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Types of Ammunition Legal For Hunting Coyote and Fox With a Firearm

 

Firearm ammunition for legally hunting coyote and fox vary depending on which season you are hunting.  All firearms used may not have more than three (3) rounds of ammunition while hunting.  Refer to the chart below; an asterisk (*) indicates legal for use, but not recommended.  A checkmark (✔) indicates legal for use. Note that coyote and fox may be taken incidentally while deer hunting with ammunition legal for deer hunting.

Shotgun not smaller than 20 gauge nor larger than 10 gauge

Lead or Tungsten-Nickel-Iron Hybrid

Diameter / Caliber

Firearm or Bow Season
(Small Game)

Special Permit Season

Daylight

Evening

Bird / Small Game Shot

12

0.05”

*

Use prohibited

Use prohibited

11

0.06”

*

10

0.07”

*

9

0.08”

*

8

0.09”

*

0.095”

*

7

0.10”

*

6

0.11”

*

5

0.12”

4

0.13”

Waterfowl Shot

3

0.14”

Shot sizes greater than #4 fine shot are prohibited.

2

0.15”

1

0.16”

B

0.17”

BB

0.18”

BBB

0.19”

T

0.20”

Buck Shot

TT

0.21”

Use prohibited

F

0.22”

FF

0.23”

#4

0.24”

#3

0.25”

#2

0.27”

Use prohibited

#1

0.30”

#0

0.32”

#00

0.33”

#000

0.36”

Muzzleloading rifle

Min. 0.44 caliber

Use prohibited

Rim-fire rifle

Max. 50 grain Soft or Hollow point

Max. 0.22 caliber

Center-fire rifle

Max. 80 grain Soft or Hollow point

Max. 0.25 caliber

 

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Last Updated: August 11, 2017