State officials update rules on coyote, opposum hunting

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials have updated rules on hunting coyotes and other furbearing animals.

The state Natural Resources Commission approved the changes this month during a meeting in Lansing.

Coyote hunting is now allowed year-round in Michigan. It previously was prohibited between mid-April and mid-July, the period when the animals breed and raise their offspring.

The rules prohibit use of dogs to hunt coyotes from April 16 through July 7.

Additionally, nighttime hunting season dates now match the daytime hunting season dates by species. Coyote and opossum hunting are open year-round. Raccoon hunting season is Oct. 1 through Jan. 31, and fox hunting runs from Oct. 15 through March 1.

The revisions deal only with hunting. Trapping season dates and regulations are unchanged.

A complete listing of regulations is available at .

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    Trapping season needs to abolished. Trapping is indiscriminate and a not a quick clean kill.
    If you are going to kill a critter, kill it , don’t terrify or torture it to death.
    Its poor sportsmanship and should be banned.

    • fr3db3ar

      You’ve obviously not investigated trapping at all. Most trapping is foothold that doesn’t injure the animal at all until the trapper show up later. They don’t torture.