Hunters: Help Control Coyotes and Save Our Deer!

Coyote - Photograph courtesy of G. Dan Hutcheson,

Coyotes first appeared in SC about 45 years ago and can be found in all 46 counties. Coyotes are negatively impacting our official State Animal, the White-tailed deer, by preying heavily on deer fawns.

Since 2002, the SC deer population has declined by more than 30%. While our deer population is still healthy, we do not want to see it decline further.

The Coyote Facts

Where did they come from?

What can be done to control coyotes?

Hunting/Shooting Trapping Depredation Permits
to Shoot at Night
  • No closed season on private lands
  • No hunting license or permit is required to shoot coyotes on your property within 100 yards of your home*
  • Electronic calls are permitted
  • Night hunting is permitted on registered properties, or with a depredation permit. Certain restrictions apply, see Night Hunting Registration

*Check local laws and firearms ordinances.

  • Trapping season is open from December 1 through March 1
  • Property owners with coyote damage are eligible for a depredation permit from SCDNR
  • No license or permit is required to trap a coyote within 100 yards of your home. However, trapped coyotes may not be relocated.
SCDNR Law Enforcement may issue a shoot at night permit with less stringent weapons restrictions under certain circumstances, such as damages to personal property. Please contact SCDNR for more information.

Warning: There are currently no registered toxicants for coyotes; therefore the use of any poison to attempt to control coyotes is a violation of Federal and State law. The use of poison indiscriminately kills other wildlife and pets, and may be fatal to humans that come in contact with the substance.

More information on coyotes

Trapping Best Management Practices (BMPs)

For more information on the coyotes, please download the following Adobe PDF files: