Getting permission to coyote hunt – How to Coyote Hunt

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You may find that it is often easier to get permission to coyote hunt. The same landowners that turn you away for big game hunting may not have a problem with you coyote hunting. Many ranchers and landowners have been hit in the wallet by coyotes. The loss of calves, lambs and other livestock are something the modern landowner simply cant afford. Some landowners have even lost family pets. They get a bad taste in their mouth for coyotes and are happy to see us show up on their property. Always let the landowner know when you have coyote hunting success.

The big thing is you just have to ask. We get told no often enough, but we now have some large ranches to hunt, because we asked permission to hunt coyotes. You will find the farther you get from the bigger cities the friendlier landowners are. I am sure it stands to reason the don’t get hassled as much.

It is a good idea to meet with the land owner face to face if possible. This will no doubt make the landowner feel more comfortable. It would also be a good idea not to walk up on their porch with camouflage paint on your face and wearing a ghillie suit. Dress like one of the locals and be friendly. Insure the landowner you will respect his property and notify him if you see something out of place. It is also a good idea to leave them with your name and phone number. This will ease the landowners mind and make him feel more comfortable. Trust me when I say their are a lot of hunters out there that ruin it for the rest of us.

The most important thing to remember is the landowner is doing you a big favor by letting you hunt on his property. Respect their property. If a gate is closed, make sure you close it behind you. If a gate is open don’t close it. If you see something strange like a dead cow, or hole in the fence let them know immediately or better yet fix it if you have the ability. Some of the landowners we know have become great friends.

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  1. Casey Wagner says:

    good post. when I ask and get permission, I will take out a map and sit down with the rancher and mark the boundaries of his property on the map so I can then have a visual on the map, then I go back home and study that property on the map and also on google earth to get a birds eye view and also see what natural landmarks and terrain that property offers

    • admin says:

      This works well. When we take our maps to the land owner, you almost see their eyes light up, because they know you are serious about what you do and aren’t likely to be trespassing and ticking off their neighbors. They really feel comfortable when you highlight all their boundaries.

  2. tyler ward says:

    does anyone know of any good spots to hunt coyotes in oklahoma or eastern kansas?

    • Cody Godfre says:

      I hunt alot of my Coyotes on cotton fields in western Oklahoma. Using a cottontail distress call they come running out of the tree rows. There are plenty of them out here in western Oklahoma and just about all the farmers will have cattle on there wheat field at some point or another and would probably be glad to let you hunt.

  3. Cody Godfrey says:

    Western OK has got plenty of them and around Weatherford Clinton area farmers put either their or someone elses cattle on the wheat fields ad coyotes really go after the young. Most farmers would be happy to let you hunt coyotes.

  4. Buddy Mayo says:

    Don’t forget to get the permission in writing! I use a pre-formatted business card as a permission slip. The land owner signs the front and the hunter signs the reverse. Of course it has the standard release of liability. Small enough for your wallet and I keep plenty of extras in my truck.

    • Brian Higgs says:

      Great idea! I am new to coyote hunting but have been hunting for years. I have always known and asked to hunt on private land but has always been for a few days and has been verbal for the few days of a deer or elk hunt. The business card idea is genius! Could you send me or post an example of what yours look like? If you don’t mind me stealing your idea. Thanks and good luck out there!

  5. lane carter says:

    i live out in north eastern oklahoma and see alot less than i did in mo. idk if its low population or im just rusty?

  6. mike moore says:

    I’m looking for land owners that i may get permission to hunt but most are worried about liability. Is there a clause that protects land owners from liability? I live in Columbia County,N.Y. and really need to get something together to ease there minds.

  7. Jacob says:

    I’m preparing to go out for my first coyote hunt, i’m as excited as possibly can be. The maps you mentioned, are they the county maps or how do you obtain one? As anyone been coyote hunting in Iowa yet? Thanks any information is helpful and I look forward to the fun that hunting these wild dogs will bring

  8. Ken says:

    In New York State you can obtain printed “Landowner Permission Slips” from the Department Of Environmental Conservation. These are a two part stub, has a place for information for both parties.both of you sign it and each keep half. If you receive permission to hunt on the private property and the property is posted and you DON”T have the permission slip on your person you are subject to arrest regardless of whether you have verbal permission or not. I’m sure if you took the ECO to the landowner and got the landowner to verify that he gave you verbal permission that you wouldn’t be arrested, but why hassle the landowner. Easier to have the cards. You DO have to explain to the landowner that he is not liable under state law–many are hesitant to sign the card until they are assured of this. It might even be printed on the card–I can’t recall. As far as liability goes, Governor Nelson Rockefeller signed a law many many years ago that relieved the landowner from any responsibility should anyone (x country skiers, fishermen, hikers, hunters, trappers etc) using the property for recreational purposes be injured or killed. As far as I know this law is still in effect.

  9. What I particularly like at this article is the fact that it encourages people to be more sociable and treat the other in a polite and respectful manner. By doing so, there’s nothing to lose. People should ask permission for hunting more often and should keep on going if they may receive no for an answer.

  10. Gabe says:

    Are you just driving up to the land owners house and introducing yourself?
    It seems like there is a lot of trust needed for a relationship like this.
    I think I’ll try to ask around my circle of friends to see if anyone knows of a rancher I can call…try to get a warm introduction first.

    • Cindie Owen says:

      I have over 200 acres & lots of coyotes here in SE OK. Come & get em!

      • Ross Berger says:

        I’m looking for a place to hunt coyotes. Is there a way I can contact you to ask permission to hunt? Thanks for your time and consideration.

      • Richard Edwards says:

        Cindie Owen,
        I would also be interested in helping control your coyote problem. I actually do most of my hunting in SE OK in Daisy, about 30 min south of Mcalester, on family land. I’m always willing to help the land owner when I’m around with mending fences, feeding cattle, etc.

      • Alex Green says:

        I am looking for a place to do some coyote hunting on the weekends. If you don’t mind a ret. Army vet hunting on your land with a long range rifle please email me and I will be happy to send you my phone number so we can talk, thank you.

  11. Grab Bags says:

    Coyotes…pigs…bobcats…dingos…whatever. it doesn’t matter…a hunt is a hunt, all great sport..

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