Coyote Harvest Incentive Program

Coyote - Photograph courtesy of G. Dan Hutcheson, WildPhotons.com The Coyote Harvest Incentive Program was created in 2016 by a Budget Provision (47.10), which directed SCDNR to develop and implement a coyote tagging and reward program. Annually, SCDNR traps, tags and releases four coyotes per game zone (16 total). Anyone who successfully takes and reports a tagged coyote will be rewarded with a free lifetime hunting license. The person reporting the tagged coyote has the option to designate anyone for the lifetime license such as a child, relative, or friend.

Over the last five years, a total of 80 coyotes have been tagged and released, with another 16 coyotes to be tagged in 2021-22 trapping season. To date, approximately half of the tagged coyotes have been reported taken. Coyotes tagged in any year are eligible for the lifetime license incentive. The specially marked tags provide contact information directly on them. Only the uniquely identifiable SCDNR coyote tags are eligible for the lifetime license as there are potentially some coyotes that have been tagged for research purposes.

Coyote Harvest Estimates
from Years 2005 - 2020
Year Reported
Trapped
Estimated
Shot from
Hunters' Survey
Reported Predator
Management
Permits
Reported
Night Hunting
Total
Harvest
Estimate
2005
1,039
20,159
21,198
2006
1,112
20,194
21,306
2007
1,223
23,957
25,180
2008
1,520
25,526
27,046
2009
2,384
29,783
32,167
2010
2,123
30,800
32,923
2011
2,205
32,204
34,409
2012
2,584
28,211
343
31,138
2013
2,595
30,076
111
32,782
2014
2,500
31,306
250
34,056
2015
2,751
29,027
150
31,928
2016
2,429
28,513
481
31,423
2017
2,159
22,441
736 180
25,516
2018 2,619 22,731 590 267 26,207
2019 2,618 20,674 501 1,953 25,746
2020 3,448 18,919 142 2,308 24,817

Based on current harvest estimates, the overall coyote population appears to be down over 28% since 2011. This indicates that control efforts by hunters and trappers are having an impact.