MICHIGAN APPROVES YEAR ROUND COYOTE HUNTING
Michigan Approves Year Round Coyote Hunting[/caption] Michigan sportsmen have long advocated for a coyote hunting season in the state. While coyotes are typically non-confrontational towards humans, they have reportedly become more hostile in recent years.
The state’s Natural Resource Commission has now approved year-round hunting of coyotes, where the season was previously only from mid-April to mid-July. The approvals of these revisions came at an April 14th meeting in Lansing. They were looking to expand on this because it allows for better coyote population control. They can cause problems for several species, including deer.
According to a recent Michigan Predator-Prey Study in the Upper Peninsula, researchers found that coyotes impact the deer population greatly, accounting for 22% of deer kills in the area. This new amendment to the Wildlife Conservation Order will help to curb those incidents.
As Michigan United Conseration Clubs (MUCC) states, this is a significant expansion for sportsmen. It has multiple hurdles to jump in order to be approved, most notably the complaints of Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), who testified at multiple meetings against it.
Luckily, sound science overcame their faulty arguments.
The new regulations also allow for nighttime coyote hunting with an artificial light year round and includes the use of #3 and #4 buckshot. Hunters asked for these changes because they provide hunters with greater range at night.
Michigan hunters want to be safe and ethical in their kills of these animals. As MUCC Chief Information Officer Drew Youngedyke puts it, “The folks hunting coyotes want to make sure it’s a quick, clean kill using the appropriate firepower.”
He also dispels the notion that these new measures aren’t for control and are rather just for recreation:
“This is simply another tool in the toolbox for hunters in very localized areas, if they are having a problem with coyotes in that localized area, they are now going to have a longer season dealing with that coyote problem.”