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    Legal round for hunting coyotes?

    Hey guys,
    I am at the beginning of the process of getting my long gun certification and will soon after be getting my hunting license. I am not interested in hunting deer because I think the lottery system is too uncertain, so I will just be hunting coyotes. But I am still confused about what caliber round I would be allowed to use. On an FAQ page from the D.E.E.P. website it talks about the types of rifles allowed for hunting. Can someone help me decipher this code?

    ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2700&q=487616

    This is webpage I found it on. If you go down to the answer given under the question that asks "Can a centerfire rifle be used for hunting?" it mentions coyote hunting and the restrictions that apply.

    It seems to suggest that centerfire rifles can be used to hunt coyotes on private property, outside of deer rifle season. Can someone tell me if this is correct or incorrect and tell me where to find the correct info?

    Much appreciation,
    Quinn

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    Hey Quinn, welcome to the site.

    http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?...GID=1633#FARMS

    Firearms Hunting
    The holder of a firearms hunting license may use rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, handguns, and high-velocity air guns subject to certain restrictions.

    • 500 Foot Zone - It is prohibited to hunt with, shoot, or carry a loaded firearm within 500 feet of any building occupied by people or domestic animals, or used for storage of flammable material, or within 250 feet of such buildings when waterfowl hunting in tidal areas from land shooting positions or from floating blinds anchored adjacent to land or from rock positions, unless written permission for lesser distances is obtained from the owner and carried. Landowners, their spouse, and lineal descendants are exempt from this restriction, providing any building involved is their own. The 500 foot zone does not apply to bowhunting.
    • Firearms in Vehicles - It is prohibited to carry a loaded firearm in a vehicle. This does not apply to persons with handguns who have a valid Connecticut permit to carry pistols or revolvers.
    • Rifles and Handguns - Rifles or handguns using ammunition larger than .22 caliber rimfire are prohibited on state-owned land. Rifles or handguns of any caliber are prohibited on State-leased and Permit-Required Hunting Areas (see Permit-Required and State-Leased Hunting Area sections for exceptions). The use of rifles or handguns to hunt turkeys, waterfowl, or any other federally regulated migratory game bird (except crows) is prohibited. Hunting on private land with ammunition larger than .22 caliber rimfire long rifle during the private land shotgun/rifle deer season is prohibited unless the user has a valid private land deer season permit and landowner consent form. The use of rifles or revolvers to hunt deer is subject to additional restrictions (see Private Land Shotgun/Rifle Season). The use of ammunition larger than .22 caliber rimfire to hunt raccoon or opossum at night is prohibited. A person using a handgun for hunting must possess any required state/town permits to carry. Note: It is legal to use .17 caliber rimfire firearms in all situations where it is legal to use .22 caliber rimfire firearms.
    • Shotguns - The possession of shotgun ammunition larger or heavier than #2 shot is prohibited on state-owned lands, state-leased lands, and Permit-Required Hunting Areas, at all times, and is prohibited on private lands during the Private Land Shotgun/Rifle Deer Season (see Permit-Required and State-Leased Hunting Area sections for exceptions). However, on any lands, waterfowlers hunting from a boat, blind, or stationary position may use up to and including size BB steel shot. The possession of lead shot while hunting waterfowl, rails, and coot is prohibited. The use of shotguns larger than 10-gauge for hunting waterfowl is prohibited. Shotguns must not be capable of holding more than 3 shells (2 in the magazine, 1 in the chamber) when hunting waterfowl, other migratory birds (except crows), deer on state lands, and turkey. The exception is that unplugged shotguns are legal to use during the September Canada goose season. The use of shotguns to hunt deer or turkey is subject to additional restrictions (see Deer Hunting and Turkey Hunting).
    • Muzzleloaders - During Muzzleloader Deer Seasons, a muzzleloader means a rifle or shotgun, .45 caliber minimum, incapable of firing a self-contained cartridge, using powder and a single projectile loaded separately at the muzzle end. Shotgun converters and telescopic sights are legal. Restrictions on the use of smoothbore muzzleloaders for hunting small game and waterfowl are the same as those for shotguns. Restrictions on the use of muzzleloading rifles for hunting small game are the same as those for rifles, except that on state-owned land, up to a .36 caliber muzzleloading rifle using round ball ammunition only may be used. A percussion/in-line muzzleloader with a cap or primer installed, an electronic muzzleloader with a battery connected, or a flintlock muzzleloader having powder in the pan are considered loaded firearms.
    • High-Velocity Air Guns - Are restricted to those that use a single ball or pellet-like projectile. Additional restrictions on the use of air guns are the same as those for rifles and handguns.



    The regs will tell you what is not legal, not what is legal. So unless it states that you can't do it, you can. It gets a little confusing at times.
    So, to your question, yes you can use a rifle on private land for coyotes, but not during the deer season unless you have a deer permit. If you don't have the deer permit, you would be restricted to .22 or less, or shotgun with #2 or less.
    On state land only a .22 or less, or shotgun with #2 or less at all times.
    NOBODY EVER SHOT BAMBI....they shot his momma.

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    So does that mean I could hunt coyotes on private land DURING deer rifle season if I have the deer permit even though I won’t be hunting deer?(using a .30 cal rifle)
    Last edited by Quinn_Duva; 03-09-2018 at 07:03 PM.

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    Yes. But if you have deer tags, you may as well shoot a deer too. Most of us shoot coyotes while deer hunting if the shot presents. Only S2H hunts coyotes during deer season.
    NOBODY EVER SHOT BAMBI....they shot his momma.

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    Yeah,but I'm not looking to hunt deer anytime soon.


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