Rules for Hunting Coyotes in Mississippi

Do you need to learn the rules for hunting coyotes in Mississippi? The coyote was unknown to the state of Mississippi before 1965. However, with the loss of wolves and cougars in the intervening years, coyotes have greatly expanded their territory.
While the state provides plenty of opportunities for coyote hunters, the laws listed below are subject to change. Check for updates to ensure you are legally hunting coyotes in Mississippi.

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Rules for hunting coyotes in Mississippi.

Mississippi classifies coyotes as nuisance animals, and landowners and leaseholders may hunt coyotes on private lands. Landowners/leaseholders may take coyotes year-round, at any hour, and there are no weapons restrictions. Electronic callers, lights, and decoys are permitted.

You may purchase a hunting license for Mississippi here.

Check out the Mississippi hunting seasons.

Related: Read the laws for hunting bobcats in Mississippi.

Related: Read the laws for hunting fox in Mississippi.

Mississippi has a more regulations, so continue reading below.

Rules for hunting coyotes in Mississippi on private land.

Mississippi classifies coyotes as a nuisance animal. Nuisance animals may be hunted, trapped, taken, killed, chased, or pursued on private lands.

Landowners and any leaseholders may hunt nuisance animals year-round at any time of day or night with no weapon/caliber restrictions on property titled in their name or otherwise owned, or leased by them.

Designated agents of the landowners / leaseholders may hunt nuisance animals year-round at any time of day or night with no weapon / caliber restrictions, provided they have written permission from the landowner or leaseholder in his or her possession, when hunting nuisance animals.

Permission letters must be signed and dated by the landowner or leaseholder, shall include:
a. the contact information of the landowner or leaseholder; b. the contact information of the permitted person; and c. a specific a date of expiration.

Persons hunting nuisance animals during any open gun season on deer will be required to wear, in full view, 500 square inches of solid unbroken hunter orange, unless they are hunting from a fully enclosed stand.

Nuisance animals may be hunted with the aid of electronic calls.

Related: What are the two most popular coyote calls successful predator hunter use? Read more here.

Related: When is the best time of day to call a coyote?

License required to hunt coyotes in Mississippi?

Residents, unless exempt from purchasing an annual hunting license, must possess an All-Game Hunting License, Sportsman License or Lifetime License while hunting nuisance animals.

Can you use bait while hunting coyotes in Mississippi?

Yes, but it is illegal to hunt any wild animal or wild bird with the aid of live decoys or bait. Liquid scents may be used. Electrically operated calling or sound-reproducing devices may be used for hunting crow and nuisance animals. 

Baiting of any kind on National forest lands in prohibited.

The state law on nuisance animals does allow callers and decoys on private land.

You can check out Amazon prices for Coyote callers here.

Amazon’s prices for predator decoys can be found here.

Is night coyote hunting in Mississippi allowed?

Raccoon, fox, opossum, beaver, and bobcats may be legally hunted at night, with or without the use of a light, and with dogs, except during the spring turkey season. The nuisance classification of coyotes also permits night hunting.

Using thermal and IR Scopes when coyote hunting in Mississippi.

Both devices are legal when hunting on private lands.

Night vision equipment is available on Amazon. Check night scope prices here.

Related: Read this article to track down a wounded coyote.

Related: Need more property to hunt on? Learn how to ask for permission here.

Are suppressors legal when hunting coyotes in Mississippi?

Yes, you may use a properly registered suppressor while hunting in Mississippi.

Dennis V. Gilmore Jr.

Dennis V. Gilmore Jr. is a former Marine Sergeant and the author of several books, including two on night hunting coyotes and red and gray fox. He has written several hundred articles on predator hunting for

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