Tuesday, April 21, 2009

New Changes to WA Coyote Hunting Laws

The new coyote hunting game regulation states that you cannnot hunt coyotes using dogs. To find out if this applies to tolling with a dog, I called the WA Fish and Game Dept. No one could answer my question and I kept being passed around to different offices until I finally got an answering machine. I left a polite message and never heard back from them. I am going to guess that it is still okay to toll coyotes using a dog since no one has been able to say no. If I were you, I would call your local Fish and Game Enforcement Officer and ask his opinion since he is the one in the field. I talked to the head of enforcement for the state, and he could not give me an answer. That does not make it legal to toll, but it sure brings up an interesting point that the WA Fish and Game Dept. needs to do a little more research before implementing a rule. There are all sorts of hound hunting of coyotes. I believe that tolling still falls within the spirit of the law. I still plan to do it.


Anonymous Tom Brooks said...

Washington has had a little problem with educating their officers about certain laws. I contacted them about using a battery powered decoy for hunting predators and no one could answer that one either. I still use them by the way, and will continue to do so until I hear differently.

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I firmly believe that Washington State needs some
New regulations regarding just about every species
Of wildlife.The Blacktails population in the Lake Whatcom
Watershed is so out of control that if you drive from Bellingham to Sudden Valley and your vehicle sis high enough you will see a minimum of at least 3or4dead deer in the ditch.How about someArchery tags raffled or sold.

7:31 AM  

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