Bobcats, coyotes, red foxes, grey foxes, raccoons, opossums, and skunks can be hunted at any time of day or night. Hunting begins after sunrise on the first day of the season and continues until midnight on the last day. See below for more information about hunting furbearers at night.
Furbearers are not usually shot during daylight hours because they often run away from hunters or hide. However, if you see something that appears to be injured, such as someone resting their head on the ground while nursing, then go ahead and take it down using predator control methods. Predators need their prey too!
Nighttime hunting is allowed in New York State for certain species of carnivores. Nighttime hunting is permitted for bobcats in all game lands managed by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Nighttime hunting is also permitted for coyotes in most western and central New York counties. Nighttime hunting is not permitted for gray or red foxes due to concerns over public safety. DEC regulations prohibit shooting from a moving vehicle at night, so you will have to get out of your car to shoot these animals.
Decoys can be used to attract wild predators such as coyotes and bobcats. However, keep in mind that many predators are smart and will avoid decoys. If you set up a trap for coyotes, make sure that you cover all likely escape routes before you put it together.
Regulated hunting and trapping play critical roles in furbearer conservation and management... Seasons for hunting furbearers
|Bobcat||Jan. 10 – Feb. 7|
|Muskrat||March 20 – April 19|
|Coyote, Opossum, Skunk, Weasel||No Closed Season|
|Beaver, Otter, Mink, Fisher, Marten, Lynx, Wolf, Eastern Mountain Lion||No Open Season|
Unless otherwise specified, wild birds and animals may not be hunted from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise the next day. Birds, mammals, and reptiles are sensitive to light exposure and can die if they are not given time to rest before being exposed to sunlight again.
Hunters should use caution not to shoot vehicles, aircraft, or other objects that will not be noticed during daylight hours. The best protection against shooting wildlife at night is personal vigilance. Keep an eye out for nocturnal hunters when traveling through scenic areas; if you see someone, give them space and let them know that you are there by changing your direction of travel or calling out loudly enough for them to hear.
Wildlife officers regularly patrol public lands to enforce nighttime hunting regulations, so be sure to check with local officials before heading out into remote areas. They might have additional rules or restrictions that could not be included in this guidebook.
Nighttime hunting is popular among photographers who use infrared lights to attract nocturnal animals such as deer and boar, which are more likely to move around at night. Photographers also use motion-sensitive cameras to capture images of elusive species such as coyotes and wolves.
Coyote or Bobcat Hunting at its Finest (Fully Guided). Kentucky allows daytime coyote hunting all year with no bag restriction. From February 1 to May 31, coyotes can be hunted after dark with lights or night vision equipment. The Kentucky Bobcat season goes from late November through late February.
You can only use bows and arrows for taking game in Kentucky. You cannot use guns. Bows are allowed during the day as well as at night with bright lights. Game wardens often check for illegal weapons by driving through rural areas looking for lights inside the woods at night. If they see anything, an officer will come to the scene and take care of the problem.
It is illegal to hunt animals in Kentucky with out a license. Even if you are not going after game, you still need to have a license. License fees vary depending on the species you want to hunt and where you live in the state. You can find out more information about licenses here: https://www.wildlife.ky.gov/fish-hunt/hunting-licenses/.
Hunting licenses are required by law for everyone 16 years old and older who lives in Kentucky. Children 15 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult licensed holder while hunting. It is recommended, but not required, that children wear hunter education stickers showing they have been taught how to handle a gun safely.