- 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
coyote hunting in south dakota
Coyotes are located throughout the state in almost every habitat. Coyotes 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.
Coyote hunter Volunteers
If you are a coyote hunter and wish to add your name to a list of hunters looking for private lands on which to hunt coyotes, or if you are a landowner you can access the list of volunteer coyote hunters.
National Grasslands hunting
National Grassland areas in western South Dakota, managed by the U.S. Forest Service, are popular hunting destinations. If this is your destination, please contact these grassland offices for information on travel restrictions.
Tribal Lands hunting
Native American Tribal lands also host coyote hunting opportunities. State licenses are not valid on tribal trust lands, unless authorized by the tribal council. Individual tribes may require a tribal permit to hunt on their lands. Contact the individual tribes to find out what licenses they offer and the cost. Not all the land inside the South Dakota reservations is under tribal jurisdiction. If you hunt on private land deeded to non-Indians you must have a state license.