a shotgun loaded with slugs. EXCEPT:
    During regular deer season (Nov. 20-22
    and Dec. 3-6, 2009), deer hunters with
    valid, unfilled gun permits may take coyotes
    during legal deer hunting hours using shotguns
    with slugs, handguns or muzzleloaders
    use a shotgun capable of holding more
    than three shells in the magazine and
    chamber combined. Any shotgun having
    a capacity of more than three shells must
    be fitted with a one-piece plug that is irremovable
    without dismantling the shotgun
    or otherwise altered to render it
    incapable of holding more than three
    shells in the magazine and chamber combined.
    EXCEPT: This does not apply on licensed
    hunting preserves unless hunting
    wild migratory game birds and does not
    apply during Conservation Order light
    goose (snow, blue and Ross’ geese) seasons
    that occur after Canada goose season
    has closed.
    use a crossbow to take wild birds or mammals
    EXCEPT as provided for certain disabled
    persons (see page 31 under
    Disabled Outdoor Opportunities - Special
    Permits), and persons over 62 who carry a
    valid photo ID with proof of age. See “Hunting
    with Crossbows” box on this page.
    use a rifle, handgun or airgun to take game
    birds or migratory game birds.
    discharge a rifle, handgun or airgun on,
    over or into water or ice.
    use a gun equipped with a silencer.

    Coyote hunting in illinios
    Coyotes can be hunted 24 hours a
    day from 1/2 hour before sunrise on
    November 10 through 12 midnight on
    February 15 and electronic calling devices
    may be used at night as well during
    this period. During the rest of the year
    hunting hours for coyotes are 1/2 hour
    before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.
    Hunters need a hunting license and
    habitat stamp unless exempt (Illinois
    no longer has a "furbearer stamp").
    Coyotes may be hunted on private
    property using dogs,
    archery devices, any type
    and caliber of handgun,
    any type of legal rifle
    including large
    capacity semi-automatic rifles, and
    shotguns using any type of shell except
    for slugs (note... there are exceptions
    for slugs during the firearm
    deer seasons when coyote hunting is
    closed except to deer hunters with
    unfilled firearm deer permits in their
    possession). When hunting with a
    shotgun, make sure that the magazine
    has been fitted with a plug which
    makes the shotgun incapable of firing
    more than three consecutive shots.
    Electronic calling devices are legal
    for coyote hunting.
    It is legal to bait coyotes as long
    as any wild game that is used was
    legally taken (a road kill deer can be
    used as bait without first reporting the
    road kill).
    Illinois does not restrict the type of
    sights or scopes that are used (including
    laser sights and night vision
    Lights with any color of lense can be
    used while hunting coyotes as long as
    the lights are not used from any vehicle
    or conveyance (including ATVs and
    horses) and as long as the lights are
    not connected to the vehicle or conveyance.
    Even though a coyote hunter can't be
    charged if his dogs get away from
    him and go onto property without the
    landowner's permission, the coyote
    hunter DOES NOT have the legal right
    to follow the dogs onto the property
    without landowner permission.
    Coyote hunters are required to keep
    their guns unloaded and in a case while
    in a vehicle or on a conveyance (including
    but not limited to ATVs and
    horseback) unless exempt by special
    Department permit .
    Guns must remain unloaded until the
    hunter is clear of the road as well as
    the right of way alongside the road.
    Coyote hunters must wear 400 square
    inches of solid blaze orange when
    hunting in a county when there is any
    firearm deer season in progress including
    youth seasons, muzzle loaderonly,
    late-winter, and CWD seasons.
    Before coyote hunting at public hunting
    areas, check with the site office for site
    specific regulations.
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  7. BeastoftheFog

    BeastoftheFog 6 pointer

    Dec 10, 2009
    What's Nebraska Up To?

    Didn't get a chance to read this thread all the way through. Sorry if Nebraska was discussed already.

    Some wild deer management ideas

    January 28, 2010 at 01:19 PM

    Before you complain too much about deer management in Illinois, check out these ideas being floated in Nebraska.
    Deer hunting without permits proposed in Nebraska

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Night-hunting with spotlights and shooting without permits are being proposed as a way to decrease Nebraska’s deer population.
    During a legislative hearing on Wednesday, some farmers said the bill (LB836) was needed to lessen crop damage caused by the state’s deer herd. Opponents, including farmers and outdoors’ groups, said it could lead to a dangerous free-for-all.
    The state Game and Parks Commission opposes the measure and say they are extending anterless-deer hunting seasons, reducing permit prices and taking other steps to reduce the herd.
    The bill would allow landowners and their immediate family members to kill, without permits, deer caught damaging property. It would also require additional deer-hunting seasons and allow spotlight hunting.
  8. predator1

    predator1 12 pointer

    Dec 25, 2008
    Keep up the good work

    Cantmisum, You've wore your keyboard out today. lol. Great job on the research. Looks like were headed down the right road, so long as we can get them to listen
  9. Cantmisum

    Cantmisum 8 pointer

    onto West Virginia

    Coyote (day) Continuous Open Season
    Coyote (night)*** January 1 July 31
    It is illegal to:
    use or take advantage of artificial light in hunting, locating,
    attracting, or trapping wild birds or wild animals while in
    possession or control of a firearm, whether cased or uncased,
    bow, arrow, or other implement suitable for taking, killing or
    trapping a wild bird or animal. However, lights may be used
    for taking raccoon, skunk and opossum provided the lights
    are not attached to or used from a vehicle or other land
    conveyance. Coyotes may be hunted using amber or redcolored
    artificial light in open season (see page 6). No person
    shall be guilty of using an artificial light to look for, at, or
    attract a wild bird or animal, unless in possession of a firearm,
    whether cased or uncased, bow, arrow, or other implement
    suitable for taking, killing or trapping a wild bird or animal,
    or unless the artificial light (other than the headlamps of a
    vehicle or other land conveyance) is attached to, a part of, or
    used from a vehicle or other land conveyance.

    Coyote Hunting Regulations During daylight hours (½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after
    sunset) coyotes may be hunted year round.
    Hunting coyotes at night using amber or red-colored artificial
    light is legal from January 1 thru July 31.
    Firearms legal for night coyote hunting are shotguns with #4
    or smaller shot and rimfire rifles or handguns of .22 caliber
    or smaller.
    During closed small game season, coyotes may only be hunted
    in open fields.
    Electronic calls are legal.
    There is no daily, annual or season bag limit.
  10. predator1

    predator1 12 pointer

    Dec 25, 2008
    Seems to me that we are the only state to not allow night hunting. The other states allow it for a reason. I'm sure they don't do it cause they don't care about poaching:rolleyes:.... I don't know if we have the time or resources to get an organazation together, but without a doubt we can unite to help push this through:cool:
  11. Cantmisum

    Cantmisum 8 pointer

    so far there are


    There are a few states that I have found so far, that dont allow it.

    North Carolina
    and possibly Georgia . I don't quit know.
    Right now I'm just looking for the ones that do .

    You should see Arizona.You would have to be a lawyer to figure the reg out.
    North Carolina regs. go by county and municipality, what a mess.
    California does allow just haven't figured out what sight it is actually located in?.

    I not finished yet. I am going to go into it deeper to find out how the actual statutes are writen and how the rules are proposed and by whom and how often changes to the rules are addressed and when.

    WOW!! That was are run on sentence if there ever was one.:eek:
  12. Jimmie in Ky

    Jimmie in Ky 12 pointer

    ARIZONA rules are by political mandate, they stopped trapping a few years ago . Wihtin 3 yrs they had coyote attacks on children. First in Mesa ariz. Coyote went into the living room where the father had set the infant down while unloading groceries from the vehicle. Crying child alerted him to the coyote going across the fron lawn with child's head in its mouth.

    Massachussettes, also political mandate state. Trapping stopped in 96 by 2000 roads flooded by beaver and the first of several coyote attacks on children.

    California, trapping stopped in 76 by 80 hte first attack on a child, while the child was eating an oreo cookie on her doorstep. This child was hte first to die of coyote attack in the U.S. There have been at last count I had of 80 attacks on children in hte state of California. Trapping still not allowed.

    Oregon also a political mandate state. Trapping shut down and within 3 years theh first attack on a child. Mountain lion hunting with hounds stopped in late 90's . First human attack within four years.

    Tennesseee does not allow night hunting. Laws on shot size are also behind hte times. No shot allowed larger than size # 4 for coyote in shotgun.

    I guess you fellas can tell what research I was doing some years back. Some folks who did not like hte results of hte MASS. election were tryign to get the laws repealed in 2000 after a couple of coyote attacks on children and pets. They failed, I lost contact with them in 2003. They were a group of socker moms wanting safetey for their children in hte bay area where the attacks were taking place.

    For hte best info on all coyote studies try the usda website. They and the state of Misourri had hte most comprrehensive studies on coyotes.

    We just need the states without lights. We have enough of a battle to fight as is. You have done a fine job Cantmisum. ALl we need to do is sort through this for ideas we can use. Jimmie
  13. kyfuzzyface

    kyfuzzyface 8 pointer

    Nov 2, 2007
    Central Ky
    So far I like West Virginia rules
  14. predator1

    predator1 12 pointer

    Dec 25, 2008
    I agree. They look very well thought out. With them ending night season in July that should keep deer hunters happy. Plus the benefit of helping other wildlife by helping their young get thru the spring:)
  15. Cantmisum

    Cantmisum 8 pointer

    the light at the end of the tunnel


    I realize that no lights is important here .Its just, most so far have either lights or no night hunting at all.
    that is why I posted them all and we can weed through them all when finished.
    I aggree with What fuzzyface says so far.

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