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#1547124 - 03/03/10 02:52 PM Is it legal to hunt at night in your state??
Ultimate Predator Offline
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Registered: 08/20/09
Posts: 206
Loc: Texas
This may be impossible to get an answer for all of them, but hopefully you guys can help shed some light for your state. If so then can you hunt predators at night from a vehicle, and does your state allow use of an artificial light? Also, what are the restrictions if any as to firearms, example "rimfire vs. centerfire" for rifles and size of shot for shotguns ect.. Doing a study about night hunting for all 50 states and having difficulty finding solid information for all of them. Thanks

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#1547136 - 03/03/10 03:04 PM Re: Is it legal to hunt at night in your state?? [Re: Ultimate Predator]
AZ~Red Offline
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Registered: 12/01/09
Posts: 760
Loc: Arizona
That's a big negative in AZ. I think we can hunt coons at night but that's it.
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#1547149 - 03/03/10 03:18 PM Re: Is it legal to hunt at night in your state?? [Re: AZ~Red]
Brian Downs Offline
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Registered: 01/08/07
Posts: 550
Loc: MA
Yes but, no lights MA
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#1547154 - 03/03/10 03:27 PM Re: Is it legal to hunt at night in your state?? [Re: Brian Downs]
Todd Osborne Offline
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Registered: 01/19/10
Posts: 47
Loc: Oklahoma
To the best of my knowledge you can hunt at night in Oklahoma,BUT you have to notify & have the consent of your local Gamewarden.
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#1547182 - 03/03/10 03:59 PM Re: Is it legal to hunt at night in your state?? [Re: Todd Osborne]
JustinRobins Offline
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Registered: 01/31/10
Posts: 111
Loc: Riverdale, Utah
Utah- Depends on the county. Only raccoons, striped skunks, coyote, & red foxes.
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#1547198 - 03/03/10 04:13 PM Re: Is it legal to hunt at night in your state?? [Re: JustinRobins]
GA Hunter Offline
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Registered: 01/27/10
Posts: 119
Loc: United States
It's legal here in GA

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#1547201 - 03/03/10 04:20 PM Re: Is it legal to hunt at night in your state?? [Re: JustinRobins]
rpc55 Offline
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Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 1829
Loc: Maine
Maine: Night hunting for coyote only from Mid December to June 1. You must be in possession of a calling device and pay a $4 permit fee. No gun or shot restrictions (unless there is a town ordinance for shotgun only). In ME you can not shoot from or have a loaded gun in or on a motor vehicle. Artificial lights allowed. No Sunday hunting, have to stop @ midnight.


Edit: You can hunt coons at night here too when in season (Oct 1 - Dec. 31), only with dogs, lights, and a firearm of no greater power than one which uses .22 caliber long rifle ammo; said gun to be loaded only when being used to dispatch a raccoon that is treed or held at bay by dogs.


Edited by rpc55 (03/03/10 04:46 PM)
Edit Reason: added info
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#1547204 - 03/03/10 04:21 PM Re: Is it legal to hunt at night in your state?? [Re: GA Hunter]
yotezapper Offline
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Registered: 12/13/08
Posts: 957
Loc: Hunters Paradise
You can hunt at night with an artificial light and a bazooka if you want. But I just use a rifle. I love Montana!!!! For varmints only.


Edited by yotezapper (03/03/10 04:23 PM)
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#1547210 - 03/03/10 04:31 PM Re: Is it legal to hunt at night in your state?? [Re: yotezapper]
The Big Sleep Offline
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Registered: 10/28/09
Posts: 84
Loc: Washington
I had this question about WA, glad you asked this so everyone can contribute some more info.

In wa you can only hunt coyote bobcat and raccoon at night when it isn't deer season. I'm not sure about lights or shooting from a truck. I'm trying to find that out.

We should have a hunting regs reference page for every state on here. The state issued regs are usually hard to decipher.

*UPDATE*
I just called fish and game, they were very helpful and friendly.
In wa you can hunt at night except during deer and elk season. You can use lights and shoot from a truck. He said its always a good idea to call fish and game and let them know if you're out hunting at night and where you're at just in case.



Edited by The Big Sleep (03/03/10 04:40 PM)
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#1547220 - 03/03/10 04:40 PM Re: Is it legal to hunt at night in your state?? [Re: The Big Sleep]
CoyoteCraze Offline
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Registered: 05/11/09
Posts: 310
Loc: Nebraska
It's legal in Nebraska but your light can't be attached to the vehicle. Plus you can't shoot from the vehicle if you are on a public roadway. For example, a rack in the back of a truck w/ extra battery sources for the light sitting on a 2-track in the middle of a pasture would be legal.
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#1547227 - 03/03/10 04:46 PM Re: Is it legal to hunt at night in your state?? [Re: The Big Sleep]
freefloat Offline
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Registered: 01/02/10
Posts: 184
Loc: MN
You can hunt at night here in MN. If you are using an artificial light then you have to be on foot and not within the public right of way, using a shotgun, using a calling device, and not within 200 ft. of a vehicle. You can use a rifle but only with the moon or nightvision as your light source.
Also wanted to add that coyotes are a non-protected species here that can be hunted year round and with anything you want except for running them over or poison and you don't need a license for resident or non-resident.


Edited by freefloat (03/03/10 07:31 PM)

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#1547232 - 03/03/10 04:50 PM Re: Is it legal to hunt at night in your state?? [Re: freefloat]
cfrye11 Offline
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Registered: 01/07/09
Posts: 47
Loc: Hilton, NY
New York -
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/45559.html

To hunt furbearers, you need to possess a junior hunting, small game, small/big game, sportsman, super sportsman, non-resident hunting, or non-resident super sportsman license. A trapping or big game license does not allow you to hunt furbearers. Furbearers may be hunted with a bow or firearm as described below. All laws pertaining to the use of a spotlight and firearm apply.

•You may hunt red and gray fox, coyote, bobcat, raccoon, skunk, mink, weasel and opossum.
•If you take a bobcat, it must be tagged and sealed.
•You may use a call, including an electronic call.
•You may hunt furbearers only after sunrise on the opening day. They may be taken at any hour, day or night, for the rest of their hunting season.
•Skunk may be hunted during their open trapping season.
•Mink may only be hunted in the Southern Zone with a firearm not larger than .22 caliber during their open trapping season. Mink may not be hunted with a firearm in the Northern Zone
•Muskrat may only be hunted on Lake Champlain during the open trapping season with a firearm not larger than a .22 caliber.
•You may hunt furbearers during the day using any handgun, shotgun, rifle or bow. You may hunt at night as described below.
Furbearer Hunting at Night
You may hunt furbearers at night, with or without a light, as follows:

•Use any handgun or bow.
•Use a shotgun loaded with shot (any size).
•Use a rifle chambered in any cartridge, except that you may not possess a centerfire rifle afield, during the day or night, during any open season for deer in areas restricted to using a shotgun only for deer.
•If hunting without a light, the use of a light gathering ("starlight") scope is legal on any firearm listed above.
NOTE: Westchester County and Long Island - Rifles are not allowed
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#1547245 - 03/03/10 05:07 PM Re: Is it legal to hunt at night in your state?? [Re: cfrye11]
Rifleman2 Offline
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Registered: 06/06/06
Posts: 527
Loc: IL Rock Island County
No in IL. after Feb 15--1\2 Hr before sunup and 1\2 Hr after sundown. DNR said I could be in the field earlier than this with a unloaded rifle for setting up.

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#1547264 - 03/03/10 05:28 PM Re: Is it legal to hunt at night in your state?? [Re: Rifleman2]
Ultimate Predator Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 08/20/09
Posts: 206
Loc: Texas
Getting some very good first hand info. Thanks guys. There are more states than I realized that allow some form of night hunting. I have never seen any form of a list of states with regulations on this topic. I will post a list of all the states that allow night hunting at all for everyone who may be interested when I have gathered enough info. Keep'em coming. Thanks

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#1547272 - 03/03/10 05:32 PM Re: Is it legal to hunt at night in your state?? [Re: Rifleman2]
masshunter Offline
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Registered: 12/10/08
Posts: 439
Loc: western mass
Mass is a little complicated, no lights, no rifle larger tha 22LR after 1/2 hr past sunset. Handguns up to 38cal are legal, shotgun with shot no larger than FF, for Coyotes. Fox can be shot at night but shot no larger than #1. Bobcats can't be shot at night. Hunting ends at midnight.

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