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
Electronic calling devices are legal for
It is legal to bait coyotes as long as any
wild game that is used was legally taken .
Illinois does not restrict the type of sights
or scopes that are used (including laser
sights and night vision scopes).
Lights with any color of lense can be used
while hunting coyotes as long as the
lights are not used from any vehicle or
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 under the Wildlife Code 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.
Hunters should keep in mind
that Illinois Animal Control Laws or other
local animal control ordinances could
apply to dogs running at large.
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 loader-only, late-winter,
and CWD seasons.
Before coyote hunting at public hunting
areas, check with the site office for site
It is now legal to hunt coyotes while using
or possessing a tree climbing device.
An occasional wolf may disperse from the northern states of Wisconsin and
Minnesota into Illinois. These wolves pose no threat to humans or domestic
animals. To avoid mistakes while hunting in Illinois you should:
Learn the difference between wolves and coyotes.
Report observations of wolves to the IDNR (photos and video encouraged).
Report any harassment, take, and/or capture of wolves.
Please report wolf information to:
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Endangered Species Program
One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702
phone: (217)782-6384 • e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wolf: 4.5-6.5’ length; 60-155 lbs. Coyote: 3.5-4.5’ length; 20-45 lbs.
Wolf and Coyote tracks illustrations
courtesy of Michigan DNR
DON’T SHOOT A WOLF!
Wolves are a Federal and State Endangered Species and Fully Protected by Law
COYOTE HUNTING IN ILLINOIS
Bait means any bait composed of mammal,
bird or fish flesh, fur, hide, entrails or feathers.
NOTE: Leghold traps set on land may not
be placed around exposed bait such as animal
Beaver, Badger, Weasel, Mink and
Muskrat — Trapping Only
It is unlawful to take beaver, badger, weasel,
mink or muskrat except by trapping.
Trapping Near Dwellings
It is unlawful to trap within 100 yards of an inhabited
dwelling without first obtaining permission
from the owner or tenant.
Written Authorization to Handle
Traps of Another Person
It is unlawful to remove furbearing mammals
from, or to move or disturb in any manner, the
traps owned by another person without written
authorization of the owner to do so.
Permission from Landowner
Required to Trap
It is unlawful to trap furbearers on another person’s
property without his or her permission.
NOTE: This includes waters flowing over or
standing on the land of another person.
Damaging Property While Trapping
It is unlawful to destroy or damage another person’s
property while trapping on his or her land.
Possession of Green Hides
It is unlawful to possess green hides before
the season begins or longer than 20 days
after the season closes.
Rabbits and Squirrel Cannot Be Trapped
It is unlawful to trap any wildlife except
furbearing mammals (see definition on page
9) and woodchucks. NOTE: It is unlawful to
trap rabbits, squirrels, deer and protected
birds (see page 6).
Furbearer Trapping Reporting Requirements
Every person trapping furbearing mammals
shall make a report to the Department, upon
blank forms supplied by the Department, of
all furbearing mammals trapped and sold during
the open season. NOTE: Normally, report
forms are mailed only to a random sample
of trappers that includes approximately
20 percent of all individuals licensed. If you
do not receive a report form/questionnaire
directly from the Department after the regular
trapping season, you are not required to submit
a report of your catch.
Fur-bearing Mammals Breeder Permits
Persons who, within the State of Illinois,
holds, possesses or engages in the breeding
or raising of live furbearing mammals protected
by the Wildlife Code, must have a valid
Fur-bearing Mammal Breeder Permit. No
permits will be issued for the breeding or raising
of striped skunks or for coyotes.
Fur-bearing mammal breeders shall keep a
record for 2 years from the date of acquisition,
sale or other disposition of each live furbearing
mammal or its green hide so raised
or propagated (contact IDNR for more specific
regulations dealing with possession of
live fur-bearing animals under Chapter 520
5/3.25 of the Wildlife Code).
A Special Note to Beaver Trappers
For tips on avoiding the accidental capture of
river otters, contact: Illinois DNR, Division of
Wildlife Resources, One Natural Resources
Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271; Phone: