NJ Announces Special Coyote Hunt

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Starting on January 2, New Jersey will have a special permit season to hunt for coyotes.

The Garden State is now home to nearly 5,000 coyotes, which have been settling into backyards and even creating their own suburban niche. In order to control the population, a number of hunting seasons, running from September to March are set in place.

Lawrence Hajna, with the Department of Environmental Protection, said the special session in January will allow "hunters to go out at night, actually 24-hours a day to look for coyotes, they have to be in a sitting or standing position and call the coyote to them."

Hanja said they have become part of the state's landscape. "These are highly adaptive animals, They can live in most any type of environment. They are also very shy and reclusive, it's very hard to see a coyote."

Over 2,000 residents in New Jersey hold this permit, but Hajna doesn't expect to see a lot of coyotes harvested this season. He says coyotes are extremely smart and difficult to find.  
The state established its coyote hunting program in 1997.


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Comments [2]

rob angel

Yes indeed coyotes are hard to find, but if you know what to do and how, in the end you'll surely bag 1 or 2. And with this special permit one is able to go after this varmint during nighttime, which I consider the perfect time. You should buy yourself a good light and get a buddy to help you out. You can also check some tips on websites like or

Jan. 04 2012 04:03 AM
William from NJ

Chanda's on a roll now after his bear hunt is over. Now a special coyote hunt. No doubt, this is the most important part of his new "comprehensive"
coyote management program.

Jan. 03 2012 06:33 PM

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