Coyote hunting in Illinois can be a controversial topic, but for some hunters, it's a challenging and rewarding hobby.  It helps with wildlife management and is just fun outdoor recreation.  And getting outside is probably something we should all do more of.

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Here are a Few Reasons Why Someone Might Choose to Hunt Coyotes:

  • Wildlife management: Coyotes can be opportunistic predators that can prey on livestock and pets. Hunting coyotes can help manage their populations and reduce the risks of conflicts with humans, domestic animals, and livestock.
  • The Challenge: Coyotes are intelligent and elusive animals, making them a challenging target to hunt. Many hunters enjoy the thrill of the chase and the opportunity to test their skills.  Night hunting for coyotes in Illinois is particularly challenging.
  • Outdoor recreation: Coyote hunting can provide an opportunity for outdoor recreation and help stimulate local economies through the sale of hunting licenses, gear, and lodging.

Coyote Hunting Do's and Don'ts:

Illinois has a long history of coyote hunting, dating back to the early 1900s. Over the years, the state has developed a set of regulations and guidelines to manage the coyote population and ensure ethical hunting practices.

Coyote hunting is allowed year-round in Illinois, except during deer season, and hunters must have a valid hunting license and follow the Illinois coyote hunting regulations set by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

  1. Do obtain the Illinois coyote hunting license and permits before hunting coyotes.
  2. Don't hunt coyotes on private property without permission.
  3. Do practice safety measures when hunting coyotes. Wear blaze orange clothing to identify yourself to other hunters and avoid hunting near homes or populated areas.
  4. Don't use illegal hunting methods. Illinois law prohibits the use of bait, artificial light, and electronic calls when hunting coyotes.
  5. Do use ethical hunting practices. Hunt only during legal hunting hours and use appropriate firearms and ammunition to ensure a clean and humane kill.
  6. Don't leave any trash or litter behind. Dispose of any waste or debris properly and respect the environment.

The Shocking Truth About Coyotes in Illinois

Coyotes in Illinois are not considered to be a public health concern.  Turns out there have been no reported coyote attacks on humans in Illinois in the last 30 years.

Compare that against the more than 4.5 million people who are bitten by dogs each year in the US, according to the CDC. At least half of those bitten are children.

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