Current regulation in New Hampshire allows the year-round hunting of coyotes. An advocacy group, Voices of Wildlife in New Hampshire, is petitioning the state Fish and Game Department to limit the coyote hunting season to Oct. 15 through March 31.
A similar effort by the group last year was denied by the Fish and Game commission.
Coyotes in NH
The eastern coyote, according to Fish and Game, first came to the state in Grafton County in the mid-1940s. Today, coyotes are common in every county throughout the state.
Current coyote hunting rules
In New Hampshire, there is no closed hunting season on coyotes and there is a five-month trapping season. Coyotes may be taken by trapping or shooting, but it is illegal to use poison as a control method.
Fish and Game reports that “Most coyote management attempts have been designed to reduce their population numbers, however, due to their fecundity, behavior and adaptability, those attempts have failed.”
Arguments for and against a limited hunting season
Supporters of a limited season say the unrestricted hunting of coyote is bad for the ecosystem. Coyote are necessary, they say, because they prey largely on rodents and other pests while keeping the deer herd healthy by culling the weakest animals.
Opponents of a limited hunt say coyotes are varmints and a potential threat to livestock and domestic pets.They say landowners and farmers need maximum flexibility in dealing with possible conflicts associated with coyotes.
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