Coyote Hunting Season

Season Dates: Year Round

Daily Limit:


Possession Limit: Unrestricted
Shooting Hours: Unrestricted (no lights)

Season: open year-round

Limit: Unrestricted shooting hours and limit

Shooting Hours: Unrestricted - coyotes may be hunted at night, but no artificial lights of any kind are permitted

No restriction on caliber of rifles and/or handguns

According to the GFP book Wild Mammals of South Dakota, the opportunistic coyote is located throughout the state in almost every habitat. Coyote tend to be secretive and are most active from dusk to dawn. They often rest during the day and only move when disturbed. They remain active throughout the winter.

The western half of South Dakota is where most of the hunting occurs. Western South Dakota offers rough river breaks and larger private holdings - terrain well-suited for coyote hunting.

There are some large tracts of public land open to hunting in the western half of the state. But private land, especially land located along the western river drainages (White, Bad, Cheyenne, Moreau, Grand) offers the best hunting.

Permission from landowners is needed before hunting on private land.