Coyote

Coyotes are an unprotected species in Nevada. They can be hunted by both resident and non-residents in the state without a hunting license.

However, if you are selling the fur, or trapping coyote, you will need a trapping license.

Additionally, special regulations may exist regarding the use of firearms for all the general public, depending on the county in which you will be hunting. A summary of some of those regulations can be found by scrolling down the page.

Coyotes in Nevada


State Regulations

NRS 503.165 Carrying loaded rifle or shotgun in or on vehicle on or along public way unlawful; exceptions.

1. It is unlawful to carry a loaded rifle or loaded shotgun in or on any vehicle which is standing on or along, or is being driven on or along, any public highway or any other way open to the public.

2. A rifle or shotgun is loaded, for the purposes of this section, when there is an unexpended cartridge or shell in the firing chamber, but not when the only cartridges or shells are in the magazine.

3. The provisions of this section do not apply to paraplegics, persons with one or both legs amputated or who have suffered a paralysis of one or both legs which severely impedes walking, or peace officers and members of the Armed Forces of this state or the United States while on duty or going to or returning from duty.

(Added to NRS by 1969, 1367; A 1971, 1542; 1981, 321; 1987, 596)


NRS 503.175 Penalty for discharging firearm from or over federal or state highway or county road.

Unless a greater penalty is provided in NRS 202.287, a person who discharges a firearm from, upon, over or across any federal highway, state highway as described in NRS 408.285, or main or general county road as designated in NRS 403.170, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(Added to NRS by 1969, 1368; A 1979, 1174; 1989, 1242)


NRS 503.240 Unlawful to hunt or trap on posted enclosed grounds without permission.

1. It is unlawful for any person to hunt or to trap upon or within any enclosed grounds which are private property and where signs are displayed, as provided in NRS 207.200, forbidding hunting or shooting, without permission obtained from the owner or person in possession of such enclosed grounds.

2. Any person using such property for hunting or trapping purposes shall comply with the provisions of NRS 207.220.


NRS 207.200 Unlawful trespass upon land; warning against trespassing.

1. Any person who, under circumstances not amounting to a burglary:

(a) Goes upon the land or into any building of another with intent to vex or annoy the owner or occupant thereof, or to commit any unlawful act; or

(b) Willfully goes or remains upon any land or in any building after having been warned by the owner or occupant thereof not to trespass, is guilty of a misdemeanor. The meaning of this subsection is not limited by subsections 2 and 4.

2. A sufficient warning against trespassing, within the meaning of this section, is given by either of the following methods:

(a) Painting, at intervals of not more than 200 feet on each side of the land, upon or near the boundary, a post, structure or natural object with not less than 50 square inches of fluorescent orange paint or, if the post is a metal fence post, painting the entire post with such paint.

(b) Fencing the area.

3. It is prima facie evidence of trespass for any person to be found on private or public property which is posted or fenced as provided in subsection 2 without lawful business with the owner or occupant of the property.

4. An entryman on land under the laws of the United States is an owner within the meaning of this section.

5. As used in this section, “fence” means a barrier sufficient to indicate an intent to restrict the area to human ingress, including, but not limited to, a wall, hedge or chain link or wire mesh fence.

[1911 C&P § 500; RL § 6765; NCL § 10447]—(NRS A 1969, 96; 1975, 1169; 1987, 2086; 1989, 997)


NRS 503.454 Trapping license required; unlawful to remove or disturb trap of licensee.

1. Every person who takes fur-bearing mammals by any legal method or unprotected mammals by trapping or sells raw furs for profit shall procure a trapping license.

2. It is unlawful to remove or disturb the trap of any holder of a trapping license while the trap is being legally used by him on public land or on land where he has permission to trap.

(Added to NRS by 1979, 347; A 1983, 854; 1991, 267, 1575)


NAC 503.193 Exceptions to requirement of license or permit to hunt or trap unprotected wild birds or animals.

1. A person is not required to obtain a hunting license or permit to hunt unprotected wild birds or mammals.

2. A person is not required to obtain a hunting license or permit or a trapping license to hunt or trap wildlife which are authorized to be taken in accordance with a permit issued pursuant to NAC 503.710 to 503.740, inclusive.

3. A person who holds a trapping license issued by the division is not required to obtain a hunting license to hunt coyotes, badgers, skunks, raccoons, weasels, ring-tailed cats or fur-bearing mammals.

(Added to NAC by Bd. of Wildlife Comm’rs, eff. 10-13-95)


Some Nevada County Ordinances on Hunting at Night

This list of state and county laws is only a partial list of the laws on firearms and the discharge of firearms in the state of Nevada. Each hunter is responsible to know the laws of the state and those of the county where one is hunting. Please contact NDOW for more state regulations and the County sheriff's Department for county laws for the areas you will be hunting.

Washoe County - 50.162 Nighttime shooting and spotlight hunting prohibited.

Except as otherwise authorized by law, it is unlawful for any person to discharge a firearms of any kind between one-half hour after sunset and one =half hour before sunrise or shine a spotlight between on-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise for the purpose of hunting a wild animal in the unincorporated areas of the county.

Pershing County - 9.16.020 Unlawful Use of Spotlight:

It is unlawful for any person to cast a spotlight from or within three hundred feet (300') of any motor vehicle in the unincorporated areas of the County while having a firearm in possession or immediate physical presence, between the dates of September 1 and February 28, inclusive, of each year.

White Pine County - Chapter 10.20 Firearms - 10.20.010

(b) It is unlawful for any person to discharge a firearm, shotgun, pellet gun, air gun, or spring gun anywhere in the unincorporated areas of White Pine County, NV, between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise.

Lander County - Chapter 9.16 - Weapons - Section 9.16.010 - Discharge of Firearms Prohibited -

It is unlawful for any person to discharge a firearm of any kind in the unincorporated areas of Lander County, between one hour after sunset and on-half hour before sunrise. Violation of this section shall constitute a misdemeanor.

Nye County Code - Chapter 9.16 - Weapons - Section 9.16.010: Discharge Prohibited:

Any person who discharges any pistol, shotgun, rifle or firearm within a radius of three (3) miles from the County Courthouse in Tonopah shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Elko County 7-102: Firearms, Discharge of:

It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge a firearm of any kind in the unincorporated areas of Elko County, between one-half (1/2) hour after sunset and one-half (1/2) before sunrise: provided, however, that this section shall not apply to the following circumstances:

A) Any peace officer discharging a firearm in the performance of his duties;

B) The discharge of a firearm in a shooting gallery or any designated pistol or file range.

C) The discharge of a firearm by any person in the necessary defense of himself, his family or property.

Douglas County - 9.68.030 Discharge of Firearms

A) It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge any firearm, gun, pistol, rifle, shotgun or other firearm across any county road or highway.

B) It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge any gun, pistol, rifle, or other firearm with the exception of shotguns or air rifles within one thousand five hundred feet of any dwelling occupied by any other person or persons within Douglas County without the permission of the occupant.

C) It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge any shotgun or air file within five hundred feet of any dwelling occupied by any other person or persons within Douglas County without the permission of the occupant.

D) This section shall not apply to peace officers, nor to persons shooting in any regularly established and authorized rifle range, gun club or shooting gallery, nor to any person lawfully discharging a firearm in protection of life or property.


Nevada Counties That DO NOT Prohibit Shooting at Night or Spotlighting in the Unincorporated Areas of the County:

  1. Churchill County
  2. Lyon County (see section 7.02.02 - Discharge of weapons in congested area)
  3. Humbodlt County
  4. Douglas County (see 9.68.030 Discharge of Firearms)
  5. Mineral County
  6. Nye County (see section 9.16.010 Discharge Prohibited)
  7. Esmeralda County (must be at least one mile away from an occupied residence)
  8. Carson City County ( see chapter 8.12 Firearms and 8.12.010 Discharge of Firearms unlawful)
  9. Storey County (see Chapter 9.16 Weapons)
  10. Clark County (see ordinance on congested areas)
  11. Lincoln County ( see ordinance on congested or incorporated areas)