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 three years, a total of 64 coyotes have been tagged and released, with another 16 coyotes to be tagged in 2020. 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 - 2018
Year Reported
Trapped
Estimated
Shot from
Hunters' Survey
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
30,795
2013
2,595
30,076
32,671
2014
2,500
31,306
33,806
2015
2,751
29,027
31,778
2016
2,429
28,513
30,942
2017
2,159
22,441
24,600
2018
2,619
22,731
25,350

Based on current harvest estimates, the overall coyote population appears to be down over 25% since 2014. This indicates that control efforts by hunters and trappers are having an impact.