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Is shooting a coyote on my property legal?

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by tsharples, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. tsharples

    tsharples se vancouver New Member

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    Hi, I'm a newbie out here. A few days ago, a roaming coyote killed one of our pet cats, and apparently has been killing cats and dogs throughout the neighborhood lately. We live right on the Columbia river, a semi-rural area where there are lots of places for a coyote to hide. My question - if this animal comes on my property again (we have about a 1-acre lot) am I allowed to shoot it? I found RCW 77.36.030 that says I am, but don't know what local restrictions there might be on using e.g. a hunting rifle or other firearm here for this purpose. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    You need a small game license. You also want to make sure you are allowed to discharge firearms where you live.

    1 acre isn't that big of a space. You may want to use a shotgun and make sure you know where your bullets/pellets/slugs are going to end up if/when they exit your property.
     
  3. jeremiahjack

    jeremiahjack stafford, or Member

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    As long as you are outside the city limits, you should be good to go. However on a acre lot, I'd be nervous. Mostly about a lack of a backstop. Secondly, positive neighbor relations.
     
  4. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely, as long as you can discharge a firearm safely. Coyotes are considered vermin, along with possums, raccoons, and various other small furry creatures. Slay them with impunity.

    Also, there used to be a bounty on coyotes (Dad and I killed many when I was a boy). Might be still.
     
  5. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Degradation makes it OK to kill the yote.It did kinda ruin the cat,no?

    As stated,just make sure you don't shoot the neighbors,they may shoot back.
    Shoot from a higher vantage point so you are shooting down.
    Or maybe someone will give info about traps.
     
  6. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Check your state laws, you may need to have a hunting license to take them. It would suck to have your hunting privileges revoked because of something stupid like that.

    Edit:

    I just checked the regulations for your state (very easy to do online) and found that you have to have a small game license to shoot "vermin" including Coyote. If you have a big game license it's legal to shoot Coyote and Forest Grouse only, for all other you still need the small game license.

    The Regs can be found here. Protect yourself and read them.

    Washington Hunting Regs
     
  7. nwwoodsman

    nwwoodsman Vernonia Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    Even if you're not gonna shoot him, you could try setting out a snare or leg trap. Big box of chocolates or aspirin filled hamburger could do him in.
     
  8. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I believe if they are in your yard and a threat,you may not need a license.
    But,the most important part is discharging a firearm.Is that part legal in your immediate area?
    Got a bow? Cross bow? Big plastic bag? Trunk/truck?

    SSS :thumbup:
     
  9. i8asquirrel

    i8asquirrel Keizer, oregon Member

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    SSS = Shoot,Shovel and Shut up:thumbup:
     
  10. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    True. What coyote? Nope I was burying our cat that died
     
  11. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Exactly.
     
  12. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    In Washington and Oregon you always have a right to defend yourself.:thumbup:
     
  13. jyerxa

    jyerxa Graham Member

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    Wow pale, to my surprise that link says we need a license to shoot a coyote. There are so many freaken laws being passed under the radar screen nowadays. I was young once too.

    How ever, can you deliberately hunt feral pigs now? :gun14: :huh:
     
  14. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    They aren't included anywhere in the regs,here in Washington
     
  15. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    He.ll with it. Never had a license before and I'm not about to start paying $40/year to get rid of vermin.
     
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  16. cyclesurvival

    cyclesurvival Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    410 shot gun with some #6 should do it. sounds like a backfire.
     
  17. jimwsea

    jimwsea Vancouver, Washington state Active Member

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    Right after the 21 gun salute.
     
  18. spectra

    spectra The Couve Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    My mom had this happen in her neighborhood. They all live in houses that are on 3 plus acres and have yotes running around all the time. Well new neighbors moved in and bam little dog gets eaten. Long story short Sherrif came out and recomended to have a trapper come and either trap the animal or shoot it. I do not see these people doing it themselves:laugh: as they are white collar who are lost if the mall is closed:D I say shoot away but like stated just know what is in the path of the bullet.
     
  19. TCOV

    TCOV OLYMPIC PENINSULA Active Member

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    In Washington I think you need a hunting license. A big game license will work but if you want to go cheap just for varmits a small game license is cheaper. Some areas have restrictions on firearms ( Sequim area north is one) and require rimfire or shotgun. If you have coyotes in your area just get one of the licenses and deal with them legaly. You will be happier in the long run. Shoot them year round.
     
  20. Tom

    Tom sw Wa New Member

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    One thing to consider, a fair part of Clark County is a no firearms discharge area. I would talk with the sheriffs office to find out if your neighborhood is in this area. If so, it would be a misdemeanor to shoot any firearm unless it is self defence.